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November 5, 2009
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Nova Scotia Teens Enjoy Island Hunting Expedition
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Chris Gillis of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, was this year’s winner of an Island hunting trip. He, accompanied by his older brother Brad, hunted geese with Point View Outfitters. The pair were successful in harvesting a few Canada Geese to take home.
Two Islanders also enjoyed out-of-province hunting trips through the exchange. Jason (Jin) Huang of Stratford traveled to Nova Scotia to hunt big game while Natasha Weigers of Summerside traveled to New Brunswick to hunt Upland Game. Natasha had been scheduled to go in last year’s exchange with New Brunswick but the trip was deferred one year.
Minister Brown said the exchange program offers Atlantic youth a chance to see other communities and an incentive to get involved in hunting and fishing.
“These youth have embraced the heritage and culture of hunting and fishing in Atlantic Canada. I would like to encourage more Islanders to be like these youth and get involved in outdoor activities. We live on an Island surrounded by natural beauty. Get outdoors and enjoy it, you will appreciate it more, and help protect it,” said Minister Brown.
“I want to congratulate Chris and Brad Gillis and to thank the sponsors and volunteers who made this exchange possible.”
The Atlantic Province’s Youth Hunting and Fishing Exchange Program is endorsed by the governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador and by various sponsors with an interest in wildlife.
Through their participation in programs like the Firearm Safety/Hunter Education Course, young people, age 12 to 17, can win an opportunity to experience other cultures and lifestyles involving hunting and fishing in our neighbouring provinces. This program began nine years ago with Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island involved; five years ago Nova Scotia and New Brunswick came on board. Exchanges alternate between all four Atlantic Provinces.
Island sponsors for this year’s exchange program include the PEI Outfitter’s Association, Point View Outfitters, Earnscliffe Pheasant Preserve and Delta Waterfowl.