Wild turkey hunting season returns April 25

ONTARIO – The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) is wishing Ontario’s wild turkey hunters a safe, enjoyable, and successful hunt, according to a press release.

 The 2023 spring wild turkey season in most of the province opens on April 25, and is a result of the reintroduction of wild turkeys to Ontario in the late 1980s. 

The subsequent growth of turkey populations has allowed for a limited hunt that has expanded over the years as the number of birds continues growing. 

“For many hunters, wild turkey season is the first opportunity of the year to get out and enjoy the outdoors with the chance of bringing home their first harvest of the year,” OCOA president Matthew McVittie said.

 “As with any hunting season, hunters can expect to encounter conservation officers out in the field as they conduct hunter inspections to ensure everyone is following the rules and to ensure that the sport of turkey hunting continues to be a safe sport.”

Hunters should review the 2023 Hunting Regulations Summary, according to the release, which is available online at ontario.ca/document/ontario-hunting-regulations-summary, and ensure they are familiar with the hunting seasons, hunting methods and tagging requirements for game wildlife. 

Should hunters have more questions about hunting regulations, they can contact a local conservation officer for more information.  

“When hunting on private property please ensure you are familiar with the property boundaries and you have permission from the landowner to be there,” McVittie said, adding, “remember to follow proper safe hunting principles … We wish everyone a safe and successful hunt this spring.”

For more information, visit the OCOA website at ocoa.ca.