The Ministry of Natural Resources is introducing a provincial youth trapping program for the 2013 trapping season that will allow youth ages 12 to 15 get involved in the outdoor tradition.
The announcement was made at the annual general meeting of the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF), which was held in Napanee, Ont. on August 23 and Aug.24.
“The Ontario Fur Managers Federation has worked closely with the MNR to make this program a reality and we are delighted that the government has agreed to move forward on this vital and timely initiative,” said OFMF President Karl Lindstrom.
Youth will be eligible to obtain a trapping licence if they meet the following qualifications:
- are between the ages of 12 and 15;
- are a resident of Ontario or Canadian citizen;
- have successfully completed the Fur Harvest, Fur Management and Conservation course; and
- have written parental/guardian consent.
Licensed youth will be able to set traps and prepare and sell pelts of furbearing mammals under the direct supervision of an experienced mentor trapper that is at least 18 years old.
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) is also pleased by this announcement and is supportive of the initiative.
“Trapping is a heritage activity and by providing an opportunity for youth to be involved, it will enhance their appreciation for the outdoors and instill a lifelong dedication to conservation,” said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo.
Download this PDF for more program information.
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