Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

September 17, 2008 16:41 ET

Fall wild turkey tags at select ServiceOntario centres

Tags for new fall hunt not available through IVR

Attention: Agriculture Editor, Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, Sports Editor ONTARIO: O.F.A.H. MEDIA RELEASE--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2008) - The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) is informing hunters who intend to purchase wild turkey tags for the new fall hunt, that the tags are not as widely available as the spring version.

With few exceptions, hunters wishing to purchase a wild turkey tag will need to travel to a Wildlife Management Unit (W.M.U.) that will have an open wild turkey season this year. Within these specific W.M.U.'s, tags will be available at ServiceOntario centres and from licence issuers that stocked wild turkey tags in the spring. Issuers outside the designated W.M.U.'s who specifically requested tags may also have some availability. There will be no fall wild turkey tags available through the Interactive Voice Response (I.V.R.) system.

This past spring the Ministry of Natural Resources (M.N.R.) announced the opening of a fall wild turkey season in parts of southeastern and southwestern Ontario. The new fall hunting regulations include an open season for W.M.U.'s 64, 67, 68, 73, 76, 77, 78, 81, 82, 84, 89, 90, 92, and 93. Regulations for the fall season vary from the spring, with hunters allowed to take one bird, which can be of either gender. The fall season runs from October 14 to 26 in 2008.

To accommodate interest in the wild turkey certification seminars, the O.F.A.H. ran several courses in early September. The next opportunity to take the mandatory seminar for those wishing to hunt wild turkey will begin in February, with registration anticipated to open in January.

Wild Turkey Facts:
-The O.F.A.H. initiated the highly successful program to bring back the extirpated eastern wild turkey to Ontario more than twenty years ago.
-There has been a wild turkey hunting season since 1987, and during that time, wild turkey populations have continually increased. Conservative estimates place Ontario's turkey population at over 70,000 birds.
-Since 1987, the O.F.A.H. has trained 78,300 wild turkey hunters in seminars held across Ontario.
-Last year, wild turkey licence sales contributed $936,789 to the M.N.R. Special Purpose Account.

With 83,000 members and 655 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading nonprofit fishing, hunting and conservation organization in Ontario. For more information visit www.ofah.org.
/For further information: Matt Smith
Wild Turkey Program Coordinator

Contact Information

  • Lezlie Goodwin, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 270
    E-mail: lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org