Cabela’s Conservation Days – April 26-27th
Cabela’s Winnipeg is holding it’s annual Conservation Days event April 26-27th. As a thank you to conservation groups for doing such great work around the province Cabela’s is offering basecamp employee pricing to everyone that presents the below invite on April 26-27th.
Click here to view and print the invite to Conservation days: conservation_days_FNL
MWF/Russell Game & Fish Club Annual Banquet April 30, 2016!
The Manitoba Wildlife Federation and the Russell Game & Fish Association make a great team! The banquet last year was such a success that we’re back to bring you the 2nd Annual Russell Game and Fish/MWF Fundraising Banquet in Russell Manitoba for 2016! Rob Olson will be back as your host and tickets are already on sale! The event will take place the evening of April 30th, hope to see you there! To see more event information, please see the PDF below: Russell Game and Fish Banquet Poster
Resolution results from the MWF 72nd annual convention
Below are the results from the MWF 72nd annual convention.
The constitution of Manitoba Wildlife Federation defines a resolution as a “written statement and proposed solution to an issue or concern” and “may contain a change to the Federation’s places, programs, and procedures”. Resolutions that are passed by a 2/3 majority vote form the policy and guidelines that the President and Executive Committee follow on behalf of the membership.
RESOLUTION TITLE: Crossbows during Archery Whitetail Deer Season
AFFILITATE NAME: Brandon Wildlife Association
BACKGROUND: Currently, crossbows may be used only during muzzleloader and general rifle seasons. Expanding opportunities to hunt with a crossbow in the archery whitetail season would provide another opportunity for hunters such as youth hunters and especially elderly who may not be able to draw and hold a traditional or compound bow of adequate poundage, to hunt earlier in the nicer weather. This will not affect the draw system as it is only for whitetail deer, and with the one tag system in place, it should not affect the harvest number as anyone successful in the archery season will not hunt in the rifle season.
Therefore, be it resolved, that crossbows may be used during the archery whitetail deer season.
RESOLUTION TITLE: Party Hunting Returned to a Party of Four
AFFILITATE NAME: Brandon Wildlife Association
BACKGROUND: The traditional hunting of deer has been in a party of four since the early 1980’s and has been changed for the last two years to a party of two. Since then seasons and bag limits for deer have been cut back significantly but appear to be working and deer populations are beginning to rebound. Deer hunting for the most part has been a group activity for two or more persons. A party of two complicates the signing with any groups larger than two. For example, three hunters go for a few days of deer hunting, number one hunter harvests a deer and signs on with number two, number two hunter harvests a deer, now neither of those hunters can continue to hunt and number three must hunt by themselves for the rest of the hunting days. Hunting in parties greater than 2 may encourage and allow us to educate new hunters, in particular new youth hunters to the sport.
Therefore, be it resolved; that party hunting be returned to a party of four as it was in the past.
RESOLUTION TITLE: Import Permits for Division 6 Animals imported into Manitoba
AFFILITATE NAME: Brandon Wildlife Association
BACKGROUND: Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship has recently began enforcing a vague and rarely used section of the wildlife act requiring import permits for division 6 animals being imported into Manitoba. There are several game animals and many protected species on this list, the more commonly hunting animals outside of Manitoba are pronghorn antelope and cougar. There is a 5 week delay in the issuing of the proper import permit, which prevents the immediate importation of these legally harvested animals, requiring successful hunters to leave their game in the state or province in which they legally hunting it. Most Manitoba hunters have no knowledge of this law and return after a successful hunt only to find out they are in illegal possession of their legally harvested game when they attempt to hire the services of the a taxidermy or tannery. This particular delay leads to a major inconvenience, frustration and additional costs to the hunter. As well this has caused a loss of business and income to taxidermists and tanners in the province of Manitoba.
Therefore it be resolved; that Manitoba Conservation change the requirement that import permit applications are only processed after a division 6 game animal is harvested and instead pre-issue an import permit to hunters before they leave Manitoba; or, be it further
Resolved; that Manitoba Conservation allow a grace period of several weeks for successful hunters to apply for and receive an import permit after they return to Manitoba with their animal, or, be it further
Resolved; that Manitoba Conservation drop the requirement of import permits for legally harvested game animals from other jurisdictions.
RESOLUTION TITLE: Mandatory Casement of Firearms in or on Moving Vehicles
AFFILITATE NAME: Russell Game and Fish Association
BACKGROUND: In Article 2.6 of the Aims and Objectives of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, it reads to educate the membership and the public, with particular emphasize upon conservation and safety. As well Article 2.7 reads; to emphasize and to practice ethical behaviors at all times. We believe that ethical behavior is doing the right thing when no one is watching, even though doing the wrong thing is legal. Studies have shown that as long as our time afield is guided by respect, dignity, and reverence, we as hunters are supported strongly or moderately by 77% of the adult non-hunting population. As long as we continue to maintain that level of support, we will continue to hunt. This resolution addresses concerns on several levels of safety, ethics, optics and enforceability regarding transporting firearms in vehicles. We believe that the only safe and ethical way to transport a firearm in a moving vehicle is cased. We feel this will eliminate unforeseen accidents and further promote safe and ethical hunting practices.
Therefore, be it resolved; that the Manitoba Wildlife Federation request Manitoba Conservation to introduce a regulation to make it mandatory that operators of all vehicles keep all firearms in or on such vehicles cased whenever such vehicles are moving.
RESOLUTION TITLE: Extend the Upland Bird Season (excluding Sharp-tail Grouse) to January 4
AFFILITATE NAME: The Bumblers Game and Fish Association
BACKGROUND: Upland game bird hunter numbers have declined dramatically since the 1970’s and most upland bird biologists believe hunting mortality has very little impact on populations, especially Ruffed and Spruce Grouse populations. Upland bird hunting provides an ideal opportunity to mentor new youth and adults into hunting. Hunting for Grouse with youth and adults is logistically easy since it is often done on Crown Land and requires very little gear, and as such, creates an ideal opportunity to expose more people to hunting. Currently, upland bird seasons end in the southern regions of Manitoba on December 18th, prior to the onset of Christmas holidays. In Saskatchewan however, ruffed and spruce grouse seasons are open until December 31st, and January 15th in most regions of Alberta. Currently in Manitoba, families wanting to get out hunting during the Christmas holiday break can pursue rabbits, but cannot hunt ruffed and spruce grouse on these same outings. We believe it is highly unlikely that this additional pressure will affect ruffed and spruce grouse populations at all. Due to concerns from MWF delegates last year regarding sharp-tailed grouse populations, we have brought back this resolution excluding sharp-tails and focusing on forest grouse which are more widely distributed and abundant.
Therefore, be it resolved; the Manitoba Wildlife Federation approach Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship (MCWS) with a request to extend the upland bird season (excluding sharp-tail grouse) to Jan.4.
1st Annual General Meeting and Membership Drive
The first Annual General Information Meeting is to be held at the Portage Fair Board Exhibition Building (which is located on the island by the Portage Golf Club), this Sunday May 1st, 2016 from 2pm – 5pm.There will be information shared on the direction of the Portage Wildlife Club including an introduction to the Board of Directors, events that we plan to host in first year, information on access to the shooting range and rules to follow while using, our involvement with the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, and time for any new ideas to be presented and answers to any questions that members may have.Refreshments will be provided at the event, we look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to pass this information along to any other potential members that may be interested in joining. Any member that is signed up on or before May 1st, 2016 will be entered into a draw for a muzzle loader donated by MacDonald’s Sporting Goods, draw to be made at the meeting!
Man-Tel Game and Fish Meeting; Manitoba Fisheries – Open To All Affiliates
Man-Tel Game and Fish meeting on the position and direction of the Department of Conservation and Water Stewardship.
Meeting date: May 3rd, 2016
Open to all Affiliates
Please RSVP if you will be attending.
Click here for PDF version of Man-Tel letter: Letter to Affiliates
Seven Sisters Falls Wildlife Association Shooting Skills Day is Back for May 14, 2016!
Come join Wayne Single and Friends for a fun day of shooting. Have you always wanted to learn to shoot a gun or bow? Have you taken your Hunter Safety but don’t know how to get started? This event is an incredible opportunity to learn to shoot a rifle, shotgun, blackpowder or bow and arrow. You will get expert instruction making this event a perfect opportunity for new shooters. All ages are welcome. See poster for more details. Shooting Skills Day 2016