Even though we know hunting isn’t for everyone, it has a rich tradition in Manitoba that should be celebrated, promoted and valued.
That is the message from the organizers of Provincial Hunting Day, an event specifically dedicated to showcasing and celebrating one of Manitoba’s most time-honoured pursuits. Provincial Hunting Day was first proclaimed in 2009 by then-premier Gary Doer in order to celebrate the role hunting plays in wildlife management and conservation, to allow hunters to learn more about their favourite pursuit, and to introduce the non-hunting public to the joy and value of hunting.
“Hunting is important to wildlife management and conservation and is an important part of our proud, Manitoba heritage,” said Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister, Gord Mackintosh. “Manitoba encourages the careful, responsible harvesting of animals and works diligently with hunters and the industry that supports them to ensure the opportunity to hunt is available for future generations.”
“Hunting is one of Manitoba’s oldest traditions, but it is still just as relevant today as it always was,” said Paul Turenne, executive director of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association. “Hunting plays a significant role in wildlife management in the province (and across the world); it gets people outside and gives them a greater appreciation for nature and the environment; it’s important economically in Manitoba in terms of everything from equipment sales to overnight stays at motels and lodges; and it provides an excellent source of local, organic meat to thousands of Manitoba families.”
Hunting isn’t for everyone, and the event’s organizers understand that. But there are thousands and thousands of people in Manitoba who not only support hunting, but love it and want to share it with their family and friends. Provincial Hunting Day is a day where we can celebrate this fantastic pursuit and learn more about it.
PHD 2014 celebrations take place Saturday, Sept. 27, at Oak Hammock Marsh, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The event goes rain or shine.
Everyone is welcome, including (and especially) those with no experience in hunting. One of the goals of the event is to introduce non-hunters to all aspects of hunting, including everything from wildlife stewardship and outdoor skills to marksmanship and equipment care.
The event will feature an archery range, hunting dog demos, kids’ activities and even wild meat samples, as well as prizes all day long and food from Danny’s Whole Hog BBQ. Exhibitors will also be on hand showcasing their wares and representing various hunting-related organizations.
For interviews please contact:
Carly Deacon*, Manitoba Wildlife Federation, 204-633-5967, [email protected]
* Carly can also put you in touch with interview contacts at your local wildlife association
Paul Turenne, Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association, 204-772-1912, [email protected]
Chris Benson, Ducks Unlimited, 204-467-3249, [email protected]