Ontario Planning 1st Elk Hunt in Over 100 Years

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The first elk hunt in Ontario in more than a century will be held in the Bancroft-North Hastings area this upcoming fall.

The elk population in the area has flourished and continues to grow at a healthy rate since being reintroduced to the province 10 years ago. The elk hunt will help manage the population in this area, and will be carefully harmonized to ensure a long-term sustainable elk population.

This is part of the government's Open Ontario plan to support the region's economy and environment.


  • Applications for an elk licence and seal will be made available in the spring.
  • The open season for elk will be one week long and take place from the third Monday in September to the following Sunday.
  • Between 1998 and 2001, the elk population was restored by shipping elk herd from Alberta to four sites in Ontario including Bancroft-North Hastings.