A new business in Ontario is creating a unique way for hunters to be responsible managers of the province’s natural resources.

BRT Provisioners is introducing Hats for Hides, a program that collects hides from hunters in exchange for a hat or a crest, ensuring resources are not wasted and can be sold as goods.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski, along with Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, announced that the province is investing $100,000 in the business that encourages responsible harvesting and contributes to the province’s hunting industry.

“We want to work with hunters to ensure no part of their harvest is wasted while supporting a local business and local jobs”, Yakabuski said during the announcement.

Hides collected support Indigenous artisans and local jobs producing locally sourced products made and sold in Ontario.

Figures from the province show that hunting contributes over $431 million to Ontario’s economy annually.

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