The BC Wildlife Federation and the North Peace Rod and Gun Club will be hosting a town hall meeting at 7 PM on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Fort St. John Curling Rink.

If you are concerned about the future of fish and wildlife populations, and future generation’s ability to hunt, fish, camp, and recreate in British Columbia, you need to attend this meeting. Jim Glaicar, President of the BCWF will provide a provincial perspective, and we will also:

  • Discuss local wildlife and habitat management issues
  • Provide an update on First Nations land agreements
  • Introduce the local candidates for the North Peace riding for the upcoming May 9, 2017 provincial election

Town Hall Fort St. John Poster

General Meetings are held on the last Monday of the Month September to June at 7 PM.

The shooting facilities at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club with be fully or partially closed on the following dates because of special events or caretaker holidays:

 

Dates Details Reason
May 22, 2017 Full Range Stat Holiday Victoria Day
May 27-28, 2017 Full Range PITA Shoot
June 17-18, 2017 Full Range 3-Gun Shoot
June 23-25, 2017 Full Range Starting 6 PM, 23rd IPSC Shoot
July 1, 2017 Full Range Canada Day
July 8, 2017 Full Range Oilmen’s Trap Shoot
July 15, 2017 Full Range 3-Gun Shoot
August 7, 2017 Full Range Stat Holiday BC Day
September 4, 2017 Full Range Stat Holiday Labour Day
October 9, 2017 Full Range Stat Holiday Thanksgiving
November 11, 2017 Full Range Stat Holiday Remembrance Day

 

Hours of Operation as of November 1, 2016:

 

Sunday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Monday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Saturday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Also closed some statutory holidays – check back for details.

Yearly Hours of Operation

May 1 to Sept 30 Closed Wednesdays/MTTF 10AM-8PM/Weekends 9AM-7PM

October 1 to October 31 Closed Wednesdays/Every Other Day 10AM-7PM

November 1 to April 31 Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays/Every other Day 10AM-6PM

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club is once again proud to sponsor the Pacific International Trap Association “Ram Buckle” Trapshoot at the NPR&GC range on May 27 and 28, 2017 including a total of 600 registered targets.

Saturday, May 27, 2017: 100 Singles|100 Handicap|100 Doubles

Sunday, May 28, 2017: 100 Doubles|100 Singles|100 Handicap

More details.

In preparation for the upcoming provincial general election on May 9, 2017, the BC Wildlife Federation is asking major provincial political parties and individual candidates to answer 5 questions about issues facing fish, wildlife and their habitats.

North Peace Candidate’s Responses

Vote Image May 9

The British Columbia government has released the allocation report that covers the next five-year allocation period starting in 2017. Allocation refers to how hunting opportunities for big game animals are split between resident and non-resident hunters. The annual allowable harvest (AAH) is the optimum number of animals that can be harvested annually by hunters from a herd or population which will be replenished through the population’s natural reproduction to meet management objectives and is determined by the government’s regional wildlife managers. The AAH is supposed to be based on current scientific bast practices and current inventory work, but sometimes the inventory work is outdated. The AAH also considers conservation at the forefront and secondly First Nation’s needs for food, social and ceremonial purposes.

The attached document has some explanatory comments and the information can be a little hard to interpret, but one trend is very evident — there are fewer hunting opportunities in the upcoming five-year allocation period.

There are three variables included in the tables that impact the AAH:

First Nation’s Impact: this is determined by different methods around the province and is far from exact science as most First Nations do not report their harvest numbers or composition (cows, calves, bulls etc).

AAH Impact: Is largely based on wildlife inventory work and the impact on allocation depends on whether game populations have increased or declined.

Policy Impact: In February of 2015, Minister of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations, Steve Thomson set the allocation splits between resident and non-resident hunters. The result of the Minister’s decision caused a shift in allocation between residency groups. The splits are contained in the FAQ document.

A detailed breakdown of the allocation impacts for the 2017-2021 allocation five-year period was provided by government in March 2017. (You have to divide the allocation by five to get the annual allocation and hunting opportunities can fluctuate after the first year depending on what the actual harvest data is.) You will notice that for the most part thinhorn sheep in region 6 are not included in the policy (only a couple of management units where resident hunters are on LEH) and that thinhorn sheep in region 7B are totally managed outside of the allocation policy

 

It’s the time of year again to renew your North Peace Rod and Gun Club membership, which also makes you a member of the BC Wildlife Federation that also gives you the BCWF’s liability insurance.

Life members of the NPRGC are also reminded that your BCWF affiliation dues are payable now.

Membership rates remain unchanged for the 2017-2018 membership year.

In 65 days the Canadian Firearms Marking Regulations will come into effect.

The regulations, as currently drafted, will have a negative impact on Canadians who rely on hunting to feed their families and sports shooters, by significantly increasing the cost of firearms and reducing choice. It is also likely that it will have a disastrous impact on the Canadian firearms industry and result in the loss of jobs. It could also hurt trading relationships with other countries.

The BC Wildlife Federation has written several letters to the Minister of Public Safety (see attachment – Ltr to Hon R Goodale) expressing our concerns regarding the regulation as drafted, and supporting the solution proposed by the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA)  (See attachment – Proposed Change.)

It is now time for all members to get directly involved by writing to the Minister of Public Safety, with a carbon copy to your local Member of Parliament, requesting that the regulation be amended.

Please see the draft letter attached. (RSSCL V2).   All you need to do is add your name and address to the top, a cc to your local MP at the bottom, print and mail (note, postage is not required to mail to MPs).

Please send a physical letter as they have more impact than emails or petitions.

Remember this regulation will effect ANYONE who buys imported firearms, it doesn’t just apply to any one group.  As firearms owners we need to stand together!  United we stand, divided we fall!

Please forward this email and attachments to any and all shooters that you know who would be willing to take a few minutes and send a letter, and take a minute to do it yourself.

The time for action is now.

Vic Skaarup

Chair,

BCWF Recreational Sports Shooting Committee

03 13 17 Ltr to Hon R Goodale re Recommended Solution to Concerns UN Firearm Marking Scheme

Proposed Change to CDN Firearms Marking Regulations

Letter to Minister March 2017 (this is the letter for you to sign and mail in)

The next monthly meeting and the 2017 Annual General Meeting date has been changed to Monday, April 3, 2017.

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: NPRGC Clubhouse

The regular monthly meeting will be followed by the Annual General Meeting including the election of executive and directors for the club.

This Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education course for woman and youth only will be held at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club.

Dates: March 27, 29, 31, and April 1, 2017.

 

Ladies and Youth CORE Course Poster

BC Fish & Wildlife recently had some films made up that explain some of their methods and share the results of some recent surveys.

Peace Moose Survey

What is done with survey data.

Hart Ranges Caribou Survey

Alsek Moose Survey

North Skeena Caribou Survey

 

 

 

Dates:

February 25, 2017 PAL

February 26, 2017 Restricted PAL

See the poster for more information.

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSES poster Feb 25_26_2017

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