Changes to B.C.’s Wildlife Allocation Policy announced by Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson dramatically reduce residents’ access to wild game and increase the number of opportunities for non-residents of BC. If you care about your future hunting opportunities, read and listen to the background information linked to below, and take action:

Send Letters-Faxes-Emails to Your Representatives and the Media

Attend the Town Hall Meeting: 7 PM January 27, 2015 – Pomeroy Hotel 11308 Alaska Road

Background Information:

Letter from Minister Steve Thomson to BCWF president George Wilson explaining his allocation decision.

Allocation Splits.

Allocation Letter to MLA Pat Pimm

NPRG Allocation Mail-Out

BCWF Allocation Press Release 2014

Alaska Highway News Article

Alaska Highway News Letter to the Editor

In the News

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As of November 1, 2014, the range is open:

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

IDPA: Tuesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the indoor range.

IPSC: Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the indoor range.

The range will be closed:

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Christmas Break, and statutory holidays.

Christmas Break 2014 Closure: December 23, 2014 to January 3, 2015. The range will reopen on January 4, 2015.

Conservation Outdoor Recreation Course – February 2-6, 2015

See the Poster for the details.

Canadian Firearms Safety Courses

Non-Restricted – February 7, 2015

Restricted – February 8, 2015

See the Poster for the Details.

It was windy and slippery, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 30 junior outdoorsmen and women who came along with their parents to Kids Appreciation Day at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club. The day started off with a variety of indoor and outdoor shooting events and ended with the trophy awards. Kacie Peever was the lucky young woman and Devon Shawchek the lucky young man (pictured below with NPRG President Guy Lahaye) who went away with the rifle packages donated by Scott Ebert of Northern Snubbing and Dwayne Shawcheck of Essential Well Services.

Kacie Peever Remington Rifle WinnerDevon Shawchek Remington Rifle Winner

 Backcountry and the North Peace Rod and Gun Club also sponsored a variety of prizes and dinner. The North Peace Rod and Gun would also like to thank Dave Bonar, Guy Lahaye, Mike Lahaye, Dave Wallace, Greg Nichols, Steve Hewitt and Ozzy Kehoe for making this day a great success.

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BC Resident Action for Mountain Sheep or RAMS was started in the mid 1970’s in Fort St. John by a small number of resident hunters over a concern on the impact by the guide outfitting industry on mountain sheep populations and resident opportunities. Members of the RAMS executive met with elected government officials in Victoria and the concerns expressed were largely ignored. The lack of action on behalf of residents by government resulted in a media campaign in the form of a series of news papers that were distributed to the majority of sheep hunters around the province. This media campaign and the accompanying pressure from resident hunters got the attention of government and ultimately lead to guide outfitters going on quota for Stone’s Sheep.

Resident Action for Mountain Sheep Newsletter Image

 

Read the full RAMS Newspaper (64 MB)

BCWF has started a petition to urge the Government of B.C. to rescind their recent decision on Wildlife Allocation, which will result in lost hunting opportunities for our province’s resident hunters.

The petition calls on the Government of B.C. to overturn the decision to change the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy, which gives a larger share of hunting permits to B.C. guide outfitters and a smaller share of hunting permits to B.C. resident hunters.

The petition will be submitted to the Province of B.C. – click below to sign and make your voice heard!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 the BCWF received Minister Steve Thomson’s decision on allocation, including “regionally tailored” splits between residents and non-residents. The allocation splits represent a degradation of resident priority with an increased share going to guided hunters in many cases. Your displeasure of this decision must be made loud and clear to your MLA Pat Pimm, Minister Thomson, and Premier Christy Clark.

Letter from Minister Steve Thomson to BCWF president George Wilson explaining his allocation decision.

Allocation Splits.

 

January 24, 2015: Kids Appreciation and Celebration of Hunting Day

Families are encouraged to come to this day of activities, food, prizes and trophy awards.

See the poster for the details of this event.

Kids Appreciation Day Poster 2015

BCWF issued an important news release this morning concerning sweeping changes to B.C.’s wildlife allocation policy being considered by the Government of B.C. This is a critical issue that could have significant negative impacts on resident hunters in our province:

“Sweeping changes to B.C.’s Wildlife Allocation Policy proposed by the Guide-Outfitters Association of B.C. would dramatically reduce residents’ access to wild game and increase the number of permits sold to foreign big game trophy hunters, according to the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF). This proposed change could result in 5,000 fewer hunting permits going to B.C. residents.

Read the full text of the BCWF’s news release and then write your MLA Pat Pimm voicing your concerns as a resident hunter.

 

 

Over the past two years, the Organising Committee of the 14th North American Caribou Workshop has been involved in a number of initiatives that highlight the value of caribou to Canadians (and other peoples across the circumpolar distribution of Rangifer), the challenges of conserving caribou, and the research and other activities meant to maintain caribou across arctic, boreal, and mountain landscapes. One of those initiatives is three short videos that explain the ecology and conservation of woodland caribou found in British Columbia (BC). The 14th Caribou Workshop was held in Fort St. John, BC, thus, the focus on the three ecotypes of caribou found in BC (Boreal, Southern Mountain, Northern Mountain).  A series of three videos representing the caribou in each of the three ecotypes have now been released and can be found at:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGa9WHJLRzxs3Xt-dWkB_MA

General Minutes October 2014

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