News & Events

  • We Are Not A Hidden Gem Anymore


    CBC wrote an extensive article on fishing in Manitoba that featured several quotes from MLOA President Paul Conchatre. Highlights include:

    In Manitoba, recreational fishing licence sales rose by 13 per cent in between 2008 and 2017 – jumping from about 169,000 licences to 195,000.

    Travel Manitoba picked up on that trend in recent years and has managed to exploit it to the benefit of local recreational fishing economies, says the president of the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association. “With Manitoba being almost like an unsung hero for a lot of years, I think the word is out now,” said Paul Conchatre, who is also a former board member of Travel Manitoba. He credits the rise in fishing licence sales to an aggressive shift in how Travel Manitoba approaches the marketing of fishing and tourism online. A different funding model has made that renewed focus on marketing possible, he said.

    Out-of-towners typically spend far more on single outings, hiring guides, booking accommodations and transportation costs, said Conchatre. All told, Conchatre estimates local and non-resident anglers have spent $221 million in the past two years on walleye fishing-related activities just in the south basin of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River tributaries. With that comes the suggestion fish stocks are under more pressure.

    Please read the full article by Bryce Hoye for CBC News:


  • Travel Manitoba Looking to Rev Up Snowmobile Tourism in the North



    According to a 2013 report from Snoman, the snowmobiling industry contributes more than $300 million to the provincial economy each year. Not only does northern Manitoba have a natural advantage because of its longer winter, but an extensive trail system is already in place with dedicated local groups like the Thompson Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club that are willing to maintain them. A marketing strategy framework was laid out during a snowmobiling summit in Snow Lake last Nov. 15, which featured representatives from Flin Flon, The Pas, Cranberry Portage and Swan River. Based on recommendations brought up during this summit, Travel Manitoba is moving into “phase two” of this project, which involves asking the Churchill Regional Economic Development Fund to help them hire a northern co-ordinator and set up committees that can carry out certain tasks. Read More…

  • Red River’s Red Flags: Sediment Threatens Fish


    A study, produced by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, says the Red River, which forms the border between that U.S. state and North Dakota, has places where there is so much sediment in the water, it makes it hard for fish “to find food, detect predators and reproduce in cloudy water.” As well, the study found fish can’t go into some areas because of high bacteria counts, and levels of both phosphorus and nitrogen are increasing.  Read More…

  • Regulatory Changes Could Accelerate MB Wetland Loss


    Proposed Regulatory Changes Could Accelerate Manitoba Wetland Loss

    At the end of November, the Manitoba government launched public consultations on a draft regulation that would streamline approvals for lower-risk, lower-impact drainage and water control projects. With those consultations now complete, groups that have voiced their concerns include the International Institute for Sustainable Development, The Lake Winnipeg Foundation, and the Keystone Agricultural Producers.

    For further information, please read Bryce Hoye’s article for CBC News.


    For background, please read Lorraine Stevenson’s article for the Manitoba Co-Operator:


    And info from the Manitoba government “A Proposed Regulation under The Water Rights Act”:

  • FWEF Funding for State of the Industry Research and Report


    The MLOA was successful in securing $30,000 from the Fisheries and Wildlife Enhancement Fund to hire a researcher/consultant to conduct a thorough and comprehensive review of hunting regulations and practices from jurisdictions across North America. Read More…

  • 2018 Farm Bill Provides Benefits for Duck Hunters


    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:

  • Night Hunting Banned in Manitoba


    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…

  • Province Needs to Get Its Ducks in a Row


    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:

    Read More…

  • 2018 Waterfowl Population Status Report


    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…

  • Big Game Licencing and Regulations


    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

    Read More…