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MNR reminding hunters they are not alone in the woods

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BARRIE – Fall is the perfect time to be outdoors – the weather gets cooler and stunning fall colours mean a lot of people will be outside taking part in their favourite activities – hunters, hikers, ATV riders and bird watchers all share the forests and public lands in Ontario so it’s important to stay safe.

The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is reminding hunters to:

– handle firearms with care and attention at all times;

– never shoot unless they are absolutely sure of their target and what lies beyond it; and

– never shoot from a vehicle or carry a loaded firearm in or on a vehicle – both are illegal.

Orange clothing

All hunters must wear solid hunter orange clothing (a minimum of 400 square inches or 2,580 square centimetres above the waist) and a hunter orange head cover during gun seasons for deer, moose and elk. This also applies to bear hunters who are not hunting from a tree stand.

Hunters are also reminded to dispose of hides and entrails safely and ethically. Some municipal dumps may accept carcasses, but it is best to consult your municipality before hunting.

Up to hunters to know the rules

It’s up to hunters to know the rules. Check out 2020-2021 Hunting Regulations Summary available at  ontario.ca/hunting before heading out.

Conservation officers continue to patrol and protect the natural resources during the current COVID-19 outbreak and are reminding everyone that by respecting seasons, sanctuaries, bag and possession limits they help ensure Ontario’s natural resources stay healthy.

Anyone who witnesses a hunting violation is encouraged to call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).