Ontario Government Recognizes Ontario’s Conservation Officers

Government Recognition For Ontario’s Conservation Officers

Twenty-eight conservation officers from across southern Ontario are receiving Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medals in recognition of 20 years of exemplary service.

Awarded under the authority of the Governor General’s Office, this is the first year that Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers are eligible for the medal. Six of the 28 conservation officers also received an additional bar in recognition of 30 years of service. Conservation officers are law enforcement professionals trained to protect the province’s natural resources and have powers of inspection, arrest, search and seizure under various statutes.

An additional 47 conservation officers are being recognized at similar events across the province this fall.


Canada’s Exemplary Service Medals recognize the men and women dedicated to preserving Canada’s public safety through long and outstanding service.

The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal was created by the Governor General in June 2004, to recognize peace officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Conservation officers enforce a range of statutes, including the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, Small Vessel Regulations, Liquor Licence Act and Fisheries Act.


Find out more about the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal at www.gg.ca.

See a list of the Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medals Award recipients.

Learn more about the role of a conservation officer at ontario.ca/conservationofficer.

Ontario MNR Hunting For Your Input On Elk Management

MNR Press Release – Ontario Seeks Public Input On Elk Management

The Ontario government is looking for feedback on a proposed plan that will help support a healthy and self-sustaining elk population.

After disappearing in the 1800s, elk were reintroduced to four areas of the province a decade ago. Over the last 10 years, the Ministry of Natural Resources and its partners have focused on re-establishing and monitoring the species in Ontario.

The draft Elk Management Plan marks an important milestone: a progression from restoring the herds to managing them sustainably. The draft plan includes goals and objectives for managing elk and their habitat, and addresses issues such as climate change, predators and societal interests.

The draft Elk Management Plan has been posted on the Environmental Registry and comments will be accepted until January 7, 2010. The final plan is expected to be released in spring 2010.


“The successful restoration of elk to Ontario is due in large part to the tremendous support and contributions of our partners. We are now seeking input into an Elk Management Plan that will guide the next phase of sustainable elk management in Ontario. “

– Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources


Elk disappeared from Ontario in the late 19th century due to unregulated over-hunting and pressure from human settlement.

A total of 443 elk from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park were released in Ontario as part of a multi-partner restoration program.

Wild elk now live in four areas of the province: near Lake of the Woods, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and Bancroft.


Read and comment on the draft Elk Management Plan on the Environmental Registry (ontario.ca/environmentalregistry), Registry Number 010-8381.

Whitetail Deer Hunting Tactics Over A Properly Planned Food Plot Seminar

Whitetail Deer Hunting Tactics and Food Plot Planning Seminar

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Anglers welcome winter fishing opportunities in F.M.Z. 17

New Fisheries Management Plan includes regulations for the Kawartha Lakes area

Anglers in Ontario spend more than a million days fishing every year, and that number may soon rise. The Ministry of Natural Resources (M.N.R.) has announced a new Fisheries Management Plan for Zone 17 that includes a year-round fishing season for panfish. Already a popular destination for anglers, the Kawartha Lakes and surrounding waters within Fisheries Management Zone (F.M.Z.) 17 will no doubt benefit from the new recreational fishing opportunities.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) is delighted with the new regulations, which include a year round panfish season. Bluegill and black crappie are plentiful species that have invaded, become naturalized and now support a popular resident and tourism fishery. The Fisheries Management Zone 17 Advisory Council, comprised of representatives from the O.F.A.H., as well as tourism, the recreational fishery and naturalists, supports the move as part of the implementation of the larger F.M.Z. 17 Fisheries Management Plan.

“Not only is a winter season in F.M.Z. 17 great news for recreational anglers, it also provides economic opportunities for the communities surrounding these lakes,” said Mike Reader, O.F.A.H. Executive Director. “Ice fishing is a great way to introduce new anglers and children to the joys of fishing, and to the outdoors. A winter season in the Kawartha Lakes is something that the O.F.A.H. has been working toward for several years now. We’re pleased that the M.N.R. took the advice of the F.M.Z. Advisory Council to move forward with these changes.”

Under the new regulations, dozens of area lakes, including such popular angling destinations as Sturgeon, Balsam, Buckhorn, Chemong, and Rice Lake, will see winter fishing seasons for bluegill, yellow perch and black crappie. Walleye seasons will remain closed during the winter in F.M.Z. 17 with the exception of where they previously existed on Lake Scugog, Crowe Lake and the lower Trent River.

Fast Facts:

* As of January 1, year round fishing is in place for yellow perch, crappie bluegill and northern pike.
* New sunfish catch limits are included in the regulations.
* Bass and muskellunge fall fishing seasons are extended to December 15.
* New limits for walleye have been introduced.
* Panfish are important for introducing new anglers to fishing.
* Licence-free Ontario Family Fishing Weekend events, held in February, will expand to F.M.Z. 17
* The regulations take effect January 1 and are included in the 2010 Fishing Regulations Summary (available in print and online on January 1, 2010, www.ontario.ca/fishing).

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. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Fly-tying with Grindstone Angling


Learn how to tie trout flies.

Saturday November 21st at 9:30 a.m. John Hoffmann, Well known fly angler and tyer, will be at the podium demonstrating some new variations of the old traditional soft hackle patterns. John is using the tying methods for soft hackles to tie patterns to match the hatches of our local trout streams and rivers. He will also share with you the methods of fishing these flies for trout on our home waters.

Fly tying tips for beginners and experts.

All are welcome; Coffee is on at 9:00 a.m.

In The classroom

Saturday, November 21st 9:30-1:00

Rob Heal, Well known guide and fly-tyer with Grindstone Outfitters will be teaching a class, “Tying Flies for Steelhead”. The patterns for the class will consist of a collection of Rob’s favorite guide patterns that are proven to hook and land some of these great fish. The flies for the class will consist of Rob’s Simplified Egg pattern, a highly productive fly, a couple of his great Steelhead Nymph patterns, the “Well Healed Wet Fly” and Rob’s Steelhead Leach for those of you who love to swing flies.

If you prefer to tie on your own tools please bring them along or if you need tools we can set them up for you.

Grindstone will supply all the materials needed for this class. Seating is limited. Please call or e-mail the shop for cost information and to reserve your spot.


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Saturday November 28th, Bill Spicer will be teaching a class on tying the Hairwing salmon flies.

Learning the art of fly-tying at Grindstone Angling

Learn the art of fly-tying with Rob Heal of Grindstone Angling

The  fly-tying season starts on Saturday. We will do our best to offer as many classes and programs this season to cover all aspects of the art. If you have any requests for classes or demonstrations please ask.

Saturday March 6th 9:30 am

Tom CrawfordTom is a unique and innovative tyer. We rely on some of his flies to help us through the guiding season. Come this Saturday and be surprised at what you can learn about his flies and the techniques for tying and fishing them.

Introduction to Fly-tying

Saturday, March 6th 9:30-1:30

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The introductory course is for those who are just starting, we will cover the basics, teaching all aspects of fly-tying and the tools needed. You will begin tying simple patterns and learn the techniques of applying materials to the hook. By the end of the course you will have progressed to tying a dry fly for trout and will be ready to move into all levels of intermediate fly tying. Grindstone will supply all tools and materials needed for this class. Seating is limited. Please call or e-mail the shop for cost information and to reserve your spot.

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Rob Heal will be teaching a Steelhead fly tying class with the patterns you can use for the fall and spring season.

Saturday March 6th is our last Saturday for indoor fly-casting which we have dedicated for women only. This class will run from 2pm-4pm, hosted by Bill Spicer and we still have a few spots available. This is an excellent opportunity for beginners and experienced casters alike. Wednesday morning clinics (9:30am-noon) are running until the end of the month and we have some space available for the remaining sessions