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E-Mail to NOBMA Members re 200 Metre Rule
Hello Fellow Bear Outfitters
NOBMA is happy to announce a small win for bear outfitters. Since the new baiting regulations were imposed in 2016, NOBMA has been pressuring Government to change to 200 meter rule to one that makes sense and would allow BMA operators more flexibility in operating their business.
NOBMA has had many meetings with MNRF Regional and Provincial staff where we presented written submissions on the problems and proposed solutions. In March of 2019 NOBMA Executive met with Minster of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski’s senior staff at Queens Park and discussed problems and proposed solutions. The 200 meter baiting rule was one of the items discussed at that meeting. NOBMA also submitted written solutions to the Minister.
On May 01, 2019 The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry posted ER 019-0022. A proposal to reduce the minimum distance requirement for the placement of bait from rights of way and trails for black bear hunting. The proposal is to reduce the minimum distance requirement for placement of bait from rights of way for public vehicular traffic and marked and maintained recreational trails for black bear hunting from 200 meters to 30 meters.
The efforts of NOBMA on your behalf have contributed to this proposed change and we encourage every member to support the MNRF and this proposal by giving your positive comments on line or in writing before the June 17 closing.
We believe that this is a positive first step but there is still more work to do. NOBMA will continue to work on your behalf to make changes that will benefit bear outfitters across Ontario.
BIG GAME MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (BGMAC)
It is with great pleasure I announce to our members that Mr. Gary Couillard, Director and Secretary/Treasurer of the Northeastern Ontario Bear Management Association (NOBMA) has been appointed by the Honorable John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry to the Big Game Management Advisory Committee of Ontario.
The committee’s function is: to provide advice to the Minister respecting policy and programs related to the management of species of big game in Ontario; to review and recommend changes to the allocation of hunting opportunities for big game as may be requested by the Minister; and to provide advice on such other matters as may be requested by the Minister.
The Lieutenant Governor in Council appoints up to 10 members, including the chair. The membership of BGMAC will be comprised of representatives from across Ontario with demonstrated knowledge and relevant experiences and interests to meet the mandate. This could include members who represent or have knowledge related to Ontario resident hunting, the tourism sector, big game science and conservation.
Gary has a wealth of knowledge to offer and will be a great representative for Ontario hunters in general and NOBMA members in particular.
NOBMA EXECUTIVE MEMBER APPOINTED TO OMBAC
On behalf of all our members I wish to congratulate Gary Couillard on his recent appointment to the ONTARIO MOOSE-BEAR ALLOCATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE (OMBAC). This is great news for the management of Moose and Black Bear in Ontario. Gary brings a wealth of knowledge to the OMBAC table. Gary's appointment is also good news for NOBMA! OMBAC has often been refered to as the "Moose Committee". However, once the spring Bear hunt pilot concludes we here at NOBMA feel OMBAC will be the place the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry will go for advice regarding Bear hunting and the outfitting industry in Ontario.