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Canadian Hunting Associations and Foundations

Canadians are known to be one of the more passionate hunters in the world. Recreational hunting has been an established activity in Canada for many years. At least 8 million Canadians are known to engage in non-commercial hunting. Hunting is among the recreational activities that provide millions of dollars in income to the Canadian economy, particularly to those in the rural areas of the country. Recreational hunting is considered a way of life for most Canadians. It also makes Canadians closer to nature while becoming more aware of the value of protecting the wildlife. Most recreational hunters simply want to see the great outdoors of the country and make sure that the succeeding generations enjoy them in the future.

There are many hunting groups in Canada that brings together recreational hunters. These groups advocate plenty of issues concerning non-commercial hunting. These groups are also at the forefront of educating the public on the value of protecting the environment and making sure that the next generations enjoy the benefits of the wildlife. These hunting associations and foundations are also active in linking with government agencies and other groups regarding various issues affecting the environment. Through the years, Canadian hunting associations and foundations have been instrumental in protecting the wildlife while promoting the recreational and non-commercial hunting in the country.

One of the premiere Canadian hunting associations and foundations is the Canadian Shooting Sports Association or CSSA. The group considers itself as the representative of sports shooters and firearms fanatics in Canada. CSSA supports and promotes all methods of shooting sports, from the traditional sport of target shooting to modern shooting sports, archery, and hunting.

CSSA aims to support and develop the sport of sports shooting primarily as a recreational activity. To do this, the group conducts and supervises various shooting competitions. It also provides technical support and education to those who want to learn the sport of shooting.

CSSA began in Ontario, Canada as two groups- Ontario Handgun Association and Ontario Smallbore Federation- banded together to promote the sport of shooting in Canada in the 50s. Since then, CSSA has become an extensive network of shooting enthusiasts representing various provinces in Canada.

Another of the more respected Canadian hunting associations and foundation is the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH). This group is the oldest and biggest organization for wildlife and fish management in the country, counting an estimated 83,000 members and almost 700 member clubs. OFAH has earned the respect of the Canadian society for being professional and effective in advocating the protection of the natural resources of Ontario, as well as promoting the rights of hunters and anglers.

The group has been in existence since 1928. Through the years, OFAH has done a lot in conserving the fish and wildlife resources of Ontario. It is particularly noted for investing in many fish hatcheries, protecting and restoring of the Ontario wildlife, and advocating youth programs in the area.

OFAH members actively participate in their group’s program. Members can be seen joining projects to improve the streams or clearing the wetlands. They also reintroduce wildlife species and stock lakes. Members are also active in teaching fishing to kids, and stressing to them the importance of safety while fishing. OFAH also conducts fundraisers to promote the tradition of fishing and hunting in Ontario.

OFAH has also invested a lot in the research of fishes and wildlife in Ontario as well as restoring of rivers and wetlands. It has also undertaken initiatives for protection and re-propagation of endangered species like turtles, owls, and swans, as well as turkey, salmons, and elks.

Another of the more accomplished Canadian hunting associations is the Newfoundland and Labrador Wildlife Federation or NLWF. This group aims to promote a better awareness on the problems facing the environment. Through its numerous activities, NLWF promotes sustainable use of the Canadian natural resources. It also helps in recommending changes in legislation for the better protection of the wildlife and its habitat. It also cooperates and links with government agencies and other groups concerned with the protection of the environment.

Through the years, NWLF has contributed a lot in the protection of the Canadian wildlife. In the 70s, it helped in coming up with a list of endangered species in Canada that led to greater public awareness on protecting critically numbered species in the country. It also helped in formulating a wildlife conservation program for elementary and high school students. Likewise, NWLF has been participating with various institutions in the development of a comprehensive program to protect the Canadian biodiversity.

It has also been vital in the formulation of laws for the protection of the wildlife. It was instrumental in strengthening of laws regarding the protection of certain species from illegal commercial activities. These are just some of the impressive achievements that NWLF has had in the years of its existence.
 
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