First on the lighter side
(This was shamelessly stolen from the North Bay Fishing Club’s Facebook page)
Seriously though, stay safe on the ice and consider the ice thickness where you are parking or driving or walking
Here are the first and last dates for big game draws and tags for 2023
TB in deer
Although this is NOT in Ontario yet, it is just across the border in Michigan, so its one to keep an eye out for.
LANSING, Mich. (WSMH) –The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is warning hunters to be on the lookout for bovine tuberculosis in deer.
This is what an infected deer’s rib cage will look like:Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious disease caused by certain bacteria that attack the respiratory system of animals and humans.
There are several types of tuberculosis, but bovine tuberculosis (bTB) can infect the widest variety of animals and is what wildlife managers have been trying to eradicate from white-tailed deer in Michigan.
A big thanks to so many people who helped keep Norfolk County’s pheasant hunt up and running namely our 3 licence issuers shown here, and our pheasant committee (Bob Hawke, Randy Lambert and Jeff Helsdon).
A special thanks to Randy for his time and many kilometres of road travelled making sure pheasants are released every week during the season.I also want to thank all the members who have supported this program, and to Norfolk County and the Long Point Region Conservation Authority for their support and the use of their lands for hunting.
And a very great big thank you to all who bought Pheasant licences in 2022, all the money from these licences goes towards buying pheasants for release in 2023.
This link to fish stocking may be of interest to you
Fish stocking data online
The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) stocks approximately 8 million fish into more than 1,200 Ontario waterbodies every year. Fish stocking data is used to inform management decisions and production planning, but it is also available to the public to see where lakes are stocked throughout the province. Visit Fish ON-Line for more.
Covid in deer.
A small number of cases of Covid has been found in deer in Ontario but the farming magazine “Farmtario” has an article that states that a study in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York in 2021 had 40% of deer with Covid antibodies, another study found that in Ohio the number to be as high as 80%.
The full article can be found here :-
White-tailed deer found to be huge reservoir of coronavirus infection
New research from the U.S. has shown that white-tailed deer are being infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. Antibodies were found in 40 per cent of deer that were tested from January to March 2021 across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois and New York state. A second unpublished study has detected the virus in 80 … Continue reading White-tailed deer found to be huge reservoir of coronavirus infection
Can you tell a Grass Carp from a look-alike Carp. Are you 100% sure?
sCheck out the above card for instructions to make sure that you can ID it properly
If you do catch a Grass Carp please report it to the Invasive Species Hotline on –
Phone – 1-800-563-7711 or
email – email@example.com or
report it via – EDDMapS.org/Ontario.
MNRF 2015 fishing survey results
- Anglers spent 1.75 billion dollars on trip expenses and investments to fish in 2015.
- 1.5 million anglers fished in Ontario in 2015; 1.2 million adult anglers over the age of 18 years and 324,000 children.
- 68% of anglers over the age of 18 years are Ontario residents, 27% originate from the United States and 5% from other provinces.
- Visitors took 607,000 trips to Ontario to fish, resulting in 1.9 million nights of accommodation.
- The average age of adult anglers fishing in Ontario is 51 years and 81% are male.
- Anglers spent 14.4 million days and 74.6 million hours fishing in Ontario.
- Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Huron & Georgian Bay, Lake Simcoe, Lake of the Woods, Lake Nipissing, Ottawa River, St. Lawrence River, Grand River, Lake St. Clair and Rice Lake were the most frequently fished water bodies.
- Walleye is the most targeted species.
- Anglers caught approximately 72 million and harvested 13 million fish in Ontario.
- Walleye, bass, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and northern pike were the most caught and harvested species.
- 79% of anglers reported their fishing experience as excellent, very good or good in Ontario.
For the full survey results see –