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Our Association was founded in 1925 under the name Toronto Anglers.

Our goals in the beginning were aimed at fish restoration and conservation projects related to fisheries. As our Association grew, we added Hunters to our name to include all outdoor enthusiasts. Our new name, Toronto Anglers & Hunters Association, expanded our goals, projects, and outdoor programs. Shooting became a large part of our activities.

Two major projects kept us busy in the early 1960's. First, the Cold Creek Conservation area was developed with the Metropolitan Regional Conservation Authority and our Association. Rifle Ranges, Skeet & Trap, Dog Trials, and Archery became the programs at Cold Creek to better train outdoor enthusiasts. Our former President, Vic Evans, who found the need to emphasize the safe use of firearms for shooting and hunting, founded Hunter Safety Training at Cold Creek.

The second major project was the Nogies Creek Muskie Research Project. This project was funded by proceeds from the Canadian National Sportmen's Show. Students from Ichthyology at the ROM learned under our director, Dr. Ed Crossman, who founded the project to learn more about the muskie in the Kawartha Lakes. Today, all of the research data can be found at the University in Peterborough.

Following our natural progression of Casting and Fishing, Rifle Shooting, Skeet & Trap, and Archery, we formed a Hand Gun Shooting section. In 1970, Hand Gun was spearheaded by Ray Tofflemire, Ken Gregory, John Borson, Earl Barr, Bob Burden, Roy Dunlop, and several other enthusiastic members. Our Range Officers are certified with the Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA), formerly the Ontario Hand Gun Association, to ensure the best and safest instruction to all Hand Gunners. Today, this section is our largest activity.

We have continued the work of Hunter Education Courses and expanded to include training for Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC), now called Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL), for both non-restricted, and restricted firearms.

In 1983, to better reflect our programs, courses and activities, we changed our name to the Toronto Sportsmen's Association (TSA).

Growing out of our dedication to the outdoors, 1948, our President, Dr. Francis H. Kortright, with the help of TSA members, founded the Canadian National Sportsmen's Show. To date, the show has raised over 29 million dollars for Conservation, Wildlife Restoration, Outdoor Education, and Special Projects in Canada.

Our eighty-five+ year heritage is a long one. We have grown to meet the needs of our members and the public who often call upon us for seminars and demonstrations. You can see us at the Sportsmen's Show, where we have participated every year since its formation in 1948!

Another Historical Note . . .

In 1927, two years after the formation of Toronto Anglers, several of our members expanded the base of outdoor members in Ontario to form the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters!


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