A presentation by Christopher Addison, Director of Resource Management, and Mike Bridger, Regional Wildlife Biologist, presented at the Backcountry Sheep Hunting Seminar.

Topics

  1. Population and Harvest Numbers
  2. Stone’s Sheep Management
  3. How can Hunters Help?
  4. Ageing Sheep

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Thanks to Tammi, Backcountry’s fishing specialist and director of the NPRGC, June 18 and 19th will be full of family fishing adventures.

Saturday, June 18, 2016 is Kids Learn to Fish Day. Call Backcountry starting June1, 2016 to reserve a spot for your children.

Sunday, June 19, 2016 is the Father’s Day Fishing Derby. Weigh-in at 3 PM.

Tammi is looking for volunteers to help out and donors for prizes.

Kids Learn To Fish Poster 2016

Father's Day Fishing Derby Poster 2016

 

June 3, 4, and 5, 2016

June 3: fun shoot and burgers

June 4: registered targets

June 5: 120 registered targets

See the poster for more details.

Sporting Clays Shoot 2016 Poster

For those of you who can’t make weekends, this course is scheduled for three weeknights:

June 6-8, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

See the poster for more information.

CANADIAN FIREARMS SAFETY COURSE poster June 6_7_8_ 2016

Thursday, May 26

7:00-9:00pm       Sitka Elevate Hunting Film Tour at the Lido Theatre – $10/seat

 

Friday, May 27

Noon-6:00          Vendor Demonstrations & Presentations

 

Saturday, May 28

9:00-10:00         Vendor Presentations (Sitka, Badlands, Zeiss)

10:10-11:00        Backpacking Know How w/ Backpacking Specialist Jessica Kappel

11:00-12:30        Hide care and Caping Demo w/ Basil Szoo of Peace Taxidermy

12:30-1:15         Surviving a Grizzly Attack w/ Chris & Rob & inReach Satellite Communicator Rep Todd Fitzpatrick

1:15-1:45           Regulation Changes & Hunter Knowledge w/ BC Conservation Officers

1:45-2:30           Sheep Population Discussion w/ Ministry Biologists Chris Addison & Mike Bridger

2:30-5:00           Sheep Hunting Tactics w/ Premier Sheep Hunting Outfitter Clay Lancaster

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club property is included in the evacuation alert area of the Beatton Airport Road fire. The club remains open for business as per the usual operating hours. Please check back for updates should the fire situation change.

May 28 and 29, 2016: Pacific International Trapshooting Association (P.I.T.A.) “Ram Buckle” Trap Shoot

600  P.I.T.A. Targets

May 30, 2016: P.I.T.A. Doubles Fun Shoot

500 P.I.T.A. Targets

See the shoot poster for more details.

 

In a scenario that sounds like something out of a Dr. Seuss book, bull trout and other fish will travel in trucks past the Site C dam for 100 years as part of BC Hydro’s strategy to save the threatened fish species from disappearing from the Peace River.

The public hydro provider, which is in the early stages of building the $8.8 billion dam, declined to discuss its fish-saving plans. However, a review of reports filed by the Crown corporation reveals an elaborate and expensive plan that may not work, according to a U.S. fish biologist with bull trout expertise.

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It is now time to renew your North Peace Rod and Gun Club memberships for the April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 period. Purchase your renewal or new membership at the club or at BackCountry. It’s also time to renew your hunting and fishing licence.

March 19, 2016 Moose Management Open Meeting

 

Peace-Liard Moose Management Pan (PLMMP) – Raychl Lukie is the Project Manager of the PLMMP for FLNRO, but Chris Addison, Director of Resource Operations was at the club to do the presentation.

Peace-Liard Moose Management Plan Scope

The PLMMP process started because there was a need to rethink moose management, which had been mostly lacking in recent times in the Peace-Liard. This fact, a request from Treaty 8 to talk about moose management, and the existence of a Wildlife Collaborative Management Agreement with several first nations got the process started. The initial process deliberately involved only government and First Nations with the exclusion of other stakeholders.

Chris Addison estimates that the annual moose harvest in the region is about 4000 and is split about equally between licensed hunters and First Nations. There is an estimate of 50,000 moose across the region, so a harvest of 4,000 is not seen as an issue. Most of the First Nations harvest occurs outside of the season set by the hunting regulations for licensed hunters. The tracking and reporting of First Nations harvest was brought up in the discussions, but there is no agreement to do that. We indicated that is was time for First Nations, Government and other stakeholders to be at the table at the same time. Chris Addison committed to approaching First Nations about that and suggested that an event at the club might be a good way to start things off.

The population target ratios for moose are 30 bulls/100 cows and 30 calves/100 cows.

First nations generally support predator management (especially wolves).

Main Components of the PLMMP

  • Determine and population objective for moose by game management zones
  • Habitat Management – there has been some maintenance and protection recently, but no focus on increasing suitable habitat. The goal is to also do the later.
  • Moose Health Assessment – monitoring for winter ticks, other diseases, or conditions that might be association with industrial activity.
  • Tracking moose movement and habitat use.
  • Tracking interactions with caribou and predators
  • Inventory, including investigating links to cumulative effects
  • Predator Management

A question was asked if there was sufficient funding and staffing at this time to make all this happen and the answer was NO.

Timeline:

  • April/May 2016 – Draft PLMMP
  • May – consultation
  • July – revised draft
  • August – final draft
  • September – plan approval and implementation

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