Second Adult Moose Tag Draw Proposal

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The Ontario government is meeting its commitment to northern hunters by proposing a second adult moose tag draw for northern residents, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced.

"We made a commitment to provide more adult moose tags to northerners, and we are keeping our word," said Ramsay. "I’m pleased this proposal would expand opportunities for northern hunters while sustaining moose populations."

Under the proposal, northern residents who were unsuccessful in moose tag draws for the previous two years would be eligible for the second draw. The ministry would hold back five per cent of available northern adult moose tags to use in the second draw. Northern residents would be defined as individuals with a permanent address in the districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Cochrane, Algoma, Sudbury, Timiskaming, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Manitoulin and the City of Greater Sudbury.

Every year, more than 100,000 resident hunters from across Ontario apply for about 16,000 adult moose tags. Northern Ontario hunters compete with hunters from across the province for these tags. To ensure that moose populations are managed sustainably, the ministry adjusts adult moose tag numbers annually to take into consideration estimated changes in herd size and hunter harvest.

The ministry has posted this proposal on the Environmental Bill of Rights Registry for public comment for 30 days. If accepted, the changes would take effect for the 2005 moose hunting season. The proposal can be viewed on the registry at the following website Environmental Bill of Rights Registry, by entering Registry Number PB04E6023.