World Class Hunting at Meline’s Lodge

The Nestor falls area of Lake of the Woods is world renown for producing huge Whitetail Deer, giant flocks of different types of ducks and is fantastic for Black Bear and Moose. This giant freshwater lake with just under 15,000 inlands is a natural paradise for most species of fish, waterfowl, small game and big game animals.

Meline’s lodge offers hunters hunters the chance to explore vast untouched areas of Lake of the Woods with limitless opportunities.

Deer hunting at Meline's
Trophy Whitetail Deer hunting

Trophy Whitetail Deer

At Meline’s Lodge we have the luxury of hunting huge whitetails with many different approaches. We can hunt the mainland with hundreds of miles of logging roads and trails. We also venture out onto the vast wilderness of Lake of the Woods where you have thousands of Islands to hunt from. Choose your weapon rifle, muzzle loader, shotgun, bow or cross bow. Choose your method of pursuit drives, tree stands or scented, heated ground blinds. Guided or unguided.

At any case we can offer different hunting set ups depending on your needs and desires. Let us create a hunt designed for you to bag that trophy you always wanted! Speaking of deer, our deer here are big. Weights of 200lb are normal, 8 – 14 pointers and 130 to 150 B&C typical scores are common.

We filmed an awesome hunting show with Babe Winkelman for whitetails, which aired in 2008. If you would like to see the show, please let us know and we will send you a DVD copy.

Duck & Geese

Lake of the Woods duck hunting is a shotgun hunter’s paradise. The duck hunting season includes: Puddle Duck, Mallards, Wood Duck and Teal Duck. Each species is in abundant supply in the Lake Of The Woods region. Duck migration time arrives in the Lake of the Woods area early October. You can expect: Diving Ducks, Ring Neck Ducks, Goldeneye Ducks, Blue Bill Ducks, and Buffleheads to become the focus of our hunt.

All duck & goose hunting packages include accommodations and all meals, guide service (one guide for every two hunters), boats and motors for lake hunting, decoys, drop of and pick up in different areas, and all ground transportation while at the resort.  Feel free to bring your own dog.

Northwest Ontario hunting is world renown. No matter your hunt preference, we provide you with the best trophy hunting opportunities.


Ontario is known to have great grouse hunting. Meline’s Resort in Northwest Ontario offers guided grouse hunting trips in the scenic areas near Lake of the Woods, Ontario. This area is home to Ruffed Grouse, Spruce Grouse and Sharptail Grouse. The woods that surround Lake of the Woods are filled the berries, buds and clover that grouse are known to use for cover.

All Grouse Hunting packages include accommodations and all meals, guide service (one guide for every two hunters), boats and motors for lake hunting, drop off and pick up in different areas, and all ground transportation while at the resort. Feel free to bring your own dog.

Call our lodge office 1-807-484-2483 and ask about different seasons and regulations for each species.

Hunting Regulations

Click here to view Hunting Regulations for Fall 2021 – Spring 2022.

Entering Canada

A U.S. citizen entering Canada needs a photo I.D. and your original birth certificate or a passport. Canada considers a D.U.I a criminal offense and can deny access. If you have a criminal record of any sort, make sure you contact customs in advance of your trip.

Fort Frances Immigration phone number  – 807 274 9780
Fort Frances Customs phone number  – 807 274 3655

Non-Resident Licenses and Tags

Non-Residents must present one of the following to obtain a license to hunt in Ontario:

  • Ontario non-resident’s hunting license issued to you after January 1, 1968, or
  • Hunting license issued to you by a competent authority in any jurisdiction as a resident of that jurisdiction* after January 1, 1968, or
  • Ontario Hunting License Examination Certificate issued to you after January 1, 1968, or
  • Ontario Hunting License Verification Certificate showing you were issued an Ontario license to hunt; or passed the Hunting License Exam, or
  • Certificate, issued to you after January 1, 1968, by a competent authority in any jurisdiction, giving you permission to purchase a resident’s hunting license in that jurisdiction.* A hunting license from your home state from a previous year is accepted. It will not be returned to you.

Tags and game seals are considered to be part of the license. (Dollars in Canadian)

  • Whitetail Deer License, Tags and Game Seals $172.00

Small Game Licenses and Tags

This license authorizes a non-resident to hunt fox, game birds (except wild turkey), rabbits and hares in most areas, raccoon (except at night), wolf, coyote, and black, grey, and fox squirrels but not red squirrels. $82.50

Gun Permits

You may use semi-automatic or self-loading firearms for hunting in Ontario, but not handguns or fully automatic firearms.

Effective January 1, 2001, federal firearms regulations require hunters who bring rifles or shotguns into Canada declare their firearms at their point of entry. A fee of $50.00 Canadian is required to complete this procedure; this confirmed declaration is valid for up to 60 days. Firearms Declaration Forms are available from Customs officers, Canadian Firearms Center info line at 1 – 800 – 731 – 4000.

You will need to get a gun permit to bring your weapon or weapons across the border. If you do not do this prior to entry, you will have to do it at the border. This process takes about 20 minutes and is done by the Canadian Customs as you enter Canada.

Big Game Export Permits

In order to export big game across the border, you must buy a permit for $30.00 Canadian and these are available in Nestor Falls. Without the permit, you will not be able to bring any parts of your animal (cape, rack, meat) across the border.
Export permits are available in Nestor Falls for $35 Canadian.

For information on Ontario MNR hunting regulations, click here.

Wildlife Management Areas

For a clear definition of hunting boundaries and wildlife management areas, please refer to the Ontario hunting regulations on page 10, map #3 on their website or you can call direct 1-807-468-2501.

Wildlife Management Area

HUnting Photo Gallery