Deer Poachers Fined $5500

Licence Suspension, Probation and $5500 Fine for Hunting Offences

Two Wallaceburg men were fined a total of $5,500 for night hunting offences.

Corby Knight pleaded guilty and was fined $1,500 for careless use of a firearm, $1,000 for unlawfully hunting deer at night, $500 for unlawfully possessing an uncased firearm at night and $1,000 for hunting deer during the closed season. His shotgun, rifle, gun case and ammunition were permanently forfeited to the Crown.

Cody Haskell pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for unlawfully hunting deer at night, $250 for using a light to hunt at night and $750 for hunting deer during the closed season.

In addition to the fines, both men received a probation order for a period of two years and are prohibited from possessing a licence to hunt, hunting by any means, being in the presence of any person engaged in hunting, or possessing hunting equipment other than in their lawful residence.  Both men were ordered to complete a hunter safety education course.

On March 8, 2012, the Chatham Kent Police Service received a call about gunshots heard at night on Mud Creek Line in the Municipality of Chatham Kent. Officers attended the area and turned the investigation over to Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers, who determined that Knight and Haskell were illegally hunting at night.

Justice of the Peace Malcolm Rogers heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham, on April 17, 2013.

For further information on hunting regulations, please consult the 2013-2014 Hunting Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers and at ontario.ca/hunting.

 

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

MNR Canine Team Helicopter In to Catch Out of Season Anglers

MNR Helicopter and Canine Team Surprise Closed-Season Anglers

NEWS April 25, 2013

Two Tweed men have been fined a total of $2,000 and had their fishing licences

suspended for one year after illegally catching and keeping four bass during the

closed season.

Rodney Scott pleaded guilty and was fined $500 for catching and retaining one bass

during the closed season.

Rodney Wood pleaded guilty and was fined a total of $1,500 for catching and retaining

three bass during the closed season. Both men’s fish were seized and forfeited to the

Crown.

Court heard that on February 9, 2013, Scott and Wood were angling on Haley Lake,

north of Erinsville, near the Sheffield Conservation Area. A conservation officer and

canine team surprised the pair by arriving in a ministry helicopter. With the assistance

of the canine team, four bass were detected that were hidden in the snow.

Justice of the Peace Donna Doelman heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,

Napanee, on April 17, 2013.

 

Two Men Fined For Road Work on Crown Land

 

Two Arden men were fined a total of $2,000 for illegally constructing a road on Crown

land.

Alvin Vanness and Kenneth Cuddy were charged with depositing material on public lands,

and with operating a pit or quarry without a licence. The men pleaded guilty and were

fined $500 for each offence – a total of $1,000 each.

The court heard that Alvin Vanness owned property that abutted Crown land in the

Kaladar area, north of Napanee. From August to October 2012, Vanness hired Ken

Cuddy to construct a road leading from his property to an existing road on Crown land.

Approximately 410 metres of the new road was constructed on Crown land. In addition, it

was found that the material for the new road had been excavated from the Crown land

next to Vanness’s property.

Justice of the Peace Donna Doelman heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,

Napanee, on April 17, 2013.

The Ministry reminds anglers that seasons, along with catch and possession limits are

in place to ensure the sustainability of fishery resources.

 

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any

time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also

call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Benefit Auction for Bob Humphrey American Outdoor Writer

Help out a fellow writer if you can

POMA Corporate Partners Camp Chef andAlps OutdoorZ Set Auction to Help Bob Humphrey

 

Camp Chef and Alps OutdoorZ have set up an auction to benefit Bob Humphrey. More than $700 in fabulous camping and cooking gear are up for gabs. Bid now, and help a colleague. And, feel free to promote to your customers, readers, viewers, and on social media.

Proceeds go to Bob Humphrey to help with costs of his terrible accident.

 

Auction Ends 
Monday Morning
April 22, 2013

 

Bid on the Camping Package Now

 

Outdoor writer and photographer Bob Humphrey suffered a severe injury to his right eye in a January accident . He already has been through several major eye surgeries and is facing more in the future. In addition to permanently impaired vision and potential loss of the eye, this accident has left Bob with a considerable and continually growing pile of medical expenses, while also significantly limiting his ability to work.

 

Folks have been asking how they can rally around Bob and his family – his wife Jane and their two children – during this difficult time as he recovers from this debilitating injury. It’s easy, bid on this terrific camping package, and ask your friends to participate.

 

You also may make a monetary donation to the family or may donate product to the Bob Humphrey Auction Program.

 

Donation information available

on the POMA Website.

First Nations Fishing Agreement Needs Answers

Fishing agreement leaves many questions unanswered
OFAH concerned about impact on recreational fishery

The recent native commercial fishing agreement signed by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation (SON) includes provisions that concern the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), local stakeholders such as the Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association (SSA), and recreational anglers in general.

“Once again, the province has failed to consult BEFORE signing an agreement on behalf of the people of Ontario, which will impact on the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular and the larger recreational fishery on Lake Huron, said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. “The provision in the agreement that allows for the netting of fish in close proximity to the mouths of tributaries could negatively affect the spawning runs of several fish species, and the expansion of the commercial fishing area into both Colpoy’s and Owen Sound Bays could pose a serious threat to public safety and impact negatively on conservation of the resource. Regardless of the fact that negotiations on such agreements are confidential, given the upheaval that has occurred in the past, and the inclusion of new provisions in this agreement, at the very least the government should have met with all affected parties prior to signing the new deal.

The wildly popular Salmon Spectacular attracts thousands of participants each year, generates considerable revenue that benefits local businesses, the municipality, the Fish and Wildlife Special Purpose Account (SPA) and serves as a major fundraising venture for local clubs such as the SSA. Funds from the Salmon Spectacular are directed towards the operation of a volunteer hatchery and stocking program and numerous other conservation projects. The local clubs spend thousands of person hours and considerable money running the hatcheries and stocking fish that form the basis for a thriving recreational fishery. Any agreement that may potentially undermine public safety, the conservation of the resource, or the efforts of these passionate volunteers, deserves careful scrutiny.

“The OFAH has a number of questions and concerns about specific details in the agreement related to implementation and enforcement, said OFAH Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services Dr. Terry Quinney. “One of our concerns is related to the lack of consideration in the document for other fish species harvested as by-catch by the commercial fishery. We are encouraged that a quota for Lake Whitefish is included in the agreement, but we do not have enough information to determine if the quota is science-based and sustainable. Despite our best efforts, our request to arrange a meeting with MNR staff to discuss our concerns has unfortunately been postponed.

Algonquin Land Claim Webcast

If you Hunt , Fish, ATV or just enjoy being outdoors in Ontario watch this before its too late!

 

The webcast will be made available on www.algonquinlandclaim.ca at 12:00 pm eastern time,April 15th and will remain permanently on that website so that you may watch it at your leisure.

If you don’t think losing 117,500 acres of land in Ontario won’t affect your activities outdoors in Ontario then please pass this information along to someone who will be affected.

If your NOT a member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters join now to help stop this land grab.

Spring Membership Bonus

2013 Spring Turkey Membership with the O.F.A.H.

Join today and receive:

  • A THERMACELL – the incredible Mosquito Area Repellent. ThermaCell creates a 15 by 15 foot bug free zone.
  • An OFAH 85th anniversary edition knife, crafted by BUCK KNIVES.
  • A COAST Emergency Area Light with 24 super-bright white and red LED’s.
  • A Triple Threat turkey call by Quaker Boy. Triple your chances with 3 calls in 1.
  • AND the popular TEAM OFAH hat in RealTree camouflage.
  • PLUS Join with this offer and be entered into a draw for an EXCALIBUR Phonix Crossbow

Plus, when you join, you get Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine – 10 action-packed issues a year including the fishing and hunting annuals.

This limited-time membership package is valued at over $200 and is available now for only $75.95

Stand up for conservation and show how much you really care about your passion for hunting and fishing with a membership in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.

Call 1-877-220-0644   OFAH Spring Membership

OFAH Zone J Youth Campout

25th Anniversary OFAH Zone J Youth Campout

 

Since the 1st annual OFAH Zone J camp in 1988, we have seen almost every corner of our Zone and hosted hundreds of eager youth. Our camp is slightly different than others, as we re-quire the parents or guardians to attend all aspects of the camp with the youth as a mentor this allows the parent’s to become engaged and learn with the youth.

Every year, we kick things off Friday evening with Opening Ceremonies, a presentation and also a community camp fire. Saturday kicks off early in the morning when everyone gathers at the club house for a welcoming from the host club President and further instructions on the day’s activities The activities are the host clubs decision; this allows the club to work in areas of expertise. In the past, activities have included, but not limited to; Archery, Air rifles, Bird house building, Bat house building, Canoeing, Detecting invasive species, Fishing, Lure making, 22. Rifle range, Map/Compass reading, Flora/Fauna ID, etc. The list and ideas are almost endless. This is why we leave the activities to the host club as they can capitalize in an area that they are familiar with. Saturday wraps up with a community campfire. Sunday morning, we generally have a guest speaker or an activity that will engage the minds of our youth and their mentors.

The team is are diligently working on creating the largest and best OFAH Zone J Youth Camp to-date as, this year, 2013, marks our 25th Anniversary!! We are very much looking for-ward to June 7,8 and 9th as we have a few surprises in the works for this Silver Anniversary. You will find details and the itinerary printed in the 2013 Camp Flyer. If your’e interested in attending, I would recommend singing up early as space is limited.

Zone J is looking for a Club to host the 26th and 27th (2014-2015) annual Youth Camps. The OFAH Zone J Youth Camp historically has been held on Father’s Day weekend in June. If you or your club  are interested in learning more, please contact Brian Moore.

To Contact Brian

brianmoore@live.ca