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Summer 2021

President’s Report, By Scott Sears

Hello fellow Trappers, 

I hope everyone had a safe and productive trapping season. I think the season ended on the positive side of things with FHA’s sale having some great clearances and some increases in prices.

As most of you have likely already heard the OFMF AGM in Parry Sound this year has been cancelled. It will be held again in August in Sault Ste Marie, please watch the OFMF website if you wish to attend as we will know more as it gets closer to the amount of people that can attend in one group. The OFMF Board has decided that when Covid allows us to open up again that the next OFMF AGM will be held in Parry Sound.

The OFMF Executive is still working hard on having the Algonquin Wolf re-assessed. Robin has been contacting MNRF officials weekly on the Trapline Allocation Policy and hoping to have an answer to this ERO before the magazine is published. Hopefully, we can give our members some good news at the AGM in Sault Ste Marie.

The OFMF has joined a spraying coalition with Joel Theriault to ban the use of glyphosate based products in Ontario forests. Joel has 100 First Nations in Ontario supporting the coalition. The OFMF has sent letters to MNRF and MECP in support of Joel’s coalition. Since 2001 Quebec has banned the use of chemical herbicides by their forest industry and replanted earlier after harvesting.

The OFMF has been getting some complaints from trappers in Ontario that the breakaways are failing on RCR’s with larger coyotes. I provided Ted Anderson with some breakaways and Ted did the testing on these for the OFMF. With the information Ted provided to the OFMF, we shared it with the FIC and the TRDC in hopes that it will help in the future and for trappers with better testing and proper poundage rating of breakaways.

I hope everyone has a safe and healthy summer.