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Thread: Can you hunt on land owned by OPG, or land owned by provence of Ontario Infrastucture?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ger43 View Post
    Its been some time since this discussion came up in camp......
    In rural areas, such as farmland where transmisdion towers run through the property..."most" farmers have a 50 -100yr "lease" of the property that OPG has their tower on.. In other words.. OPG owns the tower.. U build a stand in the tower.. Youll be fined... U build a stand beside a leg outside thetower footprint.. Youre ok.
    In your case.. Its tricky because its an actual piece of land owned by OPG... And trying to find someone who works for a government funded institution to sign your OFAH permission slip? Good luck on anyone there taking responsability for a signature

    I would find the local Hydro maintenance office... Drop off abox of donuts at 0700... And ask the maintenace guys who to talk to ... The " boots on the ground" are usually the ones telling the truth... The rest cover their
    On the other hand "boots on the ground guys" arent management and have no authority or power.

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    An important consideration is whether the parcels in question are vacant or posted. OPG is very concerned about liability, especially if they have buildings or equipment on the site or if there is water e.g a river. More often than not, OPG won’t allow access.

    Vacant parcels owned by Infrastructure Ontario on behalf of the Crown is public land and is open to hunting unless otherwise posted.

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    I have spoken with reps from IO (Infrastructure Ontario) regarding lands they own in Durham region and they have stated that they do not allow hunting on those lands. I am not sure if this would carry over to your location, but I hope this helps. The same can be said for lands owned by Conservation Authorities; some allow limited hunting opportunities while others (TRCA) prohibit hunting on their lands.

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    Read and understand the Trespass to Property Act.

    https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90t21

    Unless it is signed, fenced or primarily used for agriculture, you can hunt there. It doesn't matter who owns it. The one exception would be where you have been specifically told not to by the landowner/occupier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjhind View Post
    Read and understand the Trespass to Property Act.

    https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90t21

    Unless it is signed, fenced or primarily used for agriculture, you can hunt there. It doesn't matter who owns it. The one exception would be where you have been specifically told not to by the landowner/occupier.
    ^^^^ This is basically it.

    Unless it is explicitly signed, or has maintained fences ( meaning a bunch of decrepit posts and wire don't qualify), you can access it to hunt.

    The onus is on the property owner to ensure that they have adequately marked, or otherwise conveyed that they do not give permission. This is true of abandoned farmsteads, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebulldog View Post
    ^^^^ This is basically it.

    Unless it is explicitly signed, or has maintained fences ( meaning a bunch of decrepit posts and wire don't qualify), you can access it to hunt.

    The onus is on the property owner to ensure that they have adequately marked, or otherwise conveyed that they do not give permission. This is true of abandoned farmsteads, etc.
    Actually the onus is on you to gain permission to enter private property if its posted or not. Just because there is no signs does not give anybody the right to enter and hunt private land. Good luck trying to convince an leo your allowed to hunt on private land without permission....

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadaman30 View Post
    Actually the onus is on you to gain permission to enter private property if its posted or not. Just because there is no signs does not give anybody the right to enter and hunt private land. Good luck trying to convince an leo your allowed to hunt on private land without permission....
    That's true only after the landowner or the property agent (as defined by law) or law enforcement has so advised the trespasser and ordered them off the property where there's no fences and/or signs unless the property is under cultivation. When/if they refuse to leave is when a charge can be laid. "Trespass to hunt" under the FWCA may also be laid where adequate notice is given verbally by the landowner/agent,also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trimmer21 View Post
    That's true only after the landowner or the property agent (as defined by law) or law enforcement has so advised the trespasser and ordered them off the property where there's no fences and/or signs unless the property is under cultivation. When/if they refuse to leave is when a charge can be laid. "Trespass to hunt" under the FWCA may also be laid where adequate notice is given verbally by the landowner/agent,also.
    while Trimmer is correct and it is legal, i would agree with Canadaman. i don't think we as hunters should be going on known private property to hunt without asking permission just because it is improperly posted or fenced.

    personally i would use the lack of fencing / posting as a conversation starter, then offer to post it properly in exchange for permission to hunt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trimmer21 View Post
    That's true only after the landowner or the property agent (as defined by law) or law enforcement has so advised the trespasser and ordered them off the property where there's no fences and/or signs unless the property is under cultivation. When/if they refuse to leave is when a charge can be laid. "Trespass to hunt" under the FWCA may also be laid where adequate notice is given verbally by the landowner/agent,also.
    Good luck trying to convince an leo that your allowed to trespass and hunt on private land because the land owner has not told you to leave yet. Nobody has the right to hunt on private land unless consent permission is granted regardless to whether or not fencing or signage is present. Its your responsibility to make sure your not trespassing and hunting private land.
    Last edited by canadaman30; May 21st, 2019 at 03:35 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parkcity View Post
    while Trimmer is correct and it is legal, i would agree with Canadaman. i don't think we as hunters should be going on known private property to hunt without asking permission just because it is improperly posted or fenced.

    personally i would use the lack of fencing / posting as a conversation starter, then offer to post it properly in exchange for permission to hunt it.
    You still legally have to have permission to legally enter a private property. Clearly stated in the act. Please show where no permission is needed to hunt private land, as the trespass act clearly states you must gain permission to legally enter

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