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LETTER: Attention hunters and fishers

On the Northern Peninsula, there are worries that the moose population is down.- File photo
Some people are concerned about the moose population. — SaltWire file photo

Are you an outdoors man or woman who’s concerned about your hunting and/or fishing heritage, and ultimately that of your grandkids?

Do you agree with the government’s estimate of the moose population? Do you agree that the number of moose licences being issued again this year will equate to a sustainable hunt? Do you have concerns with the recreational salmon fishery? Are you concerned about the food fishery?

Do you agree with the hiring of more enforcement officers? Do you think that the government should conduct more scientific research?

We are a registered, incorporated, not-for-profit conservation group that has directors around the island of Newfoundland. We’ve been around for over seven years under three different names attempting to present a strong, unified voice for like-minded hunters and fishers who are concerned about the conservation of the province’s outdoor resources and for the preservation of our outdoor heritage.

Do you agree with the government’s estimate of the moose population? Do you agree that the number of moose licences being issued again this year will equate to a sustainable hunt? Do you have concerns with the recreational salmon fishery? Are you concerned about the food fishery?

We have played roles in lobbying both levels of government on issues such as the reduction of the hunting age. We have successfully lobbied for the increase of the annual aerial moose surveys, for the return of the jawbone analysis study — albeit on a smaller scale, for a moose licence reduction, and for the reimplementation of the coyote carcass submission fee. We helped make improvements to the food fishery and we exposed the truth about the boat limit.

We are the currently lobbying government for a further reduction of moose licences until science proves what the population really is. We are still trying to implement the Hunters Feeding the Hungry Program and to legalize crossbows for hunting. We are about to address two federal issues, the National Park moose hunts and the river guardians’ employment season.

We have begun our paid membership drive because we want to be a provincially recognized conservation group. According to the minister of fisheries and land resources, he doesn’t recognize a Facebook conservation group.

For more information, check us out on Facebook at the Newfoundland Outdoor Heritage Coalition. Our annual membership fee is $20/general, $15/senior, $10/youth under 18, $30/family. Payment can be made by email, nohcinc@gmail.com and you can download the application and send that by email to cassclarke80@gmail.com

Upon approval, you will receive your membership card for savings at any of our three sponsors, with more to come. Our sponsors to date are Outdoor Pros in Mount Pearl, Blue Ridge in Lewisporte, and BFA, an outdoor safety course provider. All three offer a 10 per cent discount off most products.

As we can all plainly see, the government could care less about outdoor resources. We can see the comments and complaints made by hunters and fishers on Facebook, but that will never solve a thing. Unless we form a group with a paid membership that will present a strong unified voice, then there may not be anything left for our grandkids. How will you answer their question, “Why can’t I go moose hunting like you did?”

This is your chance to step up to the plate and make your voice heard! Don’t say coulda, woulda, shoulda. Join the Newfoundland Outdoor Heritage Coalition Inc.

Barry Fordham
St. John’s
Newfoundland Outdoor Heritage Coalition Inc.

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