The anticipated environmental consequences of the proposals are positive or neutral. The population of turkeys in Ontario continues to increase in number and expand its range. Spring turkey seasons for bearded turkeys (almost exclusively males) have little or no impact on turkey populations and pose no threat to sustainability. Conservative fall turkey seasons in areas with robust turkey populations also pose no threat to sustainability but will be monitored closely and closed or otherwise modified in areas as necessary. Fall turkey seasons may also help to mitigate some specific concerns regarding conflict situations.
The anticipated social consequences are positive. The opening of spring seasons in additional WMUs and the establishment of a fall wild turkey hunting season will provide more turkey hunting opportunities.
The anticipated economic consequences of these proposals are positive. The opening of additional WMUs to spring turkey hunting and the establishment of a fall turkey hunting season provides greatly expanded opportunities for hunters and offers some potential to mitigate some specific human-turkey conflicts.
A regulation is the most appropriate means to achieve the proposal's objectives. Regulations provide more openness, consistency and certainty than other control mechanisms; they provide the force of law and are enforceable. The use of a regulation, rather than legislation, will allow for efficient changes in the future, should adjustments be required to further meet the needs of resources and client groups.