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Outdoors Card & Hunting Licence Information for Residents of Ontario

An Ontario resident is a person whose primary residence is in any part of Ontario and who has actually resided in any part of Ontario for a period of at least six consecutive months during the immediately preceding 12 months. Generally, hunters who do not fit this definition must purchase a non-resident licence (see page 20 of the hunting regulations for non-resident licence information).

What is an Ontario resident Outdoors Card?

An Ontario resident Outdoors Card is a plastic, wallet-sized identification card issued by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to accompany your Ontario hunting licence tag(s). There are two versions of the card that prove eligibility to purchase hunting licences and tags: the hunting version Outdoors Card and the Temporary Hunting Outdoors Card (these cards also provide fishing privileges, once a fishing licence tag is obtained). You must carry your Outdoors Card with you whenever you hunt or fish.

A plastic Outdoors Card is valid for three calendar years, expiring on December 31 of the third year. The expiry year for your Outdoors Card is shown on the front of your card, immediately to the right of the card number. Hunting licence tags expire on December 31, unless otherwise noted. The year of expiry may be different for your Outdoors Card and your licence tags, depending on how you purchase your licence(s).

All annual licences expire December 31st in the year in which they were issued unless otherwise noted.

Three-year small game hunting or fishing licence tags expire with the card. Your Outdoors Card, licence tag or e-licence and any applicable licence must be current for you to have a particular hunting or fishing privilege.

Who needs a hunting version Ontario Outdoors Card?

To hunt in Ontario, most Ontario residents need a hunting version Outdoors Card and all applicable licence tags and licences. There are two exceptions to this.

The first exception is an Ontario resident hunter apprentice who is hunting with a licensed mentor. The hunter apprentice must carry an Ontario-issued Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card. (The mentor must have an Ontario hunting version Outdoors Card and all applicable licences; see page 22 of hunting regulations.)

The second exception is members of Aboriginal communities with Aboriginal or treaty hunting rights in Ontario. These hunters are not required to be in possession of an Outdoors Card provided they are hunting for food, social or ceremonial purposes within their traditional or treaty area or they are visiting the traditional area of another First Nation and have received proper written permission to hunt from that First Nation.

All other Ontario residents, including Aboriginal persons, either hunting outside of areas where they have Aboriginal or treaty hunting rights OR hunting in areas for which they have not received proper written permission to hunt, must have a hunting version Ontario Outdoors Card and all applicable licences.

What are the two classes of Ontario resident hunting version Outdoors Cards?

As of January 1, 2006, Ontario recognizes two types of resident hunters (and two classes of resident hunting Outdoors ) based on the hunting method(s) for which the hunter is accredited. Hunters will be designated as either H1 or H2.

The Class H1 card permits the cardholder to hunt with all methods permitted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997. The Class H2 card permits the cardholder to hunt with all methods permitted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, except guns.

Any person will automatically be deemed to be an H1 hunter if they have:

  • An Ontario hunting version Outdoors Card (current or expired) issued before January 1, 2006, OR
  • An Ontario Hunter Education Exam Certificate/Report indicating a pass issued after January 1, 1968, and before January 1, 2006, OR
  • An Ontario resident’s hunting licence issued after January 1, 1968, and before January 1, 1993.

If a new applicant does not automatically qualify as an H1 hunter, a hunting version Outdoors Card is issued based on the exam(s) the applicant has passed. To obtain an H1 hunting version Outdoors Card, the applicant must provide proof (an original or certified copy) of passing BOTH the Ontario Hunter Education Course exam and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course exam. The applicant for an H2 hunting version Outdoors Card must provide proof (an original or certified copy) of passing the Ontario Hunter Education Course exam.

NOTE: Two classes of Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Cards are also recognized as of January 1, 2006. The A1 card permits the apprentice to hunt with all methods permitted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, and regulations. The A2 card permits the apprentice to hunt with all methods permitted under the Act and regulations, except guns. If the A1 apprentice is hunting with a gun, the mentor must hold an H1 Outdoors Card. If the apprentice is using bow hunting equipment or a falconry bird, the mentor must hold either an H1 or an H2 Outdoors Card.

Is an Outdoors Card a hunting licence?

No. For Ontario residents, a complete and valid licence to hunt consists of a Hunting Outdoors Card or a Temporary Hunting Outdoors Card plus the required hunting licence tags plus any applicable hunting licences and game seals and/or validation tags.

One-year hunting licence tags are available from licence issuers located throughout Ontario. For the location of the licence issuer nearest you, visit ontario.ca/outdoorscard or call 1-800-387-7011.

One-year small game licences are available for instant use at ontario.ca/outdoorscard.

How do I get a hunting version Outdoors Card if I have never had one before?

All new accredited hunters who have never had a hunting version Outdoors Card must go to a participating ServiceOntario centre offering MNR services. You must show the original copy of your hunting accreditation (and proof of passing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course exam if applying for an H1 Outdoors Card).

A Temporary Hunting Outdoors Card is valid for hunting during the open season as soon as the required hunting licence tags and any required licences, game seals and/or validation tags are obtained. The Temporary Hunting Outdoors Card is valid until the end of the calendar year. The fee for this Temporary Hunting Outdoors Card includes the cost of a three-year Outdoors Card. You will automatically be mailed the plastic three-year card.

The following types of hunting accreditation will be accepted when applying for an H1 hunting version Outdoors Card. You must provide the original or certified copy of one of the following:

  • An Ontario Hunter Education Exam Certificate/ Report indicating a pass issued to you after January 1, 1968, and before January 1, 2006, OR
  • An Ontario resident’s hunting licence issued to you between January 1, 1968, and January 1, 1993,OR
  • An Ontario Hunting Licence Verification Certificate showing that you were issued a hunting licence as a resident after January 1, 1968, and before January 1, 1993, or that you passed the Ontario Hunter Education Course Examination after January 1, 1968, and before January 1, 2006.
  • An Ontario Hunter Education Exam Report indicating a pass issued to you after January 1, 2006, plus proof of passing the Canadian Firearms Safety Course exam.

NOTE: New residents of Ontario have one opportunity to successfully challenge the Ontario Hunter Education Exam, without having to take the Ontario Hunter Education Course, if they can provide proof of having been issued a resident hunting licence or completing a hunter education course in any jurisdiction of which they were a resident at the time.

In order to apply for an H2 hunting version Outdoors Card, the applicant must provide the original or a certified copy of an Ontario Hunter Education Exam Report issued after January 1, 2006.

My Outdoors Card has expired. How do I renew it?

The date on which your Ontario resident hunting version Outdoors Card expires is shown on the front of your card (immediately to the right of your card number).

The three ways to renew your Outdoors Card are:

  1. By visiting ontario.ca/outdoorscard and using your VISA, MasterCard or American Express Card. You will need your Outdoors Card number, date of birth and the postal code we have on file for you to complete this transaction. You can print any e-licences you have purchased, and your Outdoors Card will automatically be mailed to you. Your Outdoors Card, when accompanied by your e-licences, will allow you to enjoy the open season while you wait for your new plastic Outdoors Card to reach you.
  2. By using the toll-free automated telephone system and your VISA, MasterCard or American Express. Be sure to have your Outdoors Card number on hand when you call 1-800-288-1155. Your Outdoors Card will automatically be mailed to you.
  3. By purchasing a Temporary Hunting Outdoors Card, in person, from licence issuers or participating ServiceOntario centres. The fee includes the cost of a three-year Outdoors Card. You will automatically be mailed the plastic three-year Outdoors Card.

I have a current Outdoors Card but my licence tag has expired. How do I get a licence tag for this year?

If you wish to purchase a small game licence, you may do so at ontario.ca/outdoorscard. Deer, moose, black bear and one-year small game hunting licence tags are available from licence issuers located throughout Ontario. For the location of the licence issuer nearest you, visit ontario.ca/outdoorscard or call 1-800-387-7011.

A deer licence tag is also available when applying to the antlerless deer draw through the automated telephone application system from March 1 to July 2. A moose licence tag is also available when applying to the moose draw through the automated telephone application system from April 18 to May 31. The phone number for the automated telephone application system is 1-800-288-1155. Deer and moose licence tags are also available during the same time periods online at ontario.ca/outdoorscard.


This website is operated by the OFAH as Administrators of the Ontario Hunter Education Program and the opinions expressed or implied herein do not necessarily represent those of the Ministry of Natural Resources.