Canal Lake early season pike tournament on Sunday May 2nd , 2010

Canal Lake was the first lake within the Kawartha chain to see northern pike.

The Aurora Bassmasters are pleased to announce their inaugural Canal Lake early season pike tournament on Sunday May 2nd , 2010 out of Sunset Cove Marina near Bolsover Ontario. The attached entry form can be used by anglers to register for this unprecedented early season pike fishing competition.

“In January 2010 the Ministry of Natural Resources opened up Fisheries Management Zone 17 in the Kawartha Lakes for year-round pike fishing,” explained Herb Quan president of the Aurora Bassmasters. One of the prime reasons to allow for this increased fishing opportunity centred around the fact that northern pike are not native to the Kawartha Lakes and their presence is known to result in declines within the native muskie population. “Canal Lake was the first lake within the Kawartha chain to see northern pike and ever since their numbers have flourished there while muskie have plummeted. Anglers who participate in this early season pike tournament can expect some incredible action and a chance to fish competitively before the traditional pike opener in southern Ontario a week later on the 2nd Saturday in May”, concluded Quan.

The event will start at 7am and all waters from the host site of Sunset Cove Marina up through Canal Lake will be open for competitors. Entry fees are just $100 – including a separate BIG FISH pot for those who register prior to April 23rd. 80% Paybacks to the anglers will apply. All those who register and pay the morning of the event (beginning at 6am) will pay an additional $10.00 to compete.

Although the Aurora Bassmasters are proud members of the Ontario BASS Federation Nation, this is an “Open Event” meaning entry is not limited just to those belonging to this grass roots organization.  The club will use proceeds to further their conservation initiatives which in 2010 will include: The award winning Lake Simcoe Bass Tagging Research Project, the Earth Week Roadside Clean-Up Day, the Keffers Shoreline Rehabilitation Project, the Pefferlaw and Beaver Rivers Fisheries Monitoring Project, The Fairy Lake Pike Transfer Project, and the Lake Simcoe Bass Nesting Enhancement Project.

“For the past several years, the Aurora Bassmasters have been proud to host Canada’s premier one day bass fishing tournament – the Bass Pro Shops Lake Simcoe Open at the end of October. With this new pike venture, we are starting off small just like we did with that bass tournament but hope that by offering one of the earliest tournaments of the season on a premier pike fishery like Canal Lake, that we can quickly grow this event”, concluded Dave Meadows the tournament director for the club.

For more information please contact:

Dave Meadows

[email protected]

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Firearms Long Gun Registry foe honoured by O.F.A.H.

Garry Breitkreuz, MP, awarded Certificate of Merit at O.F.A.H. Conference

Since his election to Parliament in 1993, Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament for Yorkton-Melville, Saskatchewan, has worked tirelessly in support of legal, licensed firearms owners.

During the 82nd Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) Annual General Meeting and Fish & Wildlife Conference held recently in Mississauga, Ontario, his efforts were recognized before an audience of more than 400 outdoor enthusiasts, when he was presented with the Certificate of Merit.

During his long parliamentary career, Garry has held a variety of positions, including membership on the Standing Committees of Agriculture, Justice and Human Resources Development. He currently chairs the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security.

The outdoor community is indebted to Garry for his early recognition of the fact that the badly flawed long gun registry unfairly targets the law abiding, ignores the law breaker, has failed to save lives or enhance public safety, and has cost Canadian taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars

“Garry Breitkreuz has led the fight to eliminate the long gun registry.

Without his efforts, hunters, farmers and recreational sport shooters would not have the visibility, influence and credibility they enjoy on Parliament Hill, and for that, we owe him a debt of gratitude,” said Greg Farrant, O.F.A.H. Manager of Government Relations and Communications. “His persistence, and his advocacy for the repeal of the long gun registry, on behalf of all legal, law abiding firearms owners in Canada has laid the groundwork for others to follow, including Candice Hoeppner, MP for Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba, whose Bill C-391 to repeal the long gun registry is currently before Parliament.”

On Saturday March 20, 2010, Breitkreuz was presented with the O.F.A.H Certificate of Merit, an honor not frequently given, that recognizes exceptional service to our hunting and fishing heritage, and fish and wildlife conservation.

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

Rack n Reel hosting Food Plot Seminar April 7th

When is the time to plant your spring food plot is often asked by hunters who have that perfect hidden sweet spot ideal for a deer food plot.

Location is very important in your list of items you need to decide before actually starting your whitetail deer food plot plot.

Rack n Reel at 250 Innisfil Street in Barrie ( exit off 400 @ Essa) on Tuesday 7pm to find the answers you need to have a successful food plot this spring.

Admission is free but a donation of canned food to the local food share program will pay off big with prize giveaways.

Seating is limited so book your seat early.

You can contact Rack n Reel owner Penny at (705)737-4819 to get additional details.

If your seriously considering  planting a food plot book your seat today.

Learn the secrets why some plot work and other don’t.

Learn how to attract and keep wild turkey on your property

Learn what nutrients and attractants are best for the deer in your area.

The #1 item that must be done BEFORE starting a food plot

Learn why less is best .

Hope to see you there!

Don’t forget your canned goods donation!


Tri-Tronics ENTER-TO-WIN Dog Photo Sweepstakes  winners have been selected.

One grand prize winner was selected, along with 11 breed-category winners.  The photos were voted on by Tri-Tronics employees at the company’s Tucson headquarters.

“We are truly amazed at the number and quality of photos that we’ve received,” stated Gary Williams, Marketing and Sales Manager.  “Our employees found it very difficult to select the winners.  We ultimately decided to allow for 10 separate categories. ”

Rodney Naico’s submission was selected as the grand prize winner.  His photograph featured a German shepherd, named Visum, paying his last respects to his K-9 partner.  Rodney stated that both dogs had trained side-by-side for over 5 years and Visum just reacted to seeing the casket.

As the grand prize winner, Rodney Naico may choose the collar system of his choice.  Each category winner may select either a Sport Junior or and EXP receiver/Tracer Light.

The winning photos are on display at and on the Tri-Tronics Facebook page.

Congratulations to the winners and wonderful people who sent in their best dog photos!

Muskoka Whitetail Deer Management Rack Stacker Seminar

Whitetail deer food plot seminar March 27th at Muskoka’ Holiday Inn with Rack Stacker founder Steve Elmy and Pro Staff Peter Wood.

Muskoka  Home Hardware is hosting an  informative DIY food plot  seminar. Rack Stacker founder Steve Elmy will be talking about everything from basics to advanced techniques in preparing ,planting, and preserving a successful  wildlife food plot.

The Holiday Inn  has a limited amount of seats available so sign up early;

[email protected]

Seminar starts at 10 am till 2pm

Admission is free with your donation of canned goods for the local food share program.

Additional information can be found on the Rack Stacker event page

Steve Elmy in hs Rack Stacker Whitetail Deer food plot

Hope to see you there!

Hunters and Anglers (O.F.H.A) 82nd Annual Conference a huge success.

Outdoors enthusiasts gather for fish & wildlife conference

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) hosted its 82nd annual Fish & Wildlife Conference in Mississauga over the weekend. Candice Hoeppner, Member of Parliament for Portage-Lisgar, Manitoba and sponsor of the bill to repeal the long gun registry,  delivered the keynote address.

The province’s largest nonprofit fish and wildlife conservation-based organization annually draws hundreds of attendees from across Ontario to the annual three-day event. This year, speakers will deliver presentations on a broad range of topics, including species at risk, the Algonquin land claim, and firearms safety and range guidelines. The Honourable Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Natural Resources, delivered a presentation Friday morning. On Saturday morning, Dr. Randall Eaton discussed the merits of involving youth in hunting and fishing.

I was honoured to have a one on one interview with Dr. Eaton, our interview will be published Wednesday on Ripple Outdoors Hunting and Fishing Podcasts Show titled Hunting as a Right of Passage Podcast#196.

OFAH Mike Reader and Dr Eaton PHd

The conference concluded with an awards banquet Saturday evening, at which M.P. Candice Hoeppner delivered the key note speech. Saturday’s gala evening attracted politicians, conservationists, industry associates and outdoor enthusiasts.Awards were presented to individuals, clubs and industry associates for exceptional dedication and achievement benefiting fish and wildlife conservation and the promotion of fishing and hunting as part of our Canadian heritage.

O.F.A.H. conference registration also included Saturday admission to the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show (TSS), which was held for the first time at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The TSS’s parent company, the Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows is a nonprofit corporation and Canada’s largest producer of outdoor events.

The Sportsmen’s Show was a huge success. Attendance was up as were revenues.

This was contrary to Toronto’s Mayor David Miller attempt to ban any sort of legal firearms displayed by respected manufactures in public events hosted in city owned buildings imposed last year.

If you hunt or fish I hope you’re a member of the O.F.H.A organization.

I’m proud to say I am a long time member.

Peter Wood owner of Ripple Outdoors Hunting and Fishing Podcasts Show.

Life long angler and responsible hunter.

Brighton Man Convicted of Dumping Garbage in Wildlife Area

MNR staff track down culprit

A Brighton man has been fined $500 for dumping garbage in a wildlife area.

Paul Reddom Jr, 21 pleaded guilty to depositing material on public lands contrary to the Public Lands Act.

The court heard that Ministry of Natural Resources staff located a large pile of garbage in the Brighton Provincial Wildlife Area. Included in the garbage were some documents and a photograph. After a number of interviews and leads, a Peterborough District conservation officer located Reddom Jr., who admitted to taking the garbage to the wildlife area, after being paid to take it to the Brighton dump site.

Justice of the Peace Jack Leblanc heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Brighton, on March 11, 2010.

The Brighton Provincial Wildlife Area is on approximately 400 hectares of Crown land and is considered a provincially significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI).

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

Brighton Provincial Wildlife Area Management Plan

Ministry of Natural Resources needs your input in order to create an approved management plan.

How do you get involved?

The Ministry of Natural Resources is preparing a management plan that will outline future uses of the site. Participation from the public is necessary to get a broad understanding of the area under discussion.

On Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 3:00-7:00pm, the Ministry of Natural Resources is hosting a drop in information session.

The information session will be held at the Brighton Municipality Office, 35 Alice St, Brighton ON.

The BPWA has been used for a variety of uses, from hiking and nature appreciation to off-road vehicle use and military training.

There is 392 hectares of crown land in the Municipality of Brighton and the City of Quinte West.

The Ministry of Natural Resources needs your input in order to create an approved management plan.

Supporting documents can be found:

Online at #010-5497),

www.bpwasurvey.caor at Peterborough District Ministry of Natural Resources, Presqu’ileProvincial Park, City of QuinteWest,

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters,

Brighton Public Library and Lower Trent Conservation Authority.