President’s Message

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President’s Report, By Willis Deline

Greetings fellow Trappers,

Fall is rapidly approaching and it will be time to start the most important season of the year, trapping season.  It is always an exciting time of year and your head is always filling with visions of good catches and new tricks and sets that you may have heard about or dreamed up in the off season.  I can’t wait to get started.

Our Timmins 2018 Convention and AGM has finished up I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town of Timmins for their hospitality, Andy Chartrand, Jodie Russell, Richard McCord, Timmins Fur Council and the entire Convention Committee and all their volunteers for their hard work on putting this year’s convention on.  It was a great time and lots of fun for young and old alike.

It has been an honour to serve you as President for the last year and I will promise to do my best to lead OFMF through all the obstacles that may be ahead of us in the next year.  As this was an election year I would like to acknowledge the past contributions and work done by our outgoing Director and Assistant Directors Stephane Dubuc, Jim MacLeod, and Mark Deans, and welcome aboard Shaun Meehan, Jason Beaupre, Gord Yule, and Ryan Cardy.  I would also like to welcome Erik Treftlin to the Executive Board and thank the whole board for their dedication and hard work in representing the trappers of this province.

I believe we have resolved the issues surrounding our Trapline Allocation Policy.  Starting in January 2019 there will only be one 90 day duty to consult sent out as written in the Policy and no new 30 or 45 days added later in the year as has been happening in some Districts of the province.  So, the short of it is the policy should be followed as written throughout the province and trapline transfers should be taking place in the areas that previously were not following the policy.  If you still are having problems with your District not following the policy please let our office know.  MNRF are also working on the Resident Crown Land allocation policy and the structure model will be the current Registered Trapline Allocation Policy that is in effect.  We will work very close with the MNRF so we can be sure that the current trappers on these lands and the new allocations will be treated fairly.

We have had two positive meetings with the MNRF Minister Yurek and his staff and look forward to working with the new Government in the future and building a strong working relationship.

I would like to thank all that have contributed money to the member representation trust fund and our Wolf study research project.  We have to support ourselves if we are going to maintain our way of life.

Have a safe and productive trapping season.

Yours in Trapping