FINCH — As fall approaches, it is a special time for many residents of the area. The crisp cool air brings a change in the seasons as summer gives way to autumn, and hunting season.
But South Nation Conservation (SNC) reminds hunters that a hunting permit is required before hunting on its property.
The watershed authority owns 12,000 acres, including forests and wetlands, distributed across its 4,384 square-km jurisdiction. Over 8,500 acres of forested land is accessible to hunters with permits, each costing $100.
SNC says that Hunters must also have a minimum $2-million dollar liability insurance policy, which can be obtained through a membership with the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters.
Hunting permit fees help support various youth education programs such as the Youth Hunter Apprenticeship Program in partnership with the South Nation Delta Waterfowl Chapter.
“Hunters require written permission to hunt on SNC lands. It’s a common misconception that because lands are owned by a public agency such as SNC, they may be used without permission,” says Philip Duncan, SNC Property and Approvals Assistant II, in recent press release from the authority.
In addition to hunting, many recreational and economic activities take place on SNC land including hiking, geocaching, bee keeping, sugar bush operations, logging operations, agricultural cropping, and horseback riding. White-tailed deer, moose, waterfowl, and upland game are among the hunted species.
“Providing direction to hunters on where they can hunt allows SNC to monitor the various uses that take place on our land and ensure user safety,” says Duncan, who emphasizes that hunters should exercise caution on SNC property as some areas may have multiple users at any given time. “We encourage visitors to wear high visibility clothing in order to help identify themselves to other users.”
To obtain a letter of permission, visit the SNC website, www.nation.on.ca, complete the hunting permit form and send it in to the SNC office.