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New MNRF licensing system still drawing complaints

by Steve Galea | September 5, 2019

An online OOD story detailing issues with the new Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) licensing system continues to receive comments from big-game hunters who are having problems with draw results and unprintable tags.

Woman killed in northwestern Ontario bear attack

by Jason Bain | September 4, 2019

A 62-year-old American woman killed in a rare black bear attack was staying at a secluded island cabin in northwestern Ontario while attending a family reunion, according to provincial police.

Game changer

by Steve Galea | September 4, 2019

Imagine an autumn in which our deer, moose, elk, and caribou herds have been decimated by a disease that has no cure. Imagine hunting when you cannot trust the edibility of the venison you harvest. Then imagine this is the new normal.

No sandhill crane hunt

by Jeff Helsdon | September 4, 2019

Ontario will not open a sandhill crane hunt, but there will be a federal study to determine ways to mitigate the agricultural damage they do.

Pelee hunt still a go

by Steve Galea | September 4, 2019

It will be business as usual for the pheasant hunts at Pelee Island this fall, after some local debate about whether or not the hunt is still viable.

Firearms licence technical issues resolved

by Jeff Helsdon | August 22, 2019

Technical issues that resulted in a backlog of issuing firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PALs) have been resolved, according to the RCMP.

Scientists study giant Lake Erie algal bloom

by Jason Bain | August 20, 2019

A giant algal bloom growing on western Lake Erie could threaten recreational and commercial fisheries if the right action isn’t taken, an Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) wildlife fisheries biologist said.

On guard: the facts about Lyme disease

by Steve Galea | August 15, 2019

Over the last two years, Robert Ralston has seen good days and bad. When he’s feeling well, he goes out for brief walks, enjoys the fresh air and his rural surroundings, and dreams of when he will be able to hunt, trap, fish, and work in the outdoors again.

Hydro dam possible cause of Ottawa fish deaths

by Jason Bain | August 7, 2019

A hydroelectric dam may be responsible for the deaths of thousands of fish that washed up on Ottawa River shorelines this summer.