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

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.

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.

 

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

PAL December 13, 2014

Restricted PAL December 14, 2014

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSES poster Dec 13_14 2014

The regularly scheduled Monday, November 24, 2014 General Meeting has been rescheduled for  Monday, December 1, 2014 in order to accommodate the attendance of our special guests from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.

Voluntary registration of off-road vehicles such as ATVs, side-by-sides, and snow machines starts today, November 17, 2014. Registration becomes mandatory on June 1, 2015. There is a one-time fee of $48 per ORV and is payable to ICBC through an insurance broker. Provincial Sales Tax may also be due if the tax was not paid when you purchased your ORV.

The following documents explain the program in more detail:

ORV Government Press Release

ICBC ORV Registration and Licensing

ORV Provincial Sales Tax

Executive Summary

Mountain goats are relatively abundant and found throughout the Peace Region. To better assess abundance and distribution of mountain goats across the Peace Region, a 5-year regional population assessment began in 2013. As part of this multi-year project, an aerial classified total count of mountain goats was conducted July 3-11, 2014 (Year 2 of 5) in Management Units 7-36, 7-43, and 7-57 of the Peace Region and Management Unit 7-37 of the Omineca Region of British Columbia. During the survey a total of 290 mountain goats were counted: 190 adults (males and females combined), 42 juveniles (yearlings and 2-year olds combined), 55 kids, and 3 unclassified individuals. A 65% sightability correction factor was applied to the total number of mountain goats counted, bringing the estimated number to 446. Information obtained from survey results will be used to manage sustainable harvest of mountain goats.

The full report:

North Peace Goat Inventory July 2014

 

The CORE course will be held from Tuesday, October 14 to Friday, October 17, 2014

The PAL course will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 and the Restricted PAL course on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

Check out the posters for more details.

The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education Course Poster Oct 2014

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSES Poster Oct 18_19 2014

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