Sunday, September 17th was National Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping Heritage Day. Many residents of the southeast enjoy hunting and fishing as a means of food and recreation but it does have other benefits as well.
"Hunting and trapping are basically tools, for many wildlife species, hunting and trapping maintain populations at levels that are compatible with human activity, land use and available habitat," says Lindsey Leko, Senior Conservation Officer.
To ensure that we can continue these activities we must do so in an ethical and respectful manner.
"Anyone can go out and pull the trigger but it takes an ethical hunter to make sure that it's done in a safe and humane way," says Leko. "You know an ethical hunter is going to make sure that land access and those considerations are taken care of because, in reality, it's a privilege to hunt on land that doesn't belong to you."
Ensuring we maintain the relationship between hunters and landowners is key, hunters can do this by asking permission and respecting the land. Also, be sure to not waste anything by using meat and hide to the best of your abilities. Finally, using a proper weapon and knowing how to use it is important for an ethical and humane kill.
Although fishing is more of a recreational activity, it also provides revenue for the province.
Whether hunting, fishing or trapping always keep safety and respect a priority. If you see any violations of conservation regulations contact your local conservation department.