Hunting in the 21st century podcast#232

Dr. Scott Petrie, Executive Director of Long Point Waterfowl presentation of the importance of hunting in the 21st century was held at the O.F.A.H. Heritage Centre.

Episode Resources

Ripple Outdoors

Episode Credits

Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network

Bag A Monster Buck

Deer hunters who still need to fill a “TAG” check out VERSUS Country Bag A Monster Buck Game.

Ok so it’s just a game, but I have to say trying to get onto the TOP TEN BOARD is TOUGH!

Check it out!

Monster Buck Game

or click on the Versus web

Good luck!

Learn the art of fly-tying

Fly tying presentation, Nov 27th 9:30 am-12:30 p.m.

Grindstone guide, Sean Patterson will be keeping with the Fall Steelhead theme and will be tying some of his late season Steelhead Nymphs and guide patterns for those cold water situations that require a slow presentation. Sean will be at the podium from 9:30. Until 12:30 p.m. sharing these patterns and the methods of fishing them for success. All are welcome to observe and ask questions.

In The Classroom Saturday November 27th 9:30am-2:30pm

Introduction to Fly-tying

Learn the art of fly-tying with Bill Spicer of Grindstone Angling

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 to hold for cost and to reserve your spot at the table.

Fall Steelhead Outings,

As I stated in the e-mail last week, we are now receiving the late fall precipitation and water levels have risen greatly in our Migratory Rivers. As we suspected, great runs of fish are running the rivers now. The smaller tributaries to the lakes are settling down a little with some coloring still in the waters but good for Steelhead fishing. The Larger waters are still high but gradually coming down to fishable condition. Next week will be a great week out with not a-lot of precipitation in the forecast and reasonable temperatures hovering between 4 and 6 degrees every day.

Saturday December 4th

Grindstone Anglings annual Christmas open House And Sale


-Fly-tying demonstrations

Flyfishing product Representatives and much More…..

Grindstone Angling,

24 Mill Street North, Waterdown, Ontario, Canada 905-689-0880

O.F.A.H. welcomes public to evening presentation

Hunting in the 21st century is important

Beyond spending precious time in the outdoors and the potential for harvesting healthy game for the table, does hunting provide benefits to society in the 21st century? Answering that question is researcher, professor, and hunter Dr. Scott Petrie. On November 29, the public is invited to hear Dr. Petrie speak at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters/Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough.

“Whether you hunt, or not, Dr. Petrie’s exploration of the merits of hunting in today’s society is sure to be both engaging and educational,” says Dr. Terry Quinney, O.F.A.H. Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services. “It isn’t well known, yet hunters and anglers have played a leadership role in shaping conservation attitudes and approaches over the past century and continue to do so today.”

Topics explored during Dr. Petrie’s talk will include the History of Wildlife Management in North America from early overexploitation to the development of a strong conservation ethic; the many wildlife management success stories that were brought about by habitat and harvest management; and the ecological, economic, culinary, social, and population management benefits associated with hunting.

Dr. Petrie is the Executive Director of Long Point Waterfowl and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario where he teaches Wildlife Ecology and Management. He and his graduate students are presently studying various ecological aspects of waterfowl that stage and winter on the lower Great Lakes.

The evening presentation begins at 7pm and runs until 8:30pm. Admission and parking are free, however seating is limited to 70 people, and is first come, first served. The O.F.A.H./Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre is located just south of Highway #115/7 on McNamara Road, which is an extension of Guthrie Drive. For directions to the centre, visit

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit

2011 Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp

“The Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp is not only a beautiful piece of art – it also helps support youth driven wildlife conservation projects across Canada.” – Robert Bateman

Wildlife Habitat Canada is thrilled to congratulate 18 year old Bethany Harris from Millarville, Alberta for being selected as the winning artist for the second annual Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp.

The 2011 Youth Stamp was recently unveiled at the Shaw Studios in Calgary, Alberta with Robert Bateman, J.R. Shaw and others in attendance.

The Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest was created to urge youth to get outside and ‘get to know’ their wild neighbours.

Bethany Harris’ entry, entitled

Bethany Harris’ entry, entitled “Going Deeper”, depicts a moose in its native habitat. In addition to having her artwork featured on the stamp, Ms Harris’ moose is also on the cover of the 2011 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest Calendar.

Bethany had this to say about her painting and the moose: “It’s amazing how you have to take a really close look to see one, then it quickly disappears into its habitat.

We not only have to go deeper to find them, and take the time to enjoy looking at them, but they too are having to find habitat elsewhere as the areas where they live become more developed – therefore going deeper was the feel I wanted to express in this painting.”

Wildlife Habitat Canada is continuing our partnership with Robert Bateman’s Get to Know Program to create this stamp that is being sold across Canada. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp will support youth-driven wildlife conservation projects.

By purchasing the Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp you will help youth to understand the importance of the natural world to all of us, while ensuring that this exquisite resource is conserved for years to come.

For more information about the Canadian Youth Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp, to purchase a stamp, or to learn about how you can get involved, please contact Jill Thursby, Assistant Director, Youth Stamp Program at (613) 722-2090×225

or [email protected],

or visit our website at

Proposed Reduction of Pelee Island Pheasant Clean-up Hunts

O.F.A.H. Response to Proposed Reduction of Pelee Island Pheasant Clean-up Hunts

A letter from the O.F.A.H. sent to Mr. Brad Connor, Area Supervisor Ministry of Natural Resources that concerns

Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Registry Number 011-1087

Dear Mr. Connor:

Thank you for providing members of the public the opportunity to comment on this proposal to reduce the number of pheasant “clean-up” hunts, and eliminate Saturdays from remaining clean-up hunts on Pelee Island

(Wildlife Management Unit 95).

On behalf of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), our 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, I am pleased to submit our opposition to the proposal.

We have learned through discussions with members of the O.F.A.H.-affiliated Pelee Island Sportsmen’s Association, that four clean-up hunts were implemented after years of efforts by conservation-minded hunters,

and a special committee, to make the best use of residual birds which were released for, and unharvested, in the regular Pelee Island fall pheasant hunts.

Our understanding is that clean-up hunts are popular among hunters, and many Pelee Island residents and businesses, precisely because they contribute to the local economy, and derive additional social, tourism related economic and recreational value from birds, which would otherwise be lost without the clean-up hunts.

We are further informed that the committee that initially proposed the clean-up hunts wanted Saturdays specifically included so that local residents (e.g. from Windsor/Essex/Chatham-Kent area) could enjoy some family pheasant hunting on the weekends — opportunities that would not otherwise exist for many working families and children in school.

With regard to public safety “concerns” raised in the proposal, we suspect that this has been wildly overstated, given the sterling safety record of Ontario small game hunters. Regardless, we believe that public safety is best assured through enforcement of the existing hunting regulations, and that it is better to have licensed hunters distributed over four weeks, including Saturdays, than to concentrate these hunters into two shorter weeks. In other words, we believe that the proposed shortening of clean-up hunts would not improve hunter and public safety, but could actually reduce it.

Therefore, we urge you to maintain these important existing opportunities. Please do not proceed with this proposal.

As noted above, we do not believe that concentrating hunter effort into fewer days should be expected to make the hunt “safer.” Also, based on our understanding of participation rates in the clean-up hunts, we also challenge the conclusions that the recreational and economic impact of the proposal would be “mainly positive.”

Yours in Conservation,

Ed Reid

Senior Wildlife Biologist

O.F.A.H. offers reward in horse’s death

$1,000 for information leading to arrest of poacher

Across the province 170,000 deer hunters are in the field. The vast majority of these men and women are responsible hunters who respect their game and place the highest priority on safety. Unfortunately, there are a few individuals who cast a shadow over hunting by disregarding the regulations. Last Saturday morning in Glenelg Township, a Hallinger mare was allegedly shot outside of legal hunting hours on private property, likely the result of poaching. West Grey Police have confirmed that the incident is under investigation (see release).

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), which represents over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 670 member clubs, is offering a reward of $1,000 for information leading to the identification of the poacher.

“As hunters who respect the game we seek, we are both frustrated and angered by the death of this horse because it never should have happened. Every hunter is safety trained and licensed before they ever take to the field, and lesson one is to be certain of your target and what’s behind it,” said O.F.A.H. Executive Director, Mike Reader. “Law abiding hunters appreciate the privilege of hunting and we respect the rights of landowners to determine who will have access to their property. In offering this reward, we are demonstrating that this kind of action which reflects poorly on all hunters.”

Hunters are reminded to:

· Seek permission for every person accessing a landowner’s property

· Know legal local shooting times (check weather stations)

· ALWAYS be sure of their target and what is beyond it

· Wear 400 square inches of blaze orange plus a blaze orange hat

· Keep firearms encased until legal shooting time

· Know and follow all Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and Canadian Firearms regulations

· Be respectful of the public when transporting or handling harvested animals

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call West Grey Police Services at 519-364-2411.

The O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and is the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit

Great Outdoors and DIY Show Podcast #231

Outdoor Canada Editor Patrick Walsh talks about the three day Outdoor Canada and DIY Show in Toronto November 26, 27 & 28th.

First 10 listeners who want a free ticket to the OUTDOOR show email me info{at}rippleoutdoors{dot}com

Episode Resources

Ripple Outdoors

Episode Credits

Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network

Southwestern Ontario QDMA Photo Contest

QDMA Canada – South Western Chapter 2010 Photo Contest

Enter to win a Game Camera, Food Plot Products, QDMA Canada Memberships and more!

Enter your game camera photo in the 2010 Southwestern Ontario QDMA Game Camera Photo Contest.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories.

Biggest/Oldest Buck

Entries will be judged by a panel of qualified QDMA Staff members based on the age, size and quality of the rack. Photos or video clips will be accepted in this category

Most Interesting Wildlife Photo

Photos of White Tailed Deer or other wildlife will be judged as “Most Interesting Wildlife” Rare wildlife or common wildlife, unusual activity or situations or just plain funny photos are eligible for entry in this Category. Single photos, a series of photos or video clips will be accepted for this category.

Caught in the Act!

Photos of wildlife, hunters or other people will be judged as entries in “Caught in the Act” Single photos, a series of photos or video clip will be accepted for this category.

Non QDMA members will receive a copy of “Quality Whitetails” magazine. (while supplies last)


The photo or video entry must be taken in 2010, and the entrant must be a resident of Ontario. Submission Deadline is March 30, 2011.

Winners will be selected by March 31 and Prizes will be awarded at our Food Plot Field Day April 2, 2011

Two ways to enter

1) Fill out the following form, scan or photograph the form. Email the form or the information on the form and photo images to [email protected] and include “Southwestern Ontario QDMA Photo Contest” in the subject line. Do not send more than 5 images or 1 video per entry form.

2) Send letter with information and printed photos by mail to

Southwestern Ontario QDMA Photo Contest

21599 Cherry Hill Road,   Thorndale,   Ontario ,   N0M 2P0

Attn: Brian Kerr

Southwestern Ontario QDMA 2010 Photo Contest



City: Postal Code

Email: Phone:

Do you want to be informed about upcoming events? Yes___ No___ Are you currently a member of QDMA Canada Yes___ No___

Membership in QDMA Canada is not required to enter this contest, but Southwestern Ontario QDMA is actively recruiting new members and volunteers to assist with events in your area. Join QDMA Canada and become part of the Quality Deer Management movement in Canada!

Southwestern Ontario QDMA is a branch of QDMA Canada. QDMA Canada is committed to the principals of Quality Deer Management. If you are interested in getting involved with QDMA, or want to know more about QDMA Canada, please contact us at

[email protected]

First Prize Sponsored by

UWAY NT50B Camo Camera

Retail Price $369.95

Canada’s Great Outdoor and DIY Show

Toronto, Ontario, November 2, 2010: The pages of Outdoor Canada magazine come to life November 26-28, 2010, at the International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga during the first-ever Outdoor Canada Show.

Geared towards anglers, hunters and outdoor lovers, the show features everything you need for outdoor adventure, from lodges, outfitters and apparel to gear, electronics and more.

“We’re really pleased the event is receiving such great support from the outdoor community,” says Patrick Walsh, editor of Outdoor Canada magazine. “For anyone who loves Canada’s wildlife and wild places, this is the show for you.”

Among the many highlights, Canada’s top TV fishing celebrities will be on hand for the Fishin’ for Answers Quiz Show on Saturday, November 27 at 1:00 p.m. Expect plenty of fun as Bob Izumi, Angelo Viola, Pete Bowman, Mike Miller,

Leo Stakos, Dave Mercer and Ron James, along with U.S. legends Roland Martin and Jimmy Houston, match angling wits. And after the Quiz Show, fans will have the chance to rub shoulders with their favourite TV stars at the Outdoor Canada Lodge.

Throughout the three-day event, the Outdoor Canada Lodge will be the social hub, featuring filleting demos, sampling of wild game, shore-lunch tips, fly-tying lessons and antique decoy appraisals with expert Steven Lloyd. And on Saturday, November 27, Fish ’n Canada’s Angelo Viola will present his Outdoor Journal radio program live on the Fan 590 from 10 a.m. to noon. And on Sunday, November 28, anglers can test the strength of their fishing knots with the Berkley Knot Testing Machine.

The Outdoor Canada Stage, meanwhile, will host an ongoing series of information-packed how-to sessions for anglers and hunters. Outdoor Canada Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer, for example, will share his expert advice on the exciting sport of ice fishing. Other sessions include: selecting and training the right field dog; hunting wild turkeys and white-tailed deer; and learning about the game-changing technology in the latest fish finders.

For a chance at some free admission tickets listen to the Ripple Outdoors Podcast Episode #331 to hear how.

The Outdoor Canada Show is part of The Great Outdoor & DIY Weekend, a new consumer show that features four shows at one location for one admission price. The other shows include the Fall Cottage Life Show, the Explore Adventure & Travel Show, and the Canadian Home Workshop Show.

More celebrities appearing at The Great Outdoor & DIY Weekend are:

· Survivorman Les Stroud in the Explore Adventure & Travel Show, Sunday, November 28 at 11:30 a.m.

· HGTV renovation gurus Bryan Baeumler and Jim Caruk in the Canadian Home Workshop Show.

• Designer, CityLine expert, and host of HGTV’s new series Summer Home

Karen Sealy in the Cottage Life Show, Saturday

Check out The Great Outdoor & DIY Weekend

International Centre

6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

Free parking


Friday, Nov. 26 – 11 am – 8 pm

Saturday, Nov. 27 – 9 am – 6 pm

Sunday, Nov. 28 – 10 am – 5 pm


Adults $15 at the door, $13.00 online

Kids (12 and under) Free

Youth (13 – 17) $8


The first ten emails to info{at}rippleoutdoors{dot}com can get a free admission ticket to the show