M.N.R. province-wide public meetings on moose review coming soon

Posted on February 18th, 2009

O.F.A.H. encourages hunters to participate

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (M.N.R.) is currently undertaking a province-wide moose program review. The review has two phases, the first of which rolled out in 2008 and includedn preliminary consultations with stakeholder groups such as the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.). Phase 2 is about to get underway, with the focus of this phase on the resident moose tag draw system, and this time the M.N.R. will be seeking broad public input through a series of public meetings. The sessions will run from February through April, during which time the M.N.R. representatives will visit 26 communities. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters urges its members and other hunters to be an active part of this process, and to share their ideas and opinions about the present system of allocating moose tags to licensed resident hunters. Here is the opportunity for moose hunters to directly influence M.N.R. moose tag decisions by attending and participating in one of these 26 sessions,” said O.F.A.H. Provincial Manager of Fish and Wildlife Services, Terry Quinney. “We are pleased that the M.N.R. is hosting these meetings in so many communities across the province in order to hear directly from moose hunters, face to face. We’ve been assured that each session has been designed to provide information on how the system is currently structured, and to seek input from the public on how to improve it. Now is the time for moose hunters to have their say and I urge them to attend a meeting.” The public meetings begin in Thunder Bay on February 23 and wrap up in Windsor on April 8, 2009. All sessions (except Toronto) will offer an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and question period from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors to the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place, in Toronto, will have the opportunity to attend a consultation session daily (March 18 through March 22), from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The public meeting schedule is posted online at www.ontario.ca/hunting

(scroll down to moose program review). Participants are advised to confirm dates and times by checking this website. With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 655 member clubs, the O.F.A.H. is the largest nonprofit, charitable, fishing, hunting and conservation-based organization in Ontario, and the voice of anglers and hunters. For more information, visit www.ofah.org

Lezlie Goodwin

Communications Coordinator


705-748-6324 ext 270

The following Moose program public meeting schedule is current as of February 17, 2009

Town or City Date Location Address

Thunder Bay February 23 Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel & Suites 17 North Cumberland St.

Fort Frances February 24 Townshend Theatre 440 McIrvine Rd.

Dryden February 25 Dryden Training and Cultural Centre 100 Casimir Ave.

Red Lake area February 26 Campbell Recreation Centre 15 Mine Rd., Balmertown

Hearst March 2 Knights of Columbus, Hall A 73 9th St.

Cochrane March 3 Tim Horton Events Centre 7 Tim Horton Dr. (off Fourth St.)

Iroquois Falls March 4 Access Transit Hall 458 Union Street

Timmins area March 5 McIntyre Community Centre, Ballroom 85 McIntyre Rd., Schumacher

Sault Ste. Marie March 9 Holiday Inn Waterfront 208 St. Mary’s River Dr.

Sudbury March 10 Navy League Hall 19 Regent St. S.

North Bay March 11 Clarion Resort Pinewood Park 201 Pinewood Park Dr.

Kirkland Lake March 12 Hockey Heritage North 400 Government Rd. W.

Bancroft March 16 Bancroft Fish and Game Club 27602 Hwy. 62

Pembroke March 17 Germania Club 15 Bennett St.

Ottawa area March 18 Nepean SportsPlex 1701 Woodroffe Ave., Nepean

Toronto Daily

March 18-22

3:30-4:30 p.m.

No open house.

Toronto Sportsmen’s Show

Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place

100 Princes’ Blvd.

Kingston March 19 Royal Military College of Canada, Currie Hall 16 Valour Dr.

Windsor area March 23 Ciociaro Club 3745 North Talbot Rd., Oldcastle

London March 24 Best Western Stone Ridge Inn 6675 Burtwistle Ln.

Hamilton area March 25 Valley Park Recreation Centre 970 Paramount Dr., Stoney Creek

Owen Sound March 26 Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre 1900 3rd Ave. E.

Peterborough March 30 Evinrude Centre 911 Monaghan Rd.

Barrie March 31 Victoria Village Community Centre 146 Toronto St.

Parry Sound April 1 St. Peter’s Catholic Church Hall 52 Church St.

Wawa April 6 Michipicoten High School – Auditorium 86 MagPie Road

Nipigon April 8 Nipigon Community Centre 138 Wadsworth Dr

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