The NVCA asks visitors to respect physical distancing rules and not to gather in groups of larger than five people, and staying at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other groups.
The NVCA issues hunting permits for NVCA-owned portions of the
Applicants must have a valid Outdoors Card. Permits are $50 for individuals living or owning property within the NVCA watershed, and $95 for all others.
Click here for a map of the NVCA watershed.
You can submit your hunting permit form, found below, either online or via mail, fax or visiting the NVCA offices. Please note you will require both an Ontario Outdoors Card and an OFAH membership to apply for a hunting pass.
- If you wish to submit the form via email, be sure to download the form to your computer, fill it in completely, then click "save and submit" at the bottom of the second page.
If you require the form in a different format, please contact us at 705-424-1479 or
Please allow up to 2 weeks to process your application and to receive your permit by mail. If you require a permit immediately, please apply in person at our office at the
Tiffin Centre for Conservation.
Only 100 hunting permits are issued each year.
Fees from hunting permits go towards wildlife habitat enhancement and enforcement during active hunting seasons.
Safety in the Wetlands
If you are hunting the Minesing Wetlands, be sure to read our Minesing Safety Tips before heading out so you are prepared! These tips are a good review for those hunting in the Osprey Wetlands too.
FAQs - Hunting on NVCA Lands
Do I need a permit to hunt on NVCA land?
Yes, you must purchase an annual hunting pass. Call the NVCA at 705-424-1479 or see above for more information.
Why do I need an OFAH membership to get a hunting pass?
Where am I allowed to hunt on NVCA lands?
Are there any specific rules for hunting on NVCA lands?
- You need to follow all the MNRF Regulations, and general good hunting practices.
- You may not construct hunt camps or stands. (Temporary stands, up-and-down in one day are allowed.)
- You may not use ATVs or other motorized land vehicles.
- Wear bright orange when appropriate.
All hunting activities should be conducted as per the Conservation Authorities Act, R.R.O. 1990, Regulations 127, Conservation Areas, Nottawasaga Valley; Ontario Hunting Regulations; and other appropriate Regulations. Violations of Regulations, including any future hunting convictions, may result in permission to hunt on NVCA lands being withdrawn.
Can I hunt on NVCA lands on Sunday?
At this time, hunting with a firearm is NOT permitted on Sundays in either the Minesing or Osprey wetlands.
What am I permitted to hunt with on NVCA lands?
Shot guns (for deer and turkey) and bow-hunting are allowed. Rifles are not permitted. All MNRF hunting rules and regulations also apply.
Where can I find out about what is in season and other hunting rules and regulations?
Can I camp overnight when I am hunting?
No overnight camping is permitted on NVCA lands. Make sure you give yourself enough time to get back out before the end of day.
Can I put up a tree stand?
Only temporary (up-and-down the same day) tree stands are permitted. Tree stands must come down before you finish for the day.
Can I use a motorized boat and/or ATV?
You can use a motorized boat/canoe on NVCA lands. Small horsepower engines are strongly recommended as shallow rivers and log jams pose a risk to larger motors.
There is absolutely no access for wheeled vehicles like ATVs, dirt bikes, etc.
Where can I walk in to hunt? Do I need a canoe in Minesing/Osprey?
Minesing Wetlands has six walk-in access points. Note that the access to Willow Creek at George Johnston Rd. requires a boat.
All access points in the Osprey Wetlands are walk-in.
Please consult the map provided with your hunting pass or contact the NVCA office
with any questions.
Are there any safety concerns when hunting in the wetlands?
Even though they aren't far from urban centres, Minesing and Osprey wetlands are isolated wilderness settings.
Hunters need to be prepared for changing and challenging wind, weather and water conditions. This is especially true in the spring, when high water levels make navigation difficult and when a fall into cold, fast-flowing waters can quickly lead to hypothermia.
hiking and paddling safety page for more information.
The choice to head out into the Minesing or Osprey Wetlands is your choice. Make sure you are prepared for the natural hazards you may face.