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The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and Backcountry are proud to sponsor the 2017 Father’s Day Fishing Derby on Sunday, June 18, 2017. See the poster for more details and don’t forget that all fish must be weighed by 3 PM.

2017 Father's Day Fishing Derby Poster

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and Backcountry are pleased to announce Kids Learn to Fish classes on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Registration for this special event starts on June 1, 2017.

Kids Learn to Fish Poster

The deadline for applying for Fall 2017 LEH authorizations is 11:59 PM on May 26, 2017. Do not wait until the last minute! Although the online system is designed to be robust, it’s not worth the chance to be trying to make your applications in the final hours.

Upcoming Canadian Firearms Safety Courses

Non-Restricted PAL May 27, 2017

Restricted PAL June 3, 2017

PAL Course Poster

Here are the slides from Jim Glaicar’s, President of the BCWF, presentation at our Town Hall Meeting on April 26, 2017.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club is once again proud to sponsor the Pacific International Trap Association “Ram Buckle” Trapshoot at the NPR&GC range on May 27 and 28, 2017 including a total of 600 registered targets.

Saturday, May 27, 2017: 100 Singles|100 Handicap|100 Doubles

Sunday, May 28, 2017: 100 Doubles|100 Singles|100 Handicap

More details.

In preparation for the upcoming provincial general election on May 9, 2017, the BC Wildlife Federation is asking major provincial political parties and individual candidates to answer 5 questions about issues facing fish, wildlife and their habitats.

North Peace Candidate’s Responses

Vote Image May 9

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 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

 

It’s the time of year again to renew your North Peace Rod and Gun Club membership, which also makes you a member of the BC Wildlife Federation that also gives you the BCWF’s liability insurance.

Life members of the NPRGC are also reminded that your BCWF affiliation dues are payable now.

Membership rates remain unchanged for the 2017-2018 membership year.

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