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Welcome to the Long Point Waterfowl Unit!
This public waterfowl hunting area is located on Lake Erie’s Inner Bay of Long Point Bay, which boasts an extensive marsh complex located within a two and one half hour drive of the GTA.
As one of the largest staging areas for migrating waterfowl in Ontario, Long Point’s long history of “waterfowling” is renowned. Over 25 different species of ducks and geese pass through the area each fall.
This public waterfowl hunting opportunity is made possible as the result of a unique partnership between the Long Point Waterfowlers Association, the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters, Ducks Unlimited, the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Ministry of Natural Resources. Run as a non-profit venture among these partners, hunters pay minimum fees for an exceptional waterfowling experience. All blind rental fees from hunters go directly to pay for the Unit’s operation.
Over 40 blinds located throughout diverse marsh settings and exposures offers hunters a wide variety of experiences in a safe and supervised location. While the majority of two-person stake blinds are accessible by small power boats there are several walk-in stake blinds that prove to be popular.
We permit three hunters in a boat to occupy one of the shooting points positioned normally around the outside of the Unit’s weed beds. Hunters wanting to bag “divers” in the late fall prefer to lay a larger spread of decoys so the extra hunter usually comes in handy.
Geese frequent the Big Creek area of the Unit where we have not only stake blinds but also offer an opportunity for hunters to try out one our two “goose pits” located on property owned by Ducks Unlimited.
Hunting is permitted on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The days in between are “rest days” for the birds which proves to enhance the overall quality of the hunt.
Our experienced Waterfowl technicians open the Unit’s Office on hunting days at 5 a.m. (6 a.m. later on in season) issuing permits and dispensing advice when asked. The Unit office closes in the evening when the last hunter has completed their mandatory checkout. This office provides a source of information for both experienced and inexperienced waterfowlers. New hunters are welcome to discuss any questions that they might have with fellow hunters and you’ll always find “the coffee’s on”!
There are three different methods of renting a duck blind at the Long Point Waterfowl Unit. The traditional “Line-up” requires hunters to occupy a spot in their vehicle in front of numbered stake located in the day use area of Long Point Provincial Park. The number on the post represents your position in the selection process on the next shooting day.
For those perhaps unable to line-up, hunters may choose to obtain “a pick” using the reservation service. Hunters send in completed reservation applications at least fifteen days before a hunting date of their choice. The Unit office randomly selects 8 of these reservations and notifies the successful hunters. Again, the order in which your reservation is picked also determines your pick in the blind selection process on that hunting date.
Hunters who prefer a later in the day hunt from perhaps a specific blind number opt to go for a “re-rent”. The Unit will re-rent each blind twice in one shooting day. Hunters place their name on the “re-rent list” which is set up on a first come first served basis. At predetermined times each shooting day hunters on the re-rent list are offered any blinds that have become available. This is a great way to assure you may be occupying a blind that has at least shot well that day!
Visitors who bring layout boats or wish to hunt outside of a blind can chose the Unit’s “B” Zone area. This easily accessible section of the marsh also is less formal and allows you to hunt without a large investment in equipment.
From a daily cash fee as low as $6.00 per day to the “A Zone” daily hunter fee of $15.00 to a season’s pass allowing an unlimited number of hunts there’s a affordable option for every hunter. A detailed list outlining rules, regulations and restrictions, maps, blind descriptions and applications are available from Long Point Provincial Park any time after the Labour Day weekend.
As you can see, the Long Point Waterfowl Unit offers a variety of ways that a hunter can enjoy a quality waterfowling experience. The choice is yours! Please contact us for further information.
The Unit is staffed after Labour Day in early September to the last day of the waterfowl season.
Join the Long Point Waterfowlers’ Association to obtain current information and maintain active participation. Request a Membership Application by e-mailing a request to lpwa(removestuffbetweenbrackets)@kwic.com.