Hunting Season

| August 23, 2011

August 25 is the start of the 2011 hunting season: archery season opens.

We are extremely fortunate to have incredible hunting opportunities in the Fox Creek area. With the right licences (and the right draw) a hunter can be in the field until Jan 20, 2012! That is 149 days of hunting!And shortly after that is the spring black bear season!

We can hunt upland birds, migratory birds, white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, wolves, coyotes and black bears. A properly licenced hunter can harvest four deer even without draw licences.

Please read the new hunting regulations available at the two local vendors: Petro-Canada and IGA. It is absolutely imperative that you catch up on this year’s changes. For example, upland game bird limits have changed.

Remember, ignorance is no excuse.

You would think that with all that opportunity there would be no reason to poach. There will however, be poaching!

I wonder how many animals will be shot and left. I wonder how many hunters will be caught with loaded firearms in vehicles. I wonder how many illegal baits will be set, how many night hunting incidents will occur, how many untagged animals there will be.

There will be poaching and I will need your help to curb it.

Last year a number of concerned sportsmen reported violations. Some of the incidents were unresolved but some callers were eligible for rewards for reporting poaching. Those people provided sufficient information to conduct a successful investigation.

I need vehicle descriptions (including licence plate numbers), dates and times of incidents, person descriptions, and any other details available. Quite often it is the smallest, seemingly insignificant piece of information that can break a case.

The Report-A-Poacher number is 1-800-642-3800. Memorize it. Put it in your phone. Use it!

Enjoy your hunting season.

Keep it legal, ethical and moral!

Remember, it is not the biggest deer that wins – it’s the best time spent in the field!


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Brandi loves meeting people and sharing their stories. A country girl at heart, she appreciates the simple things in a complex world.

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