New 2019 MNRF Hunting & Fishing Licence Changes

2019 MNR Ontario Hunting and Fishing Licence Summary

There are some substantial changes to the 2019 Ontario Hunting and Fishing Licencing you need to know.

Listed below is a summary of the key points in the new MNR Ontario Hunting and Fishing Licence changes for 2019.
Here is information you will need to know about hunting and fishing in Ontario.

General Information

  • No licences or game seals will be available for purchase between November 19-25, 2018.
  • No game seals will be available for sale between November 19 and December 31, 2018.
  • There will be only one type of Outdoors Card, where as before there was a fishing or a hunting version.
  • Your current Outdoors Card is still valid until the expiry date. You will then receive the new Outdoors Card when you renew your card.
  • You will now have to carry a “Licence Summary” for proof of your current hunting and fishing licences:
    • After January 1st, 2019 you can print multiple copies of your Licence Summary from home.
    • It will be your responsibility to protect any print outs from weather and keep them in good, legible condition.
    • Licence Summary will be available at participating locations where you can purchase licences.
    • A digital format of your Licence Summary will be available and is sufficient as proof of purchase.

Tags will replace game seals

  • Effective January 1, 2019, game seals will be replaced by tags.
  • Tags will be determined by the hunting accreditation on a hunter’s profile, purchased licences and draw results.
  • Clients will be able to print tags at home on 8.5″ x 11″ copy paper. Clients will only be able to print their tags once from home.
  • If clients do not have a computer or printer or prefer to buy or print a tag in person, they can still visit a licence issuer or participating Service Ontario location. Tags will not be mailed to clients.
  • Clients must also:
    • Ensure the paper tags are protected from the weather, intact and legible at all times.
    • Notch tags with the day, month and time immediately after the kill, at the site of the kill and before moving the animal.
    • Either accompany the animal and be able to immediately produce the tag for inspection OR
    • securely attach the tag if not accompanying the animal.

Mandatory Hunter Reporting

  • The ministry is changing their approach to hunter reporting. Beginning on January 1, 2019, anyone who is issued a tag for moose, deer, elk, bear, turkey, and/or wolf/coyote (in select WMUs where a tag is required) will be required to complete a mandatory hunter report even if the client didn’t hunt or harvest an animal.
  • Clients will now have the option to complete reports online or by phone. You will no longer receive postcard surveys by mail.

Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program

  • If a hunter is between the ages of 12 – 14, they will be considered an apprentice hunter effective January 1, 2019.
  • Apprentice hunters will need to buy an Outdoors Card to participate in the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program. The Outdoors Card will replace the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card.
  • Apprentice hunters who do not wish to purchase their own licences who currently have a valid hunter apprenticeship safety card can continue to use this card until its expiry date.
  • Apprentice hunters will have the option to buy select hunting licences and tags that are not obtained through a draw providing them with their own bag limit.

New Dog Licences

  • As of January 1, 2019 three separate dog licences (moose/deer, bear and raccoon) will be combined into a single dog licence.
  • The new dog licence will allow the dog to participate in the hunt for moose, deer, black bear and/or raccoon in areas where hunting with dogs is permitted.

***Easthill Outdoors takes no responsibility for any misinterpretation of the information provided as some information has been paraphrased and it is your legal responsibility to know and follow the laws set by the federal government and the MNRF.