Zone J Meeting September 21st.

OFAH Zone J meeting scheduled for Sunday September 21, 2014.

This is a great opportunity to hear about local issues, what the OFAH has been working on, and what the OFAH is currently working on.

Get involved as much as you wish. Ask questions or sit back and listen. As a federation member, you have a say and we want to hear from you.

The meeting will be hosted by the Bluewater Anglers at the Ex-Serviceman’s Association located at 503 Michigan Avenue, Point Edward, Ontario. The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 8:30 a.m.). For more information, feel free to contact OFAH Zone J Chair Brian Moore at 519-919-1520.

We hope to see you there!

 

Trapping opportunities extended to youth

Trapping program to provide recreational and outdoor benefits to youth

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF) congratulate the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) for introducing a youth trapping program in the province. The announcement was made at the OFMF annual general meeting held in Napanee over the weekend.”Trapping is a heritage activity and by providing an opportunity for youth to be involved, it will enhance their appreciation for the outdoors and instill a lifelong dedication to conservation,” said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. “The OFAH is pleased that the MNR recognizes that a youth trapping program will not only provide recreational and outdoor benefits, but also pass along knowledge of an activity that is part of the cultural fabric of Canada.”Beginning this fall, youth between the ages of 12 to 15 will be eligible to obtain a trapping license. The license will permit youth to possess, prepare and sell pelts commercially. To qualify, youth must successfully complete the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation Course (FHFMCC) and be accompanied by a licensed trapper 18 years of age or older. The FHFMCC provides training with an emphasis on safety, humane trapping techniques and sustainable wildlife management practices.

“The Ontario Fur Managers Federation has worked closely with the MNR to make this program a reality, and we are delighted that the government has agreed to move forward on this vital and timely initiative. The introduction of a youth trapping program will allow us to teach young people about the rich history associated with trapping in Ontario, and ensure that future generations understand the key role that trapping and trappers play in terms of conservation, sustainability, wildlife management, protection of crops and livestock and public safety,” said OFMF President Karl Lindstrom.

“Trapping is considered an activity of significant historical, social, cultural and economic value in Ontario for centuries, and one that results in economic benefits to the communities and individuals. Ontario trappers have worked tirelessly for many years towards a program like this which will guide youth to be safe and responsible trappers,” said Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti.

For more information, including how to apply, visit www.mnr.gov.on.ca orwww.furmanagers.com.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is Ontario’s largest, nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, representing 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 710 member clubs. To learn more,visit www.ofah.org.

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.

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

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Annual Fish and Wildlife Conference

O.F.A.H. Awards to Dedicated Conservationists

MISSISSAUGA, ON– Some of the province’s most dedicated conservation leaders were honored at the 84th Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Annual Fish and Wildlife Conference, held in Mississauga last week. The event ran from March 15 to 17 and attracted over 700 outdoors enthusiasts. A panel of judges had the difficult task of selecting a winner from among the many worthy nominees in each category.

 

The Sydenham Sportsmen’s Association was awarded the Mary Pickford Award, the OFAH’s top club honor for the ninth time in their history and for the second year in a row. One judge commented, “This club has had a tremendous influence on our hunting and fishing heritage and conservation right across the board.” The Kingston Fish and Game Club and the Gosfield North Sportsman Association each received honorable mention for their efforts in 2011.

 

Dr. Robert Bailey won the Rick Morgan Professional Conservation Award. Dr. Bailey owns Ecometrica, is vice president of Delta Waterfowl, is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Canada, and is currently the waterfowl editor with Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine. He has been active in Canada’s Outdoor Network and helped initiate the Alternate Land Use Services Program (ALUS) on farms to support habitat ad conservation compensation.

 

Bob Taylor of Kingston was the 2011 recipient of the Ontario Hunting Heritage Award. Bob has been a hunter education instructor for 42 years, and has taught thousands of students to safely enjoy their hunting heritage, has trained fellow instructors and provided peer review of recent versions of the official student manual.

 

Anne and Dennis Armstrong of the Grenville Fish and Game Club were voted the 2011 winners of the Larry Wallace Memorial Volunteer Award for their significant contributions to youth conservation education. Over the past decade, the couple has been deeply involved in youth outreach with the club, introducing youth to the outdoors who would otherwise not have the opportunity.

 

Ray Sriubiskis accepted the Larry Wallace Memorial Professional Award on behalf of Camp Romuva. Located in Huntsville, the camp is owned by the Lithuanian Scouting Community of the Greater Toronto Area, and has generously been made available to the OFAH Get Outdoors Summer Leadership Camp for the past six years. The camp provides the ideal location for the eager OFAH campers who descend upon it every July.

 

Bruce McLean of Thunder Bay was awarded the Gord Blake Memorial Conservation Award, which is given annually to the individual who has done outstanding conservation work in a volunteer capacity. For eight years Bruce has tirelessly run the fish hatchery as the volunteer manager for the Thunder Bay Salmon Association.

 

In addition to award presentations, the conference included a series of guest presenters, including keynote speaker, Associate Minister of National Defence Julian Fantino, MNR Deputy Minister David O’Toole and provincial Conservative Leader Tim Hudak. Experts updated attendees on the new fish and game licensing system, enforcement, moose management, the Algonquin Land Claim and aquaculture. Video coverage of some of the presentations can be viewed at www.ofah.org/conference.

 

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 675 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 or follow the OFAH on Facebook and Twitter.

Angler & Hunter Television wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Wild TV Grizzly Award goes to OFAH-produced program

PETERBOROUGH – The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is proud to announce that its popular long running outdoors show, Angler & Hunter Television, was awarded Wild TV Hunting and Fishing Network’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor was presented at the second annual Grizzly Awards, which were held recently in Edmonton, Alberta.

Since 1994, Angler & Hunter Television has been actively promoting the great pastimes of fishing and hunting across Canada. Viewers have enjoyed eighteen seasons of the fast-paced, high-energy, program while learning about the conservation of our natural resources.

“We strive to deliver exciting hunting and fishing adventures while driving home the importance of fish and wildlife conservation, and this award is a wonderful acknowledgment of the hard work that the entire OFAH team has put into producing the show over the years,” said Angler & Hunter Television Host Mike Miller who will launch the nineteenth season in January. “Our members are the reason we produce Angler & Hunter Television, Angler & Hunter Radio Network and Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine, and our sponsors make it all possible.”

Angler & Hunter Television, which is sponsored by Mercury, Yamaha, Lund, Browning, Shimano and Winchester, brings key policy makers, industry leaders, anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts of every kind into the living rooms of Canadians weekly.

This is the second year the Wild TV Network Grizzlies have been awarded. In 2010, Angler & Hunter Television was voted Best Fishing Show by fans.

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.ahtv.com or www.ofah.org.

Ontario Legislature should support OSPCA resolution

Lack of accountability, dual role and self-investigation must be addressed

On November 18, 2010, the Ontario Legislature will debate and vote on a resolution by Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees, which urges the government to amend the OSPCA Act and reverse changes to that Act under Bill 50, which gave the OSPCA virtually unfettered powers of search, seizure and self-investigation.

“The OSPCA Act is a public statute, which a private agency has been given carte blanche to enforce. During the Committee hearings on Bill 50, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) and several major agricultural organizations recommended against the virtually limitless powers being handed to the OSPCA, with no oversight by the government,” said Greg Farrant, O.F.A.H. Manager of Government Affairs & Policy. “Unfortunately, the Committee ignored the recommendation. Further compounding the problem is the fact that the OSPCA raises funds as a recognized charity, while at the same time exercising unprecedented powers as an enforcement agency that is engaged in warrantless searches, seizures and the laying of charges. At a bare minimum, the government should have ensured that the two functions were separated out, and that a stringent series of controls over the powers accorded to the OSPCA were put in place.”

At various times since the passage of Bill 50, both the Minister of Community Safety and the Acting Premier have been asked why this oversight is lacking. Each has repeatedly suggested that because the OSPCA is an ‘arms length’ agency, which is ‘independent’ of the Legislature, they are prevented from acting. When questioned in the House in May, the Minister of Community Safety stated that, “Our government has developed a system that is consistent with so many other jurisdictions in North America…” In fact, this is not the case. The O.F.A.H. pointed out during the Committee hearings that government oversight is included in several other jurisdictions, including Saskatchewan, where the Saskatchewan Animal Protection Act gives the Minister considerable powers to set requirements, qualifications and standards.

“It’s unconscionable that the government is claiming that its hands are tied. Bill 50 could have been amended during the Committee stage to provide the oversight that is clearly needed, particularly in light of recent events in Toronto and Newmarket. The fact that the OSPCA is not accountable to the public; that the public has no ability to access information about them through the Freedom of Information process; that they investigate themselves; that the training provided to inspectors is minimal at best; and that they act as both charity and enforcement agency is profoundly disturbing,” added Farrant. “The O.F.A.H. urges all Members of the Legislative Assembly to support the resolution which would correct this situation.”

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the province’s largest nonprofit fish and wildlife conservation organization, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Ontario OUT OF DOORS Rendezvous at Elmhirst Resort

Ontario OUT OF Doors writers enjoyed a hunting & fishing weekend at Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake.

Ontario OUT of DOORS Editor-In-Chief John Kerr along with Department Editors, Field Editors and Contributors enjoyed a writer’s rendezvous at the Elmhirst Resort on Rice Lake.

Saturday morning nine writers hunted pheasants at the Pinegrove Pheasant Farm in nearby Castleton. Owners Lenore and Darren Partridge provided the dogs and handlers for a great morning hunt. We all shot birds over three enthusiastic dogs guided by their handlers.

I know “Lady” our young Black Lab owned by owner Darren worked her tail off!

Fellow writer Jim Poling and myself were hoping to score a double for OOD Photographer Jim Markou but the birds always seem to fly in his direction.

Other OOD writers left the resort at 6am to participate in goose hunt on nearby fields. They knocked down a few geese and also enjoyed the fall colours.

The remaining OOD writers and staff fished Rice Lake and nearby rivers for carp, small mouth and walleye.

The accommodations and food at Elmhirst certainly spoiled us compared to hunting and fishing camps.

Saturday afternoon everyone toured the O.F.A.H./ Mario Cortellucci Heritage Hunting and Fishing Center in Peterborough.

Later that evening special guests from O.F.H.A. shared an awesome dinner with us at the resort. The O.F.A.H. continues to support hunting and fishing in Ontario as new owners of the Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine.

Sunday morning everyone was out fishing followed by a great lunch and wrap up of the weekend. Thanks to the Elmhirst Staff for an enjoyable stay.

My personal thanks to John and Ray for all their hard work and effort supporting the OOD writers, photographers and staff in participating in a great fall weekend.

Beat boredom at the O.F.A.H. heritage centre day camp

New summer camp gets kids outdoors.

This summer, Peterborough and area families have a new day camp option that is packed with more than enough activities and outdoor adventures to keep even the busiest kids happy.

Three sessions of day camps are being offered by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters as part of their award-winning Get Outdoors youth education and outreach program. The new O.F.A.H. | Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre, which just opened in April, will serve as the base camp. Children ages 6 and 7 will attend the August 9-11 session, 8 to 10 year olds are set for August 16-18 and youth from 11 to 13 years will have the last session, August 23-25. Trained O.F.A.H. staff and volunteers will supervise all activities.

“Get Outdoors summer day camps take full advantage of the terrific indoor and outdoor facilities available here at the heritage centre,” says Meribeth Stott, Conservation Education Liaison. “Campers will fish at the Shimano Pond right onsite, receive archery instruction, and the older campers will even canoe a section of the Otonabee River. In the process, we’re hoping to instill in them an interest and appreciation for fish and wildlife that lasts well beyond the summer.”

Day campers will take part in scavenger hunts, create themed crafts, and learn to recognize wildlife and their calls. Scheduled special guests include the K9 unit (conservation officers and their dogs), and for the younger campers, the Paddling Puppeteers. A BBQ and awards presentation will wrap up every session. The day camps are modeled after the O.F.A.H.’s highly successful overnight Get Outdoors summer leadership camps that take place in July near Huntsville. Registration for those camps filled in a matter of hours, despite the addition of a third session this year to try to meet the demand.

The cost is $75 per camper and a limited number of spots are available for each camp that will run 8:45 am – 4:00 pm daily. Each camper must be an active O.F.A.H. member, with memberships available for purchase at the time of registration. For more information or to register, call 705-748-6324 ext. 100, email info@hfhc.ca or visit www.hfhc.ca and click the Get Outdoors Day Camp link. Numbers are limited.

The O.F.A.H. Conservation Centre is situated just south of Highway 7/115, at 4601 Guthrie Drive off Bensfort Road, with the heritage centre driveway off McNamara Road. To learn more, visit www.hfhc.ca and click on the Get Outdoors Day Camp button.

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

Wild turkey season opened today be SAFE!

Wild turkey season opens today

Permission to access private property and safety are hunters’ top priorities

Every spring, thousands of hunters take to the outdoors to participate in
the spring wild turkey hunt. This year, the season opens on April 26 and
runs until May 31 in many parts of southern Ontario. The Ontario Federation
of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) and the Ontario Conservation Officers
Association (OCOA) remind hunters heading out this spring to be safe and to
obtain permission to hunt on private property.

“Wild turkey season is eagerly anticipated by thousands of trained and
licensed men and women, and is growing in popularity, thanks in large part
to the generosity of landowners who grant hunters access to their private
property,” said O.F.A.H. Executive Director, Mike Reader. “The majority of
turkey hunting is done on private property, and responsible hunters seek
permission well in advance of the season, and while enjoying their time in
the field, hunt safely and respect the regulations.”

The eastern wild turkey, once completely removed from Ontario, has been
successfully reintroduced to the province thanks to the efforts of many
partners, including the O.F.A.H. and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Southern Ontario wild turkey populations are now estimated to be between
70,000 and 100,000 birds and the numbers are increasing.

“Hunters require permission to hunt on private land, and in most of
southern Ontario it is illegal to shoot from or have a loaded firearm on
public roads or on the right-of-way,” said OCOA President, Dan VanExan.
“Our officers always investigate reports of trespassing and road hunting,
and we encourage those hunting responsibly to report illegal activity. This
will help keep everyone safe during the hunt.”

Anyone with information about a natural resources or public safety related
crime is encouraged to call the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
violation reporting line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667), contact their local
CO directly, or call Crime Stoppers at 1800-222-TIPS (8477).

For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement,
please visit the OCOA website at www.ocoa.ca, or contact your local
Conservation Officer. To view or download the 2010 MNR wild turkey
regulations, visit www.ontario.ca/hunting.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 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. Visit www.ofah.org for more information.