Hunting

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

Hunting notices

Wild turkey hunt
  • Northumberland County Forest is in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 72.
  • A wild turkey hunt will be permitted from April 25 to May 31, 2019.
  • 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 50 m 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.

Map of areas in County Forest that permit and prohibit hunting

For more information, please contact:

Forest Services

905-372-3329 ext. 2303

Email Forest Services

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.