Announcements


Photo of a grizzly bear with an elk kill.

The BC Government is requesting comments on their grizzly bear policy, which ends the “trophy hunt” for grizzly bears. According to the policy, licensed hunters will still be able to hunt grizzly bears according to provincial regulations, but edible portions will have to be brought out of the bush and the hunter will not be able to keep the skull, paws or hide. BC’s First Nations will continue to be able to harvest grizzly bears and possess all parts of grizzly bears (including the “trophy parts”) when the harvest is done within traditionally used areas pursuant to Aboriginal or treaty rights (i.e. for food, social, or ceremonial reasons.)

Request for comment and policy documents (be sure to read them).

Photo of Burns on the Tuchodi

The next general meeting of the North Peace Rod and Gun Club is on Monday, September 25, 2017. Some topics to be discussed are:

Update on the Tuchodi prescribed burns project

Update on the winter 2017 goat inventory work by Mike Bridger, biologist

Update on land transfers/Skooks Landing

Review and comments on proposed hunting regulation changes for 2018/2019

Grizzly bear regulation

 

 

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

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.

2017 Fundraiser Program Cover

 Tickets for the 31st Annual Fundraiser are now available for $75 each. See Steve or Tell at Backcountry regarding tickets and/or to donate to the event.

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.

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

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.

As a direct result of the Public Forum the North Peace Rod and Gun Club held back in March, 2016, MLA Pat Pimm has formally organized a group of stakeholders from the North and South Peace into a MLA’s First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and the BC Wildlife Federation have representation on the committee. The committee has met three times to date. The following is Pat Pimm’s press release describing the committee and it’s purpose:

For Immediate Release 

July 6th, 2016

MLA First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee 

This note is to inform Northeast BC residents that myself and Mike Bernier the MLA from Peace River South are in the process of organizing a group of local stakeholders and finalizing the committee membership to look at, comment on and make recommendations on some parcels of Crown land that has been set aside by Government that could possibly be involved in future Government to government discussions between the BC government and Treaty 8 First Nations.

In keeping with section 35 of the Constitution and previous direction from the Supreme Court of Canada, the Government of British Columbia is continuing to work with First Nations across the province to identify lands through the treaty process or other potential avenues to try to foster long term reconciliation and certainty on the land base. 

In the Northeastern part of British Columbia, we also have Site C that is presently under construction and could also see some lands being transferred to First Nations as an accommodation result of for some of their traditional territory. 

The purpose of this committee is to bring representatives from the Peace River region including the local MLA’s, Regional Provincial Ministry managers, former provincial ministry mangers, regional residents, local BCWF reps, local trappers associations reps, local guide and outfitter representatives, local grain growers representatives, local cattlemen representatives, local winter and summer recreational and back country representatives together in one venue to review Crown land parcels that have been identified as possible future land transfers.

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