Apply to hunt big game in Ontario

Some big game hunting opportunities for Ontario residents require a hunter to apply to and be successful in a draw or allocation process. Hunters may obtain:

  • an antlerless deer validation in the antlerless deer draw
  • a controlled deer validation in the controlled deer hunt draw
  • a moose tag in the moose tag allocation process
  • an elk tag and/or licence in the elk draw

To be eligible to apply, you must:

Each big game draw has its own application period. The moose tag allocation process includes two stages, with different application periods:

  1. Primary allocation stage
  2. Second chance allocation stage

Note: Applying to the moose tag allocation process does not permit you to hunt moose. All moose hunters must have a moose licence and hold a valid tag or be partying hunting with a tag holder.

2022 draw application periods

Big game species draw or allocationApplication periodResults availablefootnote 1When to buy your licenceGroups or individuals
Antlerless deer drawMarch 1 to June 30August 1before applying or before party huntingindividuals
Controlled deer drawAugust 1 to August 31October 10once you are successfulindividuals and groups (up to four)
Moose primary allocationApril 1 to May 2May 16when claiming a tag or before party huntingindividuals
Moose second chance allocationJune 15 to July 7August 1when claiming a tag or before party huntingindividuals
Elk drawApril 15 to June 10August 1once you are successfulindividuals and groups (up to four)

How to apply to hunt big game

You can apply in three ways. Your chances are the same, no matter whether you choose to apply:

Apply to the antlerless deer draw

Application dates: March 1 to June 30, 2022

Results available: August 1

Tags available for print: August 16, 2022 until end of season.

Please note that you can apply for both the antlerless deer draw and controlled deer hunt draw.

Steps to apply​

Apply to the controlled deer hunt draw

Application dates: August 1 to August 31, 2021

Draw results available: October 10

Validation (on licence summary) available: October 10, 2021

If you receive a validation in the draw, you must purchase a deer licence before your controlled deer hunt validation will appear on your licence summary and before you can hunt in the controlled hunt.

Maximum group size: four hunters

Steps to apply

Note: Farmers and landowners (and their immediate relatives) may be eligible to receive a controlled deer hunt validation for one controlled deer hunt season.

See the Hunting Regulations Summary for eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.

Apply to the moose tag allocation process

Primary allocation

Primary allocation application period: April 1 to May 2, 2022

Results available: May 16

Tag claim deadline: June 7

Second chance allocation

Second chance allocation application period: June 15 to July 7, 2022

Results available: August 1

Tag claim deadline: End of season

Tags available for print: August 16, 2022 until end of season

Application fee

  • $15.00 plus HST (paid once to apply to one or both allocation stages)
  • Non-refundable

Learn more about the moose tag allocation process.

Steps to apply​

Apply to the elk draw

Application dates: April 15 to June 10, 2022

Results available: August 1

Tags available for print: August 16, 2022 until end of season.

Maximum group size: four hunters

Application fee:

  • $15.00 plus HST per hunter
  • non-refundable

Steps to apply​