Update July 18, 2018

Notice: For 2018 B-Zone Blind Permit Allocation will work on a lottery system, please read below for procedures.  These procedures will also be updated in our Annual Operating Plan (Info Booklet).

B-Zone Blind Permit Lottery Procedures

The procedures for acquiring a B-Zone Blind permit for the 2018-19 waterfowl season in Rondeau B-Zone are as follows:

  1. Anyone wishing to erect a hunting blind in Rondeau Bay B-Zone must purchase a blind erect permit.
  2. The B-Zone Blind Permit Lottery will be held on Friday, Aug 31, 2018 at the Waterfowl Management Office in Rondeau Prov. Park.
  3. Applicants may register between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. Registration closes at 7:00 pm.
  4. The draw begins directly after the closing of registrations at 7:00pm.
  5. Once the draw begins, no registrations will be accepted until the draw is completed.
  6. To be eligible for the lottery, an applicant must have a valid Outdoors Card including a small game licence, a valid Migratory Game Bird Stamp, and a cash payment of $25.00 (non-refundable) and a B-Zone Hunting Licence.
  7. Upon completion of the application form. A number will be issued to the applicant. This is the number that will be used in the lottery draw. Each applicant is only allowed one number.
  8. The first party selected will be given the first opportunity to choose a B-Zone location for their blind; the second party selected will be given the second opportunity and so on until all applicants have been drawn.
  9. Once a blind location has been selected through the process above, a B-Zone erect a blind permit will be issued, along with a blind tag.
  10. Once issued a permit to build a blind the individual will be required to indicate where they plan on positioning their blind on the B-Zone map located at the Rondeau Waterfowl Unit Office.
  11. The blind tag is to be affixed to the blind in a visible location.
  12. No blind may be erected before obtaining the B-Zone Blind Permit and until after the Tuesday following Labour Day.
  13. Applicants wishing to purchase a B-Zone blind Permit after Aug 31, 2018 may do so at the Waterfowl Office, provided they have a valid Outdoors Card including a small game licence, a valid Migratory Game Bird Stamp, and a cash payment of $25.00.

Applicants are reminded that:
They must follow the regulations as outlined in the Migratory Bird Regulations for Ontario. According to those regulations it is incumbent that blinds be set a distance apart that allows for safe hunting.

2018 RBWA Youth Hunt

For those of you familiar with the RBWA Annual Mentored Youth Hunt, a new format will be introduced in 2018, including a date move to Waterfowler Heritage Day.  The component held on Friday night will still include instruction, food, and presentations - however in a condensed format.  Prizes will also be given away Friday night, including the Jacob Suitor Youth Hunting Package as well as a youth shotgun. A draw will be conducted for blinds in A-Zone for the hunt on the following morning for Waterfowl Heritage Day. More information on the format and a detailed iternary can be here.

Festival of Flight: May 12th, 2018

On May 12th, join the RBWA and birders from far and wide as we take part in the 24 hour Big Birding Day during the Festival of Flight at Rondeau Provincial Park.  The RBWA will have BBQ available at the Visitor Center and then at 2:00 pm The Canadian Raptor Conservancy will be conducting an educational presentation with multiple birds of prey at Beach Access Point #9 - see attached map for location.  Please see the attached flyer for futher details on the Festival of Flight.

RBWA Annual Fundraiser Dinner: August 25th, 2018
Come out to the Morpeth Community Center August 25th, 2018 and join us where the RBWA Annual Fundraiser Dinner will be celebrating it's 20th year!  For more information please see the Special Events tab.

Earthday Bay Cleanup: April 21, 2018
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped cleanup the Bay and shoreline!  Each year the RBWA partners with the Shrewsbury Community Association to cleanup as much of the Bay and area as possible.  We were able to fill multiple dumpsters of garbage and debris collected from around the bay this year.  If anyone is interested in future Spring cleanup please contact Tim Joyce or
admin.  Thanks again everyone!

RBWA Elections: March 7, 2018
In March, 2018 RBWA held the biennial elections for executive positions, all positions were acclaimed and are as follows:

President -  Ed Myslik
Vice President - Norm MacAuley
Secretary - Mike Moynihan
Treasurer - Peter Liestra
Public Relations - Brendan Guest

Update Dec 11, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  As of December 11th, 2017 A-Zone in Rondeau Bay will be closed due to ice up conditions on the Bay.

Update Sep 19, 2017

For anyone interested Ontario Parks will be commencing a liquid herbicide application. Please click on the following link for more information.  If you have any questions please contact the Park.

As a reminder please see below for the changes to A-Zone for this year:

  1. There will be an A-Zone daily hunt fee increase beginning for the 2017 season.  Member fees will be $10 per hunter and the non-member fee will be $20.  Please contact Mike Moynihan under the Contact Us tab for membership information or click hereALL members of RBWA MUST be an OFAH member in good standing.

  2. Starting in the 2017 season the waterfowl office will open at 4:30 am, the Daily Draws will occur at 5:00 am for the duration of the entire season

Update Aug 28, 2017

Notice: Trailers, campers, and RV's will not be permitted this year in the B-Zone lineup.  If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please email admin or contact Rondeau Provincial Park: 519-674-1750

The Rondeau Bay Waterfowlers Association annual fundraiser was once again a huge success!  The RBWA would like to thank all our sponsors that generously donated and supported our 2017 Fundraiser Dinner, please see our Special Events Page for a list of our generous sponsors!

A-Zone Blind Work Day - Sat Aug 12

A big thank you to all the volunteers who came out this year to help with the blind work on the Bay and in Long Pond!   A great deal was accomplished by many hard working members and volunteers.  A-Zone is nearly ready well before the season! Special thanks to Brian P, Egon M, Dave M, Mike M Jr., Mike M Sr, Mitch R, Jeff R, Don S, Scott L, Tyler V, Julianna S, John F, Rob O, Cody D, Jim D, John D, Al P, Peter L, Josh G, and Brendan G.

April 13th, 2017

NOTICE - Important:  The RBWA will have some operating changes for the upcoming 2017 season:

  1. Monthly meeting dates have been changed to the 7:00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month effective immediately.

  2. There will be an A-Zone daily hunt fee increase beginning for the 2017 season.  Member fees will be $10 per hunter and the non-member fee will be $20.  Please contact Mike Moynihan under the Contact Us tab for membership information or click hereALL members of RBWA MUST be an OFAH member in good standing.

  3. Starting in the 2017 season the waterfowl office will open at 4:30 am, the Daily Draws will occur at 5:00 am for the duration of the entire season

These changes are not yet reflected in documentation that may be found on this website, documents will be updated as the season approaches.

Update - June 10th, 2017

The 2017 RBWA Youth Hunt:

The 2017 RBWA Youth Hunt will be held on Sept 29 - 30th, 2017 For more details read about previous Mentored Youth Hunts on this website.   You must be pre-registered to take part in this event and hold either a current A1 Apprentice Hunter Safety Card or a current Ontario Small Game license, as well as a current federal Migratory Bird Permit. There is no cost to participants. 

Update - May 24th, 2017

The RBWA would like to thank our volunteers who came out May 13th to barbeque for the bird watchers and patrons during Rondeau Park's Festival of Flight.  Thanks to Dave, Sharri, and Dustin W, Don S, Brian P, and Brendan G and Amanda K! Great work everyone!

Update - May 1st, 2017

Earthday Bay Cleanup: April 22, 2017
Thanks to everyone who came out and helped cleanup the Bay and shoreline!  We were able to fill multiple dumpsters of garbage and debris collected from around the bay. 

Big Buck & Bull: April 22, 2017
Thank you to all the members and volunteers who took time on April 22nd to support the RBWA at Tilbury's Big buck and Bull Show.  They were able to sell raffle tickets, give out tickets for our door prizes, and provide information on hunting in Rondeau.

Congratulations to our winners:
Firearm - Rene Cyr
RBWA Hat and 3 man hunt - Ron Garrod
RBWA Hoodie Sweater - Alfred Thibeault

A few members of the RBWA volunteered their Saturday to brave the weatherand ice to help move any blinds damaged by the ice on A-Zone.  The RBWA would like to thank Mike M, Mike M Jr, Jason C, Brodie L, Scott L, Peter L, Norm M, Josh G, and Brendan G. for their help!

 ATTENTION HUNTERS:  ALL hunters in your group must report back to the waterfowl office after their hunt whether they have harvested birds or not.  ALL birds must be brought up to the Waterfowl Office for inspection and statistical recording.  There is a table outside the door to place your birds after a hunt.  If this rule is not followed the MNRF will be notified.

A-Zone Waterfowl Information:  Waterfowl hunting in Rondeau Bay (both A & B Zone) only occurs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday - this is to provide rest days for the birds in a major staging area during migration. 

 

"Barrier Free Blind" Proposal

RBWA is in the process of creating a second Barrier Free Blind at the location of the #3 blind on the bay. A small parking lot is present at that location, suitable for three vehicles. A wheel chair accessible walkway and base for a 16'x8' blind suitable to handle two wheel chairs and helpers will be constructed should the funding be attained for this project. Of course, this blind will also be a great rest location for individuals travelling the marsh trail by foot or bicycle. The cost of this project is $15 000.00. If you or your group would like to donate please contact Mike M. at 519-359-7932 for more information. To receive a tax receipt cheques can be made out to "The Friends of Rondeau", please include in the memo line "Barrier Free Blind". Donations can be sent to:

Mike Moynihan
18110 Third Ave.
Morpeth, Ontario
N0P 1X0

Click here for Proposal approved by Rondeau Park.

Click here for fund raising letter.

Note on Membership for 2016:

Membership fees are going up! OFAH has increased its fees so we have been forced to increase ours as outlined below. Remember, you must be a current member of OFAH to be a member of the Rondeau Bay Waterfowlers Association.

As of Wednesday, May 12, 2016 the following prices are in effect.

RBWA + OFAH Family - $75.00

RBWA + Ind'l - $60.00

RBWA + Youth - $35.00

With proof of OFAH Membership*

No RBWA membership is in effect until the OFAH number has been verified.

RBWA Family Membership - $30.00

RBWA Ind'l Membership - $20.00

RBWA Youth Membership - $5.00

RBWA Family + OFAH (without magazine) - $50.00

RBWA Ind'l + OFAH (Without magazine) - $35.00

Mike M. is the new membership cordinator. The membership form is found under the Membership tab.

RBWA News - March, 2016

Elections were held at the March meeting. All positions were acclaimed. The results are:

President - Ed Myslik

Vice President - Josh Guest

Secretary - Norm McCauley

Treasurer - Peter Leistra

Public Relations - Brendan Guest

Congratulations fellas. Thanks for stepping up to the plate.

Here's a report from Matt Palumbo on 2014/15 harvest. Click here.

Rick M. took these photos of the marsh. See your favourite blind?

Take care when using the gear we provide for waterfowlers! Canoes, paddles, and decoys cost a lot of money! They are there for your convenience. Last year we had a number of decoys which were intentionally wrecked. Keep an eye out for anyone acting in a destructive manner with our equipment; talk to them about it, and report the incident to the waterfowl office.

Please find under the Info Booklet tab an updated GPS coordinates sheet and a new map. These will also be provided to in the waterfowl office. Note the GPS coordinates are a compilation of several waterfowlers own records. (Use at your own risk!). If you note an issue with any of them, report it to the waterfowl office.

 Finally, to hunt in A zone one requires their licenses (Ontario) and Migratory Bird Stamp as well as as a Park Pass. The attendants will ask if you have a Park Pass. They cannot issue you a blind if you do not have a valid Park Pass. If you intend to hunt several times at Rondeau, you might consider a summer pass which is good until the end of November. It may be cheaper for you in the long run!

The 2016 RBWA Youth Hunt:

in Memory of Percy Pickering 

Rbwa is very pleased to honour the memory of this great waterfowler, well known for his easy going manner and great smile which greeted everyone who met him. Percy was a former executive member of RBWA who loved to hunt in Long Pond. His adventures there are legendary. His infectious smile greeted many at opening draw prior to the morning hunt as he knew exactly where to be when duck hunting started. A great family man, Percy's tradition is carried on by his son, Ken, and grandkids, who also hunt at Rondeau. 

The 2016 RBWA Youth Hunt in Memory of Percy Pickering will be held on Sept 30 - Oct 1, 2016  For more details read about previous Mentored Youth Hunts on this website. You must be pre-registered to take part in this event and hold either a current A1 Apprentice Hunter Safety Card or a current Ontario Small Game license, as well as a current federal Migratory Bird Permit.  There is no cost to participants. 

RBWA Youth Hunt 2015

-in Memory of Jacob Suitor

This year, our annual Youth Hunt (Oct 2/3, 2015) will undergo a name change. It will be called the Rondeau Bay Waterfowler's Association Youth Hunt 2015 -in Memory of Jacob Suitor! Jacob, son or Sam and Tracey Suitor, passed away suddenly last fall. He was an avid Rondeau Bay Waterfowler who participated in our Youth Hunt five years ago. As a result of donations made to RBWA in memory of Jacob, a special package of equipment for new hunters will be randomly awarded to a participant of the Youth Hunt under the age of 17, for the next five years. A photo of a drake widgeon ( Jacob's favourite duck) will be placed in the waterfowl office and a copy given to Jacob's family.

 

If while reading this website you find something incorrect, please  contact admin.

 
Upcoming Events
Reservation Form
Important Dates
RBWA Meeting - 1st Wed of each month, at 7:00 pm
(Jan-Sept)
@ the Rondeau Rod & Gun Club in Blenheim.

A-Zone Waterfowl Unit Hours - During the Season
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

Opens: 4:30 am
Daily Draw: 5:00 am




Need a Number?
Emergency
911

Waterfowl Office
1-519-674-1775

Rondeau Park Office
1-519-674-1750

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