The VOICE of Anglers and Hunters since 1928

OFAH and COVID-19

The OFAH takes the health and safety of our members, staff and volunteers very seriously. With that in mind, considering the state of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we recently modified our operations.

We will continue to closely monitor things, while at the same time we remain fully committed to providing you with the most robust and engaging OFAH experience we can.

As we move forward through this unprecedented situation, you can remain connected with us.

Here’s how:

  • Our toll-free number 1-800-263-OFAH (6324). Email ofah@ofah.org
    • For any membership related questions or concerns please email membership@ofah.org, If calling and leaving a message, your return call will be delayed during this COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Online at www.ofah.org with specific OFAH-related COVID-19 updates at www.ofah.org/covid19.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • If you are looking to join or renew during this time, you can do it here from anywhere, at anytime.

We appreciate your understanding and patience as we all work together to keep Canadians as healthy and safe as we possibly can.

Thank you,

The entire OFAH Team


MNRF STATEMENT on COVID-19 and fall hunting

During this very challenging time, we owe it to our frontline and essential workers, families, friends and neighbours to avoid non-essential travel as much as possible and act responsibly, particularly when we are outdoors. Our actions today will minimize the risk to others and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

 The ministry encourages hunters to enter the big game draws that are currently open. Note the following draw deadlines for 2020:

  • The antlerless deer draw closes on June 30
  • The moose draw closes on June 1
  • The elk draw closes on June 10

 We are planning to go ahead with fall hunts as scheduled. In the event that big game hunting seasons are closed due to public health restrictions, the ministry is considering options for reimbursement or credits for purchased big game licences and draw applications (elk). The ministry will provide detailed communications to hunters in the event of hunting season closures.

Learn about how Ontario is supporting people, businesses and families during COVID-19 by visiting www.ontario.ca/coronavirus.

For additional licensing information, including MNRF tip sheets, click here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on fishing and hunting in Ontario has raised many questions within the outdoors community.

Click here to visit our FAQ page.


HEALTH AND SAFETY

DOING THE RIGHT THING THIS SPRING — OFAH advice to anglers and hunters in challenging times


UPDATES

List of hunting/fishing-related closures and access restrictions due to COVID-19

Conference on Lyme Disease cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

OFAH Annual General Meeting, originally scheduled for April 2 has been postponed to June. More details to come.

COVID-19 forces cancellation of OFAH Zone meetings across the province

OFAH Under The Lock Fishing Derby, scheduled for April 25 to May 3, was cancelled

Ontario Hunter Education Conference cancelled.

OFAH announces winner of I am Conservation 50/50 draw

OFAH Zone J cancels its 32nd Annual Youth Camp Out, originally scheduled for June 19-21, 2020


EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the OFAH and our programs will be working to provide families and people of all ages with a number of resources to help promote education and engage those looking to learn during this time of social and physical distancing. Please check back here regularly as we continue to add resources to the section below.

Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program

DOWNLOADABLE PDF: Bring Back the Salmon: Classroom Hatchery Program Grade 1-6 Lesson Guide for students learning at home

VIDEO: Watch and listen as Ben Teskey delivers his in-class presentation, teaching students how to help Bring Back the Salmon

NEW VIDEO: Watch spring classroom hatchery release

OFAH | Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre 

WEBSITE: Check out the new resource hub with a range of activities for kids ages aged 2-10+

ACTIVITIES: Keep busy, keep learning — age 2-5

Invading Species Awareness Program

DOWNLOADABLE PDF: Biodiversity Give and Take Card Game

DOWNLOADABLE PDF: Bioscape — A visual arts exercise