Manitobans Encouraged to Explore Province’s Hunting Tradition: Mackintosh

Manitoba families will have the opportunity celebrate and explore the province’s rich hunting tradition as part of the fourth annual Provincial Hunting Day celebration at Oak Hammock Marsh tomorrow, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh said today.

“Hunting plays a vital role in wildlife management and helps to keep populations sustainable in the long term,” said Mackintosh.  “With everything from retriever and pointer dog demonstrations to archery and atlatl spear thrower seminars, this event celebrates our province’s rich hunting tradition and the valuable role hunters play in conserving our natural resources.”

The event at Oak Hammock Marsh runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is organized by the Manitoba Wildlife Federation with representatives from the Manitoba Lodge and Outfitters Association, the Manitoba Metis Federation and the provincial government.

The fall archery seasons for white-tailed deer, non-draw moose, non-draw caribou and draw elk are underway in specific game hunting areas.

Changes for the 2012 hunting seasons include:

  • the removal of restrictions on canvasback and redhead ducks for residents of Manitoba as well as the removal of decoy restrictions with electronic calls for snow goose hunters;
  • the introduction of a woodcock season;
  • a requirement that, while hunting, all hunters carry a valid Manitoba hunter education certificate or equivalent from another jurisdiction;
  • new restrictions on wolf baiting and the use of antler traps; and
  • season changes to reduce the harvest of white-tailed deer and moose in some areas as part of a variety of efforts to maintain healthy populations.

The minister noted the hunter education program is operated by the Manitoba Wildlife Federation and is now available online at www.hunterexam.com/canada/manitoba.

Further information on requirements, season dates and bag limits is available in the 2012 Manitoba Hunting Guide, at all Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship offices and at www.gov.mb.ca/conservation.

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