August 15-October 15
Bear hunting season starts August 15.
You may encounter gun and bow hunters and their bear baits.
When the Ontario government cancelled the spring bear hunt in 1999, it lengthened the fall bear hunt by starting it earlier, on August 15, instead of September 1.
Bear hunters commonly attract bears by setting out effective baits of odorous food on or near trails or back roads.
Tips to Avoid Bear Hunters and Baits During Hunting Season
Areas of Concern
Possible lakes and rivers with baits and hunters.
Travel on lakes is not a concern. Just be aware when traveling off the lakes, on or near trails.
Hunters want to be out of sight and undisturbed by other people. Note that it is illegal to hunt bear while they are swimming or in their dens.
This list represents lakes and rivers that are road- and boat-accessible and is not a complete list of all areas where there may be hunters nor does it guarantee hunters will be present. It is only a guideline.
Hunting is illegal in the following parks:
Lady Evelyn-Smoothwater Wilderness Park
Finlayson Point Park (Temagami)
W.J.B. Greenwood Park (Latchford)
Hunting and Baiting Reported Near Portage
During Peak Canoe Season
This advisory was prompted by a confirmed report that there has been bear baiting and hunting on the North Arm of Lake Temagami in August for the last two seasons. In one case, baits were set within 300 yards of the Devil's Bay portage by an outfitter from outside Temagami. The baits were on old, non-portage trails leading off the lake. Canoeists, unfamiliar with the portage location, could accidentally follow the wrong the trail, thinking it was the portage, and end up at the bait site. Baits were set up on Devil's Bay before August 15, in anticipation of the opening of the hunting season.
Upset With Hunting During Canoe Season?
Mail or fax the Minister of Natural Resources and ask him to change the start of bear-hunting season to September 15 to protect canoeists during the peak canoe season.
Hon. Jerry Ouellette
Ontario Minister of Natural Resources
Room 6301, Whitney Block
99 Wellesley St. W.
Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1W3
Fax: (416) 314-2216
Phone: (416) 314-2301
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