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Changes to Wildlife Hunting Regulations

Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on October 27, 2017 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

On behalf of the Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, I would like to inform you of today’s announcement involving amendments to our provincial Wild Life Regulations specifically designed to enhance opportunities for youth and for persons with disabilities. These regulations take effect immediately and will add to the many opportunities for both resident and non-resident hunters in our province. The following highlights some of the amendments to the legislation:

Minimum Age Firearms Use Regulations

· Reduced the minimum age allowing youth to hunt small game and waterfowl starting at age 12.

· Reduced the minimum age allowing youth to shoot fur bearing animals on a trapper’s licence starting at age 12.

· Reduced the minimum age allowing youth to hunt big game starting at age 16.

· Youth must be accompanied by a designated adult who is eligible to hunt and use firearms.

· Written consent to purchase a youth licence must be completed by a parent or person who has custody of the youth.

· All persons, including youth, must complete the Canadian Firearms Safety and Hunter Education Course and Trapper

Education Course (Trapping only) to be eligible for a licence.

· A designated adult who is not a parent or person who has custody of the youth must be designated in writing.

Program for Hunters with a Disability (Big Game)

· Amended the section allowing a designated hunter hunting on behalf of a person with a disability to keep that person within sight or within 800 meters, whichever is greater, while hunting big game. Additional provisions for person with disabilities will also be developed in advance of the 2018-19 big game licence draw that give priority access to problem farm moose or moose that are put down by a Departmental wildlife officer.

For more information, please visit http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/ffa/1027n01.aspx


Blair Adams

Director of Forestry and Wildlife Research

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

As many of you know these changes have been made as a result of ongoing efforts for quite some time and much work has gone into creating these increased opportunities for participation in hunting activities.

Please note that these changes are effective immediately and youth who wish to participate in small and big game hunting are required to abide by the following:

• A youth must carry written consent of a parent or person who has custody of the youth;

• A youth must be accompanied by a designated adult;

• A designated adult who is not the parent or person who has custody of the youth must be designated in writing;

• Youth must complete required hunter and firearms training courses and trapper education courses; and

• Youth and designated adult must possess Outdoor Identification Card or equivalent document.

More details are available through our website in the press release and backgrounder information. Please visit the following link to access these documents: http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/ffa/1027n01.aspx As there is a requirement for youth to have consent and accompaniment of an adult a standard consent and designation form is also available online at: http://www.flr.gov.nl.ca/wildlife/trapping/Youth%20Hunter%20or%20Trapper%20Consent-Adult%20Designation%20Form.pdf

There will be new policy direction as a result of these changes that will be circulated in the coming days.


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on October 27, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are the links to the News Release by Minister Gerry Byrne this morning in Corner Brook regarding Youth hunting and a program for hunters with disabilities.



Dinner and Dance / Awards Night

Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on October 26, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are having a BBQ Dinner / Dance with Awards Night on Saturday October 28 starting at 7PM.

Music will be supplied by Earl Blake ( CD) for a full evening of fun and entertainment. Bar services will be provided for the evening.

We still have tickets that are available for $50.00 double. We have limited seating capacity so get your tickets soon! This is a wonderful chance to mingle and say hello as we recognize those members who have dedicated their time and skills to the UHRGA, the outdoors and shooting sports.


Tickets are available from any member of the Executive or Board. Bring along some friends to share in the fun. Board members and others who wish are asked to please bring along a salad or a desert dish.


Thank you for your continued support to the Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association!


Please call

Tony Wiseman at 635 7179

John Randell at.. 635 5415

Wendell Smith at 686 5228

Meeting SEPT 05, 2017

Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on September 3, 2017 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Due to the Labour Day long weekend with everyone wanting to take advantage of the last long weekend of summer, we will be postponing our regular monthly meeting until Tuesday Sept. 05 at 7PM at our facilities on Goose Arm Road.

Hoping to see you there.


Trap Shooting Update

Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on August 14, 2017 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Trap events will be changed starting Sunday, September 10 to our Fall schedule. 

It will now be starting at 2PM on Sunday afternoons. There will be no trap on Thursday evening Sept. 07 due to our annual "Sight in Days"


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on August 12, 2017 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

SIGHT IN DAYS at the UPPER HUMBER ROD and GUN ASSOCIATION will be held at our club range at 177 Goose Arm Road in Deer Lake

The club will be assisting hunters to sight in their firearms prior to the up-coming hunting season.

Schedule of events:

Monday................Sept 04 ...................6PM to 8PM

Tuesday...............Sept 05 ...................6PM to 8PM

Wednesday..........Sept 06....................6PM to 8PM

Thursday..............Sept 07....................6PM to 8PM

Friday...................Sept 08....................6PM to 8PM


Hunters are responsible for the safe transport of all their firearms to and from the facility and to make sure you carry with you your current club membership card and NFA insurance card.

For those who are not members please be sure to pick up your permits to carry your firearms to the range from the authorities.They are available from the RNC, The Dept. of Fisheries and Land Resources, the Dept. of Natural Resources, and the Dept. of Justice.

PLEASE BRING ALONG ADEQUATE AMMO for your sighting purposes.

Contact us for more information at :

John Randell ............635-5415

Wendell Smith .........686-5228 

Sherman Peddle .......215-0254

Dan Whelan .............634-2847

Tony Wiseman..........635 7179

John Anstey..............635-5460

A small fee per rifle will be collected. A portion of the funds collected will be passed along to a charitable foundation. ALL shooters will have to sign the register and non-members will pay a $6.00 fee for insurance purposes prior to any shooting activity. A portion of the fee will be forwarded to a Western Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Hearing and Eye protection is mandatory and must be worn at all times during shooting activity. The club has a supply of the safety equipment on hand which should be adequate but will depend on the numbers of people present. Please bring along your own if you have them.

IPSC Black Badge Certification EVENT

Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on August 1, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

IPSCNL will be conducting a Black Badge Certification course on September 30 to October 01 at the Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association.

Should you be interested in getting involved then contact us through this contact below or


Thank You for the interest in our programs


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 30, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (1)

Youth Skills Event ///// Saturday, August 05.


Should you have family and friends with youth who are interested in taking in the excitement of the Youth Day activities, then get them involved. This information is available on our website under NEWS. www.upperhumberrodandgun.com.


The Department of Fisheries and Land Resources - Wildlife Division - will be partnering with us again this summer for a full-day youth event on Saturday, August 05 at the Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association at 177 Goose Arm Road in Deer Lake.

The event will provide an opportunity for our youth aged 12-17 to participate in shotgun, rifle, and archery in a safe environment under the direct supervision and guidance of qualified instructors and volunteers. There will be a nominal registration fee per youth to participate in this event. A free lunch will be provided.

All firearms, archery equipment, ammunition and related safety gear will be provided by the Wildlife Division.


Participants will also learn about wildlife conservation, outdoor safety, wilderness survival, responsible hunting practices, and the minor's Possession Acquisition License Program.


There will be opportunities for youth to win prizes, and those participants between 12 to 17 years old will have their name entered in the Youth Hunting and Fishing Exchange Program draw for a chance to participate in another province. Last year we had a local girl who won. Both her and her Dad enjoyed a goose hunting trip to PEI.


During lunch time, a competition to identify animals, ducks and other game birds, the judging of distances to animal and bird silhouettes, and other interesting material will be held. Youth will also be given some instruction on using compasses. There will also be a session on taking or reading compass bearings and giving distances between markers which will be a part of the competition.


Participants are required to pre-register for the event. Registration will take place on a first-come, first-served basis until all our 50 spaces are filled. All youth in attendance must be accompanied by a parent and / or guardian for the entire day.


We are accepting a maximum of 50 youth for this years event. The Youth will be divided into 4 groups with each group rotating through all of the programs in a timely manner.


The event will go ahead, rain or shine so dress according to weather conditions, bring along rain gear and remember also to bring along sun block . We are all aware of our ever changing Newfoundland weather conditions.

Thank you for your interest in our partnered program for the Youth of Newfoundland and Labrador in developing those necessary skills for our outdoors sports and conservation activities. The skills and lessons learned by our youth on this day will be an introduction for many to a lifetime of safely enjoying the great outdoors and wilderness activities which we share.


In attendance for the day will be Archery Instructors, members of the Deer Lake Search and Rescue team who will be doing outdoor wilderness awareness and survival training, media from the Western Star, NTV News are being invited, members of the Dept. of the Fisheries and Land Resources, Wildlife Division, and Firearms Instructors. A member of the local Canadian Firearms Office in Corner Brook will be speaking on the Minor's License Application process and general firearms licensing requirements.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED / PLEASE ADVISE if you can assist during the day.


Volunteers are very important to the success of our activities and programs. Should you have some time to give us during this event, please make us aware of your interest... I believe that last year we had 29 persons come to assist us in the days event. This made for a very successful event with smooth transition through the entire program. Without treasured persons as yourself who come forward giving of your time and sharing your skills, programs such as this would not be possible. Your dedication and time with us is greatly appreciated,


Please visit the photo gallery for past years Youth Skills Event. www.upperhumberrodandgun.com


Should you need directions to the event, you can go to "Directions" on our web site... by entering the destination as : The Upper Humber Rod and Gun Association, Deer Lake, NL and enter where you are starting from. The Google map feature will give you specific driving directions which you can print off if needed.


Contact information for pre-registration is listed below. Should there be any medical conditions, allergy or other concerns, please advise upon pre-registration.


Mr. Wendell Smith 709 686 5228

Mr. Liam Parfitt 709 660 9999

EMAIL Contact us at



* Name of Participant / s

* Age

* Parent or Guardian who will be attending with them for the day

* Address

* Contact and alternate phone numbers

* Special Note (Allergy, Medical Condition etc.)


Schedule of Events: AUGUST 05 / 2017

9:00: Registration

9:30: General Welcome and Introductions

9:40: Firearms / Range Safety

10:00 - 12:00: Concurrent Sessions

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch / Wildlife Contest

1:00 - 3:00: Concurrent Sessions

3:00 - 4:00: Closing Remarks, Prizes, Group Photo


Thank You !

Wendell Smith

Pres., UHRGA


Government Survey Hunting and Fishing

Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on July 24, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A Government survey

is currently being conducted online regarding the hunting age and disabilities for both hunting and fishing activities. Please share this link with everyone that has a vested interested in hunting and fishing activity.

Deadline is July 31st so act now and get it done!


Thank You and hoping that you take the time to do this survey. This is your chance to make a difference.

Please share this message.


Posted by smith.wendell1@gmail.com on June 25, 2017 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The annual 2017 memorial shoot will be going ahead on Sunday June 25, 2017. Registration will start at 9:30 AM with the shoot starting at 10:00.

This year we will be shooting 50 singles, 50 doubles and 50 handicap. It will be a registered Big 50 event if any of the registered shooters would like to register their scores.

This event is open to anyone who would like to participate so please email to anyone you think would be interested in participating, all are welcome.

There will be a 22 shooting event going on for the Memorial shoot if anyone would like to participate as well. You can shoot just the trap event, 22 event or both. Everyone needs to bring their own ammunition. Shotgun sizes of # 7 1/2 or

#8 are required.


The 22 event will consist of three categories. Pistol, rifle with scopes and iron sights. It is all for fun in the spirit of shooting sports to honour those members of our association who have passed on. Lets have a day to remember them.

Bring along your friends!

The range set up and direction for the 22 shoots will be done under the direction and guidance of Al Skinner from the Stephenville Club. The Stephenville club has offered to bring along their Steel Challenge targets for our memorial shoot. I will be running the range for the 22 shooting activity with some help.


Please be sure that you have your membership and insurance cards cards and other documents or cards required to bringing your firearms to the club.


Lunch will be provided at the club as a shared expense based on the numbers who show up for the event.

See the attached brochure regarding the trap event. Any questions please email or give me a call. Wendell Smith 686 5228 /or cell at 638 9871....... Dave Batstone at 634 6306