The BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Education Programming is proposing a variety of conservation activities in the Slocan Valley which were identified by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program in 2012 as having some of the highest priority wetlands and riparian areas for conservation in the West Kootenays.   We would be honoured to work with a representative(s) from the Nakusp Rod and Gun Club in order to share knowledge, act as a local liaison, or participate in our various conservation workshops.

The workshops include:

  1. A Working Group Session for conservation groups to identify action strategies for conservation of wetlands in the Slocan Valley (June 12, 2013) ;
  2. A Map our Marshes/Bioblitz activity to raise communities awareness/appreciation about the importance of wetlands and gather important biological information on a key wetland (e.g., Bonanza Marsh ~pending approval from landowners to access their site) (June 13-14); and
  3. The restoration of a wetland on Tulaberry Organic Farm on the Little Slocan River (proposed for Late August).

If there are any members interested in participating or learning more about these workshops, then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Neil W. Fletcher, M.R.M.
Wetlands Education Program Coordinator, BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th St., Surrey, BC, V4N 3M2
T: 604.882.9988 ext 232 | (Toll Free in BC: 1.888.881.2293 ext 232)
M: 604.970.9707 | F: 604.882.9933
wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca | www.bcwf.bc.ca | www.bcwfbogblog.com

Memberships and Rifle Range Keys are now available at NAPA on Broadway! If you had a Range key last year, you will still need to purchase a new one as the locks have changed. Also, the meeting in January (Wednesday Jan 30th) will be the AGM. Hope to see you there! As always, 7:30pm downstairs of the Senior's Hall.

Click HERE to read the BCWF's response to the Draft Management Plan for the Grey Wolf in British Columbia

Merry Christmas everyone! The next Rod and Gun meeting will be on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19TH! We will try to have a quick meeting, and have a get together afterwards with snacks and family-safe beverages! So bring the kids! Come on out to the basement of the Senior's Hall at 7:30pm on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19th!

November's Rod and Gun meeting will be on Wednesday November 28th at 7:30pm. As usual, downstairs at the Senior's Hall.

2011 Elk Composition

2012 Elk Composition

2010/2011 Elk Estimates

Hunting saved in Valhalla Park

BCWF appointed to Federal Hunting & Angling Advisory Council

October edition of the BCWF Newsletter

October's Rod and Gun meeting will be held on Wednesday the 24th instead of the 31st (Halloween, too scary for a meeting...). See everyone at 7:30pm downstairs at the Senior's Hall.

Regarding Shaw’s decision to cancel hunting related programming, here is a link to an online petition, as well as some contact emails/phone number of some Shaw/Global people.


The next Rod and Gun meeting is Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30pm. Hope to see everyone downstairs at the Senior's Hall!

Ready to get back into the swing of things? The next Rod and Gun meeting is set for Wednesday August 29th at 7:30pm! We have a few important issues discuss so come on out! Downstairs at the Senior's Hall as usual!

Update to the proposed change of the Youth Hunting License


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Revelstoke Dam - Water Release June 16th 2012 - Largest release since 1997!

Cause of the Kokanee Kill?

Just a reminder that there is a Rod and Gun meeting Wednesday May 30th at 7:30pm downstairs in the Senior's Hall. Look forward to seeing you there!

A new delivery model for the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is being developed to create greater consistency while recognizing unique objectives in each of three regions that the program operates: the Columbia, Coastal and Peace.
The new model for the Columbia region is being developed by the FWCP Columbia Steering Committee, and, to help guide the decision-making process, it is hosting discussions with stakeholders in the Columbia Basin in June 2012.

During these half-day sessions, the Steering Committee will also review draft Basin Action Plans that will provide the strategic direction for future FWCP projects.

More detailed information about these upcoming discussions will be available in the next few weeks. In the meantime, please mark your calendar or let us know right away if this date will not work for you, or other representatives within your organization. Please respond to myself or Angus Glass by June 8. 

Each half-day session will run from 10 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Meeting locations TBA

Trail                             Wednesday, June 20
Creston                       Thursday, June 21
Nelson                         Friday, June 22
Nakusp/Slocan           Monday, June 25
Revelstoke                  Tuesday, June 26
Cranbrook                   Wednesday, June 27

As you may know, despite recent changes at the FWCP, conservation and enhancement work is ongoing. While the delivery model has changed, on-the-ground projects are underway and we are looking forward to a busy field season.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) has worked together with BC Hydro enabling three FWCP biologists in the Columbia region to be based within FLNRO offices, and continuing the delivery and monitoring of their respective FWCP projects.

Join the Provincial Treaty Consultation

The Province of BC will consult with First Nations and residents of the Columbia River Basin to ensure regional interests help shape the future of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).

The Province, in collaboration with the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee and Columbia Basin Trust, is holding seven information sessions and consultation workshops in Jaffray, Creston, Nakusp, Castlegar, Valemount, Golden and Revelstoke from May 29 – June 20, 2012. Please share this information with others.

Further consultations are planned for fall 2012 and separate consultations with First Nations will also be conducted over the same period.

Information Sessions and Provincial Consultation
The CRT Local Governments' Committee invites you to an open house (3-7 p.m.), a discussion with experts (5-6:30 p.m.) and a free dinner (6:30-7 p.m.).

This will be followed by the Province of BC’s consultation workshop (7-9 p.m.).

Jaffray Tuesday, May 29
Creston Wednesday, May 30
Nakusp Tuesday, June 5
Castlegar Wednesday, June 6
Valemount Wednesday, June 13
Golden Tuesday, June 19
Revelstoke Wednesday, June 20

Online Information Sessions
Join an online information session. You will need a computer with an internet connection and a phone. Register now.
• Thursday, June 7 at 9 a.m. PDT, 10 a.m. MDT
• Monday, June 18 at 7 p.m. PDT, 8 p.m. MDT

The regulation Expand the Syringa (MU 4-15) Full Curl LEH Mountain Sheep Hunt to Include MU 4-16 (181) has been updated.

The regulation Implement an August Private Land Black Bear General Open Season in the Kootenay Region (176) has been updated.

The regulation Close the Mountain Goat LEH Season in MU 4-14 (183) has been updated.

The regulation Implement New Antlerless Elk LEH Seasons in MUs 4-02 and 4-03 (182) has been updated.

The regulation Extend the Kootenay Black Bear Hunting Season for Trappers (175) has been updated.

The regulation Extend the Lynx Trapping Season in the Kootenay Region (179) has been updated.

The regulation Extend the Lynx Hunting Season in the Kootenay Region (178) has been updated.

The regulation Remove Bobcat Quota for Trappers in the Kootenay Region (177) has been updated.

The regulation Implement a Hunting and Trapping Season for Wolves in the Okanagan Region (169) has been updated.

The regulation Add Zone X of MU 4-26 to the Antlerless Elk Youth/Senior Bow Only Seasons (174) has been updated.

The regulation Okanagan Alpine Motor Vehicle Prohibition (173) has been updated.

The regulation Use the Okanagan Connecter (Hwy 97C) as the Management Unit and regional boundary between Management Units 8-8/8-9 and 3-12. (167) has been updated.

The regulation Area Expansion of the Grand Forks Rifle Discharge Prohibition (172) has been updated.

The regulation Garnett Valley Motor Vehicle Prohibition (171) has been updated.

The regulation Implement an Antlerless Moose LEH in portions of the Okanagan Region (168) has been updated.

The regulation Remove Management Unit 8-15 from the any Mule deer buck Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 Youth Season and Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 General Open Season (166) has been updated.

The regulation Harmonize 6 pt. bull elk General Open Seasons in the Okanagan (165) has been updated.

The regulation Implement a Motor Vehicle Prohibition surrounding Itcha Ilgachuz Park (163) has been updated.

The regulation Expand the Antlerless Elk Hunt in the Christian Valley (164) has been updated.

The regulation Increase of Kootenay Regional Deer Bag Limit from 2 to 3 (162) has been updated.

The regulation Extend West Kootenay elk General Open Season and add bow-only season (161) has been updated.

The regulation New LEH season for Antlerless Elk in the Chauncey-Todhunter Access Management Area (160) has been updated.

The regulation Extend the LEH season for antlerless elk in Zone A of 4-23 (159) has been updated.

The regulation Lynx and Bobcat Family Unit Protection Regulation (125) has been updated.

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program announces Columbia Region funding and projects for 2012-2013

Click the following link for more information:


There is a proposed change to the Initiation Hunting Licence rules, review it here:


The BCWF's AGM and 56th annual Convention will be held this year in Courtenay, B.C. on April 25th- 28th 2012. The Resolutions to be debated, discussed and resolved are available from the BCWF website. www.bcwf.bc.ca

The Nakusp Rod and Gun Club would like to extend a thank-you for all members and community who supported our Awards Night! It was an even bigger success than last year!  A great time was had by all!  

For all of those interested, the West Kootenay Gun & Antique Show is being held at the Mickey McEwan Memorial hall (801 Railway Street) in Nelson on Saturday March 31st (9am to 5pm) and Sunday April 1st (9am to 3pm). Admission is $5, and children under 12 are free. To book a table for $35, contact Gerry @ 250-357-9309.

This is a change to the no discharging of firearms zone around Grand Forks.


And as always, this site allows you to see what Hunting and fishing regulations are under review!


The Nakusp Rod and Gun Club's AGM will be held Wednesday January 25th. Hope to see everyone at 7:30pm, downstairs in the Senior's Hall!

2012 Club memberships will also be available for purchase!