Hunting is a popular activity amongst many Hamilton residents. The Hamilton Police Service wants to remind residents of the importance of safety and following the proper protocol for obtaining their hunting licence.


When it comes to safety in relation to hunting, one of the most important areas to think about is firearms.

  • Never assume that any firearm you come in contact with is unloaded – always prove your weapon safe.
  • Always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
  • Never take for granted that you are carrying a loaded firearm.  As a hunter, you are responsible for following safe firearm practices.
  • Ensure that you check what’s in front or beyond your target. The number one cause of hunting accidents occur because people mistake a person for game.  If you are not 100% sure of what you’re shooting at, don’t take the shot.
  • Practice and be comfortable handling your firearm.  This will prevent accidental discharges and stray shots.
  • Practice self-control. If you find that you’re overly excited or anxious, it puts yourself and others at risk. A calm shooter is always more accurate.
  • Dress for the weather and wear proper footwear.
  • Be prepared. Pack items such as water, snacks, matches, a first aid kit, map, compass, knife, flashlight and perhaps extra gloves/socks and a wind breaker. A GPS is always a good idea.
  • Hunt only where you are permitted and stay off private property unless you have written permission from the land owner.
  • Do not engage in drug/alcohol consumption. This can lead to a serious accident. It’s not worth the risk.

Rules & Regulations for Hunting in Ontario

To get your resident hunting licence in Ontario, most people need to pass the Ontario Hunter Education Course, including a written exam.

Ontario residents must take the Ontario Hunter Education Course and pass the written exam to:

  • buy their first hunting version Outdoors Card or:
  • participate in the Ontario Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program

You may also need to pass the:

  • Canadian Firearms Safety Course –if you want to use a gun to hunt
  • Ontario Wild Turkey Hunter Education Course –if you want to hunt wild turkey

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