Shimano’s Take a Kid Fishing Day

Shimano’s Kids fishing day is fast approaching.

The Shimano Take a Kid Fishing Day at Belwood Lake Conservation Area is

designed to get new anglers involved in fishing and improve their skills. This event

is designed for children ages 8-14 and their parents.

Come out and visit the many educational stations where young anglers learn new

skills and try their hand at fishing the stocked trout pond.

Kids will learn how to cast, rig lures, tie flies, identify various fish species

and their habitats, and how to find and catch more fish. They will also get to see

the latest fishing equipment and tackle in a safe, natural environment.

 

The event is FREE for registered

participants but park entry fees apply.

($2.75 children & $5.25 adults)

 

Event Schedule

8:30-9:00 Morning Registration

9:00-12:00 Morning Session

12:00-1:00 BBQ Lunch

12:30-1:00 Afternoon Registration

1:00-4:00 Afternoon Session

Space is limited to 120 people per half day session so register early.

You can register for only one of the morning or afternoon sessions.

 

List of Stations Children will attend each of the following workshops:

Learn about Fish with a Biologist

Rig Lures & Tie Knots

Fish For Rainbow Trout

Archery Introduction

Tie Your Own Fly

Bait & Lure Workshop

Participants MUST be supervised by a parent or guardian

For more information or to register your child contact

Belwood Lake Conservation Area

(519) 843-2979

dstrub@grandriver.ca

 

QDMA Canada – Southwestern Ontario Branch Field Day

Quality Deer Management 1st Annual Field Day

 

QDMA Canada – Southwestern Ontario Branch

20410 Fairview Road, Thorndale Ontario

April 20, 2011

Agenda

 

10:00 AM – Coffee and Donuts

 

10:30 AM – QDMA

Brief history of SWO QDMA Branch and Intro to QDMA Principles

 

11:00 AM – Discussion of Property and Development Plans

What we did in 2010

2011 Initiation of 5 year plan – Aerial Maps and Plan

 

11:30 AM – Soil Testing

Taking the sample

Filling out sample submission forms

What a soil test report means

 

12:00 PM – BBQ Lunch

 

12:30 PM – Food Plot Preparation and Planting

Planting and planning for a successful food plot

How to make the most of equipment available to you

From Hand to Machine

 

2:00 PM – Habitat Enhancement

 

2:30 PM – Food Plots – “Don’t Clean the Plate”

Steve Elmy  – Rack Stacker

 

3:15 PM – Wrap up and questions.

(and Tree Stand Draw)

 

Members and under 16 Free & Non-Members $5.00

 

Directions: From London – Take Dundas Street East to Fairview Road (just past Trails End Market), turn north (left) on to Fairview Road and follow the signs for 2.5 km.

From the North: On the east side of Thorndale, take Fairview Road south approx 7.5 km to farm.

401 From West: North on Veterans Memorial Pkwy, right on Dundas Street, East to Fairview Road (just past Trails End Market), turn north (left) on to Fairview Road and follow the signs 2.5 km.

401 From East: North on Hwy 73, then left on Hwy 2 (Dundas Street), right on Fairview Road 2.5km.

QDMA Canada – Southwestern Ontario Branch

1st Annual Field Day

20410 Fairview Road, Thorndale Ontario

April 20, 2011

Agenda

 

10:00 AM – Coffee and Donuts

 

10:30 AM – QDMA

Brief history of SWO QDMA Branch and Intro to QDMA Principles

 

11:00 AM – Discussion of Property and Development Plans

What we did in 2010

2011 Initiation of 5 year plan – Aerial Maps and Plan

 

11:30 AM – Soil Testing

Taking the sample

Filling out sample submission forms

What a soil test report means

 

12:00 PM – BBQ Lunch

 

12:30 PM – Food Plot Preparation and Planting

Planting and planning for a successful food plot

How to make the most of equipment available to you

From Hand to Machine

 

2:00 PM – Habitat Enhancement

 

2:30 PM – Food Plots – “Don’t Clean the Plate”

Steve Elmy  – Rack Stacker

 

3:15 PM – Wrap up and questions.

(and Tree Stand Draw)

 

Members and under 16 Free & Non-Members $5.00

 

Directions: From London – Take Dundas Street East to Fairview Road (just past Trails End Market), turn north (left) on to Fairview Road and follow the signs for 2.5 km.

From the North: On the east side of Thorndale, take Fairview Road south approx 7.5 km to farm.

401 From West: North on Veterans Memorial Pkwy, right on Dundas Street, East to Fairview Road (just past Trails End Market), turn north (left) on to Fairview Road and follow the signs 2.5 km.

401 From East: North on Hwy 73, then left on Hwy 2 (Dundas Street), right on Fairview Road 2.5km.

Deer Steward Course was an awesome weekend

A group of about 60 dedicated individuals graduated from the QDMA Deer Steward 1 course held at the extraordinary Pine Mountain  Lodge at Callaway Gardens, Georgia.

 

This intensive three day seminar was packed with cutting edge information in quality deer management techniques.  recent recipient of the Budweiser Conservationist of 2011 Joe Hamilton, Director of Education & Outreach, Southern Region started off the weekend talking about Aldo Leopold who was the the original leader in conservation.

Texas is the formal birthplace of QDM. Beginning in the late 1960s, wildlife biologists Al Brothers and Murphy Ray Jr. began formalizing their novel ideas on deer management.

QDMA’s mission is to promote sustainable, high-quality white-tailed deer populations, wildlife habitats, and ethical hunting experiences through education, research, and management in partnership with hunters, landowners, natural resource professionals, and the public.

Qualified experts in wildlife ecology, forest management and deer science our instructors Joe Hamilton, Dr. Karl Miller, John Grunchy, Kip Adams, Brian Murphy and Matt Ross all presented seminars over the two days of classroom.

The staff of Calloway Gardens ensured every one’s room were with out doubt a five star experience as were the meals. I know extra time on the treadmill will be required.

Purina sponsored Sundays evening dinner and some great products for use this spring out in the field.

On the last day a field trip to Jeff Foxworthy’s Farm “The Beloved” highlighted the weekend. A longtime supporter and QDM member arranged to have us tour this wonderful property.

Thanks to Lindsay Thomas for the group photo of the QDM staff & new DS1 graduates.

 

The dedicated staff  hard work displayed what could be accomplished when QDM practices are followed. On going progress in timber management and cover continue to improve the 3000 acres farm.

Thanks to the QDMA staff, Pine Mountain Calloway Lodge Staff and Jeff Foxworthy and his great team for a great experience in quality deer management techniques.

 

QDMA Field Tour of Jeff Foxworthy's "The Beloved" Farm

 

Crackdown on Asian Carp

QUEEN’S PARK ­- Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Toby Barrett is calling for increased enforcement and other measures to prevent Asian Carp from establishing into Ontario and the Great Lakes.

 

Barrett submitted a resolution to the Ontario Legislature on Monday. It read: “That in the Opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should initiate a review of current penalties for possession / transportation of live Asian Carp to develop more severe consequences, and other measures, that would better deter the establishment of this devastating species in the Great Lakes.”

 

The resolution came in the wake of two separate convictions for trying to smuggle Asian Carp into Ontario. Feng Yang of Markham was given a $50,000 fine after he was caught trying to bring 4,000 pounds of Bighead and Grass Carp into the province on March 2. He was previously given a $40,000 fine for a similar offence. Yang was also prohibited from possessing any invasive species for three years.

 

Sweetwater Springs Fish Farm was issued a $20,000 fine for trying to smuggle 6,000 pounds of Bighead Carp into Ontario, not a week later.

 

“These fines seem like a large amount of money, but aren’t a large enough deterrent. It’s like a cost of doing business,” Barrett said. “If a truck with live Asian Carp was involved in a collision and the fish were spilled into a waterway, the consequences could be disastrous for our Great Lakes.”

 

In both cases, the fish were shipped live from the American south and the driver pulled the plug on the water tank before reaching the border. Asian Carp can live out of water for more than 24 hours.  With the wording in the resolution, Barrett wants to leave the door open to requiring all Asian Carp entering Canada to be dead  ­- beheaded and gutted – or to be banned completely.

 

MPP Barrett is hopeful that all three parties will put politics aside and work together to make amendments legislation and enforcement, before it is too late. Barrett also welcomes feedback and ideas on how to prevent this disaster in the making.

 

 

 

Rice Lake Spring Fishing Festival May 14 to June 19, 2011

Join us for the Rice Lake Spring Fishing Festival May 14 to June 19, 2011!  Try your luck at catching tagged crappie, walleye, blue gill and perch to win your share of over $69,000 in prizes, including the grand prize, a $10,000 Gas Card from Pioneer Petroleums!

Adult buttons are just $20 each, children under 16 are $10 each, and the Family Package (maximum 2 adult and 3 child participants from the same family) is $40 each. Order yours here.

We will be celebrating the opening of walleye season at Bewdley Township Park on May 14, 2011, so buy your button, bring your gear, and get in the game!

Make your festival adventure a family holiday!  Take advantage of the Festival Packages advertised by local accommodators and businesses when planning your stay at Rice Lake.  Save on your accommodation, meals, bait, tackle and more!  Have a fun and affordable trip and make your reservations now for a fun-filled week fishing Rice Lake!

Bring your children to celebrate Rice Lake at onw of our free Kids Days!  Just dress for the weather, gather your family and friends and come catch fish and win prizes!  OFAH Tackle Share is loaning fishing gear to children who would like to try fishing!  (All Ontario fishing regulations apply.)

It’s not over until the Last Cast!  Keep your button handy for the Last Cast Draws after the festival closes.  You’ll automatically be entered into all draws with your button purchase.  Keep your eye on the festival website for prize updates!

 

Conservatives Call for Creation of National Panel on Fish and Wildlife

Prime Minister Stephen Harper commends the creation of a new national panel to advise the federal government on fish, wildlife and conservation issues.

  

“The OFAH has been pushing for the creation of a fish and wildlife advisory panel or heritage committee at the federal level for several years, and the Prime Minister’s announcement is welcome news,” said Greg Farrant, OFAH Manager, Government Affairs & Policy. “Through Environment Canada (Canadian Wildlife Service) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the federal government plays a key role in the protection and enhancement of migratory birds and fisheries across Canada, despite the fact that fish and wildlife resources are traditionally a provincial responsibility. We will be well served by a separate body to provide advice on these and other conservation issues that impact the outdoor community.” 

The Prime Minister’s announcement of an advisory panel on fish and wildlife resources would provide a sounding board for conservation groups across the country and a focus for activities at the federal level, similar to what has occurred in the U.S. with the Obama administration’s 2010 announcement of a Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council. That group, with representation by key conservation based hunting and fishing organizations, provides advice to the federal Department of the Interior and the White House on recreational hunting and shooting sports activities, and associated wildlife and habitat conservation.

“Fishing, hunting and trapping are heritage activities, upon which this country was founded. Anglers and hunters were among the first to call for conservation of our vital natural resources, to demand game laws to protect wildlife, and to help create what has become known as the North American model for wildlife conservation. That model, dating back to the late 19th and early 20thcenturies under Theodore Roosevelt and Wilfred Laurier, serves as the underpinning of our conservation ethic to this day, and the government’s recognition that the outdoor community serves a core role as conservationists is appreciated,” added Farrant.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the OFAH is the province’s largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org