OPINIONS OF ONTARIO MOOSE HUNTERS ON CHANGES TO THE SELECTIVE HARVEST SYSTEM
In response to hunter concerns with the selective harvest system for moose management in Ontario, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources undertook a review of the program. This review incorporated the views of regional advisory committees drawn from the public and special interest groups, to develop five recommendations regarding: 1) party hunting; 2) sportsman’s cards; 3) group applications; 4) the preference pool system; and 5) mandatory hunter education. This paper describes a provincial survey conducted to determine the degree of hunter support for these recommendations. Survey participants supported all the recommendations, and indicated that their concerns with the selective harvest system were adequately addressed. For some recommendations, there were differences in the level of support from the northern vs southern Ontario, and/or from mailed questionnaires vs those distributed at district offices. The results of the survey were used to support suggested amendments to the selective harvest system.
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