PETERBOROUGH, ON, Sept. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The month of September paves
the way for an exciting time of year. For Ontario hunters, fall signals
the beginning of big game hunting opportunities in the province.
Together, the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) and the
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) want to wish all
Ontario hunters a safe and enjoyable season.
"In this day and age people lead busy lives, so finding time to get out
and enjoy the outdoors is imperative. The OFAH is pleased that a
growing number of municipalities in southern Ontario realize this and
are allowing for Sunday gun hunting opportunities," said OFAH Executive
Director Angelo Lombardo. "As Canadians, hunting is part of our
cultural fabric, and hunters understand the future of it is in their
hands. That's why obeying all laws is the responsibility of every
hunter. Responsible hunters are properly licensed, always ask
permission to hunt on private land and obey no trespassing signs,
ensure their game seal is properly attached to their harvest, and have
profound respect for the wildlife they pursue."
OCOA President Joe McCambridge, a Pembroke Conservation Officer, agrees.
"We know that the new licencing system will create some challenges as
hunters adapt to the changes. But the basic requirements for hunters
remain the same: make sure you have the correct licence for the species
you are hunting, read the licencing material BEFORE you head out to
hunt, and correctly follow the instructions regarding properly
attaching the game seal to a harvested animal. We wish all hunters a
safe and enjoyable season."
Anyone who observes illegal or unsafe hunting activity is asked to help
C.O.'s protect our natural resources and ensure public safety by
calling the M.N.R.'s violation reporting line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR
(847-7677), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
For more information about natural resources regulations and
enforcement, please visit the O.C.O.A. website at http://www.ocoa.ca or contact your local Conservation Officer.
With over 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 675 member
clubs, the OFAH is the largest non-profit conservation based
organization in Ontario. For more information, visit www.ofah.org and stay connected with Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE: Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
For further information:
Ontario Conservation Officers Association
OFAH Manager of Communications
705-748-6324 ext 270