By request, below we’ve provided a summary of the special instructions for Minors applying for Hunting / Firearms Licenses.
Graduate Information for Minors (under 18yrs)
Ontario Hunter Education Program
-Guardian must sign Ontario Hunter Education Consent Form (avail. in class, or online at ww.ohep.net) if student is aged 12-15.
-Guardian must sign Consent Form for Hunting License and Outdoors Card (avail. at Ministry of Natural Resources/Services Ontario) if student is aged 12-15. If two Guardians reside at the same address, then both must sign the Consent Form.
-Students entering the “Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program” will obtain either a Class A1 or Class A2 Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card (apply at MNR or Services Ontario Center).
-Class A1 Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card: permits the cardholder to hunt with all methods permitted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Applicants for this version of the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card must be 12 years of age or older and will have to provide documentation that they have passed both the Ontario Hunter Education Course exam and the Canadian Firearms Safety Course exam. (Note: to own, acquire and register a gun, you must be 18 years of age or older).
-Class A2 Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card: permits the cardholder to hunt with all methods permitted under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and regulations except guns. Applicants for this version of the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card must be 12 years of age or older and provide documentation that they have passed the Ontario Hunter Education Course / Exam.
-NOTE: The Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Program is mandatory for qualified participants under the age of 15 but is optional for new hunters who are 15 years of age or over.
-The Apprentice must be a resident of Ontario.
-The Apprentice, while hunting, must be under the direct and immediate supervision of a mentor who is 18 years of age or older, and who holds a valid Outdoors Card of the equivalent class and hunting license tag for the game species being hunted.
-The Apprentice must share a single firearm with the mentor.
-An Apprentice must possess a federal Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit to hunt migratory game birds.
-With the exception of migratory game birds, game wildlife taken by the Apprentice must be added to the daily bag limit of the mentor.
-If wild turkey is being hunted, the Apprentice must take the Ontario Wild Turkey Education Course and pass the exam.
-A Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card is valid for a period of three years.
-The Apprentice must carry the Hunter Apprenticeship Safety Card with them while hunting.
Canadian Firearms Safety Course
-Students aged 12-17 may receive a Minor’s License if applicable.
-A Minors’ License will enable young people to borrow a non-restricted rifle or shotgun for approved purposes such as hunting or target shooting. Generally, the minimum age for a Minor’s License is 12 years. Applicants must have taken the Canadian Firearms Safety Course and passed the test.
-Once a person turns 18, they are no longer eligible for a minor’s license. Instead, they must apply for a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) and pay the applicable fee.
-In order to obtain a Minor’s License Application, the student’s guardian must call 1-800-731-4000 (then press 1-1-7503) and request hard copy/fax of a Minor’s License Application.
-Upon request, they can fax or mail the necessary forms to a parent / guardian.