BRT Provisioners is dedicated to keeping the hats for hides program viable and alive and we sincerely appreciate the support from the many deer and moose hunters across Ontario. As the MNR is not able to help fund this program, BRT purchases the hats and crests and distributes them to the hide collection depots. BRT Provisioners has been involved with the Hats for Hides program for more than 30 years and continues to support the fundamental basis of the exchange program to aid in good hunting practices by utilizing the entire taken animal and not wasting the hide that can be turned into leather.
For those of you not aware, the aboriginal depots collect the hides to have them tanned and the leather is either sold at Pow Wow’s or turned into artesian goods to be sold. The remainder of the collection depots gather the hides for BRT Provisioners and the hides are salted, graded and saved to be sold into the market at the end of the season.
The basis of the program for the fall of 2016 will remain the same – a hunter can exchange a good large deer hide for an orange hat and crest or a complete full moose hide for 2 orange hats and 2016 crests.
Changes made in the past couple years to keep the program viable were:
Bear hides have been eliminated from the exchange program – bear hunters are welcome to purchase a hat or crest or hat and crest for their collection.
Party hunters are allowed to purchase extra hats and crests so all members of the hunting party can obtain a hat and crest if they wish to do so.
An unspoiled deer hide less than 6 sqft, or caped hide, or a deer hide cut in half will receive a crest a no charge and the hunter has the option to purchase a hat at a nominal fee if they wish to do so.
No free crest or hat will be give out for a spoiled hide (turning green, off odour, hair slippage) regardless of the size of the hide – hunter may purchase hat and crest if they would like to.
Some plain camo and deluxe camo hunting hats are available to purchase at participating depots for bow hunters who would prefer camo to
Please feel free to contact our office directly if you have any questions.