News & Events
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, a massive piece of legislation more commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill, provides immense benefits for ducks and duck hunters. President Trump signed the bill into law on Dec. 20.
The Farm Bill, which will be in effect through 2023, contains favorable provisions and programs that conserve key prairie habitat for breeding ducks and establish additional wintering habitat. The bill also increases funding for hunting access programs.
“We are delighted that Delta Waterfowl’s top conservation priorities were included in the new Farm Bill,” said John Devney, senior vice president of Delta Waterfowl. “This Farm Bill is a good one for ducks and duck hunters, as well as for farmers and ranchers. It provides for five years of strong conservation on America’s working farmland.”
Read the full article by Paul Wait of Delta Waterfowl at:
Members of the Manitoba Legislature voted in favour of Bill 29, which was aimed at curtailing unsafe hunting practices in the agricultural sector. Municipal officials and landowners had been lobbying for this action for over three years.
Under this new legislation, night hunting is banned on all private land. Under previous legislation, indigenous people and Metis could hunt at night on private land if they were given permission.
Scott Phillips is a councillor in the RM of Sifton and he was pleased to see Bill 29 finally get approval and just in time for deer hunting and rifle season. Read More…
Winnipeg Free Press Article – September 29th, 2018
Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association president says Sustainable Development’s policies outdated
MLOA President Paul Conchatre spoke out in a recent article in the Winnipeg Free Press, advocating for the industry and pushing government into action. A partial excerpt:
While money for tourism promotion continues to rise from a new funding formula, Conchatre says the management of the resource has gotten worse under the Progressive Conservatives. One of his major concerns is the lack of consultation with those working at trying to make a living in the industry.
Conchatre says this is a direct result of outdated policies in Sustainable Development that don’t keep up with the new direction from Tourism. He believes many of those tourism dollars are not staying in the province — a direct hit on return of investment. While his operation is booked two years ahead, the outdated regulations and policies are not allowing new operators to get licensed. This is also very clear in the management of the resource itself. While Sustainable Development has good people working in the department, there has been no movement on suggested changes to the way the department works. These suggestions include a working model similar to the Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia, which runs as an independent business at arm’s length from government.
Read the full article by Don Lamont at:
North America’s spring duck population declined, but most species remain above long-term averages. The breeding duck population is estimated at 41.19 million, a 13% decrease over last year. Pond counts in prairie and parkland Canada decreased 15%, but were still 4% above the long-term average.
“Ducks declined due to dry conditions in large portions of the breeding grounds. Fortunately, we continue to benefit from “carryover birds” hatched during highly productive springs over the past several years,” said Dr. Frank Rohwer, president and chief scientist of Delta Waterfowl. Read More…
Changes to Big Game Licencing & Regulations
MLOA President Paul Conchatre recently met with representatives from Manitoba Sustainable Development to provide feedback on their proposed changes to licencing and regulations. Highlights from this discussion include:
Proposed increased harvest opportunities for black bear
Extension of the one buck/one doe deer licence
Two-tier licencing system for waterfowl
Guide licencing program
Possible changes to the status of barren ground caribou
For More information click here
The Canadian government has passed legislation that will impact those with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offences from crossing the border into Canada. A single DUI offence will soon result in an individual being inadmissible and turned back at the border unless previous arrangements have been made, like a Temporary Resident Permit or rehabilitation. This legislation will come into effect within 180 days (before the end of 2018). Read More…
WINNIPEG — The carbon tax announced March 12 in Manitoba’s provincial budget will substantially increase operating costs for our province’s lodges and outfitters, unless the government agrees to exempt the industry like it’s doing for others. Read More…
We would like to advise our members and friends that the MLOA office at 1020 Lorimer Blvd in Winnipeg will be closing on Jan. 31. We will be running a “virtual office” for a while before transitioning to a new office space later this year. Read More…
Canada’s national hotel industry released a study this fall that found nearly 80% of the revenue generated by Airbnb in Canada comes from properties with no long-term residents. The Hotel Association of Canada said the study demonstrates what has increasingly been suggested anecdotally: that the concept of true “home-sharing” is no longer what Airbnb and similar rental sites are all about. Read More…
Members of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association (MLOA) will be participating in a one-day strike on Saturday, July 29, 2017, by refusing to sell items such as angling licenses and park passes on behalf of the province, to protest the growing regulatory disparities between licensed and unlicensed accommodation providers. Read More…