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CWD Poster Fall 2018

Attention Peace Region 7B hunters near Fort St. John and Dawson Creek! Please submit heads of harvested deer, elk, and moose for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing.

As an incentive for hunters to submit harvested heads for CWD sampling, Backcountry in Fort St. John is running a draw to win a Tikka rifle package. Drop your heads off at one of our participating locations and receive an entry for the draw package. You can then submit your information to Backcountry for your chance to win!

Head drop-off locations include:

  • Front Counter BC (Fort St. John): 10003 110 Avenue.
  • Front Counter BC (Dawson Creek): 9000 17th
  • North Peace Rod and Gun Club (Fort St. John): 13300 Sunnyside Drive (near Charlie Lake)
  • Richards Meats (Pouce Coupe): Patterson Road.
  • Peace Taxidermy: 10443 Upper Cache Road (between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope)

If you are familiar with Chronic Wasting Disease or CWD and the potential effects on cervid (members of the deer family) populations, you will understand why wildlife managers and hunters alike are concerned about the potential spread of this disease into British Columbia.  If you have never heard of this disease then please learn about it.  Look at the resources listed at the end of this and start to understand this threat to our wildlife.  CWD could enter BC by a number of ways: from live infected animals moving to BC, by hunters transporting certain animal parts across borders, and even through hay, contaminated with the disease-causing agent, a prion, transported from an infected region. While no cervids sampled from BC have tested positive for CWD, the sample size from the Peace region is small and proactive surveillance in areas of higher risk such as near the Alberta border, is critical to early detection and, if necessary, response. Unfortunately, Alberta does have the disease and in spite of aggressive management, deer positive for CWD continue to be found and move closer to BC.

More information about CWD is available at: Chronic Wasting Disease BCincluding a slide show with information about CWD surveillance efforts in BC (CWD Slide Show), how to prepare and submit a head for sampling (Sample Preparation), and an informative pamphlet (Pamphlet) as well as contacts for more information.

You can also contact the Regional Coordinator with questions or comments:

Brian Paterson, Peace Region CWD Coordinator

250-731-6028

bapaterson@gmail.com

BC Wildlife Health Program

A wildfire near Lower Post has the Alaska Highway Closed from Coal River to the Yukon border.

Map of Lower Post Wildfire August 22, 2018

Although there is no immediate danger, there is some concern about hunters and other recreational users who have trucks and trailers parked at Skook’s Landing. The wildfire people are aware that many  people use this launching site and hopefully protecting vehicles and trailers will be a priority should there be a need.

Please spread the word, especially if you are in contact with anyone who is already up the Kechika/Turnagain or to those who are planning to go in the near future.

Updates can be found at:

BC Wildfire

Drive BC

Wetland restoration specialist Tom Biebighauser is hosting a public talk on the Benefits of Wetland Restoration on July 17th, 7pm-9pm at the Saulteau First Nations Band Office Gym in Moberly Lake. Check it out if you are in the area!

79 shooters braved the wind and the rain, but fortunately the weather improved as the day went on. There were some great scores considering the inclement and tricky shooting conditions. Each shooter was presented with a total of 150 targets, including 50 handicap targets just to make things even more difficult.

Photo of Tyler Mikkelson Hi overall 2108 Oilmen's Trap ShootPhoto of Team Twylight Hi Overall Team 2018 Oilmen's Trap Shoot

The overall high team was Twylight Pressure Controls with an aggregate score of 600 followed by Rapid Wireline with a total of 585 targets broken. The high overall shooter was Tyler Mikkelson breaking 137 targets with Dave Wallace in second place with a score of 132. Mike Nielsen was the high senior breaking 131 targets — it’s good to see Mike back out on the firing line again this year.

Full Results

On June 23 & 24 the North Peace Rod and Gun Club hosted an IPSC competition at the Dressler Memorial Range. Forty-four competitors from across BC and Alberta attended these two BC Provincial Qualifiers. Each day competitors attempted the eight stages (courses of fire) with targets arranged at distance from 2 to 30 meters.

The results for the matches can be found on the IPSCBC website at the links below.

http://www.ipscbc.com/phpincs/matchdata.php?matchid=201

http://www.ipscbc.com/phpincs/matchdata.php?matchid=202

IPSC has a regular league practice on Wednesday nights from 7-9 PM. Anyone interested in learning more about IPSC can drop by the range at that time or give Egan a call at 250-793-9932.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club is dedicated to maintaining and promoting recreational opportunities for its members via the shooting sports, hunting, fishing, conservation and protection of wildlife. The NPRGC club is seeking a student to fill a Summer Labourer Position at their office at the Dressler Memorial Range in Charlie Lake. 

Laborer, Dressler Memorial Range

June 27, 2017- August 27, 2017

40 hrs/week    Remuneration –  $14.00hr                                       

 Working under the direct supervision of the Range Operator, the hired student   employee will undertake all range maintenance and misc. tasks assigned, including grass cutting, painting, cleaning, Club house upkeep, signing in of members, range maintenance, moving of various range equipment, etc

Successful candidates will have:

Student Gr. 11+ returning to school in September 2018, good interpersonal skills, ability to follow instructions, learn and work with tools and related equipment and machinery.  

HOW TO APPLY 

Applicants can email a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to  president@nprg.ca, or drop required documentation off at the Range office.

While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Kids learn to fish and the fishing derby weekend was finally greeted with two blue-sky days after years of not so great weather. There were two full classes of kids learning to fish and a lake full of anglers enjoying the great weather.

KIDS PRIZES

1st Prize

 Tyler Laminski – 4lbs 1oz  Pike

2nd Prize

       Gage Marquardt – 3lbs 13oz  Pike

3rd Prize

       Trevor Laminski – 3lbs 5oz  Pike

4th Prize

      Evan Cardinal – 3lbs 2oz  Pike

ADULT PRIZES

1st Prize 

      Ashley Saunders – 4lbs 9oz  Pike

2nd Prize

       Jeanette Ferrara – 4lbs 4oz  Pike

3rd Prize

       Todd Laminski – 3lbs 14oz  Pike
 
The overall winner that will get the 6 custom Len Thompson lures is Ashley Saunders. One of her custom lures will go on our trophy at Backcountry and the other 5 will be hers to keep.

Thanks to Tammi Drapeau and all the volunteers and sponsors without whom these events would not be possible. Mike Lahaye’s name was left off the sponsors banner, but needs to be acknowledged for his ongoing support of these events.

Family Fishing Sponsors 2018 Banner

 

Wild Kidz PosterThe Wild Kidz and Go Wild camps are fun summer day camps that will take your children on memorable outdoors adventures, teach them critical wilderness skills (including shooting and fishing), and expose them to the goals of conservation with field trips, talks, and activities featuring local conservation leaders.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30th, 2018

More information and registration.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club will be hosting the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the BC Wildlife Federation on May 9-11, 2019. Stay tuned for more information and tickets to the club night and awards banquet.

 

2019 AGM Announcement Poster

Sign up for the Kids Learn to Fish class is now open. You can register your child or children by dropping in to BackCountry’s store or by calling 250-785-1461
 
Kids must be between 5 yrs and 15 yrs old. It is free! We provide the fishing gear. Come dressed for the weather and ready to learn and play.
Kids Learn to Fish Poster 2018
We encourage those of you that have been through the program before to identify this to us when you register and to bring your fishing rod and gear and join us at the lake for some fun and fishing.
 
Don’t forget we will also be hosting a Father’s Day Fishing Derby on Sunday June 17th. It’s a free event. Everybody is welcome to come out and play!
Father's Day Fishing Derby 2018 Poster
 
If you have any questions or would like to donate or volunteer please contact Tammi at Backcountry 250-785-1461 or fishing@backcountryfsj.com

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