|By Marketwired .||
|September 23, 2013 01:20 PM EDT||
PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/23/13 -- It's an exciting time of year for big game hunters and waterfowlers alike. Tens of thousands of hunters will be hitting the bush, field or water this fall to take advantage of the many great wild game and migratory bird opportunities in the province, and to enjoy their hunting heritage. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) and the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) would like to wish all outdoor enthusiasts a great season and remind them to ensure they have the latest information on regulations in their wildlife management unit, to obtain and carry all necessary permits and licenses, to obey the law, but most of all remember safety first.
"Hunting in Ontario offers many rewards, including healthy recreation in the outdoors and a lifelong connection with wildlife," said OFAH Executive Director Angelo Lombardo. "It's also an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and take part in a true Canadian tradition. However, responsible hunters know that a license to hunt is not a license to trespass. The vast majority of hunters in Ontario ask permission to hunt on privately-owned land, build good relationships with landowners, and show their respect and appreciation for having the privilege to hunt on private property."
"As a hunter myself, I understand the need to show the utmost respect to both landowners and other hunters," said OCOA President Joe McCambridge. "I encourage all hunters to put consideration for others before the need to bag a trophy deer or get a limit of geese - this will ensure a safe and enjoyable hunt for all."
Anyone who observes illegal or unsafe hunting activity is asked to help Conservation Officers protect our natural resources and ensure public safety by calling the MNR's violation reporting line at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7677), or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
For more information about natural resources regulations and enforcement, please visit the OCOA website at http://www.ocoa.ca or contact your local Conservation Officer.
With over 100,000 members, supporters and subscribers, and 710 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest non-profit conservation-based organization in Ontario. For more information, visit www.ofah.org and stay connected with Facebook and Twitter.