Have you seen this lovely video produced by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters? Here's what they had to say about our outdoor heritage as Canadians: It can sometimes be difficult to describe the reasons why we return to the woods and waters each year to fish, hunt and trap. It seems obvious to us, and the outdoors community. But as spokespeople for these heritage activities, we also have a role to play in telling our story to the general public. The OFAH partnered with Shimano Canada Ltd. to produce a series of informational videos about fishing, hunting, trapping and conservation. Telling Our Story is the first, and perhaps the most important message that describes our passion, our connection to conservation and many of the values that fishing, hunting and trapping provide. We encourage you to watch this video and share it among family members and friends as well as fellow anglers, hunters, trappers.
Originally published by Pye Acres, September 15, 2017 by Robert J. Pye The White Otter Inn was in my rear view mirror and the rising sun was on my windshield. I was up unreasonably early to drive home from a late-November OFAH membership meeting in northwestern Ontario. Slowly, the break of dawn unveiled the full view of an empty Trans-Canada Highway… empty except for the OFAH company Jeep I was driving and a half-ton truck up ahead. That truck was also flying my organization’s emblem. When some people didn’t care about cold water streams and its value to fish and wildlife, it was trout fisherman who volunteered to plant trees, prevent erosion, built spawning beds and fish ladders. Back bumper or top windshield corner, I can spot an OFAH membership decal a mile away. Our bright blue membership sticker is the highly recognizable “I’m proud to fish and hunt” statement affixed to boats, ATV’s, trucks and cars all throughout Ontario, especially in the north. With a full travel mug of coffee and an extra hour on my side, I had no inclination to pass my fellow OFAH members. After all, a weekend full of fish hatchery tours, club meetings and conservation topics couldn’t replace this anonymous OFAH membership success story being told, from the shoulders up, with backs against a truck cab window. With every mile I paid closer attention to the OFAH members sitting side-by-side in the cab of that truck. Their blaze orange hats and jackets made it easy to tell how they were spending the morning. A father and his son, I predicted. Going deer hunting, I assumed. I recognized their body language from my own childhood hunting trips, sitting beside my Dad on the bench [...]
Originally Published by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, February 13, 2017 Families and fishing enthusiasts across Ontario can fish for free -- licence-free -- from Saturday, February 18 through Monday, February 20. This Family Day weekend, anglers can go ice fishing without a licence, so head out to one of Ontario's provincial parks that are open during the winter to give it a try. Learn the ropes of ice fishing at one of the many events happening across the province, including: ▪ Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Family Ice Fishing Day on February 18, 2017 at BEL Rotary Park, Ennismore ▪ Conservation Sudbury's Friends and Family Ice Fishing Day on February 19, 2017 at Lake Laurentian Conservation Area in Sudbury ▪ Wellington Street Sportsmens Club Annual Family Ice Fishing Event on February 20, 2017 at Wellington Street Sportsmen Club in Thames. Remember to follow the rules for ice fishing in Ontario and stick to the daily fishing limits to help protect our province's fish populations. Recent mild weather may have made ice on many bodies of water unsafe, so be sure to check with local ice hut operators before venturing out and make safety a priority. Quick Facts Anglers buy approximately 1 million licenses to fish in Ontario each year. This summer, Canadian residents can fish without a licence in Ontario from July 1-9, 2017. New anglers can borrow fishing gear for free through the Tackleshare program. Background Information Anglers Encouraged to Stay Safe on the Ice Additional Resources Check out the Ontario Family Fishing Events website for events near you. Pick up the basics of fishing with the Learn to Fish Guide. Plan your fishing trip with the Fish ON-Line tool where you can search by lake, type of fish and [...]
Protecting Environment and Native Wildlife by Banning Damaging Species Ontario is prohibiting and restricting 19 invasive species to prevent their arrival and control their spread in the province and protect the environment. New regulations under the Invasive Species Act, now in effect, ban the import, breeding, purchase and sale of 19 invasive species within Ontario, including Asian carp and phragmites, which threaten the province's environment and economy. The new rules also allow government to establish special restrictions in certain areas of the province if these species are discovered, and to enforce strong penalties for individuals who knowingly bring these species into Ontario. These preventative measures will help keep the least wanted species from entering Ontario and the Great Lakes, and will provide supports to increase on-the-ground efforts to combat and eradicate invasive species, including through partnerships with local organizations. “The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters welcomes the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s listing of 19 species under the Invasive Species Act as a critical step in the battle against invasive species. We know the damage these species can cause to our native fish and wildlife, which is why, in partnership with the ministry, we deliver the Invading Species Awareness Program and provide public education and information on invasive species.” Angelo Lombardo Executive Director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Quick Facts Ontario provides annual support to the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters to deliver the Invading Species Awareness Program to track invasive species sightings and provide public education and outreach. While some of the regulated species are not currently found in Ontario, most are present in the waters of neighbouring states, or have been identified as having a high potential for being introduced into [...]
Where does our passion for the outdoors come from? Why do we love to fish, hunt, and trap? What does conservation mean to us? This video from the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and Shimano Canada Ltd. answers those questions, and tells the story of the Canadian outdoors community.