Two Nova Scotians have landed lifetime passes to enjoy world-class fishing and hunting in the province.
The departments of Natural Resources and Fisheries and Aquaculture announced that Scott Johnson of Musquodoboit Harbour and John Webber of Shubenacadie have won the 18th annual Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters Licence of a Lifetime Lottery.
Mr. Johnson and Mr. Webber can hunt and fish throughout the province for the rest of their lives without having to buy another fishing, small game or deer-hunting licence. The prizes were donated by the two government departments.
John MacDonell, Minister of Natural Resources, drew one of the winning names saying hunting and fishing are a way of life in Nova Scotia.
"Our bountiful land and waters have long been a source of pride for Nova Scotians and hunting and fishing continue to be pastimes that thousands of us enjoy," said Mr. MacDonell. "I congratulate the winners of this lottery and encourage young Nova Scotians to hunt and fish in our beautiful outdoors and keep this great tradition alive."
Sterling Belliveau, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, drew the other winning ticket and touts hunting and fishing as an ideal way to enjoy the beauty and greatness of our outdoors.
"These activities promote active, healthy living and are extremely important to the rural, coastal economy of Nova Scotia," said Mr. Belliveau.
Mike Pollard, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers and Hunters, encourages those who don't hunt or fish to give it a try.
"It's a safe way to get exercise, safer than many mainstream sports and it's a healthy activity and a good source of all-natural food," said Mr. Pollard.