Species At Risk


How You Can Help Species at Risk

Hunting is an activity enjoyed by more than 430,000 Ontarians and plays an important role in keeping wildlife populations healthy and sustainable. Hunters know firsthand the importance of protecting natural areas and wildlife habitat, and many volunteer their time and effort to take part in conservation projects to help protect Ontario’s rarest wildlife. Many hunters in Ontario contribute to conservation efforts through volunteering, reporting information on wildlife sightings and reporting suspicious activity. These efforts not only benefit common species but also help protect Ontario’s rarest wildlife.

  • Know the rules… Ontario’s Hunting Regulations aim to ensure the safety of hunters and others, support sustainable wildlife populations, protect species at risk and contribute to a healthy natural environment.
  • Before you go… Find out what species at risk live in the area where you’ll be hunting so you’ll know what to watch for.
  • Let us know… If you accidentally harm or kill protected wildlife, please report it immediately to the Ministry of Natural Resources.
  • Don’t let poachers get away with it… If you see or suspect someone of poaching, or not following Ontario’s hunting regulations, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time to report a violation. You can also contact your local ministry office during regular business hours or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
  • Get involved… Take part in local hands-on conservation projects through the Community Fisheries and Wildlife Involvement Program to support healthy and abundant wildlife habitat and populations.


How to get started

Your first step is to complete Ontario's Hunter Education Program.
If you wish to hunt with a gun, you will need to complete the Canadian Firearms Safety Course. Then you’ll need an outdoors card as well as a hunting licence specific to the type of game you want to hunt.
Learn more about hunting in Ontario.

What’s new?

Stay on top of new or changing hunting regulations that might affect you by regularly checking Information Updates for Hunters

The Endangered Species Act

Contact your local ministry office

Often the best source of local information on species at risk is your nearest ministry office. Call with your questions or concerns.