Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry advises COVID safety first

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SUDBURY – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) has a few suggestions for folks who are planning on heading to the hunt camp this fall despite the pandemic restrictions.

“Hunters are encouraged to keep their health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others, top of mind when planning and participating in the hunt this fall, including while at camp,” said Jolanta Kowalski, senior media relations officer with the MNRF. “Hunters are reminded to check for local public health restrictions and requirements and to plan their hunt to meet public health guidelines (such as physical distancing rules, social gathering limits, masking and hand hygiene).”

A little planning can go a long way toward ensuring a healthy hunting environment, noted Ms. Kowalski.  “Hunters should have plans in place that all party members are aware of prior to heading out for their hunt,” she said, “including how their party will be able to safely hunt and be at camp together, which members will be present at the site (in addition to the tag holder where the animal is killed) while following provincial health and safety guidelines recommended by the chief medical officer of health.”

MNRF conservation officers will be on the job, advised Ms. Kowalski. “Conservation officers continue to patrol and protect our natural resources during the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said. “They are also following the rules around social distancing, masking and hand hygiene.”

Ms. Kowalski suggested that hunters should stay on top of the latest recommendations and health advice. “For a full list of recommendations and current health advice, please check ontario.ca,” she said.