Ottawa area bow hunting

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Fox
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Ottawa area bow hunting

Post by Fox » Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:33 am

Hey guys, well my boss told me I could come up to his place this fall for some deer hunting. He mentioned that you are only allowed to use a bow. I know the city of Ottawa has some weird laws as to discharge of firearms and that the areas are unique and specify if there is a complete discharge or just that of guns.
Does anyone know of these maps? All I can find is a broad no discharge map but I know a number of these areas were simply no guns within the last 6 years and the by-law was approved in 2002.

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Post by Rick Teal » Sat Aug 08, 2009 1:08 pm

The only bows-only area around here that I'm aware of is the Ferguson nursery down by Kemptville. Of course there are the bows-only seasons, but during the regular gun seasons, the only restrictions I'm aware of are shotguns and Muzzleloaders in 64B and 65.

The city itself has closed vast areas to hunting altogether, but sunday gun hunting is permitted whenever the gun season is on.
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Post by fletch » Sat Aug 08, 2009 11:24 pm

I had the link for the map for the city of Ottawa but can't find it right now I will keep looking. The map grows each year pretty much as more subdivisions are created. I know for sure that there is a "no discharge of any weapon" inside the former boundaries of Gloucester. Kanata's map changes almost monthly. Even in rural sections of the "city of Ottawa" like Metcalfe Vernon Osgoode there are no discharge areas on the map. There are still hunting areas but you should really get a copy of the maps. If I find it I will post them.
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Post by maple » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:56 pm

Fox,

Here's the link.

http://www.ottawa.ca/residents/bylaw/a_ ... ex_en.html

As I recall, without looking, there are bow only areas around Dunrobin, Constance Lake etc, as well as the Ferguson Forest.

Good luck.

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Post by Al » Sun Aug 09, 2009 3:58 pm

Fox,

Below is the link for the "Discharge of Firearms" in the By Law section of City of Ottawa, it appears to be outdated, but it is the current version on the site and may prove helpful.

http://www.city.ottawa.on.ca/residents/ ... ex_en.html

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Post by Fox » Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:22 am

I contacted to city to see if I can get updated maps.
These are the ones I have seen before, but they do not show any of the bow only areas, hmm.

Thanks though, it seems like everyone up here knows that at least there were some bow only areas but where they are the city is hiding that.

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Post by Al » Mon Aug 10, 2009 10:26 am

Fox,

My understanding is that the City of Ottawa deems a crossbow to be a firearm and therefore treat it as though it were a rifle, shotgun etc... (see "Definitions and Interpretations" under point #1). I spoke to the Ottawa police a couple of years back and they confirmed this to me. That would indicate any shaded area on maps are restricted. Please let me know if you find otherwise and I am mistaken.

Thanks.

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Post by maple » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:02 pm

If you look in the curren regulations, it indicates areas in 'Schedule E' that are bow- only sections in the Dunrobin area.

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Post by Fox » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:44 pm

Hmm, that is the only one that shows a difference.

The area I want to hunt is the Rock Forest area, on the east side of Constance Bay.

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