Before you apply

Choose where to hunt

  1. Find the elk draw hunt codes on page 76 and 77 in the Ontario Hunting Regulations Summary.
  2. Review the options for:
    • wildlife management unit
    • harvest area
  3. Choose your preferred hunt code, and a second choice (if you have one).

Choose to apply as an individual or as a group

If you are an individual hunter, proceed to the next step.

Up to 4 elk hunters can apply as a group (including the tag holder, but not including apprentice hunters). You must choose a group leader who will carry out the following steps on behalf of the group:

  1. be the first person in the group to apply (this person applies as the group leader)
  2. provide the group’s preferred hunt code(s)
  3. record the group number that identifies the group and its choices
  4. share the group number with the hunters in the group and instruct each of them to apply to the draw as a group member

Apply online

To apply online, you need to create an online account  with the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service. Once your account is set up, you can apply to the elk draw when it opens.

You will need a credit card to pay the application fee.

Learn how to apply to the apply to the elk draw from your online account.

Create a new account

To set up an online account, you will need your:

  • Outdoors Card number
  • date of birth
  • postal code.

Learn how to create an online account

Login to your existing account

To access an online account that you already have, you will need one of the following:

  • Outdoors Card number or account email address
  • password

Apply by phone

  1. Call the automated phone line at 1-800-288-1155.
  2. Apply to the elk draw and pay the application fee.
  3. Record the authorization number you receive at the end of the call.

Apply in person

  1. Visit a licence issuer or participating ServiceOntario location.
  2. Check your receipt before leaving the counter to verify your choices are entered correctly.

Get draw results

Draw results are available starting August 1:

Buy your licence and receive your elk tag

If you are successful in the elk draw you will need to purchase your elk licence to receive your elk tag. The elk licence will be listed on your licence summary.

Once draw results are available you can buy your elk licence:

Each member of the successful group must also buy an elk licence before hunting for elk.

If you, or a member of your group, do not get an elk tag through the draw, you cannot buy an elk licence and you are not permitted to hunt elk.

Print your elk tag

Once tags are available for printing on August 15 you can print your tag at:

Get detailed step-by-step instructions on how to print your tags online from your home.

If you will be hunting on private land, you need to complete the landowner consent form and get the signature of the landowner. You need to carry the signed form with you while hunting.