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New ways to enter draws for big game

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Ontario is making it easier for hunters to enter big-game draws for moose, deer, and elk.

For the first time, hunters now can enter the draws online.

Draws also can be entered over the phone, or by filling out and submitting a paper application at one of 69 select ServiceOntario centres across the province.

Mail-in paper applications for big-game draws no longer are available.

Hunters who want to purchase their moose and deer licences at the same time they enter draws can do so in a single transaction online or by telephone.

These improvements are part of the McGuinty government’s plan to make it easier for Ontarians to access government services, when and where they need them.

“Ontario’s vast landscape provides great opportunities to get out and enjoy the many activities we have to offer,” said Natural Resources minister Michael Gravelle.

“By adding an online option for entering draws, we’re making it easier for hunters to get out and enjoy Ontario’s outdoors,” he noted.

Applicants will be able to phone or go online after draw results are finalized to find out if they were successful.

Anglers and hunters also have more ways to apply for their licences—online, over the phone, at outside licence issuers, or at ServiceOntario centres.

On average, Ontario issues roughly 580,000 hunting licences each year.

Each year, the sale of hunting and fishing licences adds $60 million to the economy.

The antlerless deer draw opens March 1.

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