Moose hunters and other interested parties have until Sept. 26 to comment on 15 recommendations aimed at improving opportunities for Ontario hunters, while making sure the big-game animals are still around for future generations.

The recommendations were made by a special big-game committee struck by the government last fall to address concerns about the province’s annual moose-tag lottery. Over the years, there have been complaints about a shortage of tags, and grumbling that hunters were being unfairly penalized for moose shortages in some parts of the province.

The committee was chaired by John Kaplanis, executive-director of the Northwestern Ontario Sportsmen’s Alliance and a long-time critic of the present tag-lottery system.

The committee set out to improve and simplify the system, increase hunting opportunities and address concerns about moose predators such as black bears and wolves.

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