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  • Rob Olson talks on Dauphin Radio about the importance of safe hunting
    November 20, 2015

    Rob Olson joins Kyle Moore on the Dauphin Radio station this morning.  During the interview, Rob stresses the dangers of night hunting and how to make hunting safe for everyone.

  • Carly Cooks some Canada Goose Fajitas on the Global Morning News Show!
    November 18, 2015

    Our very own Carly Deacon, and the Global Morning News show stopped by Cabela’s on November 04.  Carly was excited to share with Manitoban’s the importance of wild meat and how to turn some Canada Goose Breast into a simple, quick and healthy weeknight meal!

    If you missed the cooking segment on Global Morning News, here it is! Read More…

  • Deer Hunting Season Shines Spotlight on Safe Hunting Practices
    November 16, 2015

    November 9, 2015

    Deer Hunting Season Shines Spotlight on Safe Hunting Practices

    WINNIPEG, MB: Deer hunting season makes Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF) President, Brian Strauman and MWF Managing Director, Rob Olson, see orange. However, it’s the dangers of unsafe hunting that make the pair see red.

    Strauman and Olson say there are a number of issues hunters need to be aware of.

    The law dictates that a hunter orange garment and hat must be worn by any licenced hunter hunting, dressing or retrieving a big game animal or by any person accompanying or assisting a person hunting big game. “Many of our MWF members are deer hunters and we want them to be extremely mindful of their own safety and the safety of others at all times,” said Strauman. “We stress hunter safety through all MWF programs including wearing proper orange clothing, respecting legal hunting hours, and safe gun handling at all times.”

    Strauman encourages everyone, including traditional and subsistence aboriginal big game hunters who are not required to wear high visibility garments, to be dressed in orange to maximize safety. “We know the majority of people heading out into the field are safety-minded and aware,” said Strauman. “But for some, it would surprise them to learn that hunting at night and spotlighting is legal for subsistence and traditional hunters ‘where it is safe to do so’ according to Provincial regulations. However, we believe it is never safe to hunt at night and we are working towards a complete ban on night hunting, particularly in agro-Manitoba,” he added.

    Hunting and the discharge of any firearm is permitted only 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset for licenced hunters. According to Rob Olson, the danger of spotlighting is it intersects with the beginning and end of the day as big game hunters often walk in and out of their hunting hides and blinds in the dark and can be mistaken for big game.

    “We have cattle producers, outfitters, and farmers in our MWF network telling us that spotlighting is rampant and is a huge safety issue,” said Olson. “The MWF is concerned about safety, especially for those that live, work, hunt, fish, camp or hike in areas where spotlighters may be operating. We recommend all hunters use a flashing headlamp or other lighted device when walking to and from their hunting spot in low light conditions,” he said. “A non-white light is ideal because it does not look like the shining eyes of a deer, moose or elk. We urge all hunters – licensed, First Nation and Metis – to be sure they are as visible as possible at all times. Deer and moose don’t wear strobes.”


    Rob Olson
    Managing Director Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF)
    T: 204-633-5967

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    October 27, 2015

    Press Release
    For Immediate Release November 23, 2015


    Ottawa, ON – On November 20, 2015 Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin-Swan River-Neepawa, was appointed by The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition, as the Critic for Wildlife Conservation and Parks Canada.

    “I am honoured to be named as the Official Opposition’s Critic for Wildlife Conservation and Parks Canada,” Sopuck said. “I look forward to serving as a strong voice in Canada’s Official Opposition to ensure the Liberal government is held to account.” Read More…

  • Manitoba Government Increases Poaching Charges
    September 29, 2015

    Written by Dantin Reimer

    Poaching big game animals continues to be on the rise in Manitoba, according to the Managing Director of the Manitoba Wildlife Federation (MWF). Rob Olson stated the Manitoba Government has implemented stiffer fines as a hope to lower the amount of illegally harvested animals.

    “We think the increased fines are a really good move,” said Olson. He says this comes at a time when they feel an unprecedented crisis is happening with many big game populations in our province today. “We have seen the free fall of moose populations in most places where there are roads.  That’s continuing today, in places where we have members, clubs, and hunters. They are telling us that they are seeing the moose get shot at too high of a pace. The feeling among our members and talking to Conservation Officers across the province is that a lot of the harvest that is going on, of the big game animals is illegal, it’s poaching. It’s just too many being shot illegally, too often, over a too large of an area. So, we think the fines are important, and it’s only half of the solution.”

    Those penalties are in addition to the current fines imposed through the court process and include:

    – $1,500 to $3,000 for white-tailed deer;
    – $2,500 to $10,000 for elk and moose;
    – $2,000 to $4,000 for black bear;
    – $42 to $126 for fish such as walleye, northern pike, goldeye and channel catfish (high values for master angler size); and
    – $252 for a lake sturgeon (protected species).

    According to Olson, MWF has got the Manitoba Government to implement the increased fines not only on the ‘trophy sized animals’, which are illegally harvested, but it will also apply to the females of each respected species. Read More…