Local hunters are getting a late Christmas present.
Ontario Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski has announced licence fees won’t be going up this year and a $2 service fee for new licences has been removed.
This follows a recent and similar announcement surrounding fishing licences.
Yakabuski says both moves will save Ontarians about $4.3-million.
He notes with no price hike and no service fee in hunting licences, $1.6-millions will be re-invested into the back pockets of Ontarians.
Yakabuski says hunting is worth over $431-million to the provincial economy.
In addition to freezing fees, the government has updated hunting regulations to make things better for hunters across the province.
These changes include a new Licence Summary that can be stored on a mobile device or printed at home, paper tags that replace the old game seals and enhanced hunter reporting.
For more information, visit www.ontario.ca/page/hunting