Hunting opportunities on SNC lands as fall approaches; wear high-visibility clothing

NATION VALLEY — As summer gives way to autumn, South Nation Conservation (SNC) reminds hunters and public alike to exercise caution when using those specific SNC properties where hunting is allowed.

Hunters should always wear high visibility clothing when accessing SNC lands as some areas may have multiple users at any given time. Residents are also advised to keep themselves and their pets safe while exploring the outdoors during hunting season by wearing high visibility clothing.

SNC owns and manages over 13,000 acres of community forests, wetlands, and grasslands across its 4,441 square-kilometre watershed jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario — over 8,500 acres of which are accessible for hunting with permission from SNC.

The cost for a permit to hunt on select SNC properties is $100 for watershed residents, paid to the local watershed authority. Hunters must also have provincial permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and are required to provide proof of liability insurance to SNC. Hunters are asked to keep their SNC hunting licence on them and to be aware of specific hunting requirements at each location.

Permit fees help to support land management activities and SNC’s annual Youth Hunt Apprenticeship Program.

Hunting opportunities include deer, moose, waterfowl, upland game, and rabbit — but not where SNC’s managed trail systems exist. Access the online mapping tool at www.nation.on.ca to find out which SNC properties are eligible for hunting.

All Conservation Authority rules and MNRF laws apply to SNC hunting areas, and it’s illegal to hunt on SNC Lands without a permit from the local watershed authority.

SNC says its lands are sustainably managed, restored, and maintained for recreational use and the protection of local natural heritage. It advises residents to report poaching and other hunting or natural resource violations to the MNRF tip line at 1-877-847-7667. See SNC’s permit application form at www.nation.on.ca/recreation/hunting-and-trapping or call 1-877-984-2948.

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