Drown says the objective of the Federation is to exchange information and ideas between the different outfitter associations and use their collective strength to influence and resolve issues affecting the hunting and fishing community in Canada. Drown says participants have already met several times in Ottawa regarding a number of federal issues common to all of them.
Together, the eight member associations represent a minimum of 2,000 outfitters. A conservative estimate of their contribution to the national economy as a group comes to about three quarters of a billion dollars per year and that's just from hunting outfitters. The amount swells when you start calculating the contribution of fishing operators as well. Drown says the Federation is crunching those numbers now, along with economic contributions generated by ancillary goods and services such as air travel, lodging, restaurants, hunting supplies, etc. With these collective figures behind them, Drown says the Federation will indeed be able to flex some muscle when speaking with legislators and other government officials.
Perhaps if a federation of this sort had existed several years ago, the moratorium on grizzly bears could have been avoided. Here at The Hunting Report,........(continued)