Ontario’s Deer Licence Fees Up Again

Ontario MNR has increased deer licence fees almost every year over the last decade.

Are hunters and anglers getting the moneys worth?

As a deer hunter who loves to hunt the entire season I always purchase extra game seals when available. I have noticed over the last few years the costs are adding up, especially when not used.

It’s not uncommon to purchase three, four or five game seals as I hunt all over the province

Add in the cost of fuel to drive to hunt site, stay in a motel and enjoy some restaurant meals the price of hunting in Ontario adds up. Thats not to say it should be free to hunters but what has changed with the MNR automated deer tag licensing system to keep increasing its operating costs?

All of the hunting & fishing licence fees have increased, most every year some by one dollar while others by over 16%.

A quick check back to a 2003 deer licence was $33 plus tax.  Now in 2012 the cost is $45.04 with HST already added.

Non-resident hunting  fees are adding up just as fast for a cash strapped MNR that once had the dubious honour of receiving fuel handout to respond to after hour incidents requiring a conservation officer.

Now if licence fees are applied to keep COs employed thats fine but talk of having less officers in the field has me wondering what happened to the money from fee increases? Does it really go to the fund set up to receive it for Ontario’s outdoors.

When was the last time you talked with an MNR Conservation Officer in the field while hunting or fishing?

I have talked with them on opening day of Bass season and perhaps during the controlled shotgun deer season, but not often.

The last time I hunted moose for 10 days, never saw any at all.

Likewise during the spring wild turkey season, no COs in the field.

How about YOU, have you talked with any  COs?

Fishing season is fast approaching so perhaps a few MNR boats will get out to check licences.

Do you think your getting YOU’RE moneys worth ever time you buy a hunting or fishing licence?

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As an avid lifelong angler and hunter, Peter’s outdoor knowledge and experiences keep expanding through his hundreds of hours of hunting and fishing podcast interviews with like minded experts. He has received numerous national writing awards. With thousands of outdoor pictures on Ripple Outdoors and many full-length articles with outdoor magazine and video clips you might say that he not only enjoys his outdoor lifestyle, but he’s quite the fanatic! In 2015 he earned fifth overall on the King of the Wood Contest hosted by Canada In The Rough team, pretty good for a baby boomer deer hunter. His buck was also one of the top bucks taken that season. Through Peter’s deer hunting seminars or by attending outdoor trade shows, like the Toronto Sportsmen Show and The SWOC Big Buck Show, he has connected with thousands of like minded people that love hunting and fishing. As a volunteer or member of local and national outdoor groups like QDMA, SWOC, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Archery Trade Show Association he continues to learn and hone his craft. Read his many articles, listen to his podcasts and rifle through thousands of photos on Ripple Outdoors. Discover Peter’s latest posts about outdoor gear, destinations, how to articles and interviews and you’ll be a better angler and hunter for the experience.