PAL: April 18, 2015

PALR: April 19, 2015

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSES poster April-18 & 19, 2015

General Meeting Minutes Jan. 26, 2015

Special Meeting Minutes Dec. 15, 2014

General Meeting Minutes Dec. 1, 2014

PAL Saturday, February 21, 2015

Restricted PAL Sunday February 22, 2015

See the poster for more details.

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSES poster Feb21_22 2015

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

The following information comes from Mike Bridger, a biologist from the Fish and Wildlife section in the Fort St. John Office of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

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, starting this winter. 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 behavioural 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.

Keep reading to learn how to participate.

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Conservation Outdoor Recreation Course

February 2-6, 2015 See the Poster for the details.

February 28 and March 1, 2015. See the Poster for details.

Canadian Firearms Safety Courses

Non-Restricted – February 7, 2015

Restricted – February 8, 2015

See the Poster for the Details.

It was windy and slippery, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of more than 30 junior outdoorsmen and women who came along with their parents to Kids Appreciation Day at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club. The day started off with a variety of indoor and outdoor shooting events and ended with the trophy awards. Kacie Peever was the lucky young woman and Devon Shawchek the lucky young man (pictured below with NPRG President Guy Lahaye) who went away with the rifle packages donated by Scott Ebert of Northern Snubbing and Dwayne Shawcheck of Essential Well Services.

Kacie Peever Remington Rifle WinnerDevon Shawchek Remington Rifle Winner

 Backcountry and the North Peace Rod and Gun Club also sponsored a variety of prizes and dinner. The North Peace Rod and Gun would also like to thank Dave Bonar, Guy Lahaye, Mike Lahaye, Dave Wallace, Greg Nichols, Steve Hewitt and Ozzy Kehoe for making this day a great success.

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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!

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