With a deadline looming to apply for a tag to hunt moose, a local group of hunters is growing increasing frustrated with the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 restrictions.
Mike Catari said he and his 12 buddies who travel each year to Red Lake, located 535 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay and less than 100 kilometres from the Manitoba border in Northern Ontario, are under growing pressure to make deposits on accommodations for October’s annual moose hunt or risk losing their place to stay.
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As well, the deadline to enter the lottery for a tag, which allows hunters to shoot either a male, a female or a calf, is June 1.
Catari, a retired Chrysler worker who has been hunting for 50 years, said the group is anxious to get clarification from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry whether they will be able to travel and stay together in Red Lake.
“We got to apply for one moose licence. And then we’ve got to rent the cabin. And travelling too,” Catari said. “Now it’s the coronavirus and they say you gotta be distanced and not more than four or five people. So we would want to know from (the) ministry what’s going on.