Hunt raccoon at night
The rules for hunting raccoons at night.
Only residents of Ontario can hunt a raccoon with a firearm at night.
You need a valid resident small game licence or a trapping licence to hunt a raccoon.
You must also follow certain rules.
This is a summary of the provincial laws. You can find a complete set of rules related to this activity in:
- Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
- Ontario Regulation 665/98 (Hunting)
- Ontario Regulation 667/98 (Trapping)
- have a valid resident small game licence or Ontario trapping licence
- hunt only during the open season for raccoons
- if you are a trapper, hunt only in the area described in your trapping licence
- be accompanied by at least 1 dog licensed for hunting
- only use a rim-fire rifle
- keep firearms unloaded and encased while in a vehicle or boat
- if using a light while hunting, do so only if the light is not attached to, or shone from, a vehicle or boat
You must also follow applicable municipal bylaws (e.g., not discharging a firearm in certain areas).
How to get a licence
To get a small game hunting licence, you need an Outdoors Card with hunter accreditation on file.
License a dog for hunting
There are three ways to get a licence to use a dog for hunting::
- buy a licence online using the Fish and Wildlife Licensing Service
- visit a ServiceOntario centre
- visit an independent licence issuer (for example, local hunting supply store)