The St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers Club with specially formulated supplies from Rack Stacker have surveyed deer yards and are delivering feed to starving deer on St. Joseph Island.

The severe winter of 2018-19 has put local deer herds at risk of significant late-season mortality from starvation. The onset of snow in early November, plus record cold temperatures, record deep snow, and ice storms have forced the deer to use up their fat reserves and consume all available food in their winter deer yards.  The deep snow and delayed spring are preventing deer from leaving the yards and accessing other food sources to make it through the last few weeks of winter. 

The St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers, under a special arrangement with Rack Stacker Inc., is purchasing supplemental feed specially formulated for digestibility by deer. The feed will be strategically distributed at several key deer yards. Other areas on the island where private individuals have been feeding deer during the winter may also need help to continue.

The next few weeks will be critical for the deer. In addition to supplemental feed, landowners can help by cutting down cedar trees for browse where deer are concentrated.

If you know of areas needing feed or individuals who need help to continue feeding, please call John Paterson, 705-246-3352, President, St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers.  Please contact John as well if you would like to donate to help offset the cost of the emergency deer feeding program.


On Sunday, May 5, at the Desbarats Arena, The St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers in partnership with Desbarats Community Recreation is hosting the second annual Gun and Outdoor Show. Doors open at 9:00 a.m and the event continues until 4:00 p.m. Entry is by donation.

CANCELLED: Ernie Eddy Memorial Children’s Fish Derby: March 2, at 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual children’s fish derby on Saturday, March 2, at Twin Lakes – off Hilton Road, St. Joseph Island – beginning at 10:00 a.m. HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Ice and snow conditions have made the Derby site inaccessible. Please plan to join the fun next year when Nature permits.

The Derby is open to children who are in Elementary School or younger. All equipment is supplied, holes are drilled, and food is available at no charge for children. There are prizes for the largest catch in each category species of fish, and prizes for every child who registers. Registration closes at 12:30 p.m.

BLAZING A TRAIL: Snowshoeing Event at the Hunters and Anglers Club Trails

The Lions Club and the St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers are jointly hosting a snowshoe day on the trails at the Hunters and Anglers Club, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, February 18. This is a family fun event!

A warm-up fire will be burning all day. Although hot-dogs, cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will be served, guests are also invited to bring their own picnics and beverages of choice.

If you have any questions, please email the St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers at or the St. Joseph Island Lions Club at

25th ANNIVERSARY WILD GAME DINNER 2019: JANUARY 26 at the RC Legion in Richards Landing

Join us for the 25th Anniversary Wild Game Dinner on January 26, 2019.

Doors open at 5:00 pm. when the bar opens and appetisers are served.  Dinner is served at 7:00 p.m.  Silent auctions, a live auction, raffles of the ‘Snake Bite Kit and Hunter’s Choice will follow the dessert service.  Tickets to the dinner will be sold at the Conservation Centre on Saturday, January 5th beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Tickets are sold on  a first-come-first-served basis.  Ticket purchase limits are 8 tickets per person.


The annual Wild Game Dinner is Saturday, January 26, 2019.  That is only 11 weeks from the opening of deer season on St. Joseph Island.  This year is the twenty-fifth anniversary dinner: an achievement to celebrate!  The second planning meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, at 7:30 at the Conservation Centre.  All Club members are invited to plan and to help.

SAVE THE DATE! The Annual Community Christmas Potluck and Photo Contest is December 1

The St. Joseph Island Hunters and Anglers Club invites all members, friends and neighbours to our annual Christmas Potluck and Photo Contest.  The doors open and social hour begins at 5:00 p.m.  Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m.  After dinner, plan on lingering for games and visiting.  Please bring your favourite dish to share, a donation to the Island Food Bank and your favourite beverage.  Saturday, December 1, at the Conservation Centre.