Kenora, Thunder Bay deer hunt numbers low
Northwestern Ontario cities looking at how to improve annual deer hunts
Posted: Feb 21, 2013 11:56 AM ET
Last Updated: Feb 21, 2013 12:44 PM ET
Thunder Bay and Kenora are both grappling with how to properly manage their urban bow hunts to help quell the rising deer population.
After two urban hunts, Kenora’s deer herd continues to expand. Mayor Dave Canfield said the small harvest could be partly blamed on a Ministry of Natural Resources $45 licence fee.Kenora Mayor David Canfield. (Supplied)
“I hear this from residents quite often,” he said.
“They just simply quit hunting because the cost of a deer licence was pretty expensive. You get a small deer and, by the time you get the meat off and debone it, you have about 20 to 25 pounds of meat, which is about 2 bucks a pound.”
According to one report from last fall's hunt, 14 deer were taken by nine hunters.
Canfield said there are hundreds of deer in Kenora and he plans to meet with the MNR’s district manager to discuss a lower fee for additional deer tags.
He said Kenora council is also considering reducing the minimum size of properties for the hunt — from 10 acres to five.
Canfield also noted there may be urban hunters in Kenora who didn't report deer they harvested, as reporting is done voluntarily.Thunder Bay's manager of bylaw enforcement Ron Bourret. (CBC)
The same goes for the deer hunt in Thunder Bay. The city's manager of bylaw enforcement, Ron Bourret, said he only has anecdotal reports about the results of the city’s first-ever harvest.
Council hoped bow hunters would help lower the deer herd, especially in high-traffic, semi-rural areas.
Moving forward, Bourret said the city would like urban hunters to voluntarily register.
“We'll do a follow-up with them and ask them ... [whereabouts] they were hunting, [and] if they were successful,” he said.
“We certainly recognize that council wants some feedback and so do we.”
Bourret said there were only three complaints filed about the inaugural hunt and anecdotal reports about the deer harvest, in general, were good.
The manager of bylaw enforcement will be at this weekend’s Central Canada Outdoor show, in Thunder Bay, where he will be giving out information about the urban deer hunt.
Both Thunder Bay and Kenora are planning to go ahead with the deer hunts this fall.
Latest Thunder Bay News Headlines
- Maintenance workers' strike may halt elevators
- If a maintenance workers' strike continues, the agency regulating elevator safety in Ontario says it may need to shut down elevators for safety reasons. more »
- Downpour sets back last year's flooding repairs
- A Thunder Bay restoration company that was just about done with the repair work from last year's flood has been hindered by the long-weekend downpour. more »
- First Nations activist receives international peace prize
- An activist from Grassy Narrows is getting international recognition. more »
- Man admits to removing dead bear's paws, head
- The mystery surrounding a bear carcass that was found without its head and paws earlier this month has been solved. more »
Top News Headlines
- Harper 'not consulted' about Duffy Senate expense repayment
- Prime Minister Stephen Harper says that not only did he not know about his chief of staff's "gift" to repay Senator Mike Duffy's expenses before the story broke in the media, he was not consulted and did not sign off on Nigel Wright's decision to write a personal cheque. more »
- 2 infants confirmed among dead of Oklahoma tornado
- Rescue workers raced to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, including those of 10 children. more »
- 'You will see him again in heaven,' Sharlene Bosma tells daughter
- Sharlene Bosma told more than 1,000 people at the public memorial service for her slain husband, Tim Bosma, about the love they shared. more »
- Mayor Ford stays silent while his brother defends him
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford continues to stonewall the media over allegations that he was recorded on video smoking what appears to be crack cocaine, but his brother Coun. Doug Ford told reporters Wednesday that the story is untrue. more »