OFA provides comments regarding the proposal to simplify and align provincial white-tailed deer hunting seasons. Ontario’s agricultural lands are a scarce, finite and shrinking non-renewable resource. Wildlife damage imposes a significant financial burden on some Ontario farmers; not all farmers suffer from wildlife predation equally. The impacts vary. While Ontario does compensate farmers for livestock and poultry losses attributed to wildlife under the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, there is no comparable compensation for wildlife damage to crops. OFA is largely in support of the proposed changes to deer hunting seasons in Ontario. OFA supports sustainable whitetailed deer management, recognizing that high deer numbers in specific Wildlife Management Units may, in part, reflect the availability of agricultural crops as a food source. OFA continues to support the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry’s work with partners to minimize the risk of disease and pathogen transmission, including Chronic Wasting Disease between captive and wild cervid populations.
Submissions & Correspondence
OFA submission regarding white-tailed deer hunting seasons
Updated: January 10, 2022