Hunt southern Ontario’s archery only units with crossbow or vertical archery during the rut or late season over actively baited and pre-scouted stands with bonus Waterfowl or Coyote hunting!
5 professionally guided 2×1 hunting days
The November rut or the December late season
Wild, Free-ranging & Indigenous
A unique and lesser known Canadian Whitetail adventure, but loaded with perks and value! Occurring along the north shore of Lake Erie, centered between Detroit, Niagara Falls and Toronto, this hunt is simple to get to, all-inclusive but, limited to fewer than 10 spots annually. What really helps boost odds is that Ontario allows hunting until the last day of December with crossbows and over bait. These three factors certainly make for some exciting late season sits in a tree stand. Close range encounters with big bucks on private property is what it’s all about. This region experiences some of Canadas mildest winter conditions, coupled with some of the nation’s most fertile agricultural land, so deer productivity is great with good age class and sex ratios. The specific units our outfitter operates in are either archery only or have a one-week resident-only limited entry shotgun season in November to help curb prolific deer populations. Ultimately, many of the mature bucks survive and become ever elusive.
Hunt over bait piles from a tree stand with your choice of archery tackle. The outfitter spares no expense going through metric tons of corn and apples per season, while actively monitoring each of the many stands. Equal effort is put in ensuring that all stands are in key locations on strategic parcels of private land, near core bedding and yarding areas. Crossbows can also be provided at no cost. Any time of day in November has big buck potential, but evenings are most productive during the late season. Typical bucks net in the 130-140 class, but enough 150-160+ inch bucks roam the thickets and eventually find their way over to the bait piles. Either following a hot doe, following beaten down deer trails or the urge to feed post-rut all eventually puts them in front of our hunters.
While this Whitetail hunt is great on its own already, late fall in the Great Lakes region offers excellent opportunities for some spectacular Waterfowl hunting, a no-charge bonus that comes with every Whitetail package! Field hunt for Mallards and Canada Geese, or enjoy a morning in a shore blind or layout boat for some big water diver duck action! Bonus Coyote hunts can also be offered either in the morning or once tagged out. Shotguns & predator rifles provided. Ideal for groups of four. Taxes already included. Lots to see and do. Ontario can be yours to discover!
Typical Day & Tactics
Hunters either drive directly to the lodge or are greeted at the airport in Toronto and shuttled to the lodge. The day hunters arrive is usually dedicated to settling in, securing tags and licensing, shooting bows or crossbows and enjoying a nice dinner with plans to wake up early the following morning. The focus of this 5-day combo hunt is quality Whitetails. So, after a quick breakfast, hunters are chauffeured to a pre-scouted, actively baited ladder stand on private property and left in communication with the outfitter or one of his guides. In November or early December hunters usually sit on stand in the morning, evening or all day as dictated by conditions and pre-scouting. Once tagged out the option for a couple bonus, but excellent, Waterfowl hunts are on the table. Later in December the Whitetail action is generally best in evenings, and in some cases morning hunts can even be counterproductive or detrimental. This again provides another great opportunity to pair this adventure with a couple great bonus waterfowl hunts. Either field or water hunts for Canada Geese, Mallards and Black Ducks or various flashy Diver species like Bluebills, Redheads, Canvasbacks or Longtail ducks! It’s a great double-up, capitalizing on the various seasonal opportunities during their peak. Two birds with one stone you could stay. Coyotes hunts can also be provided in place of Waterfowl hunts if desired.
Lunch is either back at the lodge, at a diner in town, or in the field depending on what the days game plan is. Crossbows, a varmint rifle, shotguns, and even your first box of shells are already all included with each of these hassle-free packages. When all is said and done, basic meat and taxidermy preparations are provided, as well as a return trip to the airport.
Landscape & Climate
Southern Ontario is a generally flat and very fertile area, primarily dominated by rich agricultural land. Corn, Soy Beans, Wheat, Alfalfa, Sunflowers & Canola make up the bulk. Several prominent rivers also carve their way through this landscape providing thick brush and forested ravines in addition to the patchwork of woodlots scattered about. The timber here is largely comprised of hardwoods, species like Hard Maple, Red Oak, Beech, Black Walnut and White Ash are prevalent, interspersed with stands of Red Pine and White Cedar.
Weather this time of year is generally milder than the rest of Ontario, but for ideal hunting conditions hope for cold and snow. Its rare to have snow here in November, but cooler weather coupled with the rut has the deer on their feet. Come December snow could arrive at any time. Ponds are largely frozen as temperatures tend to consistently stay below freezing, but not bitter cold. Often the more snow the better the hunting. For detailed weather data, Wikipedia is an excellent resource for historic weather trends found in the “Climate” section available for any city worldwide.
Meals & Accommodations
This is a 5-day hunt with 6 nights’ accommodation. Our hunters typically stay in a nice country Bed & Breakfast located in a rural farm setting overlooking a private valley. Hunts tend to conveniently occur within 20 -30 minutes’ drive from the lodge. Enjoy private entrances from a lower level fully walkout basement with a wraparound porch, private rooms with either 1 or 2 beds in each, as well as ensuite bathrooms and Wi-Fi. Should you wish to go jogging there are trails around the farm, and just minutes away is a historic Spa, or you can go beachcombing on the shores of Lake Eire. Also, just a stones throw from the famous Niagara Falls region, vineyards and attractions for after the hunt.
Enjoy a hearty continental style breakfast/brunch line up, complete with homemade breads, yogurt and granola – right off the farm! Fresh fruit, cereal, muffins, cheese and deli meats round the menu out. Lunches can either be bagged for the field, or stop into a local diner for a quick break if you wish. Dinners are usually catered at the lodge shortly after you return for the day. Gourmet burgers, racks of ribs, lamb chops, pork loins, grilled salmon and strip steaks accompanied with an array of side dishes makes for an excellent work-up before desert. Snacks are also available, and you are welcome to bring your own beer wine or liquor. No one here goes hungry.
Key Equipment Suggestions
This hunt requires some slightly specialized equipment. Warm, wind/waterproof layered clothing system, warm hat, neck warmer and gloves, air activated heater pouches, warm boots, insoles, a small day pack, 8-10x binoculars, rangefinder, bow/crossbow and accessories (crossbows can be provided at no cost), sunglasses, and a digital camera covers the essentials. Hunter orange is not required while archery hunting in Ontario. If Waterfowl hunting, a shotgun and personal duck and goose calls are welcomed, but shotguns can be provided at no cost. If predator hunting, remote callers, and a varmint rifle are welcome, but can also be provided at no cost.
Waterfowl Only Hunts: 3 days – fully guided – Mixed Waterfowl hunts – October – December = $1900
Round trip airport pick-up and drop-off services from Pearson’s Intl Airport in Toronto
13% Harmonized Sales Tax (GST)
All meals and accommodations during the hunt
2×1 professional guiding with experienced local guide or outfitter
Two (x2) bonus outings for Waterfowl or Coyote
Crossbow and/or Shotgun/Varmint rifle rentals + first box of shotgun shells
All ground transportation while hunting
Basic meat and trophy preparations for the taxidermist
Travel to the destination city of Toronto (if flying), or near London Ontario (if driving)
Any pre and post hunt meals or accommodations
Ontario Outdoors card, non-resident small games licensing, Whitetail deer (purchased online)
Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp (purchased at local post office)
Shotgun shells & broadheads
Gratuities to guides and staff
Taxidermy and meat or trophy export
Personal side ventures or tourism
purchases of a personal nature, alcohol, souvenirs etc.
Extra hunting days: $350/day (if possible)
Non-hunting observer days: $250/day
Ontario Outdoors Card (CAD$8) & Non-Resident Small Games License (approx. CAD$130)
Ontario non-resident Whitetail Deer tag (approx. CAD$255)
Federal Migratory Bird Habitat Conservation Stamp (approx. CAD$20)
The hunt occurs near London Ontario. Hunters are welcome to drive to the lodge but are otherwise asked to arrive at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, where they will be greeted. The hunting area is located 1.5-2 hours southwest of Toronto.
Pearson International Airport in Toronto is easily reached by nearly any North American airline, often offering direct flights with no connections. And Detroit or Niagara Falls are the two closest border crossings if driving.
Round trip airport shuttles between the hunting areas are available and already included with every package
Passport required for all international travel. Non-Canadian citizens can be denied access into Canada if they have a DUI or any other criminal infraction.