The entire hunt blog prostaff apologizes profusely for being so late in weighing in on this matter. I was just coming in from a walk with my dog this morning and cracked open the latest addition of Ontario Monster Whitetail magazine. Yes I know, it came out a while ago but it has been a busy fall with this being the first full season of our site and life in general can get busy.
My jaw nearly hit the floor as I read the words in the editorial in the front of the magazine. I became instantly filled with many emotions; sadness, anger, disappointment and then shame. What I read was that one of the largest Canadian networks, GLOBAL television, was cancelling all hunting related television from the network. Initially fueled with visions of revenge I was preparing for a soap box rant to end all others! Luckily, for the sake of grammatical correctness, I cooled down for a moment and let what I had just read settle in. I did some reading around the internet and gathered my thoughts.
This is where the feelings of shame I spoke about before came in. Sure it is easy to be disgusted with the ignorance of an influential agency like the Vancouver Humane Society for trying to solicit its members to blindly attack Canada’s hunting tradition. But what good would a rant about that do.
* a side note, they will be getting a professional letter from myself as we have personally adopted 4 animals from our local humane society and donated money raised at our wedding to the local humane society!
The lack of insight shown by Global and Shaw media on this issue is obvious and dwelling on this would likely be of no help. Again a professional letter outlining my feelings on this travesty will be sent to them both firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. And I encourage you to do the same!
Instead as I previously said the feeling of shame was the most over whelming. How could I have let this happen? As an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys everything our great country has to offer in this regard, I have let this happen in my own back yard. I have underestimated the importance of being a voice in Canadian hunting and supporting organizations like the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
This incident should be a message to every Canadian who wishes to continue to enjoy their hunting heritage. In the face of organizations who try to spread hate about this heritage and run it through the mud with ugly stories that distort the truth, we must stand together. The hunter of the new millennium must be a professional. We hold ourselves to a higher standard than the aforementioned minority. The truth is that the majority of Canadians support hunting. This is because we continue to do the right things when we step out into the field.
The MNR is one of our best advocates and the importance of hunting is clearly portrayed on their site.
Management goals for the province’s wildlife resources are to:
– protect and sustain wildlife populations and their habitats
– ensure the health of wildlife
– manage the use of wildlife to meet the present and future needs of Ontarians
– ensure the environmental, cultural, social and economic well being of Ontarians through activities that include hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing and tourism.
Perhaps the last point there most clearly defines the importance of hunting. For anyone who has not seen the shows that have been pulled by this farce, they are an excellent portrayal of these points. They highlight the beauty Canada has to offer and do so in the most ethical and professional of manors. This, well put by Patrick Walsh with Ontario out of doors:
“…As well, the shows in question are certainly reflective of best practices when it comes to hunting, promoting fair chase, safety and respect for the resource. If you’ve ever watched Canada in the Rough, The Canadian Tradition and Angler & Hunter Television (AHTV), produced by the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), you’d know what I mean. And by all the accounts, the shows are popular and draw healthy audiences—the outdoors block attracts some 1 million pairs of eyeballs every Saturday morning…”
It is nice to see that this concerning event has raised a few eye brows outside of the hunting world as well, strengthening my previous statement about most Canadians being in support of hunting. This statement coming from Brian Lilley of the London Free Press a local news paper close to where the hunt blog calls home.
“… I don’t hunt right now, but might just take it up in protest, and Canadians from coast to coast should be bothered that a part of our heritage has been forced off the air.”
For anyone reading this who may not be a hunter and is interested in learning more about it, the Ministry of Natural Resources has a great deal of excellent information on their website. Hunting is important to Canadian culture, important to the economy, important for wildlife management and wait for it… important for wildlife conservation.
The Eastern Ontario Deer Advisory Committee (EODAC) estimates that in 2009 whitetailed deer hunting generated “over forty million dollars in revenue” in eastern Ontario alone.
The MNR describes hunting as “…an important activity for people around the world…” continuing to say that “…For most hunters it is also a chance to experience nature and relax in the outdoors while making an important contribution to conservation.” For those who attempt to portray hunting as a threat to wildlife the MNR is very clear with how they feel about that:
“Hunting and Wildlife Populations
Legal hunting does not endanger wildlife populations. In fact, it can play an important role in maintaining an abundant population within the carrying capacity of its habitat. Those species that are hunted are managed sustainably. This management is based on sound science and long-term monitoring. The pressures on our wildlife populations today include habitat fragmentation and destruction, pollution, invasive species and unsustainable use.”
“The Importance of Hunting
Hunters contribute a great deal of time, money, and effort to wildlife management. Hunters are involved in a variety of volunteer programs that help maintain and enhance wildlife and their habitat. In Ontario, the money from hunter licence fees contributes to monitoring and protecting wildlife. The funds raised with the Waterfowl Stamp on the federal Migratory Bird Hunting Permit support habitat protection programs that benefit all wildlife that depend on wetlands.”
I hope that this hasn’t come across as a hasty vengeful rant. I assure you I tried my best to keep composed throughout. I hope I have encouraged you to consider the importance of some of the things I have mentioned here. We need to stand together with a solitary voice.
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