It is not uncommon to see grouse sunning themselves at the side of the highway, or moose munching foliage in a roadside swamp. The illusive black bear can be seen lumbering beneath a “V” of Canada geese while the wily fox stalks its quarry. Is it the abundance of game indicative of the area’s hunting? The answer is Yes! 

The quest for game coincides with the rich colours of autumn until mid December when a blanket of snow covers the ground. Offering three different types of hunting:

  • small game, which includes ruffed and spruce grouse and rabbits,
  • water fowl or migratory birds, and
  • big game, including Moose and Black bear. 

Starting in mid August when Black bear season opens, and mid September for small game, water fowl and moose which runs into December, there is ample opportunity to take that trophy of a lifetime.  Contacting local area guides such as Rick Dickson’s Bear Hunts or Botham’s Bear Guide service can help you get that bear of lifetime. 

Many of the areas fly into remote lodges such as, Pine Portage and Windy Point Lodge which transform themselves from a fishing lodge to a hunter’s paradise catering to the all-inclusive packages including guides and five-star meals, to the bare bones do it yourself hunts. And although outfitter’s packages range from all inclusive luxury to the bare necessities, the opportunity for game and wilderness is the essential element.

There are many convenient locations in Wawa to get your hunting or fishing license, such Young’s General Store, Beachfront Outfitters, and Canadian Tire.

A complete summary of hunting regulations is available from any district office of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

 If your sights are set on the beautiful and bountiful, your sights are set on Wawa.


Moose is the largest member of the deer family Cervidae. Moose are striking in appearance because of their towering size, black colour, long legs, pendulous muzzle, and dangling hairy dewlap (called a bell) and the immense, wide, flat antlers of old bulls. The name moose is common in North America; it is derived from the word moosh (“stripper and eater of bark”) in the Algonquian language of the Innu people of Quebec, Canada.


How to properly identify moose before hunting

Black Bear

Black bear also called American bear are the most common bear found in the forests of North America. The American black bear consists of only one species, but its colour varies, even among members of the same litter. White markings may occur on the chest, sometimes in the shape of a V. Depending on their colour variations, black bears are often referred to as cinnamon bears. They are sometimes called brown bears, but the true brown bear, also called the grizzly bear in North America are much larger.



Photo Gallery: Hunting will appear here on the public site.