Ontario outdoors ever more restricted

The Sault Star  outdoor column writer Tom Keenan says there is a growing dispute between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters and the fast-growing Ontario Outdoors Recreational Alliance.

In his column he has a  problem. Tom says ” I used to snowshoe into lakes for great fishing, then along came the invention of the snowmobile and you had to spend most of your time getting off the trail so you would not get run over. Then the lakes that you used to get fish in rapidly became fished out as a lot of people could not spell the word limit, let alone abide by it. This is not everybody, but the few ruin it for the majority”.

To read Tom’s complete article click here

Contact him, MNR and NOTO if you’re an outdoors person. You owe it to yourself and your children.

Tom Keenan worked at The Sault Star for 40 years and is now a district correspondent.

Reach him at tomkeenan@shaw.ca.

For more information on

Ontario Outdoors Recreational Alliance.

You can contact Brason at brason@sympatico.ca and you can go to the OORA website at www.ontora.ca

House of Commons votes on Bill C-391

NDP ‘compromise’ on gun bill mimics failings of Liberal plan

Proposed private members bill will create inequality and may spawn court challenges

You can contact your MP here

The recent announcement by NDP Leader Jack Layton of plans for a ‘compromise’ bill designed to alleviate opposition to the long gun registry is nothing more than a rehash of a previous ineffective proposal made by Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff. Neither provides a solution to the longstanding grievances against a badly flawed system that has cost taxpayers of Canada in excess of $1 billion dollars, continues to eat up millions more each year, and according to the Auditor General, has not been demonstrated to save lives or enhance public safety.

“Clearly, Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton lack the courage of their convictions. They are pandering to the rural and outdoor communities by proposing alternatives that do nothing to address the problems with the current system,” said O.F.A.H. Manager of Government Affairs and Policy, Greg Farrant. “The fact that they are scrambling for options in the run up to a vote on Bill C-391 is evidence that they realize the bill has strong support. Unfortunately, the changes they propose do not respond to the basic problems associated with the registry, and may in fact, spawn constitutional challenges. Even if the Criminal Code was amended to provide for a ‘non-criminal, ticketable’ offence, there is no guarantee that provinces would enforce the law uniformly. Since three provinces and one territory have already come out in support of scrapping the long gun registry through Bill C-391, amending the code could result in a patchwork of enforcement, inequality, and court challenges under the constitution.”

Bill C-391 was introduced by Candice Hoeppner, M.P. Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba, and received Second Reading in November 2009. It is expected to be debated at Third Reading this fall. In the meantime, a motion by Liberal M.P. Mark Holland that would squash the bill will be debated in Parliament on September 21 and voted on the following day.

Despite recent efforts by opponents of the bill, support for Bill C-391 remains strong, with several members of the NDP expected to continue the support they showed for the bill last fall. Unlike the Liberal leader, Mr. Layton is respecting parliamentary process and allowing his members a free vote. The eight Liberal members who voted for the bill at Second Reading will not be afforded the same opportunity for Third Reading, as Mr. Ignatieff is forcing his members to vote the party line, something that is largely unheard of on a private members bill.

“The tens of thousands of legal, licensed, law abiding firearms owners in Canada are appalled at the misinformation and rhetoric being used by the opposition leaders under the guise of fact. Instead of recognizing that criminals don’t register firearms, and that the use of illegal handguns is responsible for the carnage on the streets of our communities, they continue to aim at the wrong target and make farmers, hunters and recreational target shooters the subject of an onerous system that has failed to control gun crime,” Farrant added.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs in Ontario, the O.F.A.H. is the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Chronic Wasting Disease Surviellance Program Podcast #222

MNR Senior Wildlife Technician Tore Buchanan talks about the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Surveillance Program to test harvested deer.

Episode Resources

Ripple Outdoors

Episode Credits

Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network

Trombly’s Tackle summer fishing and hunting sale

Orillia’s  Trombly Tackle store will be having a sale starting August 27th.

If you hunt or fish get down to Trombly’s Tackle store for some great bargains on lures or to stock up on deer hunting supplies.

Lots of fishing stuff on sale check the flyer’s for some great bargains.

Hunting equipment for all your needs.

Trombly Tackle location

I will be there with some Rack Stacker Fixation deer attractant on Friday & Saturday.

With the new MNR regulations prohibiting the use of natural deer products as an attractant for hunting you’ll want something that works.

Rack-Stacker-FIXATION-deer-attractant

Hope to see you at the Rack Stacker display and talk some deer QDMA with you.

There will be blaze mineral fountains, Suberb-uck, Field Edge seeds and of course some FIXATION on hand

Check out podcast#221 to learn why you can’t use these natural deer attractants for hunting deer in Ontario.

O.F.A.H disagrees with M.N.R. regulation change on CWD

O.F.A.H. media release – M.N.R. bungles regulation changes do little to stop spread of deadly Chronic Wasting Disease and retailers pay the price.

Earlier this week, Minister of Natural Resources Linda Jeffrey signed an order banning the possession and use of natural products containing body parts or fluids from members of the deer family for the purposes of hunting in Ontario. The move, along with two other regulatory changes relating to the movement of animals and animal parts, was supposedly designed to prevent the introduction and spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Ontario. Unfortunately, these half measures fall far short of what actions should have been taken, and not only fail to address the problem, they leave outdoors retailers on the cusp of hunting season with inventories of natural deer attractants that can be sold, but no longer be used by hunters, at least in Ontario.

CWD is a fatal degenerative brain disease that affects members of the deer family, including moose, elk and potentially caribou. The disease has established a significant foothold in Alberta and Saskatchewan and fifteen U.S. states, but has yet to be discovered in Ontario. The main source for the spread of the disease is game farms for deer and elk, the same source of the products now banned by the Ministry. Unfortunately, the new regulations do nothing to eliminate the primary source of the disease (game farms), do not prohibit the sale and use of the product for uses other than hunting, and have not taken into consideration the losses that will be suffered by retailers. Several ministries share responsibility for keeping CWD out of the province, including the MNR, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Ministry of Consumer Services (MCS) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), but a concerted plan of action, even among provincial ministries, is sadly lacking.

“Two years ago, the O.F.A.H. told the MNR that if they intended to ban natural attractants, they needed to give retailers sufficient lead time to source out alternative products, and needed to ban the sale, not just the possession of these products if they were serious about preventing the potential introduction of CWD to Ontario. They didn’t listen, and as a result, retailers are left holding the bag. The new regulations are nothing more than a band aid that achieves little of real value in terms of eradicating the threat posed by the disease,” said Dr. Terry Quinney, Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services. “By allowing the continued sale of these products for uses other than hunting, they have not stopped the products from potentially introducing the disease into the wild, and have placed retailers in an awkward, and potentially legally tenuous position. In fact, our legal counsel tells us that by selling the product, retailers may leave themselves open to charges under Section 77 of the Provincial Offenses Act. Only by banning the sale and use of the product by all potential users, not just hunters, restricting the movement of animals and animal parts from outside the province, and banning deer and elk farms, the major source for the transmission of the disease, with compensation to the owners, would the government come close to achieving their stated goal. The MNR has failed Ontario’s wildlife.”

Dr. Quinney also noted the irony that the MNR has not banned the sale and use of these attractants by Ontario hunters in other jurisdictions. “It’s illogical that the MNR would ban the use of a product in Ontario, but not prevent the sale of the product to be used in other provinces. You have to question why the government, with its focus on ‘biodiversity,’ refuses to ban deer and elk farms, and is instead seemingly content to introduce regulations that target hunters and outdoors retailers, without addressing the major source of the disease itself.”

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

You can tune in to Ripple Outdoors Podcast episode #221 for my interview with the MNR about this upcoming legislation concerning hunters and retailers.

Deer hunter’s affected by MNR amended regulation podcast #221

MNR discuss Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) and using natural deer attractants amended legislation affects hunters and retailers.

Episode Resources

Ripple Outdoors

Episode Credits

Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network

Shooter’s Choice Hunting Show

This weekend is the 3rd annual Shooter’s Choice hunting show19th – 21st.

Last year there were over 20 companies/representatives present at the show and they offered many helpful tips to help hunters attending the show.

All of which proved to be valuable for Shooters Choice to improve the quality of the show. Last year some companies elected to have giveaways, this proved to be very successful, and those who chose to do giveaways.

Ontario hunters should be aware of the upcoming ban – if you possess and use products that contain, or purport to contain, any body part of a member of the deer family, you must be aware of this regulation.

Rack Stacker Products has a new line of Deer Attractant available that works great, smells great and is legal for hunting.

Check out Canada’s deer attractant FIXATION when your at the Rack Stacker booth.

Rack Stacker FIXATION Deer Attractant

Rabies Vaccine Bait Drop Protects Public Health in Niagara

MNR set to drop rabies vaccine baits.

About 97,000 baits containing a rabies vaccine will be distributed in the Niagara region next week.

This is one of the most successful rabies eradication programs in North America. The vaccine will control the spread of rabies in skunks and foxes and help continue to keep Ontario’s raccoons free of rabies. The baits will be distributed during the summer between the Welland Canal and Niagara River, including Navy Island.

Baiting is also being done around the St. Lawrence region and throughout southwestern Ontario.

The flavoured baits immunize most skunks, foxes and raccoons that eat them. Baits are small and khaki green, with a toll-free rabies hotline number stamped on them. If you see baits, please leave them undisturbed.

Ontario raccoons have been free of rabies since September 2005.

In 2009, there were 50 rabies cases in Ontario, down from 79 in 2008. Almost all cases were in southern Ontario.

Ontario has reduced rabies cases in the province by over 98 per cent since rabies control programs began 20 years ago.

Exposure to a bait is not harmful to people or pets. However, if a person or a pet comes in contact with the vaccine in the bait, contacting a doctor or veterinarian as a precaution is recommended.

For additional information on the rabies program

click here

Musky Anglers Annual K-W Chapter BBQ Social

THE EVENT: The Famous Annual K-W Chapter BBQ Social

THE PLACE: Knights of Columbus Hall (Waterloo)

DATE & TIME: This Wednesday, August 18th @ 7pm.

THE MENU: Burgers, Dogs and your fave bevy from the bar.

SPECIAL GUESTS: You all are, but yes, other special guests will be there two

PRIZES: The usual HUGE Prize Table and also 2 St.Croix Muskie Rods to be won.

REQUIRED: Bring a NEW Packaged Muskie Lure for a ticket for a Rod-Reel Combo

OPEN TO: All Members of Muskies Canada (Any Chapter) & their Guests !

REMINDER: THIS IS A NOT TO BE MISSED HAPPENING ~

Hope to see you there!