URGENT: Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Deer

We have received this from the OFAH:

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (similar to bluetongue) has been discovered in two dead deer near London, Ontario. More details will likely emerge in the coming days, but for now, we have set up a page with all of the relevant available information. Please share widely.

https://www.ofah.org/issues/wildlifediseases/

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Matt DeMille.

Yours in Conservation,
Mark Ryckman, M.Sc.
Senior Wildlife Biologist
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

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Regular Meeting Oct. 5

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, October 5th, at 7:30 pm, at our clubhouse (click for map).  Visitors are always welcome!

At this meeting we will have samples and order forms for club shirts / hoodies / jackets.   If you are interested, come out and make your selection.  We will place the order very soon after the October meeting.

And don’t forget our Turkey Shoot coming up on Saturday, September 30th, from 10 am to 4 pm.  This is a friendly and informal target shooting competition, with opportunities for both .22 rifle and 12-gauge shotgun.

Fall 2017 Bulletin

Reminder:
Turkey ShootSeptember 30.  Pies and posters are available; you can pick them up from Jackie at the Credit Union.
Black Powder Shoot – if there are interested members.
Family Winter Fun Day – to be announced.

We have decided to order some new shirts / hoodies / jackets for the club. If you are interested, the samples and order forms will be at the October 5 meeting. We are placing the order very soon after the October meeting.

Our 2017 Executive is listed on the About page.
Items For Sale and Wanted are listed on the Five and Dime page.

Membership Dues – South Grey Hunters Association club adult dues are $49.00 for 2017. Family dues – $60.00. Club only dues if you already belong to the OFAH – $20.00.  You can pay your membership dues by: Dropping them into Jackie at the Credit Union in Durham, or by mailing them to Jackie Beacon 263581 Southgate Road #26, RR #4, Durham, ON N0G 1R0, or by coming out to our monthly meetings.

Don’t forget to sign your OFAH membership card. Your insurance is not valid, if your card is not signed. The barcode on the back of your membership card is your discount card for TSC store.

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Regular Meeting Sept. 7

With the end of August, we resume our regular monthly meeting schedule.  Our next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 7th, at 7:30 pm, at our clubhouse (click for map).  Visitors are always welcome!

And don’t forget our Turkey Shoot coming up on Saturday, September 30th, from 10 am to 2 pm or thereabouts.  This is a friendly and informal target shooting competition, with opportunities for both .22 rifle and 12-gauge shotgun.  (Turkeys are the prizes, not the targets!)  Newcomers are very welcome — a great way to get started!

Proposed changes to Outdoors Cards, licensing, hunter reporting, etc.

We have received this from the OFAH:

In late May, the MNRF posted a proposal on the Environmental Registry outlining fundamental changes to Outdoors Cards, licensing, game seals, hunter activity and harvest reporting, and various other regulatory amendments under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. Due to the complexity of the proposal and the potential impact on anglers and hunters, we’ve created two video Q&A’s in cooperation with the MNRF. One video addresses hunter activity and harvest reporting, and the other discusses the changes to Outdoors Cards, licensing, and game seals. We encourage everyone to watch these videos, share them widely, and encourage everyone in your network to submit their comments through the Environmental Registry. Links are provided below. If you have any questions or comments regarding the proposal, please do not hesitate to contact me.

OFAH Issue Page: http://www.ofah.org/LASebr

Video 1: OFAH — Hunter activity & harvest reporting changes in Ontario?

Video 2: OFAH — Talking Licensing Automation Proposal w/ MNRF

Yours in Conservation,
Mark Ryckman, M.Sc.
Senior Wildlife Biologist
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
4601 Guthrie Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 8L5
T: 705.748.6324 x239
F: 705.748.9577

Rabies Report

We’ve received this information from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry:

Hi Folks,

Here is the MNRF’s latest rabies report – feel free to circulate as you see fit

No rabies in our area yet – closest confirmation was just south of Mount Forest so it could move up at any time. The south part of Grey and Bruce are in the surveillance area – staff here are monitoring the spread of the disease moving this way and assessment of any local animals acting oddly.

If you or anyone you know comes across a racoon or skunk acting out of the ordinary call Ben McGill- 519-371-8468

Sincerely,
Craig Todd
Partnership Specialist
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry
Midhurst District/ Owen Sound Field Office