Hunting

Essex Region Conservation manages five hunting programs, each with their own details and regulations.

Deer Hunting

Fees:

  • Public Draw Entry Fee: $20.00 (+ registration fee)
  • 10-24 acre woodlot: $689.30 (taxes included)
  • 25-49 acre woodlot: $971.80 (taxes included)
  • 50 acre plus woodlot: $1254.30 (taxes included)

ERCA has approximately 10 woodlots of varying sizes throughout the Essex Region that it rents to hunters with valid Ministry of Natural Resources permits in place to hunt White Tailed Deer.  Hunting is permitted by ground or tree stands and must be bow only – no guns.  10-24 acre woodlot – 2 hunters permitted, 25-49 acre woodlot – 3 hunters permitted, 50 acre plus – 4 hunters permitted.   Registration for the draw closes on June 27, 2022 and hunters will be chosen randomly using independent randomizer software and contacted in the order chosen until all hunting locations are sold.  Hunters must respond within 48 hours of being contacted or staff will have to contact the next person on the list.  It is important to provide full contact details and monitor your phone and email for one week after the draw.  Hunters who are successful in obtaining a woodlot will be required to pay all fees soon after the draw.  Permits will be mailed to successful hunters after permit applications are deemed complete and full payment is made.  Witnesses will be present while the random hunter selection process occurs to ensure a transparent random draw occurs. 

Register for the hunt draw

Deer Hunting rules and regulations PDF

Hunting Maps

An overview map of available hunting locations is available here

Big Creek Waterfowl Hunting

Fee:

  • Minimum Bid: $904 (taxes included)

ERCA rents 5 seasonal waterfowl hunting blinds in Big Creek on a yearly basis.  Waterfowl hunting will be permitted 7 days per week: from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.  Please Note – Each permit holder will be responsible for construction and upkeep of their blind.  To bid on Big Creek Seasonal Hunting Blind(s), please completed and submit the bid form below before July 15th, 2022   Notice to all hunters who submit a bid form, winning bidders will notified by July 31st 2022.  It is strongly recommended that you use the map to go and visit the sites in order to have an understanding of what you are bidding on.

Big Creek Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations

Big Creek Seasonal Bid Form

Big Creek hunting blind locations map

Cedar Creek Waterfowl Hunting

Fees:

  • Seasonal Blind Fee: $1130.00/year (taxes included)

ERCA has 5 Cedar Creek Blinds that allow waterfowl hunting 7 days per week: from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset.  As of June 3rd, 2022, there are no blinds available for rent.

Please email Lisa at lpavan@erca.org to express an interest in renting one of these blinds in the future.

Cedar Creek Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Permit Application

Cedar Creek hunting blind locations map

Hillman Marsh Waterfowl Hunting

Fees:

  • Public Draw Entry Fee: $20.00 (+ registration fee)
  • Seasonal Blind Fee: $819.25 (taxes included)
  • Early Goose Hunting: $84.75 (taxes included)

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area rents approximately 20 seasonal waterfowl hunting blinds each year.  Waterfowl Hunting will be permitted 6 days per week: Monday to Saturday from ½ hour before sunrise until 3 PM.

Early Goose hunting will be permitted 6 days per week: Monday to Saturday from ½ hour before sunrise until 3 PM. Registration for the draw closes on June 20, 2022 and hunters will be chosen randomly using independent randomizer software and contacted in order until all hunting locations are sold. Hunters must respond within 48 hours of being contacted or staff will have to contact the next person on the list.  It is important to provide full contact details and monitor your phone and email for one week after the draw.  Hunters who are successful in obtaining a Hillman waterfowl blind will be required to pay all fees soon after the draw.  Permits will be mailed to successful hunters after permit applications are deemed complete and full payment is made.  Witnesses will be present while the random hunter selection process occurs to ensure a transparent random draw occurs. 

Please Note – Each permit holder will be responsible for construction, upkeep and removal of the blinds by Feb 15th of the following year. Most of the seasonal sites are only accessible by boat.

Full rules and regulations are available here 

A map of hunting blind locations is available here

Register for the hunt draw

Holiday Beach Waterfowl Hunting

Daily Blind Rental:

  • Blinds 3, 4, 6, and 7: $79.10 (taxes included)
  • Blinds 5, 14, 18, and 21: $67.80 (taxes included)

For the 2022-2023 season, day use waterfowl blinds at Holiday Beach will be available to book on our on-line booking reservation system.  This system will become available for hunter to use at noon on August 27, 2022. 

  • Blinds will be available on a first come first serve basis up to a maximum of 3 blinds per hunter.
  • Hunters can book only one Saturday
  • IMPORTANT: If you book more than 3 blinds or two or more Saturdays, your reservations will be cancelled without a refund.

Each hunter may use the new system to book and pay for 3 blinds.  You will receive an email confirmation of your purchase and staff will email your dash card permit and gate access code to gain entry into the park before you first hunting date.

Please read the full rules and regulations for this hunting season.

Click here for a map of waterfowl hunting blinds at Holiday Beach.

Book your blinds on our online reservation system.