Bear Wise program has proven to be long on words, short on results
For years, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) has warned
the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) that the cancellation of the spring bear hunt and its replacement with the provincial Bear Wise Program would negatively impact public safety.
Instead of managing Ontario’s bears for optimal sustainable populations as it is mandated to do the province has instead opted to try to manage people, with dismal, and sometimes near fatal results.
“To minimize the risks to people and maximize the benefits of this resource for society,
the Ontario government needs to reinstate the spring bear hunt,” said Terry Quinney, O.F.A.H. Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services.
“It was a time-tested, successful bear management tool that also provided tens of millions of dollars
in economic benefits before it was terminated, taking with it much-needed employment, particularly in northern and central Ontario.”
Already this season, police have killed bears in London and Peterborough that presented a threat to people.
In Severn Township, the search continues for the bear that inflicted extensive wounds on a Waubaushene man last week in an apparently unprovoked attack.
In 1999, the province promptly and without scientific reason, cancelled the spring bear hunt, resulting in a ten-fold increase in occurrences of human-bear conflict.
A fact backed by the MNR’s own 2008 report. The O.F.A.H. believes that the cancellation of the spring bear hunt has undone many years of improved black bear management, and has instead, caused an increase in human-bear conflicts,
resulting in more sows and cubs shot and wasted in the protection of property.
MNR statistics reveal that human bear occurrences rose to 12,645 in 2007/2008, up from an average of 1,000 prior to 1999.
“We are convinced that human-bear conflicts can be minimized, by managing bear populations using a variety of tools, including area-specific quotas and an early season hunt,” added Quinney.
“Reinstating a well-managed spring hunt would provide positive benefits for all concerned – our black bear populations, the economies of northern and central Ontario, and the safety of the general public.”
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.
NWTF ATV Run N Gun Event Fundraiser and fun day.
Attention All ATV Riders
Fun, Four Wheelers, Firearms, fellowship and fundraising are set as the main
events at the 2nd annual, NWTF Run N’ Gun event hosted with the support of
the Timberline Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF)
on Saturday Aug 21st
at the Bancroft Fish & Game Club 27602 Hwy 62 S Bancroft Ontario.
Doors will open at 8:00 am. Registration 8:30 am
Come early to enjoy ATV & Conservation displays,
participate in raffles and silent auctions before hitting the Range for a
Shotgun Still target shoot, and then hit the 120+ km Trail on your ATV for a
great tour of North Hastings County’s country side.
We heard what you want last year and that is MORE MUD, and we’ll make sure there will be challenging Mud bogs to get down and dirty!!!
You will have a chance to fire at three shooting stations that will help build your score card and have a chance at some great prizes
All Firearms and ammunition will be supplied at all firing points with
safety instructors, so if you never fired a shotgun or Crossbow before, here
is a great chance to introduce yourself to the fun of our Canadian Outdoor
Heritage and Shooting Sports Traditions.
Grand Prize: NWTF Edition Winchester Super X3 12 GA Shotgun
Or Cash prize if you do not have a P.A.L.
Tickets to the ATV Run N Gun Event is just $ 65 per ATV for General admission.
or $ 75 if you buy your tickets at the door the “Day of the Event”
Or get on the BIG Wheel admission Package the price is $95
That will give you a one year National Wild Turkey Federation membership,
Decal for your ATV, 6 issues of the NWTF’s magazine Turkey Country,
$60 Raffle ticket package and a choice of a multi tool or pocket knife.
All admission tickets include a 1 day trail pass.
There will be camping on site at $10 per night.
For more information or Tickets for the event call
Chris Patty 613-474-3035
TOP SHOT TV show premieres June 6th
Whether it’s William Tell using a crossbow to shoot an apple off his son’s head, or Annie Oakley using a hand mirror to make a shot with a rifle slung over her shoulder, history is filled with legendary tales of amazing marksmanship. Now, HISTORY is tapping into these inspiring feats of sharp-shooting for its first-ever competition series, TOP SHOT, premiering Sunday, June 6 at 10pm ET.
Sixteen of the nation’s most skilled marksmen have been carefully selected to compete in the new 10-episode series. Some have professional shooting experience, some are amateurs –all will showcase breathtaking timing, speed and accuracy in their quest to win the $100,000 prize package and title of “Top Shot.” The winner will ultimately have to be skilled in everything from muzzle-loading muskets and modern pistols to slingshots and throwing knives.
The series is hosted by actor, adventurer and athlete Colby Donaldson, a born competitor whose experience as a contestant on Survivor brings a unique perspective to HISTORY’s first elimination series.
Each week, contenders will face both team and individual elimination challenges until one winner remains. In the series opener (Sunday, June 6), contestants are immediately divided into two teams and then compete in a “Rifle Relay,” an obstacle course using standard-issue rifles from four different wars. In the elimination round, two contestants go head-to-head in “The Long Shot,” a long-distance sniper challenge which will send the first person home.
In episodes 2 and 3 (Sunday, June 13 and Sunday, June 20), contestants’ skills with the pistol and bow and arrow are put to the test. From muzzle-loading muskets to throwing knives, every challenge will focus on weapons, technologies and techniques of different eras in history as high-speed HD cameras capture the skillful execution of each test in extreme slow-motion.
TOP SHOT is produced for HISTORY by Pilgrim Films & Television. Executive Producers for HISTORY are Dirk Hoogstra and Paul Cabana. Craig Piligian is Executive Producer for Pilgrim Films & Television.
The HISTORY web site, located at www.history.com , is the leading online resource for all things history.
Three Odessa-area men were fined $400 each for hunting wild turkeys within 400 metres of bait.
Travers Parslow of Odessa, Cory Parslow of Amherstview and Eldon Brown of Enterprise all plead guilty.
Travers Parslow also pleaded guilty to an additional charge of failing to immediately attach his seal to a wild turkey for which he received a suspended sentence.
Seized firearms will be returned to the hunters once the fines are paid.
The court heard that the three men were apprehended May 1, 2010, at the back of Travers Parslow’s property at Odessa.
They were hunting from blinds within 15 metres of large piles of bait.
Justice of the Peace Donna Doleman heard the case on May 19, 2010, in the Ontario Court of Justice at Napanee.
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)
Good hunting buddy Alfie gets his second gobbler in his second year of hunting wild turkeys.
That makes Alfie’s two gobblers in two years
of hunting them a pretty successful gobbler hunter.
What makes this a special hunt?
Alfie had a hip replacement operation just 17 days before heading out in the field!
Congratulations to Alfie!
He can’t wait to get out and check all those Wood Duck Boxes donated by the Dundas Long Beards Conservation Club later this week.
Amplified seed from Rack Stacker great for over seeding an existing DIY food plot.
After a few hours of turkey hunting, ok I was sitting relaxed against a tree from 5am till 10 am until I decided to wander back to my truck.
A quick java and sandwich later I was all set to get back to my gobbler hunt but first opted to spend a few minutes to over seed my Rack Stacker Superb-uck DIY food plot that was planted last year.
A one pound bag of Rack Stacker Amplifed Seed and an equal amount of sand was poured and mixed in my portable hand seed spreader.
After only few minutes I over seeded my DIY Whitetail Deer and Turkey Food Plot along with another small plot about 50 yards away that leads into this plot.
When any new weeds appear I will lop the heads off with a gas powered weed wacker to eliminate them.
New growth from the Amplied seed will burst through last years food plot with awesome tonnage to keep the local deer herd well fed well into fall and winter.
Elk herd viability threatened by mismanagement
The indiscriminate feeding of local elk in the Bancroft area that has continued unchecked for years, and the province’s failure to introduce a comprehensive elk management plan, has placed the future of the local herd in jeopardy.
Elk have been the focus of an extensive reintroduction program that has cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and involved thousands of volunteer hours.
The province’s failure to properly manage the herd, to use new regulations under the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act to eliminate the feeding of wildlife, and to allow farmers to harass the elk to protect their property has resulted in serious damage to local farm crops and infrastructure.
This has led the Minister of Natural Resources to consider euthanizing elk in the Bancroft North Hastings area through the use of removal (kill) permits, over the objections of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.).
The O.F.A.H. is one of several groups who have contributed financial and volunteer support to the province to restore elk to Ontario, where they lived for thousands of years before becoming locally extinct in the 1800’s.
O.F.A.H. staff have travelled to the area and met with local farmers, who are faced with broken fences, cattle escapes and crop damage, but are forbidden under the Fish & Wildlife Conservation Act from using bang sticks, dogs or other means to harass the elk and protect their livelihood.
“For over two years, the O.F.A.H. has been urging the MNR to adopt a comprehensive elk management strategy to properly manage elk herds across the province, including the Bancroft herd which is estimated at 500 or more,” said O.F.A.H.
President Rob Hare. “The province’s failure to act, coupled with the lack of available options for local farmers who are forced to sit and watch their farm property, crops and livestock be damaged, is unconscionable.
The use of bang sticks, dogs and other harassment techniques should be part of a management strategy, which the province has failed to adopt despite years of discussion.
Any suggestion that healthy elk be indiscriminately euthanized threatens the viability of the elk restoration effort.”
The O.F.A.H. supports the position of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), which has been lobbying the province to address the situation for some time. Both organizations have urged the MNR to convene a meeting with all affected parties before it reached crisis proportions. Unfortunately, the Ministry has been slow to act, and the situation has escalated to the point where farmers’ tolerance for the nuisance elk situation has been exhausted.
The O.F.A.H. and OFA recommend that the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the MNR develop a compensation package for farmers in the Bancroft area who have experienced losses due to elk.
“As the agency charged with the responsibility for managing wildlife in Ontario, surely the MNR can do better than suggesting that elk, which have been the focus of the restoration effort, should simply be eliminated,” added Hare.
“Why should the program and the animals themselves pay the ultimate price for MNR mismanagement and inaction?”
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.