The region around Blackstone and Crane was no different.
Possibly the first mention in the press of hunting on the Blackstone River system occurs in the Northern Advance for January 12, 1888 and it shows the (likely via the Parry Sound North Star) concern for the health of the deer population:
E i. O 'Connell and A. Carey, of Kane Penn., who have been camping on Blackstone River, Conger township, have shot no less than 61 deer, one bear, and a large grey eagle. The Star, says:
“Such wholesale slaughter of deer will soon exterminate the race in this district.
Clearly, taking so much bounty from forests, such as those around Blackstone, that cannot support large numbers of large animals could not be sustained. Hence the Ontario Government set up a game and fishing commission that was appointed in November 1890 to look into the situation. 'Sittings ' of this commission were held from Toronto, 'Peterboro ', Windsor, London, Parry Sound etc, with Blackstone Lake being also chosen.
The commission visited Blackstone Lake on June 8th 1891 asking specific questions to John Vankoughnett and his eldest son Henry about the local deer, fish and other a...
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...these animals were plentiful a few years ago they are now scarce. They are being driven further back year by year. Our contemporary does not suggest remedies, but regrets the dead-set being made against the deer. “More deer are killed annually,” says the North Star, “by pot hunters and crust hunters out of season than are killed by legitimate hunters.”
After noting the Parry Sound newspaper complaining that the season as chosen to the advantage of Torontoians the Toronto Star fires back:
P erhaps if our Parry Sound contemporary liked to speak out in meeting it could say that the big
lumber camps and sawmill gangs get away with a lot of venison out of season. There are some who say that where there is a big camp a hunter is kept at work all the time. Perhaps this is not always the case, but newspapers in the hunting districts ought to be able to throw some light on it.
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