Kerry is a fish and wildlife biologist by training. He retired from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in 2009. Like many retirees he seems busier now than when he was working full time. He is 1’st Vice Chair of Zone F of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and on the Provincial Board of Directors for the OFAH. He is the chairman of the Rideau-Grenville Chapter of Ducks Unlimited and also on the Provincial Board of Directors for the Ontario Woodlot Owners Association. He chairs the Eastern Ontario Deer Advisory Committee and is co-chair of the Leeds and Grenville Stewardship Council. He has recently completed the Ontario Hunter Education Instructors Course, is a Managed Forest Plan Approver and does some consulting work. All of these worthy organizations and activities demand time, but he does make sure he sets time aside to do what he really enjoys, and that is hunting, fishing and spending time at his woodlot.
His wife Jane raises Standard Long Haired Dachshunds and Kerry has an English Springer Spaniel named Molly. She is his upland bird dog, although he thinks she likes waterfowling as much or more than hunting upland game. The plan is to work with some of the longhairs on tracking wounded big game, but to date they haven’t done very much training or tracking. Jane is still working full time so time is a little tight – but it is still the plan. The best laid plans ….
Kerry would like to see wounded big game tracking with leashed dogs promoted in Ontario. There is a general lack of knowledge and understanding about tracking wounded big game with well trained dogs. This has lead to regulations that are more restrictive than they need to be. Hopefully as the organization grows and the level of understanding increases, the rules can be relaxed to fall in line with the regulations that are in place in Nova Scotia. There are too many stories each year about wounded deer and other big game that have been lost that may have been recovered with a well trained tracking dog. Hopefully in time that will change.
1163 Stone Road,
Oxford Mills, ON,K0G 1S0