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Otonabee Conservation allows hunting on eight of its properties. Depending on the property, you may hunt for waterfowl, white-tailed deer, black bear, turkey and small game.

Please be advised that wheeled motorized land vehicles (i.e. ATV), drones, trail cameras and the construction of deer stands and hunt camps (temporary or otherwise) are strictly prohibited. Additional restrictions apply to some properties where hunting is allowed. Hunting opportunities and applicable restrictions are noted below and provided as a downloadable fact sheet.

Licences and Permits

Hunters must possess a valid  Hunting Permit, issued by the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority. You may apply for a hunting permit by completing the Hunting-Permit-Application-Form.

Hunters must also possess a valid hunting licence from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Hunters must also be a member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. Membership includes insurance coverage, which is required to hunt on Otonabee Conservation designated hunting properties.

Submitting your Hunting Permit Application Online

Email a photograph or scanned copy of your signed application, front and back of your Ontario Outdoors card, and OFAH membership card (a copy of the electronic membership provided by OFAH is acceptable) to

We will digitally sign the permit and return it to you by email.

Photo of a deer on path

Hunting Opportunities on Designated Lands and Applicable Restrictions

Birdsall Wildlife Area

Restrictions: Waterfowl only along the shore of Rice Lake; Archery hunting for White-tailed Deer in Otonabee Ward only.

Cavan Swamp Wildlife Area

Restrictions: No hunting on Part Lot 21 and Part Lot 23, Concession 12, Cavan Ward.

Darling Wildlife Area

Restrictions: Hunting is restricted to waterfowl, game birds, small game and White-tailed deer only.

Douro Forest Block

Restrictions:  Firearms are restricted to shotguns and archery only; No hunting with dogs; No hunting in the designated No Hunting Areas described as the first 100 metres south of the private residences located along Birchview Road and the first 25 metres in from both the east and south boundary; Access to the Douro Forest Block for hunting is restricted to the Unopened Road Allowance located in the northwest corner of the property, south off Birchview Road

Dummer Wildlife Area

Restrictions: None

Otonabee Conservation Agreement Forest

(includes the Oatbox, White Lake West, White Lake, Dummer East and hydroline Ridge Forests)

Restrictions: None

Sawer Creek Wildlife Area

Restrictions: None

Squirrel Creek Conservation Area

Restrictions: Waterfowl only along the south shoreline of the property