Did you know that at least seven of the 12 objects (or purposes) contained in our Memorandum of Association 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 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, hunters, anglers, and people who love the outdoors. These same kind of people formed this Club more than fifty years ago and continue to stand among its membership.

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