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White-tailed deer buck in rut in the forest
Big changes are coming for hunters who participate in Ontario’s controlled deer hunt program. In 2023, the provincial government has committed to a host of changes that include new timelines around the application period and draw results, along with new dates for when additional tags and farmer and landowner validations will be available. According to
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Orange is often the first colour that comes to mind when people think of hunting. But there’s another colour just as important to many hunters, though for very different reasons.   It’s yellow. No, really, it’s yellow.   Let me explain.   You see, there is a map that is published twice a year –
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White-tailed deer buck in rut in the forest
In late June, the Ontario government announced a cabinet shuffle that resulted in profound changes for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Out went incumbent minister John Yakabuski and in came Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora Rainy-River. But it wasn’t a straight swap. While Minister Yakabuski had a singular portfolio with a sole focus
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Outside of pandemic years, the OFAH staffing grows a lot every summer, with often more than two dozen students, interns, or seasonal staff hired for our programs like the Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP), Tackleshare, Get Outdoors summer camps, and the OFAH|Mario Cortelucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre.   ISAP actually hires many students hosted
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UPDATE: Crown land camping and Ontario Parks camping will re-open as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 11, 2021. The prohibition on Crown land camping is one of the few remaining barriers for people wanting to get out fishing and hunting right now. If you fish and hunt solely in southern Ontario, the needle on your
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The OFAH has sent a letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford asking the provincial government to rescind its decision to close Crown land camping. Please read the full letter below. Dear Premier Ford: Subject: Fishing and hunting during the current stay-at-home order The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is Ontario’s largest, non-profit, fish
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UPDATES   On May 3, 2021, the Province announced it will be hiring 25 new conservation officers in Ontario.  Click here to read a letter we sent on March 25 to the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, John Yakabuski, regarding the situation.   ORIGINAL POST — MARCH 22, 2021   In grad school, I
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Since it started in 2017, ALUS Peterborough program grew local interest, participants, projects and partners and after four full years, there are 23 projects established across the region totaling 207.2 acres of re-naturalization. In 2021 ALUS Peterborough aims to re-naturalize at least 33 new acres of marginal farmland in 2021.

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It’s been relatively quiet on the Algonquin Land Claim front over the past few years, but negotiations have been ongoing. The land claim covers 36,000 square kilometres in eastern Ontario, an area with more than 1.2 million people and a variety of existing land uses. The final treaty will see the transfer of over 117,000
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The OFAH knows that anglers and hunters need access to current information about Crown Land for planning purposes and to ensure they are complying with the rules. The Crown Land Use Policy Atlas (CLUPA) is an interactive online map that shows the permitted land uses (e.g. hunting, bait harvesting, mining) for Crown land in Ontario.
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On May 1, 2020 the OFAH sent the following letter shown below to Ontario Premier Doug Ford Dear Premier Ford: Subject: Reopening Ontario for Outdoor Recreation after COVID-19 The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is Ontario’s largest, non-profit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization, representing 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 725 member clubs.
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In the last year we have seen an influx of municipal fishing issues cropping up.  These issues are getting anglers concerned, and they are looking to the OFAH for assistance. The reason? Municipalities are trying to deflect their enforcement problems, often unrelated to fishing, through a variety of methods such as restricting access, charging fees
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The MNRF’s draft Algonquin Land Claim Environmental Evaluation Report (EER) is a 262 page document outlining the environmental impacts of transferring 117,500 acres of Crown lands to the Algonquins of Ontario.  The EER largely fails to address the social impacts of this land transfer, which is why the OFAH is particularly concerned.  The OFAH has
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Moose walking through the river in the fall
The government’s connection to northerners, conservation-leaders and hunting license-fee contributors appears to be dropping lower than the odds of drawing a moose tag. Faster than you can say “tag cuts,” the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will lose another few thousand customers. Meanwhile, northerners will continue to wait for government to fully address
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