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Conservation at the St.‭ ‬John‭’‬s Rod‭ & ‬Gun Club

Did you know that at least seven of the‭ ‬12‭ ‬objects‭ (‬or purposes‭) ‬contained in our Memorandum of Association‭ (‬the‭ “‬Association‭”‬ being the St.‭ ‬John‭’‬s Rod‭ & ‬Gun Club‭) ‬are directly related to wildlife and conservation issues‭?

More specifically,‭ ‬and among other objects,‭ ‬the Club was formed:

    1. To encourage the protection and restoration of waters,‭ ‬wildlife,‭ ‬forest,‭ ‬and field‭;
    2. To educate the general public in recognizing resource conservation as vital to our way of life‭;
    3. To support legislation designed to curtail or eliminate activities destructive to natural resources‭;
    4. To support activities seeking to replenish or renew natural resources‭;
    5. To cooperate with provincial agencies involved in improving and strengthening resources through wise utilization‭;
    6. To promote the highest standards of sportsmanship and to foster farmer-sportsman cooperation‭;‬ and
    7. To stimulate and encourage public interest in natural resources and resource management.

To the casual observer,‭ ‬it might appear that the shooting sports have very little to do with the protection,‭ ‬restoration and conservation of invaluable natural resources like our waters,‭ ‬wildlife,‭ ‬forests and fields.‭ ‬Cynics might even argue they are counter-intuitive.‭ ‬But nothing could be further from the truth.

We are extremely fortunate in North America,‭ ‬and‭ ‬even‭ ‬more particularly,‭ ‬in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador,‭ ‬to be blessed with rich natural resources,‭ ‬including wildlife and wild spaces,‭ ‬and moreover,‭ ‬to be part of a model of conservation that recognizes,‭ ‬provides for,‭ ‬and directs the use and management of these resources.

How did we come to be entrusted with such a model‭? ‬By the conservation efforts of more than‭ ‬100‭ ‬years‭’‬ worth of sportsmen.‭ ‬That‭’‬s right,‭ ‬by hunters and anglers and people who love the outdoors,‭ ‬from the‭ ‬19th century through to the present‭ ‬day.‭ ‬The kinds of people that formed this Club more than fifty years ago and continue to stand among its membership.

The St.‭ ‬John‭’‬s Rod‭ & ‬Gun Club has long enjoyed a close relationship with the Newfoundland‭ & ‬Labrador Wildlife Federation‭ (‬NLWF‭)‬,‭ ‬which was founded in‭ ‬1962‭ ‬and is the largest and oldest conservation organization in the Province.‭ ‬The NLWF is a charitable non-governmental organization dedicated to the principle that natural renewable resources are economic,‭ ‬social,‭ ‬recreational and aesthetic assets that must be restored,‭ ‬wisely used and perpetuated for posterity.‭ ‬Both levels of government,‭ ‬federal and provincial,‭ ‬often seek out the NLWF in policy matters and decisions affecting the‭ ‬future of wildlife resources and environment issues.

For example,‭ ‬the NLWF is the only hunters‭ & ‬anglers advocacy and wildlife conservation group in the Province to have a seat on the national Hunting‭ & ‬Angling Advisory Panel,‭ ‬and has longstanding and established relationships with like-minded organizations across Canada,‭ ‬including the BC Wildlife Federation,‭ ‬Yukon Fish and Game Assn,‭ ‬NWT Wildlife Federation,‭ ‬Alberta Fish and Game Assn,‭ ‬Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation,‭ ‬Manitoba Wildlife Federation,‭ ‬Ontario Federation of Hunters and Anglers,‭ ‬La Federation Quebecoise des Chasseurs et Pecheurs,‭ ‬New Brunswick Wildlife Federation,‭ ‬PEI Wildlife Federation,‭ ‬and the Nova Scotia Federation of Hunters and Anglers.‭ ‬Here are just some of the issues being tackled by the NLWF:

    • Declining insular caribou populations and the five year Caribou Strategy‭ (‬2008-13‭)
    • Declining caribou populations in Labrador‭ (‬George River et al‭) ‬and the Labrador Caribou Initiative
    • Atlantic Salmon
    • Open pen fin fish aquaculture
    • Invasive species‭ ‬-‭ ‬green crab,‭ ‬eastern coyote,‭ ‬garter snakes,‭ ‬raccoons,‭ ‬etc.
    • Moose hunting in the National Parks‭ (‬Gros Morne and Terra Nova‭)
    • Moose management strategy
    • Endangered species
    • Forest resource management
    • Fracking
    • Outdoor Bill of Rights
    • Public food fishery
    • Cuts to wildlife protection and enforcement
    • Institution of a wildlife habitat and conservation fund
    • Lowering the legal age for hunting
    • The long‭ ‬gun registry and firearms legislation
    • Hunters helping the hungry
    • Legalizing new rimfire cartridges for small game hunting,‭ ‬hunting with crossbows,‭ ‬and‭ ‬hunting with raptors
    • Trail stickers and access to wilderness