Winter Fun Day Feb. 10

Our Winter Family Fun Day will be Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Beacon Homestead, 263581 Southgate Road 26 (across from Wilder’s Lake).  Starting at 2 pm.  Not a shooting event; just fun and good company.  Bring your toboggan or your snowmobile, or just socialize  around the camp fire.  See you there!

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Feb. 3, Firearms Consultation in Durham

Thanks to the CSSA E-News for alerting me to this item from the Owen Sound Sun-Times:

Canada’s Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction will be in Durham in February.
Bill Blair will be at the Durham Community Centre from 2 to 4 p.m. on Feb. 3 for consultations on firearms-related topics, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP Larry Miller announced on Thursday.
Miller wrote Blair in September inviting him to come to the riding to hear from rural Canadians about the government’s firearms policies. Miller’s office has been working with Blair’s office since then to find a date that would work with the minister’s schedule, and after a lengthy back-and-forth they agreed on the Feb. 3 meeting, it said in a news release from Miller’s office.

Feb. 3 is a Sunday, so they should be able to hear from plenty of rural Canadians who are concerned about Bill C-71.

“Deer Are a Menace”

When I first received this article, I thought it was a joke: “Deer Are a Menace and We Need to Kill a Lot More of Them”.  But no, he’s quite serious — there is a deer overpopulation problem in the U.S.

It’s for all of these [aforementioned] reasons that wildlife managers, ecologists, and even The Nature Conservancy have labeled deer, at their current populations, a grave threat to ecosystems all over the United States, and advocate measures to limit their spread, of which hunting is the most effective option.

Unfortunately, hunters are increasingly in short supply.

I can only speculate as to whether deer are a similar ecological threat in Canada, or whether we have a shortage of hunters.  It’s an interesting article; do read the whole thing.

MNRF Petitions – Lifting Hunting Ban, Service Standards, Special Purpose Account

We have received the following from the office of MPP Bill Walker:

I’m pleased to share with you three petitions as they relate to Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (MNRF) service standards, hunting and fishing, and the administration of the Special Purpose Account.

I invite you to sign and forward to others who share our concern on these issues. Please return signed petitions with original (photo-copies can not be accepted) signatures to my Constituency Office at 100 – 920 1st Avenue West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 4K5. If you have any questions, please call my office at 519-371-2421 or 1-800-461-2664.

PETITION: Reform MNRF Service Standards

PETITION: Lift ban on hunting/trapping Eastern Hybrid Wolf

PETITION: Review MNRF Special Purpose Account (SPA)