The Algoma region has always been noted for it’s quality hunting and fishing opportunities and 2017 has brought even more to the table. For those looking for a challenging hunt or just an outdoor getaway after a long winter’s wait – you can now bag a Thanksgiving turkey a few months early!
In January of 2004, 84 wild turkeys were introduced from Southern Ontario on St. Joseph Island at three different sites in a joint effort between SJIHAA (St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers Association) and the MNR. The population of turkeys flourished and by 2008, the MNR determined all criteria needed was met to arrange a spring hunting season for Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) 45 on St. Joseph Island.
The spring season opens April 25 in WMU 36 and WMU 45, giving residents and hunters even more opportunity to hunt turkeys not limited to St. Joseph Island. The season closes May 31. In 2017, the following changes were made: the legal use of #7 shot shells as #4, #5, and #6 were permitted only in the past.
Hunting turkeys is most challenging due to the amount of patience and early hours of the morning you wake up just to find vocal birds. Calling is the most effective way to hunt as in the Spring, male birds are seeking to attract mates with fantastic displays of strutting and vocalizations.
Make sure to refer to the Ontario Hunting Regulations.