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  • 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…

  • Plucking Geese in Downtown Winnipeg?
    September 16, 2015

    Food Matters Manitoba and the Manitoba Wildlife Federation break new ground.

    Rob and Monica take a group shot with the youth involved in the Food Matters program.

    If you’d told me twenty years ago that we’d be cleaning geese and ducks with inner-city kids in a downtown, Winnipeg Recreational Center, I’d have thought you were crazy. Crazy like a fox as it turns out.

    Anna Levin is another energetic, passionate person among many over at Food Matters Manitoba (FMM). FMM is a small Winnipeg-based non-profit that punches far above their weight. They have a passion for encouraging Manitobans to eat healthy and eat local. That passion has led them to the notion of reconnecting Manitobans to where their food comes from. At the MWF, we most certainly share that passion.

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    Rob takes his time to show the youth the steps involved in field dressing a goose.

    Anna asked for our help in piloting a project to see if it would be feasible to teach               downtown youth to process wild birds and cook them, and maybe, just maybe, eventually get some of them out in the field for a hunt. Feasible? If a recent experience in the North End of Winnipeg is any indication, heck yeah!

    Anna, her colleague from FMM, Monica and I, recently walked 10 middle-school-aged kids through cleaning a fully feathered goose and breasting a bunch of ducks. I did a talk with the kids about hunting, featuring a bit about how we do it and also why it’s an great thing to try. We talked about why getting your own meat is so fulfilling and rewarding in this day and age where few Manitobans have those skills anymore. I also did a duck calling demonstration. The kids loved it all.

    Once the birds were cleaned, Anna and Monica got the kids to cook a duck stew and goose fajitas. The whole experience was fantastic and another step in our growing and wonderful relationship with Food Matters. We will continue to work together to lead Manitobans to the skills necessary to be their own hunters and gatherers. Food Matters, group table pic 15SEPT15

    For more information on Food Matters Manitoba, check out their outstanding and fresh website: Food Matters Manitoba. You can also catch them at Provincial Hunting Day where Anna will be showing the audience how to make those delicious goose fajitas onstage!

    September 8, 2015

    September 4, 2015

    Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship advises on Oct. 26, 2014, natural resource officers conducting recreational fishery compliance inspections at the St. Andrews Dam in Lockport noticed a fisher catch more than the allowable limit. On the Red River, licenced anglers may only keep a combined total of four walleye or sauger fish. Officers observed an individual put more than that amount into a cooler beside him and when they investigated they found more than 20 fish inside. After initially agreeing to co-operate, the individual resisted officers and had to be restrained. A search of his vehicle turned up 37 walleye or sauger, and six quillback sucker fish. In addition, the angler was using a barbed hook, which is prohibited in Manitoba.

    The Red River faces heavy pressure by recreational anglers and special possession limits are put in place to help ensure the sustainability of fish populations. To prevent waste, the seized fish were divided up and donated to local charities.
    On Aug. 21, Yue Qiang Lu pleaded guilty to this offence and was fined $927.

    It should be noted that if a similar incident occurred today, with new penalties in place for the illegal taking of fish or wildlife a fisher would face an additional penalty of $1,386 based on $42 for each of the 33 walleye or sauger over the limit. These restitution fees, announced Aug. 31, will be directed toward wildlife management and conservation through the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund.
    Anyone with information about illegal activities is asked to call their local Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Office or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-800-782-0076 (toll-free).

    As part of provincial plans to address the establishment of a special conservation area at the Lockport fishing ladder, an open house to discuss the options for increased protection of pelicans and fish will be held on Friday, Sept. 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gaffers Restaurant and Lounge in Lockport.

    September 7, 2015

    August 31, 2015

    Offenders Will Pay to Offset Loss Of Important Natural Resources: Minister Nevakshonoff
    Anyone convicted of illegally killing a wild animal or fish will now face stiffer penalties as the Fisheries and Wildlife Amendment Act takes effect today, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff announced today.
    “We need to recognize there is a significant cost when an animal is taken illegally and it’s important the person responsible pays the price,” said Minister Nevakshonoff. “This new law will not bring back wildlife harvested illegally but restitution will support programs that work to ensure sustainable wildlife populations remain in our province for generations to come.”
    The new act sets out a series of penalties or restitution amounts for anyone convicted of taking wildlife illegally. 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). Read More…

  • Faces of Freedom – Healing with fellow Veterans over a Spread of Decoys and Fresh Duck Brekwiches
    August 10, 2015

    By Darrell Rostek

    Adam, Steve and I served together in Afghanistan during “Taskforce 1-08” with the Second battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI). We were all wounded in combat. While traveling in a LAV (Light Armoured Vehicle), Steve and I were struck by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device). I suffered a traumatic brain injury. This was Steve’s third encounter with an IED. About a month later Adam lost his leg when his LAV was hit by rocket during an ambush. It didn’t take me long to realize that it would take extensive time to heal and some things would never be the same for the three of us.

    Read the entire article here: Faces of Freedom