Lake of the Woods Woodcock & Grouse Hunting

Ruffed Grouse

Upland game-bird hunting for Ruffed Grouse, Woodcock, Partridge, Sharptail Grouse and Spruce Grouse are very popular in Northwestern Ontario and getting more popular every year. The fall colors of the leaves, trees and vegetation is spectacular. There is nothing like a walk through the woods enjoying a sunny afternoon, which the grouse like as much as we do.

Hunting grouse in the Rainy River district will be a successful and exhilarating bird hunt because of the high populations. When at peak years, it seems the grouse are everywhere. There are many game trails, and back country roads that will give you easy access to the best Grouse hunting territory. You can often see grouse sunning themselves on a log or on the side of the road, so watch while you're driving as they're often right on the road too! The diversity of the hunting trails and bird hunting areas makes grouse hunting in our area a great experience.

Whether Sharptail, known as Prairie Chicken, Ruffed Grouse known as Partridge or Spruce Grouse; these upland game birds are generally plentiful here in hunting season, although they run in a 7 year cycle.

We do not offer a separate grouse hunting package at this time, but grouse hunting is often enjoyed with duck hunting and a fall fishing expedition. We know where to find them and will gladly give you some grouse hunting tips, and show you where to go.

Apparently this area is known for Woodcock in large numbers, and you may also enjoy the fishing and golfing as part of your hunting holiday.

Firearms & Ammunition

You may bring hunting rifles or shotguns into Ontario for hunting or competition purposes if you are 18 years of age or older.
You are allowed 200 rounds of ammunition for hunting or 1,500 rounds for use at a recognized shooting competition.
Archery equipment may be brought across the border at no charge. You do not have to register them, however, you do have to mention that you are bringing them across.
All fully automatic weapons and handguns are prohibited.

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Canadian Firearms Declaration Form:

You will be required to fill out a temporary gun permit (Firearm Declaration Form & Continuation Sheet) to bring firearms into Canada. The fee is $25 payable at the border crossing.

Please Note: Do not sign your declaration form until the customs agent asks you to. All forms need to filled out in triplicate and complete.

Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Forms & Continuation Sheet are available by emailing, or by calling 1-800-731-4000 (Canada and U.S.) or 1-506-624-5380 (other countries) and from all Customs offices across Canada. Visit the RCMP web site for more information

Download Non-Resident Canadian Firearm Declaration Form (Adobe .pdf)

Download Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Continuation Sheet (Adobe .pdf)

Buy a Fishing License and Outdoor Card on-line here
Buy a Hunting License and Outdoor Card on-line here

Ontario Fishing Regulations Page
Ontario Hunting Regulations Page

Should you have any general questions pertaining to the hunting regulations summary please contact the Natural Resource Information Centre at 1-800-667-1940 or by emailing

Helpful Border Crossing Information Sites
US State Department
US / Canada Border Crossing

Criminal Record ???
We suggest you communicate with a Canadian Immigration office prior to your planned trip if you have a criminal record.