The Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters was founded in 1930 by concerned sportsmen who wanted to establish a unified, single, strong provincial voice to speak for hunters and anglers to government on matters of wildlife conservation. This role was recognized by the Government of Nova Scotia when they passed Chapter 148 of the Acts of 1930, the act creating the Federation.
The Federation has been that voice since 1930 and, supported by our affiliated clubs in the province with an estimated 6,500 members and supporters, it continues to work to ensure the message of hunters and anglers is heard at all levels of government. We have been able, with the help of our partners in government, to make significant positive changes in the province for sports people and the resource and through legislation protected our heritage activities.
Although we have made progress we continue to face significant challenges. There is continued pressure to further restrict ownership and use of firearms. Threats to wildlife habitat such as urban sprawl, unsound forest harvesting practices, wind farm developments. Threats to traditional hunting & angling activity in protected areas by restricting access. In addition there are always issues around changes to the laws, rules & regulations governing angling & hunting. The list seems to grow daily.
Those sportsmen who created the Federation recognized the wisdom in speaking to Government with a strong united voice; we would do well to emulate them. If you or your club do not belong to the Federation, think about the future and the strength a larger union of hunters and anglers will have when working with government in the name of conservation, the wise use of our natural resources.
We must all work together to ensure future generations enjoy the right to Fish, Hunt, Trap or otherwise enjoy the wildlife resources of Nova Scotia.
The NSFAH held our AGM on Saturday, March 20, 2021 and we are pleased to announce our 2021 executive committee;
President- Shan Cunningham
Vice President- John Lynch
Secretary- Matt Balcombe
Treasurer- Michael Pollard
Past President- Travis McLeod
Eastern Regional Director- John Kennedy
Central Regional Director- Kim Van de Vrie
Western Regional Director- Harley Conrad
On behalf of the executive, board of directors, the members of the NSFAH, as well as all hunters, anglers and trappers in Nova Scotia, I would like to give a huge thank you to our outgoing secretary Wilf Woods and our outgoing treasurer Mike Queripel for all of their dedication and hard work. The newly elected executive certainly has big shoes to fill!
- Shan Cunningham President NSFAH
On Dec 8th the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers President, Shan Cunningham, drew the winning entries in both of the Federations lotteries.
In the Honda lottery the winners were:
•1st Prize of a Honda Generator, Outboard Motor and Bush Cutter was won by Mr. Maynard Negus of Dartmouth NS
•2nd Prize of a Limited Edition Wildlife print was won by Mr.Gary Joudry of Liverpool NS
•3rd Prize of a NSFAH Grohmann belt knife was won by Mr. Dave Berringer of Bridgewater NS
The Federation wishes to thank Honda Canada for their contribution to the success of this fund raising lottery
The winning entries in the NSFAH License of a Lifetime lottery were:
•Mr Matthew Myers of Lower Sackville NS
•Mr Wayne MacRae of Truro NS
The Federation wishes to thank the Departments of Fisheries and Aquaculture and Lands and Forestry for their contributions to the success of this fund raising lottery.
Congratulations & Thank you all
Is awarded annually to an individual or group for their continued education of the public on wildlife, environment or related subjects.
2020 Awarded to Safari Club International
For their work educating the public concerning the issues around Sunday Hunting
Is presented for outstanding effort toward the advancement of freshwater sport fishing.
2020 Awarded to Kings County Wildlife Association
Our main focus this year has been connecting with our elementary school students in implementing the Learn to Fish Program and in growing the Fish Friends Program within the elementary schools. We were able to expand the Fish Friends Program from seven to thirteen tanks
Is awarded annually to the Association judged to be the most successful in promoting wildlife
conservation among youth.
2020 Awarded to Port Morien Wildlife Association
For their body of work including Fish Friends, L2F, and their Barrier Free Project.
Is presented annually to the branch of the Federation that makes the most significant contribution to the conservation and propagation of migratory game birds.
2020 Awarded to Port Morien Wildlife Association
For their continued work with Loon Nesting Platforms and Wood Duck nesting boxes
Is presented annually to an individual for outstanding efforts in furthering the aims of the NSFAH
2020 Awarded to Gerry Simpson, Truro Struttin Gobblers
Is presented for the demonstration of outstanding leadership in the promotion of safety and
sportsmanship in outdoor recreation.
2020 Awarded to South Shore Wildlife Association
For their work promoting public awareness of Lyme Diesease.
Is presented annually to the club which best promoted the objectives of the NSFAH
2020 Awarded to Women That Hunt
For their body of work recruiting, training and mentoring youth
Is presented annually for a conservation project.
2020 Awarded to Cape Breton Island Wildlife Association
For their work with community partners to advocate for amendments to the wetlands policy for the Province including the symposium and workshop event held at CB University.