Fall 2018 Zone F Newsletter

First off, we would like to THANK Ed Giffin (Zone Chair) for all his hard work putting this very informative newsletter together. Please send me a quick note on what you think of the publication. merrillelliott@bell.net


OFAH Zone F Fall 2018 Newsletter

September 15, 2018

Greetings to all OFAH Zone F Affiliated Clubs,

The 3rd annual Eastern Ontario Youth Hunt Collaborative started off with an Orientation evening for youth hunt candidates and parents on June 26th from 6 to 8 pm. This was followed by the Hunter Education and Firearms Safety Course given by Len Dickinson on July 9-11. On July 20th the successful youth hunters travelled to Smiths Falls in the morning for target and skeet shooting under the guidance of Jim Stewart and Denis Labelle of the Smiths Falls Fish & Game Club. They travelled to the Richmond area to Murray and Judy Kemp property, where they were provided with a great lunch, and where they put their newly acquired shooting skills to work by participating in an Upland Game Bird Hunt. Each youth hunter was able to bag at least one chucker. A gun raffle will be held on September 30th in support of the program. On October 21st the young hunters will be participating in a Goose Hunt. An optional Trapping Outing will be offered on November 24-25th.

The Eastern Ontario Youth Hunt Collaborative is a partnership with the Capital Waterfowling; Delta Waterfowl ( Lanark Chapter); Highland Bus Lines; Lanark District Trappers Council; Lanark Fish & Game Club; Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (Kemptville District); Leeds and Grenville and Area Fur Harvesters; Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority; North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association ( Ottawa Valley Chapter); North Lanark Trappers Council; Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters Zone F; Ontario Fur Managers Federation (Zone 6A); Quality Deer Management Association (Lanark County Branch); Safari Club International ( Ottawa Valley Chapter); and the Smiths Falls Fish & Game Club.

OFAH Zone F purchased 15 Youth Shotguns for this programme. Zone Clubs interested in establishing a similar program can borrow these shotguns by simply contacting the Zone F Executive to arrange for pick-up and return.

Over the summer OFAH Zone F produced and distributed to area Ontario Provincial Parks; tourist operators; marinas; and bait and tackle shops in OFAH Zone F 3000 Fish Measuring Tapes. These stick-on tapes, besides highlighting the Harvestable Walleye Slot Limit for FMZ 18, include a reminder not to dump bait buckets.

OFAH Zone F along with Quality Deer Management will conduct a Deer Hunt Survey again this year. Forms will be distributed with the Zone’s newsletter. Forms will also be available on the OFAH Zone F website.

OFAH Zone F was also pleased to provide support for the following conservation projects: Kemptville Woodlot Conference; OFAH Young Hunters Scholarship Program; Eastern Ontario Young Hunters Collaborative; Perth Kids’ Fish Derby; Lyndhurst Kids’ Fish Derby; Cornwall Lunkers’ fish habitat project; Paying It Forward for the Working Family Hunter Education & Firearms Safety Course; Vocal Ottawa Lyme Disease Education program; Finch Chapter Delta Waterfowl Youth Hunter Education & Firearms Safety Program; Rideau Valley Conservation’s Mott’s Mills Restoration Project; OFAH Zone F West Nile Disease Study; Sarah Sproule’s SCI Wilderness School sponsorship..

OFAH Zone F along with Trent University, SCI Ottawa Valley Chapter, and Quality Deer Management Lanark County Branch and the Eastern Ontario Deer Advisory Committee are co-sponsoring an evening with Keith Munro, OFAH Wildlife Biologist, who will make a presentation on his whitetail deer research in the Marlborough Forest entitled “Why Do the Deer Hide From Me?” on September 20th at the Alfred Taylor Recreational Centre in North Gower starting at 7 pm.

We have created a funding application form that we hope will make it easier and encourage clubs to apply for funding support for their conservation project. This process will also allow the zone to anticipate funding requests and provide sound fiscal management of the Zone’s financial affairs and manage income which is based on OFAH Zone F’s membership numbers.

Funding support could include such projects as fisheries habitat improvement, stream restoration, tree planting, boat launch improvement, stream rehabilitation, fish stocking and fish hatcheries, youth fishing, youth hunter education,.

We have supported Kids’ Fishing Derbies over the years including providing Frisbees as well as financial support. Clubs who sponsor Kid’s Fish Derbies of less than 250 kid participants can receive up to $250 and over 250 kid participants can receive up to $500.

A funding application form can be obtained from the OFAH Zone website at www.ofah.org/zonef.

The summer meeting was held on August 30th at the Royal Canadian Legion. Guest speakers were Jordan Mather, Chris Deadman, and Andy Shano of Brokerlink Insurance who presented insurance programs available to OFAH members. Elizabeth Holmes, MNRF Partnership Specialist, MNRF Kemptville District provided the meeting with report on the EOYHC and the district’s Work Plan for Priorities and Partnership Opportunities. Len Dickinson reported on the SCI Wilderness School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

If your club has any special event that it would like to promote please send the information to Merrill Elliott at merrillelliott@bell.net and he will put it into the Zone’s Calendar of Events. Also please check our zone website at www.ofah.org/zonef/ for updates on news, and issues affecting anglers and hunters.

We want to wish you continued success in all of your conservation projects and for a safe and productive fall hunt season.

The next OFAH Zone F Meeting- the AGM- Sunday November 25th at 9:30 am.

Yours in conservation

Ed Giffin, Chair

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