Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

April 18, 2007 14:59 ET

O.F.A.H. celebrates Ontario's 20th Anniversary of turkey hunting

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Sports Editor ONTARIO, MEDIA RELEASE:--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2007) - "Opening day" for the province's fastest growing outdoors tradition is only a week away, and the organization that helped make it happen is celebrating Ontario's 20th anniversary of wild turkey hunting.

"It's perhaps fitting that on the 20th anniversary of wild turkey hunting, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is also celebrating another previously unimaginable outdoors opportunity - the start of Sunday gun hunting in some areas during the spring turkey hunting season," said O.F.A.H. Executive Director, Mike Reader.

"In 1987, a new wild turkey hunting season was introduced to Ontario, thanks to volunteers and landowners who supported their successful restoration. Two decades later, wild turkey hunting has skyrocketed in popularity and is now one of Ontario's most highly anticipated outdoor seasons of the year," said Reader. Today, Ontario's wild turkey population is estimated at over 90,000 birds.

The success of Ontario's wild turkey restoration program has also created a new economic thrust for hundreds of retailers, motel and restaurant operators. Millions of dollars of local economic activity is directly related to over 30,000 local and out of town wild turkey hunters - many of whom book several days of vacation time and spend literally hundreds of dollars during the five-week hunt.

Not only did the O.F.A.H. invest over half a million dollars into the wild turkey program, it also pushed for increased outdoor opportunities along the way - opportunities such as the expansion of turkey restoration in locations such as Manitoulin Island, a second turkey hunting license, all-day turkey hunting, Sunday gun hunting, and most recently, fall turkey hunting which is expected to begin in October 2008.

"As always, the O.F.A.H. stresses that all hunters must respect private property," said Reader, adding that responsible hunters do not tolerate trespassers. "Farmers and landowners work very hard to protect their property investments, and rightly so, they expect lawful and responsible hunters who have permission to enjoy their land."

Reader noted that a growing number of private property owners, as well as locations like Grand River Conservation Authority properties, and most recently, the Simcoe County Forests, insist that all hunters are members of the O.F.A.H., because every member automatically carries special outdoors public liability insurance. For more information, or to download landowner-hunter permission forms, visit www.ofah.org
/For further information: Robert J. Pye
Communications Coordinator/Corporate Messaging
(705) 748-6324
robert_pye@ofah.org/ IN: ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY, SPORTS

Contact Information

  • Robert J. Pye, Communications Coordinator/Corporate Messaging, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
    Primary Phone: 705-748-6324
    Secondary Phone: 705-313-1700
    E-mail: robert_pye@ofah.org