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Hunting

Chatham-Kent is considered to be one of the best places in Ontario to hunt ducks and geese. Here, you will discover an abundance of waterfowl as we are located along the main migratory route. Trophy canvasbacks, redhead ducks, mallards and bluebills are among the top finds, and you will also encounter wild turkey, pheasants, grouse, rabbit, hare and various furbearing animals. 

Because there are so many of each species, recreational hunters in Chatham-Kent enjoy liberal limits on what you can catch in a day as compared to those more strict limitations in Michigan. Waterfowl season is open from the last Saturday in September to mid-December, while goose season extends into early January with an additional week in February.

If you prefer a professional guided service, you can be taken waterfowl hotspots in Chatham-Kent where certain species are prevalent. Places like Raglan Hunt and Fish Club offer guided duck and goose hunting with a number of techniques. Layout, cover and sneak boat hunting, along with field and marsh blind hunting will ensure a memorable experience. You can also take part in wild turkey hunts as well.

If you are short on equipment, there are several local options that sell and rent accessories including blinds, clothing, firearms and ammunition. 

Each year 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 license issuer nearest you, visit ontario.ca/outdoorscard or call 1-800-387-7011 or 1-800-667-1940.

*In Chatham-Kent most Canadian Tire stores sell the license, but call ahead to confirm. If you are visiting, it's best to have it on hand before your trip so it's accessible upon arrival. You can apply for your permit online as well. 

COVID-19 Notice: Please check before you visit, as some sites and activities may not be fully operational. Continue to follow the advice of CK Public Health, maintain physical distancing, wear a mask, and follow all provincial COVID-19 guidelines.