Hunting Blind almost ready for the opener

Well its been a bit of a grunt to build my blind over my secret spot of  Sweet Success food plot but it’s finally almost completed.

Bugs, rain, wind were all factors in fabricating a blind near swamp and forest but I think it will be worth the effort. With 20 acres of corn on my east side and a quick growing food plot on the forest side I know the deer will be attracted to this location. Gobblers and hens were often seen as well.

I wanted a blind I could hunt from and  do some all day photography work from so it had to be reasonably wind and water resistant. With Alfie’s help we built an awesome blind.  After throwing away his rubber tape-measure and a few extra cuts here and there everything fit together.

Alfie constructed side  at home and the roof we built on site. Four 14 foot long cedar logs made sturdy legs with 2×4 as cross bracing.

Treated 2×6 frame and one inch floor boards ensured a solid blind. Roof was made from cedar planks and 2×4 frame. Silicone sealant hopefully will keep the snow and rain at bay, or at least no annoying drips on my camera!

The Backyard wildlife food plot and mineral mix pail will keep the deer and turkeys here all year even after the cornfield is harvested.

Alfie’s blind is a work in progress and should be completed this week also. That’s IF he can stop DROPPING things on me!

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Stewardship efforts receive financial boost

The Community Stream Steward Program (C.S.S.P.) has secured funding from federal and provincial government agencies as well as private sources, for numerous stream restoration projects within its catchment area.

Hosted by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), the C.S.S.P. educates and engages individuals and groups to act as stewards in restoring community streams, with associated benefits for healthy fish and wildlife populations.

“Landowners are willing and committed stewards of our water resources. The Community Stream Steward Program (C.S.S.P.) assists them in undertaking projects by providing training and financial support, which are key components to success,” says C.S.S.P. Coordinator, Erin Carroll. “We are grateful for these grants that acknowledge the value of stewardship initiatives such as planting shorelines, stabilizing banks, improving fish habitat, installing livestock fencing and creating alternate watering sources for livestock.

Every project, large or small, contributes to a healthier ecosystem.”

Environment Canada’s Lake Simcoe Clean-Up Fund is contributing $96,000 to the second phase of C.S.S.P.’s Lake Simcoe clean-up plan. Several shoreline restoration projects will be planned and implemented on lake tributaries.

The RBC Foundation is providing a $55,000 leadership grant to the C.S.S.P. through its RBC Blue Water Project, a wide-ranging, multi-year program that helps foster a culture of water stewardship globally.

The provincial Species at Risk (S.A.R.) Stewardship fund is providing the C.S.S.P. with $40,000 to aid in protecting six species at risk—Redside dace (Threatened), Channel darter (Threatened), Atlantic salmon (Extirpated), American eel (Endangered), Blanding’s turtle (Threatened) and Wood turtle (Endangered). With assistance from the C.S.S.P., landowners and volunteers will undertake stream restoration projects in the watersheds within Northumberland County, Peterborough County, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Region of Durham.

The Ontario Wildlife Foundation (O.W.F.) is contributing over $9,000 to support C.S.S.P. initiatives. The O.W.F. is dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of Ontario’s fish and wildlife habitat through research and restoration.

The C.S.S.P. is a multi-partner initiative that is focused on creating a sense of community by assisting dedicated individuals and groups in restoring local streams. To learn more, visit www.ofah.org/stream.

With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 660 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest private, nonprofit fish and wildlife conservation organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.

Three individuals from the Muskoka region were convicted after undercover operation by Ministry of Natural Resources investigators.

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16-MONTH UNDERCOVER OPERATION LEADS TO HIGH PENALTIES

Three individuals from the Muskoka region were convicted after a 16-month undercover operation by Ministry of Natural Resources investigators.

David Stock was convicted of possessing a firearm at night, hunting at night, hunting moose and bear during the closed season, having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, transporting wildlife illegally killed and selling walleye and moose. He was fined $5,000, given 30 days in jail and placed on probation for two years.

George Williams was convicted of possessing and transporting an illegally killed bear, selling whitetail deer and breaching a probation order he was on at the time of the offences. He was given a $4,100 fine, received a five-year hunting licence prohibition and was placed on two years probation.

Anthony Williams was convicted of having a loaded firearm in a vehicle, hunting whitetail deer during the closed season, possessing and transporting an illegally killed bear, possessing a bear gallbladder and breaching a probation order he was on during the period that some of the offences were committed. He was fined $2,500, received a two-year hunting licence prohibition and placed on probation for two years.

The court heard that between September 16, 2004, and December 1, 2005, undercover conservation officers investigated reports of illegal hunting activities and were sold fish and game meat contrary to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. The officers were guided to hunt moose, deer and bear during the closed season.

The investigation led to eight people being charged with a variety of offences. Five of those charged pleaded guilty and their cases were heard in 2006. The investigation also led to charges being laid by the OPP against David Stock for firearm related offences which resulted in an earlier jail sentence and a lifetime prohibition against possessing firearms.

The case was heard by the Honourable Justice Harpur in Ontario Court of Justice, Barrie, on June 22, 2009

CPAA Big Jim Showdown II, September 19th & 20th in Kingston

The CPAA is very excited once again to have the Canadian Military’s involvement as co-anglers plus a new weigh-in location in downtown Kingston in the Kingston Habour at Confederation Park.

This year’s pro/am event will be supporting two causes the Kingston Military Family Recreation Center and Big Jim.

Below is all all the information you need to register.

Please return your entry by August 19th. If you have already sent in your registration thank you.

If you have any questions drop me a line or call me at 416-918-5314.

Chris Tieber

CPAA, President

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Thomas Pigeon Host of Canada in the Rough stops by Badenoch Archery

I stopped by Badenoch Archery to order some new carbon arrows for my Bow-Tech. With hunting season fast approaching I didn’t want to get caught short handed with all my practising this month.

Gail and John Kerr owners of Badenoch Archery were having their annual  summer open house sale with special guest Thomas Pigeon ,  host of Canada in the Rough signing autographs and talking about his exciting upcoming 6th season on Global TV.

Hunting displays and all sorts of hunting and archery gear were on sale for the numerous shoppers. Thomas was busy signing autograpghs and talking huntng about the new 6th season.  He was leaving next week for a Caribou hunt and you could see he has worked hard over the summer as he was lean and fit unlike a certain other hunter buying arrows.

Check out my interview with Thomas about Canada in the Rough’s 6th season. You can be sure it will be one of his best seasons ever.

If your in the market for some archery or hunting  gear stop in at Badenoch Archery and tell Gail I sent you.

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Hooked on Fishing Day Camps

July 28 & 29
Hooked on Fishing Day Camps
Fifty Point Conservation Area

Registration is now being accepted! First time anglers are invited to participate in a one day fishing workshop at the Fifty Point Conservation Area. Young anglers will have a great outdoor experience learning the basics of fishing and having fun catching fish. They will learn the basic skills needed to rig up a fishing rod, cast, and safely land a fish. The next time they go fishing – they will fish like a pro! All equipment is provided. Spaces are limited so call to reserve a spot now!

Hooked On Fishing Camp I: Boys & Girls 11 & 12
Date: Tuesday July 28, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00pm
Cost: $35 for HCA Members, $40 for Non-Members

Hooked On Fishing Camp II: Boys & Girls 9 & 10
Date: Wednesday July 29, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00pm
Cost: $35 for HCA Members, $40 for Non-Members

For more information or to register contact Beth Stormont, Education Program Manager at 905-627-1233 or [email protected].

$2,000 Fine and Licence Suspension

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 $2,000 Fine and Licence Suspension For Too Many Lake Simcoe Perch

 

Two Toronto-area men have each been fined $1,000 and had their licences suspended for two years for taking 179 perch over the limit. 

 

So Chon Luu, of Toronto, and Van Cuong Nguyen, of Vaughan, pleaded guilty to catching and keeping more than their legal quota of fish.

 

Court heard that on April 10, 2009, a conservation officer on patrol in Cooks Bay on Lake Simcoe checked the men fishing from a boat near the shore.  Luu and Nguyen both had conservation fishing licences that allow an angler to catch 25 yellow perch per day.  The conservation officer, with the help of a York Regional Police constable, counted a total of 179 yellow perch over their catch limit.

 

Justice of the Peace Robert Prestage heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Newmarket, on July 10, 2009.

Wigglers will make your sister scream

National Fishing Week has come and gone but you still have the whole summer to get out and fish.

Make some life long memories you’ll never forget. A slight tug on the near invisible line held lightly between your thumb and finger. Instantly your focus intensifies for the next tug even before your smile widens. You hope, ok you know this next twitch of the line will be the creation of yet another unique fishing memory.

This may happen numerous times before you actually discover what kind of bandit is snacking on your offering. Setting the hook will also definitely score big on the memory meter!

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I think my generation was lucky, we fishing often and we learned how at young age. Today’s kids expend enormous amounts of time on a computer. Yes we all know computers have changed our lives for the better; but a balanced lifestyle pays bigger dividends. Today’s hectic busy lifestyle between kids & parents often requires detailed planning to enjoy some leisure timing together.

Looking back to my early days of learning how to fish I know my parents had a hand in those memories. One memory stands out still; Read more

Guelph MNR acknowledge’s wonderful volunteers with a BBQ

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MNR Volunteers

MNR Volunteers

The Guelph MNR recognized all the hard work and effort the local volunteers contributed to project in the area.

One volunteer group with new tee shirts

Staff prepared a BBQ feast for all the volunteer contributors and groups to meet last Wednesday evening and enjoy some fine food.

On display in the parking lot with the new MNR trailer Conservation Officer Pegg with information concerning local projects. field work and confiscated illegal items.
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