License and game seal info

NOTE Provided by Art Hawes: This is an overview only.

Apprentice hunters from 12 – 14 can now purchase licenses and game seals. They cannot enter the draws for adult moose, elk or antlerless deer. They do need an outdoors card at age 12. Hunters including apprentices must carry proof of firearms training as in a PAL, POL or paperwork that proves firearms training/testing completion on their person if hunting with a gun. Outdoors Cards are no longer issued in gun hunting, bow hunting, fishing graduations. I give verification letters to all students who require them. Youths aged 12-14 can get a POL for target shooting, if aged 15 to their 18th birthday they can get a POL including hunting. Apprentices share a single firearm with their adult, licensed mentor. Young hunters with a POL at age 15 can start carrying a firearm under restrictions arranged between the OPP firearms office and their parents or guardian. This may change.

People moving to Ontario from other jurisdictions cannot challenge the Hunter Safety test. If they have a Safety certificate or license from another accepted jurisdiction they need only go a Service Ontario hunting license issuing location and purchase their Ontario Outdoors card and licences. If they have no documentation they must complete the Hunter Safety Course and Test.

Game seals can be purchased and printed on line. The paper game seal must be protected from the elements. There is a neat hunter orange waterproof pouch available. Got some for teaching, probably available from OFAH, expect to see in other outlets soon.  Damaged game seals can be returned to an appropriate Service Ontario outlet or licence issuer for replacement. Cost is $10.50.

Game seal does not need to be attached to the animal as long as the game seal owner is accompanying the animal. The game seal must be notched at the kill sight immediately before gutting/transporting.

Any questions please call Art at 519 369-6858 email casecorner (at) hotmail (dot) com


Intro to Turkey Hunting, Hanover, Mar. 2

Sorry for the late notice; I just learned of this via the CSSA E-News.  There may still be time to register for this event. 

Canadian Sportswoman Society and The Real Outdoor Experience Present
An introduction to Turkey Hunting

March 2, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion, 493 – 8th Avenue, Hanover, ON

Co-Ed, all ages and experiences welcome
Cost per person: $25 which includes:
Turkey Tactics
Basic Calling
Blind Set Ups
Hunting Scenarios
Q&A Session
Lunch and Refreshments

Door Prizes and Raffles

Contact Lori-Anne Horst to register: 226-923-0193
EMTs can be sent to care_kid33 (at)

UPDATE: Feb. 3 Firearms Consultation

A reminder: Sunday Feb. 3, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Durham Community Centre, Bill Blair, Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, along with MP Larry Miller, will have a public meeting for consultations on firearms-related topics.  Please attend!  We want to have as large a turnout as possible.  You don’t need to speak, just show up.

We do not yet know the agenda for the meeting — whether it will be Bill C-71, proposed handgun bans, or something else.  If you wish to speak, Larry Miller advises that you have a question or statement prepared in advance, be polite, and keep it brief, 90 seconds or less.  If you wish to make a longer statement or presentation, Miller asks that you email a copy in advance to his Owen Sound Constituency Office.

Thanks to the Owen Sound Revolver Club for some of the information above.  I’ll try to keep this post updated as I learn more. – Brad

Update: here is news coverage of the event:
Blackburn News: Federal cross-country firearms consultation stops in Durham
Owen Sound Sun-Times: Bill Blair speaks in Durham about his handgun/assault weapon ban review

Feb. 3, Firearms Consultation in Durham

Thanks to the CSSA E-News for alerting me to this item from the Owen Sound Sun-Times:

Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction will be in Durham in February.
Bill Blair will be at the Durham Community Centre from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 for consultations on firearms-related topics, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller announced on Thursday.
Miller wrote Blair in September inviting him to come to the riding to hear from rural Canadians about the government’s firearms policies. Miller’s office has been working with Blair’s office since then to find a date that would work with the minister’s schedule, and after a lengthy back-and-forth they agreed on the Feb. 3 meeting, it said in a news release from Miller’s office.

Feb. 3 is a Sunday, so they should be able to hear from plenty of rural Canadians who are concerned about Bill C-71.

MNRF Petitions – Lifting Hunting Ban, Service Standards, Special Purpose Account

We have received the following from the office of MPP Bill Walker:

I’m pleased to share with you three petitions as they relate to Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) service standards, hunting and fishing, and the administration of the Special Purpose Account.

I invite you to sign and forward to others who share our concern on these issues. Please return signed petitions with original (photo-copies can not be accepted) signatures to my Constituency Office at 100 – 920 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K5. If you have any questions, please call my office at 519-371-2421 or 1-800-461-2664.

PETITION: Reform MNRF Service Standards

PETITION: Lift ban on hunting/trapping Eastern Hybrid Wolf

PETITION: Review MNRF Special Purpose Account (SPA)


Public consultation on handgun and rifle bans

This just in from the Canadian Shooting Sports Association:

Have your say: The Canadian government opens its public consultation on banning handguns and semi-auto rifles.

Prime Minister Trudeau has asked the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and “assault weapons” in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.

The Government of Canada says they would like to hear your views.

This is your chance to have your say directly to the government. Consultations are available from October 11 to November 10, 2018. Please do this right away.

To make your voice heard, go to:

You can go directly to the online survey here:  Note that some proposals are calling for a ban on all semi-automatic rifles (even a little .22), so this is important to us.

“Modernizing Ontario’s Hunting & Fishing Licensing System”

We have received the following from the office of MPP Bill Walker:

On November 26, 2018 there will be a better way for hunters and anglers across Ontario to get their Outdoors Cards and hunting and fishing licensing products.

“The new fish and wildlife licensing service that we are launching in November will make getting outdoors easier for hunters and anglers.

The service will be easy to use, with new features like a mobile Licence Summary and a single Outdoors Card,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

To support transition to the new service, there will be two planned service interruptions:
* From November 19 to 25, 2018, there will be no fishing or hunting licences for sale.
* From November 19 to December 31, 2018, licences requiring a game seal will not be available for purchase. All fishing and hunting licences not requiring a game seal will be available for sale.

Plan ahead: all 2018 licences requiring a game seal need to be purchased before November 19, 2018.

As of January 1, 2019 – all hunting and fishing licences will be available for purchase during their regular timeframes.

For all the information you need about fishing and hunting licences in Ontario, please visit or you may call Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-387-7011.