The OFAH recognizes the importance of using sporting dogs in various different types of hunting. In addition to enhancing hunting opportunities, sporting dogs are used to promote responsible stewardship of wildlife by locating, tracking and recovering game. The OFAH ensures that the use of sporting dogs is understood and protected in provincial wildlife management, regulations and policy. The use of sporting dogs in hunting adds another element to the experience, as well as encourages local tourism, fundraising, improvement of dog breeds and standards and raises awareness of conservation issues. Because of these values, the OFAH invests staff time and resources to ensure that our hunting heritage is protected and the use of sporting dogs in hunting continues.