By-laws and Enforcement

Discharging Firearms in Hamilton

The City of Hamilton is responsible for prohibiting and regulating the discharge of recreational firearms within the City of Hamilton to ensure the safety and security of the community. The Discharge of Recreational Firearms By-law 19-114 (PDF, 2 MB) helps you understand your obligations and outlines where the discharge of firearms is permitted.

In addition, these agencies have further regulations about discharging firearms in Hamilton:

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Recreational firearm discharge for licensed Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry hunting activities in season is permitted only within the Beverly Swamp Conservation Area lands of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

For more information, contact:
Phone: 905-525-2181
Email: [email protected]

Hamilton Police Services

Everyone who owns a firearm must have a valid Firearms Licence for the particular class of firearm for which they own. The firearm conditions are listed on the reverse side of the person’s firearms licence, which should correspond with the firearm in that person’s possession.

For more information, visit


Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority

Important facts for Binbrook Conservation Area Waterfowl Hunting:

  • Waterfowl hunting is permitted from designated hunting blinds only
  • Hunting is by day permit, reservations by telephone or at the park
  • Only 2 hunters permitted per hunting blind
  • Access to hunting blinds by boat/canoe/kayak
  • Electric motors permitted, no gas motors
  • Fee is per hunting blind
  • Hunting season starts the 4th Saturday in September, through 2nd Saturday in December or until lake freezes
  • Hunting access is 5 am to 12 noon on specific days only (currently Saturday & Monday)

For more information, contact:
Main Office: 905-788-3135 | Binbrook Office: 905-692-3228
Email: [email protected]


Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

A valuable resource for all new and seasonal hunters, anglers and conservationists.

For more information, contact:
Phone:705-748-6324 (OFAH)
Email: [email protected]

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Our role is to safeguard the public interest by leading and delivering professional regulatory protection of Ontario’s natural resources. See or suspect an act of resource abuse? Give us a call!

For more information, contact:
Toll free TIPS Line: 1-877-847-7667

Conservation Officers

A Conservation Officer is a law enforcement officer, specifically the Ministry of Natural Resources, O.P.P or Hamilton Police. Under the legislation, you must identify yourself to the conservation officer, and provide them with any documentation for hunting and or fishing means. Conservation officers are able to issue tickets, charges and have authority under various federal legislations.