Key Hunting Seasons

Please be aware of these key hunting seasons in parts of the Dufferin County Forest.

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The peak periods for hunting in the Dufferin County Forest are the two five-day shotgun hunts for white-tailed deer (November 7-11 and December 5-9, 2022) and the spring wild turkey hunt (April 25-May 31, 2023).

In addition, be particularly aware of:

  • archery seasons for white-tailed deer: October 1-November 6, 2022; November 12-December 4, 2022; and December 10-31, 2022
  • archery season for wild turkey: October 1-31, 2022
  • shotgun/archery season for wild turkey: October 11-23, 2022

There is no hunting allowed at any time on the following Dufferin County Forest properties: north portion of Amaranth, Hockley, Leening, Levitt, Little, Main, Mono, Thomson, and River Road. These are posted accordingly.

Despite the above:

  • on Dufferin County Forest properties where hunting is allowed (south portion of Amaranth, Gara Gore, Melancthon, Randwick, Riverview, and Simmons), there may be hunters present at any time between October 1 and May 31
  • on Dufferin County Forest properties where hunting is allowed between October 1 and May 31, the seasons are the same as those established by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry. These can be viewed at www.ontario.ca/hunting.

More information on hunting in the Dufferin County Forest.