Marshes and diverse wetlands attract significant populations of ducks, geese and other waterfowl, blanketing areas in Chatham-Kent like Mitchell’s Bay, Rondeau Bay and Walpole Island. This area is known across North America as one of the best in all of Ontario for hunting trophy canvasbacks and redhead ducks. Mallards and bluebills are also common.
The local abundance of waterfowl gives recreational hunters liberal limits on what they can catch in a day as compared to more strict limitations in Michigan.
Professional guide services can take visiting hunters to waterfowl hotspots in Chatham-Kent where certain species are prevalent. Local businesses rent and sell accessories including blinds, clothing, firearms and ammunition.
Waterfowl season in Chatham-Kent is open from the last Saturday in September to mid-December. Goose season extends into early January and an additional week in February.
Annually in April, the Southwest Outdoors Club features the Big Buck Sportsmen's Show.
Know Before You Go
A valid Outdoors Card is required to hunt in Chatham-Kent. For the location of the licence issuer nearest you, visit ontario.ca/outdoorscard or call 1-800-387-7011 or 1-800-667-1940
Complete Ontario fishing regulation information can be found here
*Please note, there are no physical locations within Chatham-Kent to purchase a license. If you are a visitor, you must apply before your trip and have it on hand upon arrival. If you are a resident, you can apply online