DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR SNC HUNTING DISCOUNT
South Nation Conservation is reminding hunters they have until September 1st to take advantage of discounted fees for hunting on SNC lands. From January 1st to August 31st the fee is $30; September 1st the fee is set at $50.
“The two-tiered fee structure better reflects the demand on staff according to the time of year,” said Chris Craig, SNC Senior Forestry Technician. “It’s in the hunters’ best interest to get the letter of permission before September 1st to save some money.”
Craig emphasized that hunters on SNC lands without permission may be charged or fined. He notes that all hunters are required by law to get written permission before entering private lands or tracts administered by SNC or other agencies.
It’s a common misconception that because lands are owned by a public agency they may be used without permission. Quite the opposite: because lands are intended for the benefit of all, they must be managed in a way that ensures safety and well-being. “We simply cannot have hunters in unknown numbers accessing lands while others use these areas for recreation, organized hunting and other activities. It’s not safe,” says Craig.
The authority owns some 10,000 acres, including forests and wetlands, distributed across its 4,000 square-km watershed. With permission, SNC allows hunting on its properties with a few exceptions related to public safety and forest operations.
“We have no objection to orderly, organized hunting parties using our lands with proper written consent,” Craig said. “Responsible hunting is beneficial to the ecosystem.”
Wildlife occupying SNC lands that may be hunted depend on the season, and include deer, moose, wild turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, ducks, and rabbits. Craig emphasized that hunters should exercise caution, including wearing bright colours (blaze orange).
To obtain a letter of permission visit the SNC website (www.nation.on.ca), and complete the form and send it in to our office. A valid hunting license must be produced. No matter the fee paid, letters of permission are effective for each open season through a full year.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Chris Craig, SNC, 877-984-2948, ext. 234.