Increased Hatchery Funding: Manitoba

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Increased, dedicated funding for the province’s fish hatchery system means there’s an even better chance Manitoba fishers will catch a big one in the province’s many lakes, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced recently. The funding will help ensure the hatchery system’s long-term sustainability, more than triple the walleye fry the Whiteshell fish hatchery raises to 10 million a year and double the number of trout fingerlings it raises to 500,000 a year, the minister said. The funding will also ensure the Swan Creek hatchery is able … Read more »

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Gun Owners To Pay $60 License Fee

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! The Conservative government ended a seven-year waiver on gun license renewal fees in May, in an effort to collect about $18 million annually from firearms owners. As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the new changes to the firearms regulations restored the $60 license fee for non-restricted weapons. The Conservatives brought in a two-year waiver on the fees in May 2006 and had extended it every year until this year. “The government will not renew the current fee waiver in the current climate of fiscal restraint,” said a Canada … Read more »

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Wildlife Act Amendments Grow Hunter Recruitment In BC

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Hunting just became more accessible to both youth and first-time hunters with regulatory amendments to the Wildlife Act, confirmed on Feb. 18, 2013, by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson at the Oceola Fish and Game Club annual banquet. The amendments benefit resident hunters through an expanded Youth Hunting Licence and a new Initiation Hunting Licence, both of which will be effective for the 2013/14 hunting season. The changes to the Youth Hunting Licence now make it available for youth, aged 10 to 17 years, inclusive. … Read more »

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Delta Marsh Restoration

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Ducks Unlimited, Manitoba government partner for North America’s largest wetlands restoration project The Manitoba government and Ducks Unlimited Canada marked World Wetlands Day by announcing a $3.5-million partnership to help restore Delta Marsh, one of the world’s largest marshes covering 190 square kilometres on the southern shores of Lake Manitoba. The restoration will improve the marsh’s natural function to filter out nitrogen and phosphorus that would otherwise flow into the province’s waterways including Lake Winnipeg. It is the largest project of its kind in North America. “Manitoba’s Delta Marsh … Read more »

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Government Cutting Funds For Pheasants

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! According to a recent press release from Pheasants Are Forever, the Alberta government has decided it will no longer support the release of pheasants in Alberta, stating the $300,000 it costs to release these birds into huntable release sites, as well as river bottoms, coulees and private lands, is too much. Pheasants were first introduced in Alberta in 1906, and the province held its first open hunting season for the birds in 1932. In 1945, a provincial government hatchery was set up in Brooks, to raise and distribute these … Read more »

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Snow In Saskatchewan

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Western Sportsman’s freelance photographer, Dean Davenport, took a duck hunting trip to Saskatchewan at the end of April/beginning of May 2013 and discovered more snow than he expected – snow drifts up to 15 feet in some places, making travel difficult. Winter is refusing to let up its grip in most parts of Canada, but especially in Saskatchewan it seems. Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman print edition today! Find more news and events stories!

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CWD Found In Alberta Moose

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! In February 2013, the Alberta government released a statement indicating Chronic Wasting Disease had been confirmed in an Alberta moose. This is the first case of CWD documented in a moose – in Alberta and in Canada – and there are only a few documented cases of CWD in moose in Colorado and Wyoming. CWD only occurs in moose where they overlap with infected deer and the press release stated the government does not anticipate many cases of CWD in moose in Alberta, or significant effects on moose populations. … Read more »

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BC Government Addresses Parks

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Nearly 276,000 hectares was added to the BC Parks system through legislation introduced recently, announced Environment Minister Terry Lake. Bill 5 – the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2013 adds new parks and conservancies and expands the Mount Maxwell ecological reserve, which is home to the rare Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem. It entrenches in law protected area recommendations reached through multi-stakeholder and public land-use planning processes, as well as government-to-government agreements with First Nations, while at the same time supporting economic development. “The B.C. government has been establishing … Read more »

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