A decision was made to proceed with the proposal as described, subject to the following changes:
• No open season for Snapping Turtle across all of Ontario.
• Ruffed Grouse daily bag and possession limits are 5 and 15 respectively for Wildlife Management Units 68, 73 to 76, 82 to 84.
• Ring-necked Pheasant daily bag and possession limits are 3 and 10 respectively for Wildlife Management Units 68, 69A, 70 to 94.
• An amendment to O. Reg. 666/98 will allow possession of an Otter pelt that is incidentally trapped (outside the open season for otter) during the open season for Beaver, without obtaining a licence to possess a pelt. Amended in response to comments received on the proposed (different) seasons for Otter and Beaver
• A consequential amendment to O. Reg. 667/98 was required to reflect the modernized approach of describing areas where furbearing mammals may be trapped in Ontario using existing Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) boundaries.
The decision was implemented by an amendment to O. Reg. 663/98 (Area Descriptions) by O. Reg. 86/17, by an amendment to O. Reg. 665/98 (Hunting) by O. Reg. 87/17, by an amendment to O. Reg. 666/98 (Possession, Buying and Selling of Wildlife), by O. Reg. 88/17, by an amendment to O. Reg. 667/98 (Trapping), by O. Reg. 89/17, and by an amendment to O. Reg. 670/98 (Open Seasons), by O. Reg. 85/17.
These regulations were filed in the Office of the Registrar of Regulations on March 30, 2017. These regulations are effective on April 1, 2017.
The following web links provide additional supporting information.
• Ontario Regulation 663/98 (Area Descriptions)
• Ontario Regulation 665/98 (Hunting)
• Ontario Regulation 666/98 (Possession, Buying and Selling of Wildlife)
• Ontario Regulation 667/98 (Trapping)
• Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons)