Hunting season is approaching.  Everyone is preparing to hit the woods and put some meat in the freezer. But, are you ready for after the hunt? 

Following an animal’s successful harvest, you will need to dispose of some form of waste. So what do you do with it? These are the do’s and don’ts of proper hunting waste disposal.


Don’t dump animal waste in:

  • Ditches
  • Highway pullouts
  • Residential areas
  • Near trails
  • Campsites
  • Watersheds (Near creeks and streams)
  • Private property
  • End of city streets

Hunting waste is prone to attracting other wildlife such as coyotes and bears. When disposed of in the wrong place, it can be dangerous and a nuisance to residents. There is also the potential for contamination of water. Improper disposal of hunting waste can violate different Province’s environmental acts and result in penalties such as fines. It can also give the public a negative perception of hunters. And suffice to say, we don’t want that.


Dispose of animal waste in:

  • Remote areas (On Crown land)
  • Your local landfill

The best thing to remember is to ensure your disposal is entirely discreet and away from people. Most landfills will also accept hunting waste. When doing so, they generally request that the animal remains are double-bagged. Contact your local conservation office or landfill if you are unsure where to dispose of your hunting waste.

Safe and happy hunting!

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