The VOICE of Anglers and Hunters since 1928

Moose Hunting Changes

The OFAH has been involved in moose management for decades, listening to hunters and ensuring the protection and conservation of our moose.  Since 2014 we have been asking for province-wide public consultation on proposed moose management tools (among many other recommendations).  The MNRF recently announced a series of public information sessions that are happening in May.

MNRF press release April 17, 2019

MNRF online survey – for those unable to attend the info sessions (available until June 7, 2019)

MNRF public information session presentation

 

St. Thomas – May 21, 2019, 4:00-8:00pm

Joe Thornton Community Centre

75 Caso Crossing

Douglas J Tarry Multi-Purpose Room

 

Peterborough – May 22, 2019, 4:00-8:00pm

Holiday Inn Peterborough

150 George St. North

Regency Room A&B

150 George St. North

 

North Bay – May 23, 2019, 4:00-8:00pm

Davedi Club

313 Airport Rd.

Dante Hall

 

Sault Ste. Marie – May 28, 2019, 4:00-8:00pm

Quattro Hotel

229 Great Northern Rd

North Ballroom

 

Thunder Bay – May 29, 2019, 4:00-8:00pm

Valhalla Inn

1 Valhalla Inn Road

Ballroom 1

 

Dryden – May 30, 2019, 4:00-8:00pm

Best Western Plus

349 Government St.

Sunset Hall

 

Kapuskasing – June 3, 2019, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Knights of Columbus Hall

12 Kolb Avenue

 

In response to a reduction in adult validation tags in WMU’s 41, 42, and 47, the OFAH surveyed moose hunters to gauge the level of support or opposition for the use of calf validation tags as a tool to reduce calf

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harvest. Over 1,300 hunters responded to the survey and provided valuable input on moose management and how they are personally affected by moose regulation changes.  Read the full report here

 

Nov 2018  OFAH advocates for moose bowhunting opportunities

Moose Report Card – OOD September 2017

Jan/Feb 2017  OFAH responds to the ECO Report in Angler and Hunter HOTLINE column Missed Opportunities: a reply to the ECO report

Feb 2017  OFAH debates on whether Ontario should ban the hunt on moose calves (CBC Radio The Current)

May 2015  OFAH article in the Chronicle Journal Outdoors Guide called Dark Days for Moose Country

 

Where we Stand

Here’s where the OFAH stands on the moose hunting changes:

  • The proposed 2-week calf season is overly restrictive and could result in crowding and poor hunt quality while making it difficult for hunters to accommodate fluctuations in weather, work schedules and hunting preferences. The OFAH recommended a 4-week calf season to spread out hunters while providing some level of protection for calves.
  • We do not support the proposed adult season reduction in 2016 because the existing moose tag allocation system is sufficient to control the harvest of adult moose.
  • A phased-in approach should be used to ensure hunting opportunities are not unnecessarily restricted and allow the MNRF to assess the effectiveness of any management changes.

The OFAH recommends solutions that will generate the greatest benefit to the moose resource while minimizing unnecessary impacts on hunters. We need your support to spread the message. You can help the cause by joining the OFAH, renewing your membership or by making a donation. Check this page often for updated information on the proposed moose hunting changes.

 

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