Who requires Hunter Education in Ontario?
All Ontario residents 15 years of age or older are required to complete the Ontario Hunter education course in order to be eligible for a hunting license, unless they have proof that they have obtained an Ontario resident hunting license issued after January 1, 1968. Two types of hunting license's are available, one that allows hunting with a gun or bow and one that allows hunting with a bow only. Hunter education training is required for both types of hunting license's.
Youth aged 12-15 can also take the Ontario Hunter Education Course but must hunt under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed mentor sharing a single firearm and the mentor’s bag limit. More information is available in the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary at www.ontario.ca/hunting.
New residents of Ontario have one opportunity to successfully challenge the Ontario Hunter Education Exam without having to take the course, if they can provide proof of having been issued a resident hunting license or completing a hunter education course in any jurisdiction of which they were a resident at the time.
Non-residents who wish to hunt in Ontario must be 16 years or older and need to complete the Ontario Hunter Education Course unless they:
- Previously acquired a valid Ontario non-resident hunting license after January 1, 1968
- Previously acquired a hunting license issued by a competent authority in any jurisdiction after January 1, 1968
- Have successfully completed hunter education in another jurisdiction that was a requirement for purchasing a hunting license in that jurisdiction
Minimum Age Requirements
- Upon successful completion of the Ontario Hunter Education Course, resident youth aged 12 can hunt under the direct and immediate supervision of a licensed adult (18 years or older) mentor. Youth must share the mentor’s bag limit.
- When resident youth reach the age of 15, with parental consent, or 16 (consent not required) they can purchase their own hunting license.
- Non-resident youth must be 16 years of age or older, with the necessary hunter education training, to be eligible for an Ontario non-resident hunting license.
Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
For information about courses contact:
P.O. Box 957
Peterborough ON K9J 7A5
Hunter Education Program Website:
Ontario Hunting regulations can be accessed through the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry website: www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/business/
Government Department responsible for hunting:
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Wildlife Policy Section: www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/
NGOs related to hunting:
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters administers the Ontario Hunter Education program through a service agreement with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.