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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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

About that .22 magazine ban…

At last night’s meeting the new ban on large magazines for the Ruger 10/22 rifle was discussed.  This happened a few months ago, but word is only now spreading.  The best information I have found on this so far is an article in Calibre magazine, which quotes this press release from the Moncton Fish & Game Association:

The Moncton fish & Game Association (MFGA) has just learned today, that ALL large capacity magazines (more than 10 rounds) for the Ruger 10/22 are now considered Prohibited Devices under the Firearms Act.

From what we have been told at the moment, these large capacity magazines will fit certain specific handguns (pistols) thereby creating a situation where the pistol capacity now exceeds the 10 round limit on handguns. Individuals, who for an example, have a Butler Creek 25 round magazine for their 10/22 must now have the magazine “pinned” to 10 rounds, leave the magazine at home, or turn it in for destruction by the RCMP.

This does not affect those with Remington rim fire rifles or other manufacturers. Apparently this is unique to the Ruger 10/22.

Again, this only applies to magazines for the Ruger 10/22 that hold more than 10 rounds.  Large magazines for other .22 rifles are not affected.