OFAH Get Outdoors Waterfowl Hunting Weekend, 2015-16

Final Report: OFAH Get Outdoors Waterfowl Hunting Weekend, 2015-16

Goals and Objectives

The purpose is to provincially promote waterfowl hunting through a three-day, hands-on waterfowl hunting and wetland education experience for 40 new hunters. The OFAH will hire a Coach Canada Charter bus to pick up 40 young hunters at five Waterfowler Heritage Day bus stops. The destination will be a private waterfowl hunting location (to be confirmed) and the date will coincide with the Waterfowler Heritage weekend. OFAH staff and volunteers will present conservation workshops and hunting breakout sessions covering decoy set up, dog handling, skeet shooting and water safety.

The goal of this project is:

  1. Present kids across Ontario with a waterfowl hunting experience

Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions

Forty new and avid waterfowl hunters that wouldn’t otherwise discover this outdoor tradition without WHC support. These new waterfowl hunters will have the potential to support conservation through further WHC work, with new licence revenues in future years.

The OFAH will hire a Coach Canada Charter bus to pick up 40 young hunters at five Waterfowler Heritage Day bus stops. The destination will be a private waterfowl hunting location and the date will coincide with the Waterfowler Heritage weekend. WHC’s contributions will also support the workshop instructors that will present conservation workshops and hunting breakout sessions covering decoy set up, dog handling, skeet shooting and water safety.

Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife

Conservation needs waterfowl hunters and others who will care enough, and understand enough, to support wetland and waterfowl projects. Aspiring waterfowl hunters need mentorship. The OFAH has years of successful experience in providing “the jumping in point” for families who have an interest in the outdoor traditions, but do not know where or how to get started.

Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management

Just one hunting experience can create a lifelong interest in supporting conservation. Hunting is a comprehensive lesson about the need to protect habitat, restore breeding and staging habitats, and support regulations that enhance wetlands and their biodiversity.

Project Location

The project will take place in Prince Edward County, Ontario.

Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Robert Pye, Manager of Business Development & Corporate Messaging, Peterborough, ON.