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Photo of Rich and Wanda Petersen

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rich and Wanda Petersen. Rich and Wanda were great supporters of the North Peace Rod and Gun Club and longtime advocates for fish, wildlife and the habitats they live in. Rich was the president of the club multiple times, and his leadership took us through some hard times and was instrumental in making our organization what is is today.  The recent losses of Rich and Wanda leaves a huge hole in our club’s community and the greater communities of Fort St. John, Charlie Lake and the Upper Halfway River Valley.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club will be closed starting at 1 PM on Monday, December 4th, 2017 in honour of Rich and Wanda. Their memorial service will be held at 2 PM that day at the Pomeroy Hotel. 

A Presentation and Discussion on: Ecology and Conservation of Mule Deer in Idaho: Management Strategies for Restoring Populations. The Presentation was by: Dr.Mark Hebblewhite Professor of Ungulate Ecology at the University of Montana.

Photo of Winter Range Burn for Stone's Sheep on the Tuchodi

Winter Range Burn for Stone’s Sheep on the Tuchodi

The next meeting of the North Peace Rod and Gun Club is Monday, October 30, 2017. We have some special guests attending: Dr. Sonja Leverkus will provide an update on the ten-year burn plan that she is developing and Michel Lavallee, Section Head Fish & Wildlife, will outline government’s strategic plan for ecosystem work in the northeast.

Your input is required to provide suggestions for possible prescribed burn sites.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club range will be closed October 26, 2017 for snow removal.

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

 

 

BCWF Conservation App Promo Image

The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) has launched a new app to make it easier for people who witness a threat to the environment to report it immediately to the appropriate agency.

“We’ve been working on this for nearly two years and now we’re ready to make this happen. We’ve given people the ability to report situations in real time and make certain those reports go to the appropriate agency,” said Jesse Zeman, the spokesperson for the BCWF resident priority program, adding that the app allows outdoor enthusiasts with smartphones to take geo-referenced, time staped photos or videos to report issues rlated to the abuse of B.C.’s natural resources.

Read more.

BCWF Conservation App Webpage including some instructions and a map of reports.

As a follow-up to a recent posting, here is the presentation given by Cait Nelson, provincial wildlife health biologist, given at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club on Monday, June 26, 2017. The main messages are:

  • CWD exists in Canada
  • CWD has NOT been confirmed in BC with over 3400 wildlife samples processed
  • We need to keep sampling
  • Far too few samples are being provided in the BC Peace

CWD Guide Image

 

“The federal government has quietly issued a warning that a progressive and fatal neurological disease affecting deer, elk, and moose populations in western Canada and the United States for decades might infect humans.”

CWD Animal

Read the full article.

Cait Nelson, provincial wildlife health biologist, will be at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club at 7 PM tomorrow to talk about Chronic Wasting Disease.

Windy, but sunny weather, was the theme for this years Kids Learn to Fish Day and the Father’s Day Fishing Derby. There were two full classes of 25 new fishers each and 22 alumni brought their rods and gear to help out with the new groups.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and Backcountry would like to express their sincere appreciation for the tireless work by our volunteers and all the sponsors who help make these events such a huge success.

Fishing Derby Results

Kids Prizes:

1st Place: Parker Campbell – 5lb 13oz 28 1/4″ pike
2nd Place: Rylan Goldsmith – 3lb 10oz 25 3/4″ pike
3rd Place: Chantel Maycock – 3lb 9oz 24 1/4″ pike
4th Place: Dreama Huhn – 3lb 8oz 24 1/2″ pike

Adults Prizes:

1st Prize: Margaret Cox – 8lbs 14oz 32 1/2″ pike
2nd Prize: Kehlan Huhn – 5lbs 12oz 28 1/2″ pike
3rd Prize: Lorenzo Ferrara – 5lb 7oz 28 3/4″ pike

Margaret Cox was the overall big winner of the derby. She will be the first winner to get a custom Len Thompson lure put onto our custom fishing derby trophy.

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