More pheasant, fewer grouse and hare: Small game hunting regulations proposed

CORNWALL – Local hunters are encouraged to comment on the province’s proposed changes to the pheasant, grouse and hare seasons, says Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell.

Until Jan. 31, Ontarians are encouraged to provide feedback on a “simplification” of hunting seasons by visiting the Environmental Registry posting at https://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTMxMDUy&statusId=MTk4NjY5 or by navigating to Notice #012-9170 from www.ebr.gov.on.ca.

McDonell’s district is part of Wildlife Management Unit #65, where proposed changes include an earlier start and an earlier end to pheasant season, with a daily limit increase to 10 birds from the current three; a cut in the daily sharp-tailed grouse limit from five to two; and a cut in the varying hare daily limit from six to five.

Alternatively submit comments by mail to: Wildlife Section, Public Input Coordinator, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Policy Division, Species Conservation Policy Branch, 300 Water Street, Peterborough ON  K9J 8M5 or by phone (705) 755-1940.