Lake Huron-North Shore Elk Advisory Committee

Hello Members,

The SJI Hunters and Anglers Association has been closely involved with the Lake Huron-North Shore Elk Advisory Committee.  The Club has committed seed donations for food plots, and it has offered its volunteer help.  The Elk Advisory Committee is working to minimize the impact of elk, particularly on agricultural land, while also ensuring the viability of the herds.

By clicking on one of the links below, you have an opportunity to contribute to the data collection about where the elk are and about the kinds of impacts that they are exerting.  Please print the form, complete it, and then submit it through one of the means identified at the bottom of the form.  One link is to a Word file and the other to a PDF file.

Thank you for your interest.

Local Agricultural Landowner Survey_LHNS EAC_August 2016

Local Agricultural Landowner Survey_LHNS EAC_August 2016



All members are asked to help clean the Conservation Centre in a work bee that is to be held May 9th at 7:00p.m.  The work bee is to ready the Club house for the Zone Meeting being hosted by the Club on May 13.


Derek Goertz
Management Biologist
Sault Ste. Marie District
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
64 Church Street, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 3H3
Tel: 705-941-5130, Fax: 705-949-6450<>


Please be aware that a draft White-tailed Deer management policy has been posted to the Environmental Registry for public input. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is committed to sustainable management of Ontario’s White-tailed Deer to maintain healthy populations while balancing social and economic interests. This policy will complement existing ecological frameworks and modernize deer management practices, allowing us to better align and coordinate our resource management activities.

The draft White-tailed Deer management policy provides guiding principles, management objectives and strategies to help ensure the long-term, ecologically sustainability of White-tailed Deer populations.

This posting can be accessed online at and by searching the registry # 013-0056.  The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking public input concerning this posting for 45 days from March 20, 2017 to May 4, 2017. Input is always appreciated.

NOTE:  The access to the EBR site is EBR comment on white tail deer management  The access code is 013-0056 . A downloadable PDF is available through a link in the document.  The reading is much easier on the Web, but comment is through the EBR site.



For your information:

February 9, 2017The Ontario Federation of Agriculture says a fee on bottled water could be used to fund farmer programs designed to reduce phosphorous runoff to the Great Lakes.
There is a goal to reduce current phosphorous runoff levels reaching Lake Erie by 40 per cent.
The OFA partnered with Environmental Defence and enlisted support from 23 other environmental and agricultural groups for a letter asking the Ontario government to protect freshwater by putting a deposit on single-use beverage containers, such as plastic water bottles.
“Every year in Ontario, one billion plastic bottles end up in landfills or our environment,” said Ashley Wallis, Water Program Manager with Environmental Defence. “We need to turn this plastic tide. The Blue Box program isn’t working well enough,” she says.
“Deposit return programs such as the province already applies for wine and beer bottles are a proven way to increase recycling rates, Wallis says.
Currently, about 80 per cent of litter in the lakes is plastic. Ontario also has the lowest collection rate for plastic beverage containers in Canada, at 47 per cent.
In comparison, Canadian jurisdictions with deposit return programs collect up to 95 per cent of their bottles.
They estimate deposit-and-return could generate $100 million a year that could be used to clean up the Great Lakes.


The Wild Game Dinner of 2017 was a wonderful success.  There was a delightful combination of standard favourites and brand new menu items.  The desserts were a hit.  The auctions also pleased the crowd, and the contrasting pace of the silent auction and the live auction created an entertaining evening.  The Club is very appreciative of the volunteers who worked preparing, serving and clearing the dinner, the Chefs, Max and Yves who created the many very special dishes, the bakers who provided all of the desserts, the Shamrock Club for doing the dishes, and all of the donors of auction items.  Please connect to the link below for the list of donors.

Thank you to all supporters

Spring Hunt for Wild Turkey Approved for WMU36

John, I am pleased to inform you that the new wild turkey regulations have now been approved for January 1, 2017 implementation.  The Ministry consulted with the public on these regulatory proposals for 45 days from September 19 to November 3, 2016 through the Environmental Registry (ER #012-8597).

In summary, the approved changes are:

  1. The wild turkey hunter education course requirement has been eliminated and key components will be combined with the broader Ontario hunter education course.
  2. A spring wild turkey hunting season will now been opened in WMU 36 and a fall wild turkey hunting season in WMU 94.
  3. A fall bows-only hunting season for wild turkey from October 1-31 in all Wildlife Management Units that have a fall firearm wild turkey hunting season will be open in fall 2017.
  4. The opening date of the spring wild turkey hunting season will be April 25th every year.
  5. Shot size number 7 can now be used for wild turkey hunting in addition to shot sizes 4, 5 and 6.
  6. The minimum bow requirements for hunting wild turkey have been clarified in the regulations to match the requirements for white-tailed deer (e.g. minimum draw weight and length).

A decision notice will be posted on the Environmental Registry in the coming weeks to notify the public of the changes.

Regards and Merry Christmas,


Greg Cull, Management Biologist|Sault Ste. Marie District|Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

tel: (705) 941-5108| fax: (705) 949-6450 |email:

2017, Twenty-Third Annual Wild Game Dinner, January 28th

Hunters and anglers, the harvest season has begun.  The Hunters and Anglers Club will gratefully accept any donations of meat for the coming Wild Game Dinner.

The 2017, Twenty-third, Annual Wild Game Dinner is being held at the Richards Landing, Royal Canadian Legion Hall.  The doors and bar will open at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.  Silent auctions, live auctions and raffles will follow the dinner.


Ticket sales for the Wild Game Dinner will be Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the Conservation Centre beginning at 8:00 a.m.  There is a maximum of 8 tickets per purchaser, and tickets are sold on a first-come-first-serve basis.