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Waterfowl and other birds, for watching or hunting
There is a lot of bird hunting in West Nipissing, from the fantastic staging area of Cache Bay to the hunting of grouse in the wooded areas. While bird hunting may still be one of the major draws to West Nipissing, the opportunity to view these wonderful creatures as a birder cannot be overlooked.
Cache Bay has one of the most significant wetland areas in the entire province of Ontario. The spring and fall migrations are spectacular. Having undergone a wetland evaluation process by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the findings for West Nipissing are very encouraging. With the help of the Nipissing Naturalists and various other agencies, a species count has been completed. The area is described as ideal for waterfowl of all types; mallards earlier in the season, scaups, goldeneyes, ring necks and more.
The best viewing time for the birders and naturalists is during the spring migration. The sights are spectacular and start as soon as the ice starts to melt. For the birder, some very uncommon species have begun to nest in the area. Also of interest are the birds of prey, which inhabit the area, including ospreys, marsh hawks, owls and bald eagles, among others. There are literally hundreds of species; species which are not nesting anywhere else in the region.
The West Bay of Lake Nipissing, in Lavigne / North Monetville, is another significant waterfowl area which experiences quite a large hunt. There are numerous spots throughout West Nipissing that are available for duck hunting.
Hunting for woodland birds such as the ruffed grouse is also a way of life in West Nipissing. During the hunting season many people take to the woods. It is not unusual to go for a morning stroll and scare up several grouse. Again, the area's habitat is ideal for these birds, with a good mix of berries and hawthorn, and bordering agricultural land. Access to the bush is easy, with many country roads. As always, be sure you are hunting on Crown Land, and if you are on private land, be sure that you have the permission of the landowner.
Click here to purchase a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit.
Click here to view Hunting Regulation Summaries with respect to migratory game birds.
Click here for more information on Migratory Game Bird Hunting.
Cache Bay Wetlands
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Renowned as one of the finest wetlands area in Ontario, the Cache Bay marsh is home to countless bird species, many unique to this area of the province. It is a prime spot for bird hunting, but is quickly gaining popularity among bird watchers and nature lovers as well. Hikers have been known to don their long rubber boots and explore the area on their own. However the wetlands have now become more easily accessible to nature lovers as an extension of the Tehodore Fouriezos Park nature trails. Visitors can take leisurely strolls along the boardwalk to enjoy this breathtaking area and its unique wildlife.
Hunting for moose or bear in West Nipissing
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What makes a prime hunting location? Ask any serious hunter and you will find a wide variety of answers. Having a long season like we have helps, so that the hunter can pick and choose his/her time to go. Virtually everyone sets out on the first day of moose hunting, and the bush is literally crawling with hunters. With a longer season you can go when you want to go. Come November and you're in the bush on your own. It's a little more flexible. And, in November, there might be a little snow on the ground. This can limit you as a hunter, but it can also make tracking easier.
Another important consideration is the amount of Crown Land, and the access to it. West Nipissing is adjacent to and part of Wildlife Management Unit 41 (north of Highway 17); the most popular hunting location in Ontario. Why is it so popular? Well, the moose hunt is primarily local, as Unit 41 is close to major population centers, so all the towns and villages throughout the region take part in the hunt. The West Nipissing area is very large, has the required long season, and is readily accessible.
The entire district north of Sturgeon Falls, from Marten River to River Valley, is prime moose hunting territory. Moose are found all over the district, right through to the West Bay area on Lake Nipissing. But what makes District 41 so popular is the easy access to the bush through various logging and access roads, and the large amount of Crown Land. (Resident hunters can hunt anywhere on Crown Land). The West Bay area, on the other hand, is an area of transition between moose and deer, where both rarely live together like this. In some years West Bay, with its combination agriculture / woodlot and bush, shows heavier evidence of moose, and other years it's more deer.
Bear populations are very good throughout the district. West Nipissing provides good habitat, with excellent food production and just the right climate. The area around Highway 805, north of River Valley, is very popular, as the various logging and forest access roads make it easier to enter that bear management area. West Bay is also very popular, where much of the hunting is done on private property.
West Nipissing has a rich and vibrant wildlife habitat, and hunting has always played a part in the lifestyle of the families of the area.
Trapping in Ontario
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Other Useful Resources
Click on one of the links below to view/use other useful resources :
- Information about the Crown Land Use Policy Atlas
- Crown Land Use Policy Atlas
- Hunting in Ontatio (Renew or replace your Outdoors Card, Unit Maps, etc.) - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
- Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH)
- Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF)
- Ontario Out of Doors