Youth Celebration of Hunting & Youth Appreciation Day is on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The fun starts at 2 PM with .22 and trap shooting, and outdoor winter activities as long as the weather cooperates. A free supper at 4 PM will be followed by the youth trophy awards. The trophy portion of the event is open only to children of North Peace Rod and Gun Club members 18 years and under.

Check the poster for event details and how to get trophies measured.

2017 Youth Appreciation and Trophy Awards Day 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
November 11, 2016 Full Range Stat Holiday

 

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

BCWF Conservation App Logo

Available to iPhone users, the new Conservation App makes it easy for users to take geo-referenced, time-stamped photos or videos and to report issues related to illegal use, or abuse, of natural resources. The app works both in and out of service areas using the phone’s GPS.  Reports are sent to a secure server and then forwarded automatically to the appropriate enforcement agency. An Android version of the app will be available next year.

Download the app and visit the BCWF mapping website

A concerned group of residents from the Charlie Lake area are in the process of collecting signatures on a petition that supports the efforts of Pat Pimm’s MLA First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee with specific emphasis on two parcels of land on Charlie Lake and one parcel at mile 63.5 that have reserves put on them for consideration in negotiations with local first nations. 

More information is included on the petition website.

Please consider signing the petition.

Local regional wildlife biologists Mike Bridger and Audrey Gagné-Delorme, and Michel Lavaliere, Regional Fish and Wildlife Section Head, will be attending our October monthly meeting to tell us about some project proposals that they are working on. Mike will be talking about goats and sheep, Audrey about grizzly bears, and Michel about ecosystem restoration (prescribed burning).

Don’t forget the meeting date has been changed to Monday, October 24, 2016.

Grizzly Bear Photo

The authors of the Scientific Review of Grizzly Bear Harvest Management System in B.C. found that the Province has a high level of rigour and adequate safeguards in place to ensure the long-term stability of grizzly populations. The report was prepared by a panel of three respected wildlife biologists, one two from the University of Alberta and one from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, all leaders in the field of grizzly bear research and conservation.

The report includes 51 recommendations aimed at enhancing habitat protection, population inventory, access and harvest management, and increasing public consultation. Wildlife staff are updating the grizzly bear harvest management procedure to address some of the recommendations, while others require additional analysis.

Read the full report at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/management-issues/docs/grizzly-bear-harvest-management-2016.pdf

 

The Gorley report has been released after Mr. Al Gorley travelled the Province talking to stakeholders and First Nations. The BC Wildlife Federation was highly involved in the process. The Province is acting on all 21 recommendations in the report. Some of the immediate actions taken include:

  • Reducing the number of limited-entry hunts for moose cows and calves from 1,792 in 2011 to 200 in 2016.
  • Preparing moose management plans for the Peace, Omineca and Cariboo regions.
  • Using existing tools to increase habitat protection.
  • Expanding moose survey work planned for this winter to include calf mortality.

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On Thursday, October 13, 2016, Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm made a presentation to the Peace River Regional District related to the activities of his MLA’s First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The North Peace Rod and Gun Club is represented on the committee.

The presentation included an outline of the committee’s activities, identification of the lands being held as of interest for First Nations, the committee’s recommendations to Government and the Government’s lack of response.

Both the Alaska Highway News and Energetic City have good coverage of the presentation:

Alaska Highway News

Energetic City

This presentation by the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation to the Peace River Regional District provides:

  • An overview of the stakeholder engagement process
  • The context for Provincial Northeast First Nations Negotiations, and Site C Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs)
  • An update and information regarding: –Halfway River First Nations G2G Agreement –Site C Tripartite Land Agreements (a component of IBA’s)

Presentation by MARR to the PRRD.

The date for the regular monthly meeting of the North Peace Rod and Gun Club has been changed from October 31, 2016 to October 24, 2016 to avoid the conflict with Halloween.

Game Check

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations (FLNRO) in collaboration with stakeholders has initiated a series of game checks across northeast British Columbia. The game checks are intended to have an educational component, to check for compliance and enforcement (if necessary), to collect samples (i.e. tooth for aging), and to collect information regarding a hunter’s success and observations made during the hunt. All personal information collected during the game checks will be kept confidential and responses to the questions will assist staff in understanding hunter concerns.

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