OFAH Survey About Bill C-71

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has now posted the results of its survey on the proposed Bill C-71.

The federal government proposed new firearms legislation through the introduction of Bill C-71 on March 20, 2018. The OFAH has been working hard to ensure government continues to hear (and understand) the numerous questions and concerns firearms owners have with this bill. To inform our advocacy, the OFAH polled the firearms community to better understand their perspectives.

The survey questions were intended to determine firearms community demographics, interests in firearms, general opinions on the bill, and specific reactions to each of the main proposals.

You can view the survey results at the OFAH Bill C-71 page — click where it says “CLICK HERE to download survey results“.  Or you can click this link (it’s a PDF file, about 6 MB long).

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Grey Highlands Firearms By-Law Deferred

At their April 18 meeting, the Grey Highlands council agreed to receive, “for information,” the report proposing changes to the firearms discharge by-law.  This appears to mean that the proposal has been neither approved nor rejected.  According to the mayor, “council has decided not to move forward with any changes to the current 2003 bylaw at this time.”

Of course, the council could resume consideration at any time.  We will try to remain abreast of this situation.

OFAH Lead Survey

The OFAH is asking anglers and hunters to participate in a survey on the use of lead for fishing and hunting.

The federal government released two reports on the use of lead and lead-free alternatives in ammunition and fishing tackle. It is clear from the reports that there is a lack of understanding of how and why anglers, hunters and sport shooters use lead in Canada.

The government is seeking input on developing an approach to encourage lead-free ammunition, sinkers and jigs in Canada. The OFAH has developed a survey to better understand angler, hunter and recreational shooting perspectives on lead and lead-free alternatives to inform our advocacy on this issue.

Please take the time to fill out this survey, so we can add your voice to our efforts in Ottawa.

The survey is here: https://www.ofah.org/issues/lead/

Fishing Derby April 28

On Saturday, April 28, from 8 am to 2 pm, the South Grey Hunters Association presents its annual Fishing Derby for kids 13 and under.  Location is Ground Effects Landscapes*, 341411 Concession Road 2 NDR, in Hanover (click for map).  Entry fee is $4 per child.  Free draw for one boy’s bike and one girl’s bike; free hot dog and pop, and prizes all day!  Limit 2 fish per child.  For more information contact Kirk Lawrence at 519-369-5089.

* Note: property owner not liable for damage or injury.

“Patience. Discipline. Responsibility.”

Here’s another story from the U.S., just in time for our upcoming Youth Shoot: Advocates: School gun clubs teach discipline, not violence

Their classmates took to the streets to protest gun violence and to implore adults to restrict guns, seeming to forecast a generational shift in attitudes toward the Second Amendment. But at high school and college gun ranges around the country, these teens and young adults gather to practice shooting and talk about the positive influence firearms have had on their lives.

What do they say they learn? Patience. Discipline. Responsibility.

OFAH Women’s Programs Registration Opens Today

This just in: OFAH Women’s Programs Registration Opens April 10

Once again, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) will be hosting two very popular events this fall, its annual September Women’s Outdoor Weekend and October Women’s Pheasant Hunt.

Registration is available online only. For more details visit www.ofah.org/wow

Women’s Outdoor Weekend

This weekend is designed to provide women with a great opportunity to learn all about fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits in an environment alongside other women with similar interests.

September 7-9, 2018
Kinark Outdoor Centre, near Minden
Open to all women at least 19 years of age
$265 + HST and an OFAH membership
(Includes: meals, cabin accommodations, and all program equipment)

Throughout the weekend, participants may experience activities such as: introduction to hunting, firearm basics and handling, trap range, rifle range, archery, fishing, fly fishing demonstration, fish filleting, canoeing, kayaking, high ropes course, night hike, stargazing, pig roast, social evening campfire, guest speakers, evening entertainment, raffle draws, and much more.

OFAH Women’s Pheasant Hunt

This event is designed to provide women with an opportunity to partake in their first hunting experience with qualified guides alongside other women with similar interests.

October 13, 2018
Bird’s Eye View Game Farm and Hunting Preserve, near Colborne
Open to all women at least 18 years of age
$150.00 + HST and an OFAH membership
(Includes: firearms, ammunition, pheasants, training, guide, and sporting dog)

8 spaces 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
8 spaces 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You must have the following to participate: valid OFAH membership, valid firearms licence (PAL), and valid hunting version outdoors card (H1) with valid small game licence.