Ontario Seeking Input on Fall Turkey Hunt in Parts of Northumberland CountyPublished on June 24, 2020
Proposed new hunt would support local hunting and tourism while ensuring sustainable population management
PORT HOPE, ON - The Ontario government is seeking public input on a proposed fall turkey hunting season in parts of Northumberland County to support local hunting and tourism while ensuring sustainable population management.
This region has a robust turkey population and the proposed fall turkey hunt would be a sustainable and effective way to support the local hunting and tourism sectors, especially at a time when they have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Beginning with efforts in the mid-1980s, Ontario has created a very successful wild turkey management program that has resulted in a rapid expansion of the number and range of the birds and ensured sustainable populations. Ontario’s turkey management plan outlines criteria for considering a fall hunt and creating a season that is designed to be conservative to ensure there is low risk to populations.
Wildlife Management Unit 72, which covers parts of Northumberland County, has a robust turkey population that can support a fall hunting season and the province is proposing to open a fall turkey hunting season beginning in October 2020.
“We are listening to the hunting and tourism sectors in Northumberland County, where there has been an interest in a fall turkey hunting season,” said David Piccini, MPP Northumberland-Peterborough South. “This proposed new hunt would offer hunters more opportunity and support local businesses, while ensuring we continue to have a sustainable turkey population.”
The proposed hunting seasons would become a regular, monitored fall season that would be consistent with the existing fall turkey seasons in southern Ontario. The Wild Turkey Management Plan for Ontario includes criteria for the consideration of closing fall hunting in specific Wildlife Management Unit’s (WMUs), dependant on harvest levels and population indicators.
The proposed changes are now available on the Environmental Registry of Ontario for public feedback until August 10, 2020.
Spring turkey hunting seasons exist throughout southern Ontario and parts of central Ontario, including in parts of Northumberland County.
Hunters spend more than $560 million annually in Ontario and support jobs in many rural communities.
The Wild Turkey Management Plan for Ontario is a framework to ensure sustainable populations for the enjoyment of future generations. It outlines criteria for considering a fall hunt and creating a season that is designed to be conservative to ensure there is low risk to populations.
Ontario Hunting Regulation Summary