If you want a new, complimentary hat, you’ll have to take out a majestic beast first.
Recently, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, along with Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, announced that the province is investing $100,000 in a “Hats for Hides” business.
The province says the program encourages responsible harvesting and contributes to the province’s hunting industry.
“Our government supports Ontario’s hunters and recognizes that they are good stewards of our resources,” said Yakabuski. “We want to work with hunters to ensure no part of their harvest is wasted while supporting a local business and local jobs.”
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The province says the program, operated by BRT Provisioners, supports good hunting practices by collecting hides from hunters in exchange for a hat or a crest.
You can check out the available hats here.
Hunters who are particularly feisty should note that one of the hats is decorated with faux bullet holes.
It says this program will ensure resources are not wasted and can be sold as goods.
According to the province, hides collected support Indigenous artisans and local jobs.
“Hats for Hides supports thousands of hunters across Ontario, by making life easier and reducing waste,” said Yurek. “The program gives a positive alternative to casting off unwanted hides.”
The government worked to support hunters and hunting increases in the past.
“Our government recognizes the importance of Ontario’s hunting industry and is committed to making things better for hunters,” said Yakabuski. “We have frozen hunting licence fees, and we’re currently reviewing how moose are managed in Ontario to make hunting fairer, and more accessible for hunters. The Hats for Hides program is one more way we are supporting hunters and ensuring a sustainable hunting industry for years to come.”
At a time when school boards are announcing staffing surplusses and parents are protesting changes to the Ontario Autism Program, we imagine this initiative–much like the Doug Ford government’s Buck a Beer obsession and gambling investments–will go over like a lead balloon with large swaths of voters.
But at least some residents have free bullet hole hats in their futures.