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 October 1, 2016:


Sunday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Monday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Saturday: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Also closed some statutory holidays – check back for details.


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:


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.


Now that hunting season is in full swing and you switch your focus to deer, please consider bringing a head into the gun club to participate in very important research into Chronic Wasting Disease. We are now participating in “hats 4 heads”, so if you bring in a head for sampling, you will receive one of the program hats. If you are worried about the integrity of your head because you are considering taxidermy or a mount of some kind, that can be accommodated.

Hats for Heads


CWD What Does a Good Sample Look Like

BC Provincial Government scientists are once again petitioning hunters to help in providing deer, elk and moose head samples to further the research on Chronic Wasting Disease in British Columbia. So far there are no known cases of CWD in BC, but this disease is across the border in Alberta.

If you are a hunter, or know a hunter, you can pick up a sample kit at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club and if you harvest a deer, elk or moose this year, the sample can be brought to the freezers at the NPRG Club.

The following documents provide more information:

2016 CWD Press Release

CWD Heads Wanted

CWD Hunter Factsheet

CWD What You Need to Know

BC Moose Tracker App Logo

B.C. Moose Tracker is an official Government of British Columbia app that allows hunters to play an important part in moose conservation and management.

The app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to a province-wide database. The collected data helps monitor moose populations and alert wildlife staff to emerging issues.

The app supports the government’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the provincial moose management strategy through the modernization of licensing, inventory and research methods.

As an added bonus, the app includes a digital version of 2016-2018 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.  It’s an indispensable, searchable summary of hunting seasons and regulations throughout B.C. – including interactive maps.

The Province developed B.C. Moose Tracker in consultation with the B.C. Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch , iOS 7.0 or later.

Download the app from iTunes


Cow and calf moose showing signs of tick infestation.

Some of you will have participated in the “citizen science” effort over the last couple of years by using your phone to submit sightings of moose and recording the condition of the moose with respect to signs of ticks.

The study indicates that a large percentage of moose in our area suffer from tick infestations.

Michael Bridger, one of our local government fish and wildlife biologists led the study for the provincial Ministry of Forests, Land, and Natural Resources. He said though the ticks are not always fatal, they can cause severe problems.

CBC Article.

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