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Don't let your turkey hunt get too wild

Saturday, April 26, 2014   by: Staff


Conservation Officers encourage safe turckey hunting
The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) wants to wish all of Ontario’s wild turkey hunters a safe, enjoyable, and successful hunt.
The 2014 spring wild turkey season in most of Ontario opens on April 25 and is a result of the reintroduction of wild turkeys to Ontario in the late 1980’s.
The subsequent growth of turkey populations allowed for a limited hunt that has expanded over the years as the number of birds continues to grow.

The spring wild turkey hunt has become very popular over the years, so does the potential for abuse of both the resource and the private land upon which most hunting takes place.

Fortunately, a combination of mandatory turkey hunter education program, responsible hunters, and active enforcement efforts by Conservation Officers (CO’s) has resulted in many seasons of safe hunts.

“Even though the vast majority of hunters obey the law, CO’s continue to find a small percentage of individuals who disregard the regulations while turkey hunting”, says OCOA President Joe McCambridge, himself a field CO in Pembroke and active turkey hunter. “We will continue to actively enforce the law and ensure that the sport of turkey hunting continues to be a safe sport”, adds McCambridge.

Hunters are reminded that permission is required to hunt on private land, where most turkey hunting occurs. 

It is illegal in most of southern Ontario to hunt on or from public road right of ways between tracts of private land. In addition, it is illegal to hunt turkeys within 400 metres of where bait has been deposited.

“Conservation Officers will always investigate reports of trespassing and road hunting, and we encourage responsible hunters to report illegal hunting immediately. This will help keep both hunters and members of the public safe during the hunt”, said McCambridge.

Anyone with information about a natural resources or public safety related violation is encouraged to call the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources violation reporting line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667), contact their local CO directly, or call Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).

For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement, please visit the OCOA website at, or contact your local Conservation Officer.


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spike5 4/26/2014 10:27:25 AM Report

Mandatory hunting classes "at a price" of course (MNR money grab)to be allowed to hunt turkeys. Really, we need to attend classes and pay to have the privilegeofbirdhunting.I find this an insult to us. MNR should look at how the U.S. treat their hunters and senior hunters by promoting outdoor activities not just trying to make a buck on every aspect of our outdoors. They promote, they don't discourage people.
rockbanger 4/26/2014 10:34:20 AM Report

Over the last 25 to 35 years the MNR and provincial government has ruined the Ontario hunting and fishing experience for the common taxpayer.

Now there are so may FEES and mandatory courses with FEES that one must take to LEGALLY go into the wild and partake in hunting or fishing. They (the government) has driven away the little guy who used to pay for the license and go out a few times each season.

Life in Ontario is now an ever growing list of user FEES. With more FEES soon as the government can think them up

kaima 4/26/2014 10:50:58 AM Report

I agree,

I agree, why in heavens name does anyone with a small game licence still have to take a course, and pay more fees to hunt for a turkey? This so called land of the free especially in Ontario has got to go. Something drastic has to happen in the Provincial Government. (like treaty rights????)

cooper2006 4/26/2014 10:56:06 AM Report

Yep! Every time I see a CO they treat me like I did something wrong until they find out I am legal.

I don't know anyone who feels they are a value, the culture of CO's is really sickening...Power trip at its finest!
ThinkAgain 4/26/2014 11:18:50 AM Report

I gave up on the leisure activities of hunting and fishing years ago. Fees for just about everything & anything, the costs are out of control and NO longer enjoyable.
I see the prices today and the requirements as I shake my head in discuss, someone has to pay MNR's salary, pension & perks but NOT this kid.

Its disgusting/disturbing to be considered a proud Canadian today.
sooperman 4/26/2014 11:29:18 AM Report

yeah as a outdoorsman it doesn't matter whether hunting or fishing you are guilty of something when encountered by the c.o.'s until you prove your innocence...turkey course cash grab...address your letters to the honourable David 0 and watch him spring into action, gov't just wanna gobble our $$$
Gater 4/26/2014 12:46:19 PM Report

Excellent program very well managed also. Took the Turkey Hunting/biology class when introduced on St joe.. Excellent course with the primary focus on the biology of the bird.
I am told now you can do it online now..
Good Job C.O's ..Also the Report a Poacher program for Ontario has had over 5000 calls ea year since it was started.. These are obviously Sportsman. and women that follow through and don't just talk and complain about issues.

Sam C 4/26/2014 1:42:08 PM Report

Kaima... Likely courses like this are needed for precisely the reasons stated: each year there are those who trespass and do not follow the regulations.
Sam C 4/26/2014 1:44:09 PM Report

This also explains why last week I saw all sorts of turkeys, one this week -- none! Like moose and deer, they seem to know when the season is open, and go into hiding. ;-)
jayden2b 4/26/2014 2:22:08 PM Report

Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding area is in WMU 36 and there is no turkey hunting at all. The only area around here to hunt turkey is on St. Joe's which is in WMU 45, and that's only for spring hunt.
dandrew61 4/26/2014 6:56:49 PM Report

It’s ironic how the MNR is reducing the moose tags for Ontario residents but now brags about the success of the Turkey hunt. The very hunt that is only possible because almost 30 years ago the MNR traded away our moose to Michigan in exchange for wild turkeys that were then released on private land. The moose came from northern Ontario and were there for anyone fortunate enough to get a tag but the turkeys were released on private land and locally that means if you don’t own land on St. Joes or are friends with someone who does, don’t bother taking the turkey course. Save your money for the moose draw that you probably won’t be successful in anyway.
theprotector 4/26/2014 8:16:49 PM Report

if the vast majority of hunters obey the law then why are the COs around here total assholes? They treat everyone like they did somethng wrong and if one of them ever gets rude with my under age grandson again I will put my fist in their big mouth!
They should take maditory public relations training and maybe even some ethics training. No wonder they spend so much time in the bush they have no friends with they way they act!
theprotector 4/26/2014 8:18:12 PM Report

yeah thats a good one as well, "lets put turkeys on an island that is 98 % private and have a hunt for them". Good one fatboy district bio good one!
run 4/26/2014 10:54:57 PM Report

It's funny how everyone on here complains about the CO. "Oh they treat me as of I done something wrong". It's probably because you did do something wrong. I have been hunting for many years. I have never had an issue with a CO. They have been so nice to us. They have actually gave us some great ideas when hunting. Try being a little considerate next time you are approached. Do get all defensive as if did do something wrong. They have a job to do. And I respect that. Great job Mr. CO. Keep up the AWESOME work.
theprotector 4/27/2014 7:34:59 AM Report

oh your full of crap moron! I have never done anything wrong yet their attitude sucks especailly the roid boy and his trusted side kick nuisance beaver! Please they flunk out of opp school, barely got through college and now they feel the need to exercise their as she put it "specail powers".

cooper2006 4/27/2014 8:25:56 AM Report

@ Run

Ya right ! - you must be a CO, married to one or work at the MNR

I was sitting on a ridge moose hunting behind the pancake, when they approached and RAN UP THE RIDGE WITH GUNS IN THEIR HANDS!!! checked me and left!

Defensive? nope - scared shitless!
boilertyme 4/27/2014 10:07:06 AM Report

Instead of hunting it should be called hunted, COs are hunting you. Personally I gave it up for that reason, will not subject myself to be scrutinized by those clowns, they have a bad day and someone has to pay. I now save my money from both hunting and fishing and take it to Florida in Febuary where I charter a boat and float around fishing and drinking dirt cheap beer. Screw you Ontario authority. Everyone should try this and when the revenue diminishes we will see if their tune changes.
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