Ontario Announces Big Game Management Advisory CommitteeApril 17, 2019
NORTH BAY – The Ontario government is working for the people by listening to concerns from hunters on how the province manages its moose population to ensure sustainability and hunting opportunities for future generations.
Last fall, the government announced a review of moose management in Ontario. Today John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced the Big Game Management Advisory Committee (BGMAC), tasked with advising on improvements to how the province manages moose and other big game including deer, elk and black bear.
“We have heard concerns from hunters that the current approach, specifically the moose tag draw system, is not working for hunters or ensuring sustainability,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli. “We’re acting on those concerns and delivering on our promise to make life easier for Ontario’s hunters, while ensuring sustainable populations and continued hunting opportunities.”
The committee consists of members with diverse knowledge and experience in moose management and quota review, moose hunting, tourist outfitter operations, and previous experience on wildlife advisory committees. The initial task of the committee will be to develop recommendations on moose management, with a focus on how quotas are developed, and how tags are allocated to hunters through the draw.
“Hunting is an important economic driver in Northern communities,” said Fedeli. “It is important we continue to support an industry that creates jobs for many Northerners who depend on it.”
The Committee will be hosting a listening session open to the public in North Bay on May 23.
For more information, head to Ontario.ca/moose.
- Hunting is worth over $431 million in Ontario.
- Ontario’s Government for the People is saving Ontario hunters approximately $1.6 million this year by freezing hunting licence fees and removing service fees.
- The 2019 moose tag draw opens today, and all interested hunters are encouraged to ensure they have a valid moose licence to enter the draw. Results will be made available in August on the Ministry’s new Moose in Ontario webpage.
- The 2019 elk tag draw also opens today. Results will be available on August 1.
- The 2019 black bear licences became available on March 1 and second tags became available April 15.
- Draw entry can be completed at participating ServiceOntario locations, private licence issuers, online (Ontario.ca/outdoorscard) or by calling the automated telephone line (1-800-288-1155). The online and automated telephone service channels are available 24/7.
- Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service