From forests and fields to lakes and rivers, Saskatchewan has long boasted world-class hunting, fishing and trapping opportunities. On November 15, Saskatchewan residents and visitors across the province will celebrate Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Heritage Day.
While many of us are aware of the importance that hunting, fishing and trapping played in Canada’s history, many don’t realize that these activities continue to be an integral part of life in Saskatchewan. They contribute over $500 million into Saskatchewan’s economy every year.
Darrell Crabbe, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, says, “Hunting, fishing and trapping are woven into the history of this great province, and everyone that calls it home. They are essential activities for sustainable wildlife management.” He adds “by participating in these activities, and sharing them with family and friends, thousands of Saskatchewan families are creating lifelong memories.”
The Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Act was passed in fall 2009. Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Heritage Day is a special day to celebrate and recognize the significant economic, cultural and social contribution that hunting, fishing and trapping have made to the province.
“Hunting, fishing and trapping are significant to our province’s history, and they continue to shape our traditions and heritage,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said. “These outdoor activities have a deep social and cultural importance to Saskatchewan residents, so it is important to manage our resources to benefit everyone. We support the efforts of important stakeholders such as the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation to help us provide ample hunting, fishing and trapping opportunities.”
“Hunters, anglers and trappers play an integral role as stewards of our environment. By purchasing licences, they are also key funders in the conservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources and habitat within the province,” adds Crabbe.
Anyone participating in hunting, fishing or trapping is reminded that to enjoy these activities to the fullest means enjoying them safely. Hunting is a privilege; please get permission to access private land, even when it is not posted.
Specific information on licensing, seasons, draws, regulation changes, etc. is made available each year in the Saskatchewan Hunters’ and Trapper’s Guide. The guide is available online at saskatchewan.ca/hunting or at Ministry of Environment field offices.
Anyone participating in hunting, fishing or trapping is reminded that to enjoy these activities to the fullest means enjoying them safely.
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation
The Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation is a non-profit, non-government, charitable organization of more than 34,000 members in 122 communities across Saskatchewan representing every walk of life. Per capita, it is considered the largest wildlife conservation organization of its kind in the world. Established in 1929, the SWF has become an acknowledged leader in the conservation field.