Allocation


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to be based on current scientific bast practices and current inventory work, but sometimes the inventory work is outdated.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

 

Victoria Rally Poster

Resident Hunters of British Columbia:

THIS IS THE BIG ONE!

We are planning a rally March 2, 2015 on the steps of the Legislature in Victoria.

This is your opportunity to make it clear to your politicians that you are not supportive of the recently announced Wildlife Allocation Policy.

Each person attending is requested to bring and hand deliver a letter as part of the rally.

We will also have a petition for everyone to sign demanding that Government revisit this policy and change it.

As has been said before ‘THIS IS OUR HILL TO DIE ON!

We NEED this to be the biggest rally seen YET.

Bring your friends, families and anyone who disagrees with selling off our wildlife!

Resident Hunters Rally in Kelowna

Resident Hunters Rally in Kelowna January 31, 2015

BC Resident Action for Mountain Sheep or RAMS was started in the mid 1970’s in Fort St. John by a small number of resident hunters over a concern on the impact by the guide outfitting industry on mountain sheep populations and resident opportunities. Members of the RAMS executive met with elected government officials in Victoria and the concerns expressed were largely ignored. The lack of action on behalf of residents by government resulted in a media campaign in the form of a series of news papers that were distributed to the majority of sheep hunters around the province. This media campaign and the accompanying pressure from resident hunters got the attention of government and ultimately lead to guide outfitters going on quota for Stone’s Sheep.

Resident Action for Mountain Sheep Newsletter Image

 

Read the full RAMS Newspaper (64 MB)

Changes to B.C.’s Wildlife Allocation Policy announced by Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson dramatically reduce residents’ access to wild game and increase the number of opportunities for non-residents of BC. If you care about your future hunting opportunities, read and listen to the background information linked to below, and take action:

Send Letters-Faxes-Emails to Your Representatives and the Media

Attend the Town Hall Meeting: 7 PM January 27, 2015 – Pomeroy Hotel 11308 Alaska Road

Background Information:

Letter from Minister Steve Thomson to BCWF president George Wilson explaining his allocation decision.

Allocation Splits.

Allocation Letter to MLA Pat Pimm

NPRG Allocation Mail-Out

BCWF Allocation Press Release 2014

Alaska Highway News Article

Alaska Highway News Letter to the Editor

In the News

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BCWF has started a petition to urge the Government of B.C. to rescind their recent decision on Wildlife Allocation, which will result in lost hunting opportunities for our province’s resident hunters.

The petition calls on the Government of B.C. to overturn the decision to change the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy, which gives a larger share of hunting permits to B.C. guide outfitters and a smaller share of hunting permits to B.C. resident hunters.

The petition will be submitted to the Province of B.C. – click below to sign and make your voice heard!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

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.

 

 

This paper was authored by Jesse Zeman of the BCWF Allocation Committee in response to the Trumpy Report (Harvest Allocation Policy Review)

The Intended Consequences of Allocations

Pat Pimm, MLA Peace River North

10104 100th St.

Fort St. John, BC

V1J 3Y7

 

May 3, 2011

 

Dear Pat:

 

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club has been a significant contributor to the North Peace community for over 66 years now, starting with a few dedicated sportsmen and women in April of 1945 and having grown to a membership of well over 500 in 2011. It has come to our attention that government is considering delaying the scheduled 2012 implementation of the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy and may even be considering opening the policy for revision. We know that these considerations are as a result of intensive lobbying from the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia and the Harvest Allocation Policy Review, also known as the Trumpy report.

 

While not perfect for resident hunters, the North Peace Rod and Gun Club supports the allocation policy and its full implementation for the 2012 hunting season. GOABC has already had four years of partial implementation of the policy intended to provide guides with time to adjust their business practices to minimize the effect of the policy. They still have another year to work on their business plans before full implementation.

 

The Trumpy report was written with little consultation with the 95,000 plus hunters in British Columbia or the organizations that represent them.  The Trumpy report also does not consider the impact of not implementing the allocation policy on resident hunters and the associated economic ramifications on businesses that support resident hunting activities across the Province. We suspect that you are well aware of the economic value of resident hunting in the North Peace. The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and the BC Wildlife Federation reject all but a few of the Trumpy report recommendations and find it a document that panders to the needs of GOABC while ignoring the impact on the hunters and business owners whom are residents of, and voters in, the province of BC.

 

We understand that the date of implementation and the integrity of the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy are going to be decided by the Liberal cabinet. Pat, the North Peace Rod and Gun Club and its 500 plus members urge you to well represent the concerns of the resident hunters whom you represent when providing input to those members of the Liberal cabinet who will be making the decision.

 

Yours in conservation,

 

 

North Peace Rod and Gun Club (Members of the BCWF)