Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

March 19, 2008 11:05 ET

New fall wild turkey hunt a “go”

M.N.R. Minister, staff confirm fall season at O.F.A.H. Annual Conference

Attention: Assignment Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2008) - Before an audience of several hundred outdoor enthusiasts, Ministry of Natural Resources (M.N.R.) Minister Donna Cansfield announced that there will be a fall wild turkey hunting season in designated Wildlife Management Units in Ontario, beginning this year.

The Minister gave the welcome news on March 14, during her speech to the delegation of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) 80th Annual General Meeting and Fish and Wildlife Conference. Several key M.N.R. staff were on hand for the Minister's presentation to O.F.A.H. members.

"The O.F.A.H. is delighted that Minister Cansfield chose the O.F.A.H. Conference to confirm that there will be a fall wild turkey hunt, as promised last year by former Minister Ramsay," said O.F.A.H. Executive Director Mike Reader. "Our members and other outdoor enthusiasts are pleased that the M.N.R. is moving ahead with the regulations in time for a 2008 fall season. We are also pleased that three additional Wildlife Management Units will enjoy spring wild turkey seasons this year."

The M.N.R. posted the long awaited wild turkey management plan and regulations to the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) registry for public comment in mid-January. On March 14, new spring wild turkey hunting seasons in St. Joseph Island, Bracebridge and Minden were announced on the Ministry's website.

Wild Turkey Facts:
· The O.F.A.H. initiated the highly successful program to bring back the extirpated eastern wild turkey to Ontario more than twenty years ago.
· There has been a hunting season since 1987, and during that time wild turkey populations and hunting opportunities have continually increased. Moderate estimates place Ontario's turkey population at well over 70,000 birds.
· The wild turkey is a popular game bird, even though hunters require special training and certification to obtain the designation on their hunting licence.
· Since 1987, the O.F.A.H. has trained 78,300 turkey hunters in seminars held across Ontario.
· Last year, wild turkey licence sales contributed $936,789 to provincial revenues.

With over 83,000 members and 655 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading fishing, hunting and conservation organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information visit www.ofah.org.
/For further information: Dr. Terry Quinney
Provincial Manager, Fish and Wildlife Services

Contact Information

  • Lezlie Goodwin, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324 ext. 270
    E-mail: lezlie_goodwin@ofah.org