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    Default Attention Ontario Pheasant Hunters - Conestogo Lake UPDATE

    Hey folks. As many of you know, in 2021, the Grand River Conservation Authority abruptly halted the Conestogo Lake pheasant hunt after several decades. The vague and murky reason detailed on their website says:
    "Pheasant: The 2021 pheasant hunting program at Conestogo Lake Conservation Area is cancelled. The decision not to renew the contract to purchase pheasants is part of an overall operational review of our programs, based on recent changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and to ensure these programs align with our strategic priorities."

    A few of us made some inquiries regarding this decision starting with members of the GRCA Board. What we quickly determined was that this decision was made arbitrarily by an interim superintendent with no consultation with stakeholders or user-groups and without any Board knowledge. I’m not sure how many forum members were blindsided by this, but in know the people I hunted with at Conestogo were shocked.

    So, one forum member here “MCRabbit” has spearheaded a move to try to resurrect the Conestogo Lake pheasant hunt. He is a delegate with a presentation time slot for the upcoming GRCA Board meeting on Friday January 28th at 9:30am. These are public meetings that can be viewed by anyone. They can be watched live or online after it concludes. He will be joined by the OFAH zone board member and the president of the local NAVHDA chapter.

    Hunters…please give some consideration to tuning in on this meeting. This is how your hunting opportunities melt away. Little by little, hoping people either don’t notice, or don’t say anything. FYI, our local MPP Michael Harris (who says he is a hunter) is on the GRCA Board. These people are elected by us to speak for and/or listen to us.
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    A link to the GRCA site regarding the meeting is https://www.grandriver.ca/en/who-we-...-meetings.aspx

    Please pass this info on to anyone you know that may not frequent this forum. I know there must be lots of people out there who are in the dark about what happened and how we are trying the convince the GRCA to give it another shot.

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    The meeting went very well this morning. A reminder...you can watch it as it is posted at this link. https://youtu.be/5yUIfVbPJ0g The portion including our presentation is not long and is worth a watch.

    Well done guys.
    Last edited by dilly; January 28th, 2022 at 05:10 PM.

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    Default Revisit pheasant hunt cancellation, hunters ask

    Hunters want the Grand River Conservation Authority to revisit its decision to cancel the pheasant hunt program at Conestogo Lake.
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    An update for those who are following this issue...Yesterday, the GRCA held a board meeting and again recommended to kill the pheasant program at Conestoga Lake. They tried to shoot down all three suggested solutions proposed by us to re-instate it and proposed a fourth resolution that would essentially eliminate all pheasant releases on their properties. The board was not entirely convinced and instead directed the GRCA to explore turning over the Conestoga Lake pheasant program to a volunteer "organization". So, more to come...

    If anyone is interested, the GRCA has the meeting posted on their website and you can skip to the 56 minute mark to see the discussions specific to the pheasnt hunt.

    On a side note, if anyone wonders how your hunting opportunities disappear, you should really watch some of this meeting. It clearly demonstrates how people with little or no knowledge about hunting can weigh in heavily on decisions that affect us all. With the raising of a hand, they can wipe away your opportunities often on a personal whim and due to total ignorance. They can also be a fantastic ally if we take the time to respectfully and professionally advocate for our sport and inform them through a bit of lobbying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dilly View Post

    On a side note, if anyone wonders how your hunting opportunities disappear, you should really watch some of this meeting. It clearly demonstrates how people with little or no knowledge about hunting can weigh in heavily on decisions that affect us all. With the raising of a hand, they can wipe away your opportunities often on a personal whim and due to total ignorance. They can also be a fantastic ally if we take the time to respectfully and professionally advocate for our sport and inform them through a bit of lobbying.
    Totally agree with you on this and especially the last sentence.
    Time in the outdoors is never wasted

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    Thanks for your efforts


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    So where are we with this once the smoke clears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couliewalker View Post
    So where are we with this once the smoke clears?
    Our hope is, the release program will be turned over to a volunteer organization similar to Norfolk and Tiny Marsh. We will offer permits for sale at a reduced price because the profit making previously figured into GRCA's program will no longer be needed. An enjoyable and reasonable hunt will return to Conestoga with Luther Marsh a possiblity down the road.

    This is all contingent on the GRCA actually participating in good faith and not stonewalling. It would help if there were less spectators and more participants in applying pressure to the GRCA. They seem to be under the impression that very few people care about this issue and if they ignore us, it will just go away.

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