O.F.A.H. announces new team for Ontario OUT OF DOORS
Familiar faces take the lead as magazine moves to new ownership
Ontario OUT OF DOORS (O.O.D.), the province’s leading outdoors magazine, will begin operations under the ownership of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.) in December 2008, and three faces that are very familiar to the outdoors community are ready to take the helm.
John Kerr, one of Ontario’s most respected outdoor writers and a passionate angler and hunter, will assume the position of Editor-in-Chief. John has been a fixture on the outdoors scene for more than 30 years, and brings a steady and familiar hand to the publication. He began writing for O.O.D. in 1976, and has filled various roles since, including Assistant Editor, Managing Editor and Executive Editor. He has also penned a column for the Toronto Sun newspaper. John spends as much time in the field as possible, fishing year-round and hunting deer and waterfowl each fall.
Ray Blades, another fixture at O.O.D. will continue in his current role as Associate Editor. Ray joined the magazine in 1996 to create the highly popular websites FishOntario.com and HuntOntario.com. Ray has been a regular contributor to the magazine, focusing on outdoor gear and specialty supplements, and has played a key role in administration, financial planning, public relations and brand development. When not working, Ray can be found on one of the province’s many trout streams, or hunting for woodcock and grouse.
O.O.D. Art Director Tamas Pal brings nearly a decade of experience in magazine design, photography and illustration with him to the O.F.A.H. Tamas joined O.O.D. in 2004, and is the talent behind the recently overhauled look and feel of the magazine. Like his colleagues, Tamas spends much of his free time hunting and fishing across the province.
“The O.F.A.H. is delighted that three strong, experienced and well known outdoors enthusiasts will lead Ontario OUT OF DOORS magazine as it moves to the O.F.A.H.,” said O.F.A.H. Executive Director Mike Reader. “With John, Ray and Tamas in place, we know the magazine is in great hands, and with a strong team of contributing writers and editors, O.O.D. will continue to offer readers the best hunting and fishing publication in the province.”
O.O.D. represents a significant expansion of the communications reach of the O.F.A.H., which currently owns the popular The Angler and Hunter television series, and the O.F.A.H. website, www.ofah.org and positions the organization as the undisputed voice of anglers and hunters.
With 83,000 members and 655 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading fishing, hunting and conservation organization in Ontario. For more information visit www.ofah.org.
O.F.A.H. Communications Coordinator
(705) 748-6324 ext 270
© 2008 Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters
Lake Ontario anglers welcome coho back
O.F.A.H. and partners work to net anglers more options
Thanks to the efforts of Ontario’s largest conservation organization, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), the Metro East Anglers (M.E.A.), and others, Lake Ontario recreational anglers are enjoying the comeback of the coho salmon.
This fall, coho salmon will once again be stocked into Lake Ontario through the O.F.A.H./Toronto Sportsmen’s Show Ringwood Fish Culture Station, and work on next year’s coho salmon cohort will also get underway.
As a result of budget cutbacks, the Ministry of Natural Resources was forced to abandon their Lake Ontario coho stocking program after the 2005 stocking. Coho are a popular game fish targeted by boat and stream anglers, who would have lost this great recreational opportunity, had it not been for the efforts of the O.F.A.H., M.E.A. and Ministry of Natural Resources staff.
"We are pleased to be able to revive the coho stocking program through our involvement with Ringwood," said Mike Reader, O.F.A.H. Executive Director. "The partnership has been so successful that it has allowed us to over deliver on the expectations set out for us when we took on the hatchery."
M.E.A. President Glenn Anderson is enthusiastic about the renewed coho program in Lake Ontario. "Overall, Coho are great salmon for the pier and stream fisherman. They stay silver and active much longer in the stream than Chinooks, and they are more eager to take baits while in the river."
The entire provincial quota of Lake Ontario Coho and Chinook salmon are raised at the O.F.A.H./Toronto Sportsmen’s Show Ringwood Fish Culture Station in Stouffville. Rainbow and brown trout, as well as Atlantic salmon, are also produced at the hatchery.
- Ringwood Host club, the Metro East Anglers and other O.F.A.H. member clubs deliver thousands of volunteer hours annually
- Ringwood is funded through industry support and O.F.A.H. fundraising – no membership dollars are used
- Coho salmon fall yearlings are stocked into the Credit River in October, where they over-winter before migrating to the lake
- New hatchery volunteers are always welcome – contact Ringwood at 905-640-6204
With 83,000 members and 655 member clubs, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is the leading fishing, hunting and conservation organization in Ontario. For more information, visit www.ofah.org.