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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

You have likely already received the 2016 Harvest Questionnaire in the mail from the Fish and Wildlife Branch. Please take the time to fill in this questionnaire and mail it in or complete it online. The information provided is important for informing wildlife management.

We’re back!

Hello again everyone and welcome to the first email of the 2017 BC Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program!

We are excited to be going again and looking forward to seeing results from the 2017 season. Last year proved to be another great year for survey participation and we received just over 500 submissions. This year were looking to do even better.

PLEASE NOTE:  After reviewing feedback from last year’s survey, we have added another “Body Condition” variable. So please be sure to use the newest survey.

For those of you who are new to the program, I have included information below that outlines what this program is all about:

The BC Wildlife Health Program is looking for help from wildlife professionals and the public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province.  The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.  This program will occur on an annual basis.  Winter ticks are a significant parasite for moose populations and can contribute to moose declines in parts of their range, including BC.  So, it is an important health factor to monitor, particularly with climate change and alterations to moose habitat.  The findings of the surveillance program will contribute to the Provincial Moose Research Program, which was initiated in 2013 to investigate factors influencing moose populations in BC.

Winter tick infestations can be observed on moose during February through April.  The ticks spend the entire winter on one moose and there can be as many as 10s of thousands on one individual.  As the female ticks become adults they feed on blood in late winter and the irritation causes moose to scratch and groom themselves excessively, resulting in hair loss.  The extent of the hair loss is a rough indicator of how many ticks are present and can be observed easily from a distance.  We know that tick infestations can result in behavioral changes or direct health impacts that may reduce moose survival.

I hope that you may be interested in contributing to this surveillance program by recording your observations of both healthy and infected moose during the winter and spring. (more…)

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club would like to thank:

Organizers — Gregg Nicoll, Tammi Drapeau and Guy Lahaye

Volunteers — Royal Canadian Army Cadets

Sponsors — Royd Lusk/Skyline Wildlife Studios, Backcountry, and Apex Valve Services

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.

2017 Public Wildlife Count Mule Deer Fawn

Who: Anyone with an interest in wildlife in the Peace Region (hunters, First Nations, agricultural producers, naturalists, local families) 

Where: In areas around Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Hudson’s Hope 

When: Any part of the day on February 4th or 5th 2017 (Please choose one day only.) 

Why: To collect data on trends in population size and location of deer, elk and moose. The information will be used to help inform management decisions. Prizes for participation. 

For more information, contact Katelyn White at the Natural Resource Operations office in Fort St. John (250) 787-3496 or Katelyn.White@gov.bc.ca 

More Information Public Wildlife Count 2017 

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