wildlifeThe OFAH Mark Ryckman issued a MEDIA RELEASE confirming that the Province of Ontario has expanded the Spring Bear Hunt pilot project by another 5 years. Bear hunting opportunities to 88 WMUs will be available May 1st including non resident hunters. The OFAH are pleased that the MNRF Bill Mauro and the provincial government recognized the value of a spring bear hunt. Additional details can be garnered from www.ofah.org/springbearhunt or on Facebook (ofah.org/facebook) or Twitter(@ofah)

Hunters bear burden of moose management restrictions
Moose hunting in Ontario is undergoing a dramatic change. Despite a clear lack of public support, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has approved changes to the licensed moose-hunting season in Northern Ontario.The season changes come on the heels of drastic tag reductions for the second consecutive year.
In 2014, adult validation tags were reduced by 18% provincially and the result was 6,000 fewer licensed hunters. In 2015, we are being hit with an additional 15% tag reduction, which will almost certainly result in many people hunting in another jurisdiction, or abandoning moose hunting altogether.

The OFAH and MNRF remind us to call the MNR tips line if we see a sports angler or commercial anglers breaking the rules. The tips line 1-877-847-7667 (1-877-TIPS-MNR) or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Be sure to include information on the exact location of the violation, date and time of the violation, and a description of the individuals and vehicles involved. Timely and accurate information will help conservation officers in apprehending violators and protect your natural resources.

Don’t condemn role of hunters.

• Nuisance coyotes and bears are increasing almost every were in the Province.

The Rankin Resource Group (RRG) is an organization that was formed in 1999 to encourage resource stewardship of the Rankin River watershed on the Bruce Peninsula. The RRG consists of a diverse collection of organizations and interest groups who share a common concern for maintaining the natural integrity of this extensive and valued wetland complex. These volunteer representatives support environmental projects and work with government organizations and interested private land owners to make the best land use decisions possible that will protect, preserve and enhance this valuable ecosystem.

Our Mission is the preservation, protection and enhancement of the natural integrity of this extensive and valuable complex of lakes, rivers, wetlands and uplands while providing the public with reasonable access for appropriate outdoor activities. The Rankin River watershed is an 8,500 ha (21,000 acre) mosaic of upland forest, meadow, pasture, lowland forest, swamp, marsh and farmland surrounding the Rankin River and Sky, Isaac, Berford, Mud and Boat Lakes in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

The river and lake complex is host to warm water plants and fish populations such as perch, bass and pike. The swamps and marshland offer favourable habitat for song birds, waterfowl, herons, snakes, turtles, muskrats and beaver. The upland and coniferous forests support white-tailed deer, black bear, small game and waterfowl. The area flourishes with an array of wild flowers and shrubs, some of which are designated rare in Ontario or North America.

Visit the Rankin Resource Group website for more inform