Hunting

Map of Wild Turkey Hunt location in County ForestNotice: Wild Turkey Hunt permitted from April 25 to May 31, 2022
Northumberland County Forest is in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 72.
Hunting in the Northumberland County Forest is permitted east of County Road 45 only. Hunters must be licenced/permitted per federal and provincial regulations. Do not discharge a firearm within 50m of a trail (hunters are responsible for knowing their location).
To minimize damage, hunters should not drive on forest roads until the ground has thawed and dried. Off-road vehicles are not permitted on trails until May 15th.
Non-hunters should consider wearing blaze orange during hunting seasons.
For more information, contact Forest Services by email or call 905-372-3329 ext. 2303

There are many habitats in the Northumberland County Forest that allow hunting.

Permits and licences

The Northumberland County Forest does not have a specific hunting permit but you must have proper licences (e.g., provincial hunting licence, deer tag, federal firearm licence). The forest is patrolled by municipal law enforcement officers, provincial conservation officers and the Ontario Provincial Police.

Please visit the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters for more information.

All hunters must...

  • not hunt any game other than deer or wild turkey
  • only hunt in areas east of County Road 45
  • comply with all County, Provincial and Federal regulations
  • respect private property
  • respect trail users, obey designated trail uses and maintain safe distances from all open trails
  • not construct permanent tree stands or damage trees for tree stands
  • not use a motorized vehicle off designated motorized trails to retrieve game
  • not litter (including cigarettes and tissues)

Please note that dogs are not allowed when deer hunting in this Wildlife Management Unit.

Remember, firearms cannot be discharged from or across a right of way for the passage of vehicular traffic at any time (from the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary).

Report illegal hunting

If you have any concerns about poaching or illegal methods of hunting please call the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at 1-877-847-7667.

Contact us

If you have any questions about hunting opportunities in the Northumberland County Forest, please contact our Forest Management Officer at 905-372-3329 ext. 2303.