Hunting and Trapping


Responsible hunting and trapping is beneficial to the ecosystem; South Nation Conservation owns over 13,000 acres of sustainably managed forests, wetlands, and grasslands across the watershed. With permission, SNC allows organized hunting and trapping on some of its properties. Access our online mapping tool to determine which properties permit hunting and trapping activities.

Wildlife occupying SNC lands may be hunted in season and include: deer; moose; wild turkey; ruffed grouse; woodcock; ducks; and rabbits.


Requirements to Hunt on SNC Lands (Adult and Apprentice hunters): 

  • A valid Ontario Outdoors Card. 

  • Hunter accreditation on file with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service. 

  • Federal firearms accreditation (for example, your Possession and Acquisition Licence, minor’s licence) if you are hunting with a firearm. 

  • All required licences and tags for the game you wish to hunt, learn more about
    Hunter Education programs here 

  • $2 million dollars liability insurance 


OFAH Membership & Liability Insurance 

The best way to obtain $2 million dollars liability insurance is through a membership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). OFAH has several tiers of memberships that include liability insurance, Lyme disease coverage, hard and digital copies of Ontario Out of Doors magazine, and other discounts etc.  

The three most popular tiers are: 

  • Single adult membership: Covers one person over the age of 25 with $5 million dollars liability insurance. The single adult membership fee is $56.95 per year.  

  • Family membership: Covers two parents and children under 25 years of age. Every family member is entitled to 5 million dollars liability insurance. (Children must reside with parents). The family membership fee is $69.95 per year. 

  • Junior membership: Covers one youth under 25 years of age with $5 million dollars liability insurance. The junior membership fee is $43.55 per year.  

For the complete list of all tiers, please see the visit the OFAH website here: 


Apprentice Hunters 

Ontario’s Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program (HASP) allows individuals to safely develop their hunting skills while under the direct and immediate supervision of a qualified mentor.  

The program provides practical training for future hunters where apprentice hunters: 

  • Must be residents who are 12-14 years old and have an Outdoors Card with hunting accreditation. Hunters who are 15 years of age and older must purchase an Outdoors Card and their own licences/tags to hunt. 

  • May hunt without their own licences or tags, but must share the bag limits or tags of their mentor (or be hunting in a party with their mentor under the tag of another party member for moose, elk, deer or black bear - see the general regulations section for party hunting regulations). 

  • Cannot apply to hunt big game.  

  • May purchase select hunting licences and tags not obtained through a draw or allocation, which will allow them to hunt with their own bag limit, if they hold an Outdoors Card. 

Apprentices can buy an Outdoors Card by visiting a participating ServiceOntario in-person, where they will need to submit proof of having successfully completed the Ontario Hunter Education Course (Certificate of Completion), and attest to the parent/guardian consent statement. 


Other Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program requirements: 

  • Only residents who are 12-14 years old are eligible. If you are 15 years of age or older, you may still hunt with a mentor to develop your hunting skills, but you are required to have your own licences/tags if you
    are hunting. 

  • Apprentices must carry their Outdoors Card. 

  • Apprentices must be under the direct and immediate supervision of a mentor who is 18 years of age or older, and who holds a valid Outdoors Card and hunting licence (and tag if applicable) for the species
    being hunted. 

  • Apprentices must share a single firearm with their mentor. 

  • Apprentices must possess a federal migratory game bird hunting permit to hunt migratory game birds. 

  • Game wildlife must be added to the daily bag limit of the mentor, unless the apprentice has obtained his/her own licences or tags for the relevant species. 

  • All hunters (including apprentices) are required to carry their firearms licence or proof of completing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) if in possession of a gun for the purpose of hunting. 

Please submit a hunting permit application to obtain your annual hunting or trapping permit HERE.