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.
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.