Fall Wild Turkey Hunting Season In Place

    McGuinty Government Provides More Hunting Opportunities

    TORONTO, July 8 /CNW/ -


    Ontario is giving hunters more opportunities to hunt wild turkey in
southern Ontario.
    A new fall wild turkey season is now in place in specific Wildlife
Management Units (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/200273.pdf) in southeastern and
southwestern Ontario. The new fall season allows hunters to take one bird from
October 14 to 26 during 2008.
    The spring wild turkey season was also recently expanded on St. Joseph
Island and in the Bracebridge and Minden areas. Wild turkey populations have
rebounded and are healthy nearly 25 years after being reintroduced in the
province. Since 1984, Ontario has worked with partners, including the Ontario
Federation of Anglers and Hunters (http://www.ofah.org/) (OFAH) and the
National Wild Turkey Federation (http://www.nwtf.org/), to recover populations
of this bird.


    "The tremendous success of the wild turkey restoration project has made
it possible to increase fall hunting opportunities in many parts of the
province," said Minister of Natural Resources Donna Cansfield
(http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/226953.html). "I encourage
turkey hunters to visit the Information Updates for Hunters on my ministry's
website and carefully review the new regulations before heading out to the
field this fall."
    "A new fall wild turkey hunting season is welcome news," said OFAH
Executive Director Mike Reader. "It means more time in the field for Ontario's
turkey hunting enthusiasts, and it will have economic benefits for the many
communities that rely on the outdoors industry."


    -   Wild turkey disappeared from Ontario in 1909 due to unregulated
        hunting and habitat loss.

    -   About 4,400 wild turkeys were released beginning in 1984 at 275 sites
        across the province as part of the effort to restore this bird. There
        are now over 70,000 wild turkeys in Ontario.

    -   A new record spring turkey harvest for 2008 of 10,492 birds
        demonstrates the continued health and growth of the provincial wild
        turkey population.


    -   See map showing areas with new fall turkey hunting seasons

    -   Read the fall turkey hunting regulations (ontario.ca/hunting).

    -   A decision notice is available on the Environmental Registry
        (ontario.ca/environmentalregistry), Registry Number 010-2429.

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For further information:

For further information: David Bauer, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212;
Jolanta Kowalski, Communications Services Branch, (416) 314-2106; Lezlie
Goodwin, OFAH Communications Coordinator, (705) 748-6324, Ext. 270

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