Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

May 29, 2014 11:08 ET

Ontario's Hunter Education Instructors to Meet in London

Over 50 years of mandatory training has made Ontario a safe place to hunt

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 29, 2014) - Did you know statistically, hunting is safer than many recreational activities, including cycling, horseback riding, skating and golf?

To celebrate the achievements of more than a half-century of hunter education, over 100 Ontario instructors will gather in London, Ontario on June 6 and 7 for the 23rd annual OFAH Hunter Education Conference.

Ontario became the first province to make hunter training mandatory for all first-time hunters in 1960. Since then, well over 1 million people have successfully completed a hunter education course.

The Ontario Hunter Education Program, administered by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, (OFAH) under agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources, has become a model for other jurisdictions across North America to follow, and has demonstrated the value of hunter education in ensuring hunting is a safe recreational activity.

"Hunter education instructors are doing a great job by communicating that safety comes first," said Dave Pind, OFAH Hunter Education Program Manager. "We congratulate the more than 300 instructors across the province for their efforts in delivering training to over 25,000 students last year. Their dedication and professionalism over the last 54 years ensures that new hunters know the importance of conducting themselves safely and responsibly."

To learn more or to locate a hunter education course in your area, visit www.ohep.net.

With more than 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 720 member clubs, the OFAH is the province's largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization and the VOICE of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org and follow Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters on Facebook and Twitter (@ofah).

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