Importing Live Asian Carp Costs Company and CEO $50,000 In Fines

$50,000 Fine For Importing Live Asian Carp

A Toronto fish importing company and the company president have been fined a total of $50,000 for possessing live Asian Carp in Ontario.

Xionyin Trading Inc., of Toronto pleaded guilty to possessing live invasive fish and was fined $40,000. Xiong Wang of Markham, also pleaded guilty to possessing live invasive fish and was fined $10,000. Additionally, 2,472 kilograms (5,450 pounds) of seized Bighead Carp valued at $3,270 was forfeited to the Crown. Charges against the second company representative are still before the court.

The court heard that on January 20, 2011, the Canada Border Services Agency at the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources to assist with the inspection of a truck hauling fish from the state of Arkansas into Ontario. Conservation officers inspected the truck and located a substantial amount of live bighead carp in the truck and subsequently seized all the fish.

It has been illegal to possess live invasive fish including, Bighead, Grass, Black and Silver Carp in Ontario since 2005 because of the significant threat they pose to the province’s lake systems. As part of the ongoing efforts to protect Ontario’s environment from the importation of invasive species, the Ministry of Natural Resources will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to monitor compliance with the legislation.

The Honourable Justice Deborah J. Austin heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, in Sarnia, on June 22, 2012.

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

Spypoint Trail Cameras for 2012 Podcast

Lee Nilsen and Peter talk Spypoint trail cameras. New 2012 models like Tiny-W2, BF-7, Live, with the new black flash high definition HD-12. Lee talks about how trail Spypoint Trail Cameras helped him win the King Of The Woods Contest and why memories make a difference once the hunt ends. Learn how easy is to make your own Buck Trap with a Spypoint Trail Camera and some Buck Fever Deer Attactant in 10 minutes.

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Ontario’s Deer Licence Fees Up Again

Ontario MNR has increased deer licence fees almost every year over the last decade.

Are hunters and anglers getting the moneys worth?

As a deer hunter who loves to hunt the entire season I always purchase extra game seals when available. I have noticed over the last few years the costs are adding up, especially when not used.

It’s not uncommon to purchase three, four or five game seals as I hunt all over the province

Add in the cost of fuel to drive to hunt site, stay in a motel and enjoy some restaurant meals the price of hunting in Ontario adds up. Thats not to say it should be free to hunters but what has changed with the MNR automated deer tag licensing system to keep increasing its operating costs?

All of the hunting & fishing licence fees have increased, most every year some by one dollar while others by over 16%.

A quick check back to a 2003 deer licence was $33 plus tax.  Now in 2012 the cost is $45.04 with HST already added.

Non-resident hunting  fees are adding up just as fast for a cash strapped MNR that once had the dubious honour of receiving fuel handout to respond to after hour incidents requiring a conservation officer.

Now if licence fees are applied to keep COs employed thats fine but talk of having less officers in the field has me wondering what happened to the money from fee increases? Does it really go to the fund set up to receive it for Ontario’s outdoors.

When was the last time you talked with an MNR Conservation Officer in the field while hunting or fishing?

I have talked with them on opening day of Bass season and perhaps during the controlled shotgun deer season, but not often.

The last time I hunted moose for 10 days, never saw any at all.

Likewise during the spring wild turkey season, no COs in the field.

How about YOU, have you talked with any  COs?

Fishing season is fast approaching so perhaps a few MNR boats will get out to check licences.

Do you think your getting YOU’RE moneys worth ever time you buy a hunting or fishing licence?

Drop me an email or find me on twitter or leave a comment here


Remington Ammo Recall Notice

Please be advised that REMINGTON has issued a RECALL on the following Ammunition:


270 Winchester – 150 grain – soft point

This ammo could have been improperly loaded and REMINGTON is asking that you DO NOT USE IT.

The Lot numbers are printed on the outside of the flat or inside the top flap of individual boxes.

Lot numbers being recalled include:







 For more information on the recall visit or call 1-888-736-4867

QDMA Food Plots Tips Video

Kip Adams and some great food plot tips if your on a budget.


Fellow outdoor writer, blogger, hunter Mark Kenyon of Wired To Hunt passed this awesome video along to me from twitter about food plots on a budget.



Thanks to Kip Adamas QDMA and Mark Kenyon Wired To Hunt for tweeting about the video.

There is always lots to learn when it comes to DIY food plots.

Become a member of QDMA , or  QDMA Canada

In Canada and USA there is a chapter near you.

Canada-USA Walleye Tournament

 Lures and Tours are the official go to photographers for Can/US Walleye Derby

The Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Lures & Tours will be providing the official photography service for the Canada/US Walleye Tournament. Lures & Tours has been a welcome presence at community and professional fishing events for years, encouraging participants and media to go online and use its website’s resource of over 6,000 photographs. That website is the first place anglers will find images that capture the spirit of any fishing event.
Many anglers have expressed their appreciation for the memorable images that record their special days. Lures & Tours photos have appeared in home town newspapers and in national fishing publications. Throughout the duration of the Canada/US Walleye Tournament they will be looking for “keeper” photo opportunities .
The Kawartha Lakes are an important part of the Lures & Tours efforts to showcase sport fishing’s role in Ontario’s tourism economy. They publish pocket sized booklets and maps full of information of interest to people who fish in the Kawarthas. The publications are free and can be found at hundreds of businesses and tourism centres across the province.
Up to date information on the Canada/US Walleye Tournament can be found at:

Canada/Us Walleye Tournament

Lures and Tours

The deadline for entries is 5 pm, Monday, June 4.