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  • Hunting seasons signal arrival of fall in Manitoba
    August 29, 2016

    MLOAFor immediate release – Aug. 29, 2016

    WINNIPEG – It’s opening day for many of Manitoba’s traditional fall hunting seasons, which signals the arrival of autumn in our province. While that may be a bummer to some, it’s welcome news for the thousands of people who will begin taking to Manitoba’s forests and fields today.

    For the past several years, and once again this year, the last Monday in August has been opening day for Manitoba’s provincially licensed seasons for black bear, barren-ground caribou, wolf, and coyote, as well as archery season for elk, and for whitetail deer and moose in certain areas. (Note: see table below for complete list).

    Later this week, the resident waterfowl season will open in southern Manitoba for ducks, crane and geese on Sept. 1, while the upland bird season opens that same day in northern Manitoba for species like grouse and ptarmigan.

    “We would like to wish good luck to all the hunters – residents and visitors alike – who are taking to the field today, and we remind them all to hunt legally, ethically and responsibly,” said Paul Turenne, executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association. “From our perspective, all hunters from all walks of life are valued members of our community or welcome visitors in our province, whatever the case may be, so long as they are passionate about the outdoors, care about the sustainability of our wildlife populations, and hunt legally and respectfully.”

    The MLOA condemns poaching and all other wildlife violations, and urges any hunter who spots a violation in the field to contact the province’s Turn In Poachers hotline at 1-800-782-0076.

    Every year, tens of thousands of people, both provincially licensed hunters and indigenous rights-holding hunters, head afield to enjoy Manitoba’s breath-taking outdoors, and if they’re fortunate, to harvest geese, ducks, whitetail deer, moose, or whatever other game they are pursuing. Hunting in Manitoba provides a critical source of healthy, organic meat, to thousands of people; assists our provincial biologists with wildlife management, has a tremendously positive impact on our rural and northern economies, and raises government revenue through license sales and taxes, which is reinvested into the management of our fish and wildlife resources.

    For more information contact:

    Paul Turenne
    Executive Director, Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association
    204-291-9652 or

    Season Opening day 2016 Notes
    Whitetail deer – archery Aug. 29 Deer management zones only (GHAs 17A, 26, 34A, 34B, 36, 38)
    Whitetail deer – archery Sept. 5 Rest of Manitoba
    Elk – archery Aug. 29 Resident only
    Barren-ground caribou Aug. 29
    Black bear Aug. 29
    Wolf/coyote Aug. 29
    Moose Aug. 29 (north) Sept. 19 (south)
    Moose – archery Aug. 29 Only available in certain areas
    Duck/goose/crane Sept. 1 Resident only until Sept. 24 (Sept. 17 for white geese)
    Upland game bird Sept. 1 (north) Sept. 8 (south)
    White goose Aug. 15 (far north only) Only season open prior to Aug. 29

    Source: Province of Manitoba hunting guide. Please see guide for more fulsome details.

  • Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Ponds are officially open
    August 11, 2016

    Lac du Bonnet picture clipper

    Lac du Bonnet has officially opened their Wildlife Plans and the Lac du Bonnet Clipper was there to catch it!

    Click here to see the full edition of the clipper: Lac du Bonnet Clipper August 2016

  • East Side Moose Matters Meeting – Hope for Moose on the East Side?
    August 5, 2016


    On July 13 and 14, a group of First Nation communities, the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association and the Manitoba Wildlife Federation held its second informal meeting in Scanterbury, Manitoba at the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation to discuss the future of moose in the region east of Lake Winnipeg. This meeting and this developing consortium came about through the efforts of William Young of Bloodvein First Nation, and Paul Turenne, the Executive Director of the MLOA. William is a leader within the Bloodvein community and runs, among other things, the Bloodvein River Lodge. William and the community of Bloodvein River were concerned for the future of moose populations on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, given the new road that has been extended into that region. William saw some of the communications the MWF did March of 2015, regarding the high number of cow moose being shot illegally in the Grass River region, and reached out to Paul Turenne, whom he knew through his lodge business. Paul came to the Federation asking if we’d go and meet with William at his place in Bloodvein. Rob Olson, Gerry Arbez of the Lac du Bonnett Wildlife Association and Paul Turenne headed up to Bloodvein to meet with William Young August of 2015. The rest they say, is history. Read More…

  • Inaugural Meeting with Minister Cox
    August 4, 2016

    On July 26, MWF President Brian Strauman, Board members Ricky Ryan and Cam Neurenberg and Managing Director Rob Olson met with the new Minister of Sustainable Development, Cathy Cox. Also present was Rick Wowchuk, MLA for  Swan River and Legislative Assistant to the Minister. We had a positive discussion regarding the bold, new mandate given to Minister Cox and Legislative Assistant Rick Wowchuk (click below to read  the mandate letters).

    Inaugural Meeting with Minister CoxSome of the key topics discussed:

    –  the urgent need to curtail unsafe hunting practices such as spot lighting;
    – the need to work towards co-management agreements that incorporate all hunters and anglers, including First Nations, Metis and licensed hunters;
    – the immediate need to take an open-minded, hard look at all aspects of the current approaches used by the Province in surveying big game;
    – the need to ensure that Lake Winnipeg, and the rest of our fisheries, are managed in a sustainable way; and
    – the emerging crisis in the south-west agricultural zone facing moose in that region and the need for an immediate plan to protect this population before it is too late.

    The MWF will be working hard with the new government over the next months and years to make progress on the big issues facing fish, wildlife and the outdoor community. We are encouraged but will keep our pedal to the metal to be sure meaningful results are produced for all of us.

    Here are the two mandate letters: Hon_Catherine_Cox Mandate LetterRichard_Peter_Wowchuk Madate Letter

  • Lifejackets – put them on!
    August 2, 2016

    Check out this recent CTV news piece with Managing Director Rob Olson and his son talking about why life jackets are so important. Bottom line: they only work if you put them on.

    Check it out here: Lifejackets