Hunting licence (non-residents of Ontario) (2022)

You are a non-resident of Ontario if either of the following applies:

  • your primary residence is not in Ontario
  • you have not lived in Ontario for at least six consecutive months of the immediately preceding 12 months

To hunt in Ontario as a non-resident, you must:

  • be at least 16 years old
  • have successfully completed Ontario's hunter education course and examination, or have Ontario-recognized hunting credentials from your home jurisdiction filed with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service.
  • follow all federal firearm regulations around declaring and transporting non-restricted firearms and carry appropriate documentation with you if you are hunting with a gun
  • have a valid Outdoors Card
  • have the required hunting licences and tags for the game you wish to hunt

Rules for hunting

You must follow all rules related to hunting in Ontario — including where and when you hunt, the type of firearm that can be used and the clothing you are required to wear when hunting.

Hunter accreditation for non-residents

You must file your hunter accreditation with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service before you can purchase any non-resident hunting products.

Before you file

Before you file your hunter accreditation, you must:

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  1. Create an online account
  2. Buy an Outdoors Card

Get help creating an online account at Tips to Get Started.

File your accreditation

Submit an original or certified copy of your hunter accreditation through one of the following:

By email to NRISC@ontario.ca. We will process your accreditation within 15 business days. This method allows you to buy hunting products online before you go hunting.

In person at a participating ServiceOntario or licence issuer location. This method allows you to buy hunting products in person and hunt immediately. Your hunter accreditation will be forwarded to the ministry for processing.

If your hunter accreditation is not in English or French, you must get it translated.

After you file

Once your hunter accreditation in on file, you can purchase products:

  • online
  • through our automated phone line at 1-800-288-1155
  • at a licence issuer
  • at a participating ServiceOntario location

Acceptable hunter accreditation

Non-residents must provide proof of hunter accreditation from a recognized jurisdiction.

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Examples of acceptable proof of hunter accreditation include:

  • a hunting licence issued to you after January 1, 1968, by a competent authority that allows you to hunt in that jurisdiction as a resident
  • a hunter education certificate issued to you after January 1, 1968, by a competent authority which indicates that you were, or are, authorized to purchase a hunting licence in that jurisdiction

Recognized jurisdictions

For the purposes of hunter accreditation requirements, a “recognized jurisdiction” is a jurisdiction that:

  • regulates wildlife hunting
  • has hunter education and evaluation requirements that are equivalent to Ontario

Ontario recognizes the following jurisdictions for the purposes of hunter accreditation requirements. Specific documentation requirements are noted with footnotes.

Canada
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northwest Territoriesfootnote 1[1]
  • Nova Scotia
  • Nunavutfootnote 1[1]
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon
United States
  • Alabamafootnote 2[2]
  • Alaska
  • Arizonafootnote 1[1]
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Floridafootnote 2[2]
  • Georgiafootnote 2[2]
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentuckyfootnote 2[2]
  • Louisianafootnote 2[2]
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusettsfootnote 2[2]
  • Michiganfootnote 2[2]
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraskafootnote 2[2]
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jerseyfootnote 2[2]
  • New Mexicofootnote 1[1]
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakotafootnote 2[2]
  • Ohiofootnote 2[2]
  • Oklahomafootnote 1[1]
  • Oregonfootnote 1[1]
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakotafootnote 1[1]
  • Tennessee
  • Texasfootnote 1[1]
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginiafootnote 2[2]
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyomingfootnote 2[2]
International
  • Great Britain
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Slovenia
  • Lebanon
  • Norway

Hunting licences

A hunting licence is required to hunt in Ontario. All licences are specific to the game you wish to hunt and will be listed on your licence summary. Licences expire on December 31 each year, unless otherwise stated. Requirements depend on the hunting activity you are undertaking.

It is your responsibility to know the type of season and open season dates for the species you wish to hunt along with any other hunting rules that may apply.

Small game hunting

You are required to carry:

  • a valid Outdoors Card
  • a licence summary listing your valid small game hunting licence (unless your small game licence is printed on the back of your Outdoors Card)
    • your licence summary can be carried in a paper or digital format (for example, smartphone)
  • federal firearms accreditation documentation (such as your non-resident firearms declaration form, Temporary Firearms Borrowing Licence, Possession and Acquisition Licence) if you are hunting with a gun
  • any associated tags, if applicable (such as wild turkey or wolf/coyote tags)

Small game species:

  • cottontail (rabbit) and hares
  • grouse (ruffed, sharp-tailed, spruce)
  • squirrel (gray and fox)
  • gray (Hungarian) partridge
  • ring-necked pheasant
  • ptarmigan
  • raccoon
  • fox (red and Arctic)
  • skunk
  • weasel
  • opossum
  • American crow
  • groundhog
  • porcupine
  • wild turkey (a tag is required in addition to your small game licence)
  • wolf/coyote (a tag is required in addition to your small game licence in certain Wildlife Management Units)
  • selected migratory game birds (a federal migratory game bird hunting permit is required in addition to your Ontario small game licence)

Big game hunting

You are required to carry:

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  • a valid Outdoors Card
  • a licence summary listing the licence for the species you are hunting
    • your licence summary can be carried in a paper or digital format (for example, smartphone)
  • federal firearms accreditation documentation (for example, your non-resident firearms declaration form, Temporary Firearms Borrowing Licence, Possession and Acquisition Licence) if you are hunting with a gun
  • any associated tags (note: all big game species have tag requirements)
  • non-residents hunting black bear must obtain and carry a validation certificate. You can obtain a validation certificate from a licensed black bear operator

Big game species:

  • black bear
  • moose
  • white-tailed deer

Tags

A tag is a component of a hunting licence. The tag authorizes the hunter to hunt the game species (such as wild turkey) indicated on the tag, subject to conditions listed on the tag (such as season, animal type or firearm). A tag can be purchased online, at a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario location. Tags can be printed at home, or at a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario. Review a list of printing dates in the Important Dates for Hunters section of the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary. Any replacements will be tracked through the licensing service and must be obtained at a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario.

As a non-resident, tags are required to hunt:

  • moose
  • deer
  • wolf/coyote (only in certain Wildlife Management Units)
  • wild turkey
  • black bear

It is the hunter’s responsibility to know the tagging requirements for the species being hunted. Tags must be protected, intact and legible at all times.

General tagging instructions are available in the Tags section of the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary. Specific tagging instructions will be provided with your tag.

Mandatory hunter reports

Non-residents must complete a mandatory hunter report if they either:

  • purchase or are issued a tag to hunt deer, black bear, wild turkey, or wolf/coyote (in Wildlife Management Units where a tag is required)
  • are issued a licence to hunt moose

Even if you did not hunt or harvest an animal, you are required to complete a hunter report.

Non-resident black bear hunter reports are attached to the validation certificates and must be completed and returned to the operator.

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Non-resident moose hunters hunting with a tourist outfitter must complete a non-resident moose hunter report for tourist outfitter and return it to the outfitter.

Non-resident moose hunters hunting with an immediate relative must complete a mandatory moose hunter report.

Hunt black bear with a licensed bear operator

All non-residents wishing to hunt black bear must contract the services of an operator licensed to provide bear hunting services.

If you purchase black bear hunting services from a licensed black bear operator, you will be issued a validation certificate. The certificate validates your bear tag to hunt with the specific operator for a specific period of time and in a specific area. Your validation certificate must be carried with you while you hunt.

Learn more about hunting black bear with a licensed black bear operator.

Hunt moose with a tourist outfitter

All non-residents that want to hunt moose must contract the services of a moose tourist outfitter, with one exception:

  • a non-resident who is an immediate relative of an Ontario resident who holds a valid moose tag may purchase a non-resident moose hunting licence to party hunt with their relative during an open-resident season

Outfitters will provide instruction to prospective clients on the steps you need to take to purchase a moose licence and separate tag before you arrive at the outfitter. The outfitter can only provide the tag once a client has paid for the tag and has shown the outfitter that they have purchased their moose licence and paid for the tag. The moose tag fees below apply to both residents and non-residents.

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A hunter must be a registered guest of the outfitter and carry documentation provided by the outfitter to verify this if they:

  • receive a moose tag from an outfitter
  • hunt in a party with another hunter who receives a moose tag from an outfitter

Learn more about hunting moose with a tourist outfitter.

Hunting fees for non-residents of Ontario

All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to 13% HST.

Non-resident products2022 fee
Outdoors Card$8.57
One-year small game licence$121.52
Three-year small game licence$364.56
Moose licence$479.86
Moose calf tag$30.00
Moose cow/calf tag$150.00
Moose bull tag$200.00
Deer licence and tag$240.81
Additional deer tag$240.81
Black bear licence and tag (to hunt through an outfitter)$240.81
Wolf/coyote tag (only required for select Wildlife Management Units)$255.57
Wild turkey tag – Spring$30.33
Wild turkey tag – Fall$30.33
Dog licence$15.21
Export permit (moose, deer and black bear)$35.00

Before you can hunt in Ontario, you’ll need: an Outdoors Card hunter accreditation on file with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service federal firearms accreditation (for example, your Possession and Acquisition Licence, minor’s licence) if you are hunting with a gun any required licences and tags for the game you wish to hunt An Ontario resident is a person whose primary residence is in Ontario and who has lived in the province for a period of at least 6 consecutive months during the 12 months immediately before applying for a licence.

be at least 16 years old (or 15 with written parental consent) have successfully taken the Ontario Hunter Education Program (or an Ontario-recognized equivalent accreditation) and have submitted valid documentation to have hunter accreditation added to your Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service account follow all federal firearm regulations and carry appropriate documentation with you if you are hunting with a gun have a valid Outdoors Card have the required hunting licence(s) and tag(s) for the game you wish to hunt. You must follow all rules related to hunting in Ontario — including where and when you hunt, the type of firearm that can be used and the clothing you are required to wear when hunting.. A hunting licence is required to hunt in Ontario.. a valid Outdoors Card a licence summary listing your valid small game hunting licence (unless your small game licence is printed on the back of your Outdoors Card ) your licence summary can be carried in a paper or digital format (such as a smartphone). federal firearms accreditation (for example, your Possession and Acquisition Licence, minor’s licence) if you are hunting with a gun any associated tags if applicable (for example, wild turkey or wolf/coyote tags). Small game species: cottontail (rabbit) and hares grouse (ruffed, sharp-tailed, spruce) squirrel (gray and fox) gray (Hungarian) partridge ring-necked pheasant ptarmigan raccoon fox (red and Arctic) skunk weasel opossum American crow groundhog porcupine wild turkey (a tag is required in addition to your small game licence) wolf/coyote (a tag is required in addition to your small game licence in certain Wildlife Management Units) migratory game birds (a federal migratory game bird hunting permit is required in addition to your small game licence). a valid Outdoors Card a licence summary listing the licence of the species you are hunting your licence summary can be carried in a paper or digital format (such as a smartphone). federal firearms accreditation (for example, your Possession and Acquisition Licence) if you are hunting with a gun any associated tags (note: all big game species have tag requirements). The tag authorizes the hunter to hunt the game species indicated on the tag (such as a wild turkey), subject to conditions listed on the tag (such as season, animal type or firearm.. General tagging instructions are available in the Ontario Hunting Regulation Summary , Specific tagging instructions will be provided with your tag.. purchase or are issued a tag to hunt deer, elk, black bear, wild turkey, wolf/coyote (in Wildlife Management Units where a tag is required) are issued a licence to hunt moose. The outfitter can only provide the tag once a client has paid for the tag and has shown the outfitter that they have purchased their moose licence and paid for the tag.. receive a moose tag from an outfitter hunt in a party with another hunter who receives a moose tag from an outfitter. Resident products2022 FeeBuy or renew an Outdoors Card (valid for 3 calendar years)$8.57One-year small game licence$22.76Three-year small game licence$68.28Moose allocation application$15.00Moose Licence$35.29Moose calf tag$30.00Moose cow/calf tag$150.00Moose bull tag$200.00Elk draw application$15.00Elk licence and tag$48.25Deer licence and tag$43.86Farmer’s deer licence and tag$25.14Deer draw applicationsNo feeAdditional tag for deer (only for select Wildlife Management Units)$43.86Black bear licence and tag$43.86Second tag for black bear (only for select Wildlife Management Units)$43.86Wolves/coyotes tag (only for select Wildlife Management Units)$10.05Wild turkey tag – Spring$26.33Wild turkey tag – Fall$26.33Dog licence$12.21 Generally, if you belong to an Indigenous community with established Aboriginal or treaty hunting rights in Ontario, you can hunt without a licence when you’re hunting:. If you hunt outside your traditional or treaty area, you will need to have an Outdoors Card with appropriate hunting licences and tags, or written permission from a First Nation to hunt in their traditional territory.

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$74.44 U.S. funds Non Resident 8 Day Sport Fishing Tag: $60.32 Cdn.. Muskie – zero possession limit on Lac Seul Non Resident 1 Yr. Conservation Tag: $58.43 Cdn.. Sport Fishing Tag: $61.93 Possession Limit of 4 Walleye, 4 Northern Pike, 4 Smallmouth Bass & 2 Lake Trout Canadian Resident 1 Yr. Conservation Fishing Tag: $37.21 Possession Limit of 2 Walleye, 2 Northern Pike, 2 Smallmouth Bass & 2 Lake Trout Temporary Canadian/Non Resident Outdoors Card: $9.68 Cdn.. All non-residents of Ontario require an Outdoors Card and current Fishing Licence.. We will prepare your licences for you upon arrival.. The type of licence will in turn determine how many fish you can take home and the time of year that you choose to fish determines what species are available.. Additional catch and possession regulations apply to area lakes and can be reviewed in the Ontario Sport Fishing Regulations.. Registration of the firearm is required when crossing the border.. For this procedure please contact Canada Customs in Fort Frances at 807-274-3655, ext.. For regular processing and registration, we will mail you the registration form and recommend that you fill out the declaration before you arrive to save some time.. However, note that the form must be signed in front of the Customs Officer at the point of entry.. To assist in as little delays as possible, we recommend that you have your valid hunting license from another state or province and if you have – a license to own the firearm.. In order for you to obtain an Ontario hunting license you must produce a valid or expired hunting license from another province or state, which you must also carry with you while hunting in Canada.. For clarification or further information please refer to the Ontario Hunting Regulation Summary that will be mailed to all guests who choose to hunt with us.

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All licensed hunters, including archery hunters, hunting during the gun season for deer and moose are required to wear hunter orange.. (Validation tags and game seals are considered to be part of the licence.). Non-resident's Small Game License $118.11 Non-resident's Moose License $472.18 Non-resident's Deer License (antlered deer only) $235.96 Non-resident's Black Bear License $235.96 Non-resident's Wolf/coyote Game Seal (maximum of two per year) $269.58* Export Permit $ 35.00. *In order to hunt wolves or coyotes, a non-resident must have a wolf/coyote game seal, an Outdoors Card and a non-resident's small game license tag.. If you wish to hunt moose or deer in Ontario you must have a valid hunting license.. An export permit is required to export moose or deer or any part of a moose or deer (including carcass, hide or antlers).. If you wish to hunt black bear in Ontario, you must have a Black Bear Hunting License Validation Certificate to validate a non-resident black bear hunting license.. An export permit is required to export a black bear or any part of a bear (including carcass, hide).. You may only hunt wolves & coyotes under the authority of your small game licence accompanied by a wolf/coyote game seal purchased from Service Ontario.. You will need a CITES permit to export a wolf from Canada.. For more information on Ontario Canada Hunting Regulations visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources on line at: www.mnr.gov.on.ca

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Ontario is establishing a regular spring black bear season, reducing seasons on the Bruce Peninsula and making other minor updates to black bear regulations.. In 2014, Ontario introduced a spring black bear hunting season pilot that supported sustainable black bear hunting opportunities.. We have decided to proceed with the changes to eliminate the special hunting opportunities for non-resident landowners and non-residents hunting with an immediate relative, as well as requiring persons providing hunting services to residents within a bear management area to require a Licence to Provide Bear Hunting Services.. The ministry will continue to monitor black bear populations, harvest and sustainability indicators to support the long-term sustainable management of Ontario’s black bear population.. In 2016, the ministry extended the black bear spring season pilot for an additional 5-years and expanded it to include all Wildlife Management Units ( WMUs ) where there was an open season for black bear in the fall.. We are proposing to continue the spring black bear season beyond 2020 for residents and non-residents in all Wildlife Management Units where there is a fall black bear season.. We are proposing to reduce the bear hunting and trapping season to one-week from May 1 to May 7 in WMUs 82A, 83 and 84 (and to close the fall season) to support the long-term sustainability of the local black bear population on the Bruce Peninsula.. We are proposing to require individuals or businesses to have a ‘Licence to Provide Black Bear Hunting Services’ to provide guiding services to residents within a Bear Management Area.. This proposal is intended to improve fairness to all those offering bear hunting services by addressing the issue of persons providing black bear hunting services to residents within the same Bear Management Area where a licensed bear operator is authorized to provide services.

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