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 www.hfhc.ca.

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 www.ofah.org.