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Hunting in the Dufferin County Forest


The Dufferin County Forest is a 1,054 hectare (2,606 acre) forested area divided into thirteen tracts.  These tracts are located throughout Dufferin County in the Townships of Mulmur, Melancthon, Amaranth, East Garafraxa, and the Towns of Mono and Grand Valley.  The largest is the Main Tract (604 hectares/1,492 acres), located in Mulmur Township north of the hamlet of Mansfield. A map showing the locations of the tracts and the corresponding Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) boundaries is here. All of the County Forest tracts are identified by 4’ x 4’ green signs giving the name of the tract, identifying it as part of the Dufferin County Forest, and giving phone numbers both for emergencies and information.


The following are the clauses of the County Forest By-Law (2003-50) that you should be aware of when hunting in the Dufferin County Forest (get the full by-law here):


1. Certain areas of the Dufferin County Forest have been designated as “Natural Area”, due to their significant natural features. There is very limited resource extraction in these areas, which primarily means no hunting, fishing, or logging. The “Natural Area” designation applies to the following tracts, which are signed accordingly: Little, Levitt, Leening, Hockley, and the north portion of Amaranth.


2. There is no hunting allowed in the Mono Tract at any time, due to the fact that it neighbours Mono Cliffs Park.


3. There is no hunting allowed on any Dufferin County Forest property between June 1 and September 30.


4. As of January 1, 1997, hunters are required to obtain a forest use permit from the County in order to hunt in the County Forest. The permit is valid from the date of issue until the end of the current calendar year (except for the period between June 1 and September 30). The fee for the permit is $30.00 + HST = $33.90 which is used to support the ongoing management of the Dufferin County Forest; specifically the provision of signs and advertisements to inform both hunters and non-hunters about the times when they can expect the greatest number of hunters in the Forest. Permits may be obtained in person or by mail from this address. Please make cheques for permits payable to the County of Dufferin.


5. There are no motorized vehicles allowed on the County Forest properties, with the exception of areas designated for parking (in the Main Tract on the east side of Airport Road) and snowmobiles using designated Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (O.F.S.C.) trails.


6. Treestands and blinds must be of a portable, freestanding design and must be removed within one week of the end of the hunting season during which they were erected. The County assumes no responsibility for treestands or blinds left in the Forest or for their use.


7. For your own protection, please ensure that you are in compliance with the requirements of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and associated regulations at all times while hunting in the Dufferin County Forest.

Please note that the preceding information applies to hunting on the Dufferin County Forest properties only (see map). Hunting on other properties in the County is governed by rules stipulated by the owner(s) of those properties.  Ensure that you have the landowner’s permission prior to hunting on any property.