Pikwakanagan members harvest moose for food—not for sport. There are rules and regulations all harvesters must abide by to conserve the moose population.

Conservation and safety is the highest priority in the implementation of the Harvest Management Plan for the Moose and Deer hunt inside Algonquin Provincial Park and outside the park.

All Pikwakanagan members must carry their status card at all times and must stop for Pikwakanagan monitors when entering and exiting. This ensures people can be contacted in case of an emergency and also to record harvest activities.

The sustainable harvest number for adult moose is provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). However, Pikwakanagan manages their own harvest with agreements to work in conjunction with MNR to allocate the total harvest numbers. This includes participating in aerial park surveys to gather information to assist in our sustainable system of harvest.

Tagging System
A draw is held each year for the distribution of the adult bull and cow tags. All moose tags provided are compliance with the Algonquin Moose Harvest Management Plan.

Special Permit
A Special Permit for hunting may be granted to those with certain physical disabilities. Special permits will be authorized by Chief and Council.

Harvesting Boundaries

Harvesting is permitted within Algonquin Territory.

Moose Season Dates
Harvesting inside Algonquin Park for moose shall begin in October, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day of each year.

Adult Bull, October to January 15
Cow, October to December 20
Calf, October to January 15

Harvesting will be shut down inside and outside of the park after quotas have been reached.


Like moose, Pikwakanagan members harvest deer for food—not for sport. There are rules and regulations that all harvesters must abide by for both safety and conservation of deer populations.

Season Dates
Inside Algonquin Park: Begins in October, Tuesday following Thanksgiving Day and remains open until January 15.

Outside Algonquin Park: Begins September 1 and closes January 15.  



Safety in the Woods

  • The following is safety tips for hunters from the Ministry of Natural Resources:

    • Be aware that you may be sharing public lands with other hunters, as well as hikers, riders or birdwatchers.

    • All licensed hunters, including archery hunters, hunting during gun season for deer and moose, must wear solid hunter orange clothing (a minimum of 2,580 square centimetres (400 square inches) above the waist and visible from all sides) and a hunter orange headcover.

    • Hunters must never shoot unless they are absolutely sure of their target and what is beyond and around it.