2014 MESSAGE ARCHIVE

 


Hi Everyone! The next Rod and Gun meeting will be on Wednesday January 28th at 7:30pm.

There will be a Conservation Officer in attendance, so if you have any questions, now is the time to ask!

As always, see you downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

 



BCWF Member Update - December 31st, 2014

 

Petition: Wildlife Allocation in B.C. - PLEASE SIGN!!!

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 BC guide outfitters and a smaller share of hunting permits to BC resident hunters.
The petition is available at the following link: Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy Petition, and will be submitted to the B.C. Legislature.
Please note: Your personal information will become part of a public document submitted to the provincial government. Read our full privacy policy.


Sweeping Changes to Wildlife Allocation in B.C. Could Result in Fewer Permits Going to Residents
BCWF recently issued an important news release concerning sweeping changes to B.C.'s wildlife allocation policy put in place by the Government of B.C. that will have significant negative impacts on resident hunters in our province:
"Sweeping changes to B.C.’s Wildlife Allocation Policy proposed by the Guide-Outfitters Association of B.C. would dramatically reduce residents’ access to wild game and increase the number of permits sold to foreign big game trophy hunters, according to the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF). This proposed change will result in fewer hunting permits going to B.C. residents.
Most jurisdictions across North America give foreign hunters 5-10 percent of the harvestable surplus of wildlife.  The changes proposed by the Guide-Outfitters Association of B.C., which represents 210 outfitters who have exclusive rights to guide trophy hunters, would give foreign hunters up to 40 percent of specific game species such as mountain sheep, goat and bear, and up to 25 percent of moose and elk.
In 2007 a new Wildlife Allocation Policy was established in B.C. in an attempt to fairly determine the number of hunting permits allocated, which gave foreign hunters the best share of the available hunting permits. Even then, the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. started vigorously lobbying the government to amend or scrap the new wildlife policy.
'Proposed changes to the Wildlife Allocation Policy are inconsistent with standard practices in other jurisdictions across Canada and in the United States,' said George Wilson, President of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, which represents 45,000 conservationists.  'There is no justification for these changes and they are not supported by B.C.’s resident hunters.' "
To read the full text of the news release, click here to visit the BCWF website.


Make Your Voice Heard on Wildlife Allocation in B.C.!
BCWF is only as strong as its membership, and we need resident hunters in B.C. to stand up and make their voice heard on this important issue by writing letters to both their local newspaper and MLA.

Letters to the Editor

A great way to do this and support resident hunting in B.C. is to bring your concerns about wildlife allocation to the attention of your local community and media outlets by writing a "letter to the editor" to outline your concerns. 
The letters to the editor section of your local newspaper presents an ideal forum for getting your message to a broader audience, whether you’re trying to influence local community members or government. More people read the letters to the editor section than any other part of the newspaper except the front page!
BCWF has drawn up a handy guide to writing effective letters that will increase your chances of getting published - it is available for download at the following link:
Tips on Writing Effective Letters to the Editor [PDF] 
We would also encourage you to send your letter to BCWF so that we can post them on our website. Please send letters to BCWF Marketing and Communications Coordinator Curtis Ketter by email at marketing@bcwf.bc.ca.

Contact to Your Local MLA

Another effective way to affect change is through writing and calling your local MLA to bring the issue to their attention. Your elected representative needs to be aware of your concerns with the way wildlife allocation is being handled in B.C. so that he or she knows just how important this issue is to British Columbians.

 

Wildlife Allocation: Public Meetings in Dawson Creek, January 6th and Nanaimo, January 21st

BCWF Region 7B - Peace/Liard and BCWF Region 1 - Vancouver Island will be holding two public meetings in Dawson Creek and Nanaimo, B.C.,that will feature important information about the new Wildlife Allocation policy including:

  • What the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. has requested
  • How these changes will affect resident hunters in B.C.
  • How you can ensure your continued right to hunt in B.C.

Public Meeting on Wildlife Allocation - Dawson Creek
Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts
10401 10th St, Dawson Creek, B.C. 
Hosted by BCWF Region 7B - Peace / Liard 
Public Meeting on Wildlife Allocation - Nanaimo
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 7:00pm
Nanaimo Fish and Game Club
1325 Nanaimo Lakes Rd, Nanaimo, B.C.
Hosted by BCWF Region 1 - Vancouver Island
For more information on the Nanaimo meeting, click here 

 

In the News... 

Wildlife Allocation
B.C.'s Wildlife Allocation Policy continued to make news over the holidays. BCWF Wildlife Committee Co-Chair Jesse Zeman was interviewed by Global BC, and BCWF President George Wilson was quoted in a CBC News article on the rising anger among resident hunters about the new policy:
Concerned New Hunting Regulations Favour Out-of-Province Hunters (Global BC)

B.C. Wildlife Federation Says Hunters Furious About New Allocations (CBC News)


MP Bob Spouck Visits Fish & Game Clubs in the Okanagan
Federal MP Bob Spuck, chair of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus, visited the Okanagan recently and connected with local fish & game clubs and wildlife groups:
Marshall Neufeld and MP Robert Sopuck Visits Wildlife and Gun Clubs for Feedback  (Penticton Western News) 

 

Last Chance to Give!

The New Year is upon us! And that means today is the last day to make your tax-deductible gift to the BC Wildlife Federation! Help protect BC's fish, wildlife, and habitat with your generous donation today.
Right now until 11:59pm P.S.T. all donations will be accepted and will be eligible for a 2014 tax receipt! How great is this? On behalf of everyone at BCWF, we thank you for your continued support and we wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year. 

 

Happy New Year from Everyone at BCWF!

BCWF Staff: (Back Row, L to R) - Curtis Ketter, Corin Boersma, Kerry Smith, Rakesh Saini, Neil Fletcher (Middle, L to R): Jason Jobin, Diane Kiss, Erin Kinloch, Irene Chieng, Suzie MacMillan (Front, L to R) Cheryl Johnson, Origan Fletcher.
On  behalf of the BCWF Staff and Board of Directors, we wish you and yours a Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a happy and healthy year ahead.
2014 was another successful and eventful year for the BCWF as we continued to grow and make strides as an organization. With a membership that now stands at more than 45,000 hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts across B.C., BCWF is stronger than ever and looking forward to another year of successes in 2015!

 

New BCWF Insurance Provider - Frequently Asked Questions
BCWF Logo
Starting January 1st, 2015, the B.C. Wildlife Federation will be transitioning to a new insurance provider, Capri Insurance.
As a valued BCWF Member or Club, you may have questions and concerns regarding this transition, and we have done our best to address the most common in the following Frequently Asked Questions, which is posted on the BCWF website: 
New BCWF Insurance Provider - Frequently Asked Questions
Should you have additional questions or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact BCWF Membership Coordinator Erin Kinloch at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988 ext. 2 or by email at membership@bcwf.bc.ca.

 

Video: Women on the Hunt


The Tyee recently published a short video story about the rise of women hunters in B.C.
From the introduction: "When you think of hunting, you might imagine gun-toting, beer-drinking lads out in the woods looking to kill a deer. But in B.C., a new wave of hunters are changing the game. From 1995 to 2013, the number of female hunters rose by 88 per cent.
Many of these women say they're not hunting for sport. Instead, they see hunting as a means to food security and the preservation of healthy ecosystems. Follow two hunters as they embark on a 16-hour journey to bring home dinner as sustainably as possible -- by killing it themselves."
Watch the video on the Tyee website by clicking here or on the image above.

 

 

BCWF Online Auctions - December 31st 2014 to January 6th 2015


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!

Print # 1 - Black Brant: On the Way North by Mark Hobson
Mark Hobson lives in Tofino, B.C. Canada on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, where he has painted professionally for over twenty-five years. Drawing almost every day in his early years he gradually taught himself skills in watercolour, oils, and acrylics. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast.

Print # 2Side by Side by Luke Raffin 
Luke Raffin was born in northern Italy, in 1955. He immigrated to Powell River, British Columbia with his parents and older brother in 1967. "Drawing and painting", Luke recalls, "have been part of my life since early childhood." He has always been visually attracted by simple things, like the changing hues of a sunset in a world full of colour, light and intricate details

 

2015 Wildlife of B.C. Calendar Now Available!

The 2015 Wildlife of B.C. calendar is now available! The calendar features beautiful photos of some of B.C.'s most iconic species including:
January - Moose
February - Big Horn Ram & Ewe
March - Big Horn Ram
April - Trumpeter Swan
May - Canada Goose
June - Grizzly Bear
July - Common Loon
August - White-Tailed Deer
September - Bull Elk
October - Mountain Goat
November - Mule Deer Buck
December - White-Tailed Deer
Proceeds from the calendar help support a range of conservation organizations in B.C. including BCWF, the Nature Trust of B.C., Kootenay WIldlife Heritage Fund, and the BC Conservation Foundation.
Calendars are $12 + tax and you get FREE SHIPPING until December 25th!
Calendars are available online in the BCWF store as well as at our office in Surrey, B.C.

 



Wildlife Allocation Petition: Tell the BC Government to Rescind Recent Changes to the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy

 

Dear BCWF Member,
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!
Please note: Your personal information will become part of a public document submitted to the provincial government. Read our full privacy policy.


For More Information
The following document illustrates the evolution of wildlife allocation in B.C. by region, species, and the split between resident hunters and guide outfitters and how it has changed in favour of guide outfitters in recent years:

Summary: The Evolution of Wildlife Allocation in BC  [PDF] 
For additional information on recent changes to BC's Wildlife Allocation policy, click here to visit the BCWF website.
 

 

 


 


December's R&G meeting will be held this Wednesday (December 10th) at 7:30pm.

It will be a short meeting followed by cheese and crackers and family friendly drinks.

So come on out, bring the family and enjoy some good vittles and even better company!

Merry Christmas, and hope to see you at the Senior's Hall!


The question asked at a recent ( Aug. 17/14) meeting was, " Where does all the Money collected for the Habitat Conservation Fund go?" I received this answer provided by Harvey Andrusak via WKO is contained in the following attachment

 


·         Single or multiple species projects targeting harvestable species and necessary habitats =Game
·         Single or multiple species projects targeting rare/threatened/endangered species and habitats = Non-game
·         Broad scale projects impacting a range of species – ecosystem restoration, for example = Both

 


O&M means long term operations and maintenance such as the West Arm spawning channels, lake aerators and wildlife property fences, conservation lands management etc. 


“The Nakusp Rod and Gun Club is pleased to welcome Conservative MP Robert Sopuck, Chair of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus and Marshall Neufeld to a discussion on Dec 13, 2014.  The meeting will start at 12:00 Noon, at the K2 Rotor Lodge with lunch followed by a presentation and round table Question and Answer period regarding the Conservative Government’s approach to Conservation, Hunting and Angling policies, and the new Common Sense Firearms Act legislation.
There is no fee to attend, but each attendee will be responsible for the cost of their own lunch.
Depending on weather conditions the range will be open for shooting following the meeting.
This event is open to all club members and guests. 
We look forward to seeing you there.”


2015 Memberships and Rifle Range keys are now available at:
NAPA on Broadway and
The General Store on Broadway
They make great stocking stuffers
Note new riffle range keys will not work till the new year


 

Hello everyone.

Wildlife staff in the Kootenay Region are currently updating the regional Elk Management Plan for 2015-19. This plan will review and revise current elk management objectives, and identify actions to address key issues in the region.

To better understand the interests, experiences and opinions of First Nations, elk hunters, agricultural producers and the general public, we are conducting an on-line survey available here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YRY5LGL. This survey must be completed by December 22nd, 2014. The results of this survey will be summarized in a publically available report, and used to develop the 2015-19 elk management plan.

We encourage you to briefly review or have available the following background information to facilitate survey completion:
2010-14 Kootenay Elk Management Plan - http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/emp/Kootenay%20elk%20management%20plan%202010-14%20(final).pdf
Kootenay Elk Population Review - http://a100.gov.bc.ca/appsdata/acat/documents/r19918/Kootenayelkpopulationreview_final__1395349270477_5349216529.pdf

The Government of BC will not collect, use, or disclose personal information using SurveyMonkey. Please be aware however that IP addresses are collected by SurveyMonkey itself, and these IP addresses and other information collected will be stored on SurveyMonkey's servers located outside of Canada. This survey is voluntary and a response is encouraged, not required. Please do not provide any third-party information (i.e. talk about others) in your responses to the survey. Although we encourage you to complete the survey as fully as possible, you may skip question(s) you do not wish to answer. 

Allow approximately 15-20 minutes to fill out this questionnaire. This questionnaire can only be filled in once per person.


 

November's R&GC meeting will be on Wednesday November 26th, at 7:30pm.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!

As normal, it will be held downstairs in the Senior's Hall!



BCWF Member Update - November 19th, 2014

 

Frequently Asked Questions: B.C.'s New Outdoor Recreational Vehicle Registration Process

Please see below for answers on some of the most common questions BCWF Members have had about our province's new ORV regulations and the process of registering a vehicle with ICBC. It is important for everyone going through the registration process to be clear on what is and is not required as part of the new policy. 
Links to additional information and resources have also been provided below.


Q:     I understand I am legally required to register my ORV - is this a one-time process?
A:     Yes.

ORV owners are only required by law to register their vehicle once. The registration process can be completed at any ICBC dealer, and consists of a $48 fee that includes a plate for the vehicle. Please note that issuing a plate does not mean that insurance is required for the ORV (see next question). ORVs operated solely on private property are not required to be registered.


Q:     Am I required to purchase yearly ICBC insurance for my ORV?

A:     No, as long as you are not accessing public roads. Please note that you are still required to have third-party liability insurance.

Annual vehicle licenses and insurance, which fall under the Motor Vehicle Act and are unchanged with the new ORV regulations, are only required for ORV riders who choose to access designated public roads / highway crossings or portions of the right-of-way.
A yearly vehicle license is NOT required to operate an ORV on Forest Service Roads, which are not considered public roads.


Q:     Have any of the vehicle insurance or third-party liability insurance requirements changed under the new regulations?
A:     No.
The insurance requirements for operation of an ORV in B.C. have not changed with the new regulations. Third-party liability insurance is required for travel on Forest Service Roads, and is recommended for those operating an ATV on Crown land (your BCWF Membership includes this type of insurance coverage while you are engaged in hunting and fishing activities).


Q:     Am I required to pay Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on my ORV if I have not done so already?
A:     If you purchased your ORV on or after July 1, 2010 and did not pay tax, the answer is yes.
If you purchased the ORV in B.C., brought it into B.C., or received an ORV as a gift, on or after July 1, 2010 and did not pay tax, you will be required to pay the applicable sales tax at the time of registration, unless a specific exemption applies. If the ORV was purchased prior to July 1, 2010, the ORV can be registered under the ORV Act without sales tax documentation.
The Province of B.C. recently distributed a “Provincial Sales Tax Notice” that includes all of the guidelines and details for paying the tax – the document is available by clicking here.


Q:     What documentation will I need to provide when registering my ORV?
A:     In order to register your ORV, you will need to prove ownership of the vehicle. At least one of the following documents will need to be provided to ICBC at the time of registration:

  • A New Vehicle Information Statement or a Certificate of Origin if purchased new, but never registered previously;
  • A Bill of Sale;
  • A Transfer Tax Form (APV9T) signed by seller – Transfer Tax forms are widely available from any Autoplan broker;
  • A completed B. C. Consumer Taxation Branch Gift of Vehicle Form (FIN 319);
  • For ORV’s imported into B.C. from another Canadian jurisdiction, the previous registration documents;
  • For ORVs imported from the U.S., a Title Certificate; Form 1 or B15 Accounting Document; OR
  • In the absence of the above, a sworn statutory declaration (MV1484) will be required with information about how the person came into possession of the off road vehicle and attempts to get the one or more of the other documentation.

Information and Resources
The following resources will provide detailed information on the new ORV registration process and regulations:
ICBC - Offroad Vehicle Registration: This document from ICBC contains detailed information on the registration process.
ORV Registration and Licensing Requirements: This document features a chart that illustrates the registration and insurance requirements for ORVs under the new Offroad Vehicle Act.
Provincial Sales Tax - Notice to Offroad Vehicle Owners - A notice from the Province of B.C. regarding how the Provincial Sales Tax Act applies to the new regulations.

 

2015 Conservation Lottery Tickets On Sale November 28th!

2015 BCWF Conservation Lottery tickets go on sale on Friday, November 28th, 2014. 
This year's Grand Prize is a 2015 Honda Pioneer 500 Side X Side worth over $13,000!
In addition, there are a host of other great prizes including:

  • 2nd Prize - $3,000 Cash
  • 3rd Prize - Roundtrip Airfare for Two Anywhere WestJest Flies 
  • 4th Prize - Scorpion Optics Package
  • 5th Prize - $500 Gift Certificate from Italian Sporting Goods
  • Early Bird Prize (Draw February 27th, 2014) - $500 Gift Certificate from Wholesale Sports

Keep an eye on www.bcwf.bc.ca for more information in the coming days and to order tickets online starting on November 28th.

 

 VIDEO: The Southern Mountain Cariboo
 
The southern mountain caribou herds in British Columbia are threatened and in some areas they have already disappeared. We as a society have said we’re not ready to let them go. Watch how biologists are working to bring these herds back from the brink - click here or on the image above to view the video!
The video is also available on Youtube by clicking here.
This video is the second in a three part series commissioned by the 14th North American Caribou Workshop hosted in Fort St John, B.C. in September 2012.
You can help caribou and raise awareness of the issues they face by sharing this video and learning more about the herd that lives closest to you.
Funding for this project came from the generous donations to the 2012 North American Caribou Workshop - you can see the list of sponsors by clicking here

 

Project Funding Opportunity: Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program - Round 4

The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP) is now accepting applications for their 4th round of funding.  The program has approximately $8 million available for one year projects in 2015/16.  
Applications and supporting forms are available at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans website by clicking here.
Applications will be accepted until December 12, 2014.
Following the application deadline, each proposal will be screened for eligibility and completeness. Those that pass the screening will be evaluated against national criteria, including the expected longevity of project results; clarity, thoroughness and soundness of the proposed work plan and budget; number of partners; evidence of leveraging; and expected performance results.
Application Guidelines [PDF]
Application Forms [PDF]
For more information, visit the DFO website.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - November 19th to November 26th


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!



Print # 1 Eyes of the Forest by Joyce Trygg (10 x 11.5)
Joyce Trygg was born in a small town on Nova Scotia's eastern shore and now resides on acreage near Fort Langley, B.C. with her husband and their dogs, cats and horses. Joyce's paintings reflect her love and empathy for domestic animals and the awe of the magnificent wildlife she feels privileged to see.
Print # 2 Headwaters by Eric Renk (14 x 21)
Eric is a self-taught artist who began painting wildlife in 1978, but has been painting for more than 30 years. He now lives in the scenic area of New Denver, British Columbia, where he gets his inspiration from treks in the wild. 

 

2015 Wildlife of B.C. Calendar Now Available!

The 2015 Wildlife of B.C. calendar is now available! The calendar features beautiful photos of some of B.C.'s most iconic species including:
January - Moose
February - Big Horn Ram & Ewe
March - Big Horn Ram
April - Trumpeter Swan
May - Canada Goose
June - Grizzly Bear
July - Common Loon
August - White-Tailed Deer
September - Bull Elk
October - Mountain Goat
November - Mule Deer Buck
December - White-Tailed Deer
Proceeds from the calendar help support a range of conservation organizations in B.C. including BCWF, the Nature Trust of B.C., Kootenay WIldlife Heritage Fund, and the BC Conservation Foundation.
Calendars are $12 + tax and shipping and are available online in the BCWF store as well as at our office in Surrey, B.C.

 

 


Dear Hank;
 We are emailing to let you know there has been some challenges & delays with the 2015 HUB Insurance Package. We are asking that Clubs do not contact HUB Insurance for your insruance renewal (the package is not yet available).
Please complete the BCWF Club Renewal package that will be sent out via email & mail to your Club the next 10 business days. Please note the Early Renewal Incentive date has been extended.
Once the Insurance Package is completed BCWF will forward the package to your Club immediately.
All questions regarding the the BCWF/HUB insurance Package & BCWF Club Renewal Package can be directed to: membership@bcwf.bc.ca or by phone: 604-882-9988 ext 2 or toll free: 1-888-881-2293 ext.2.
 Yours in Conservation,

Erin Kinloch
BCWF Membership Coordinator


BCWF Member Update - October 29, 2014

 

REWARD: Sturgeon Monitoring Research Equipment Missing from the Fraser River

 

Be Aware of Firearms Laws When Travelling: A Lesson from Vancouver International Airport
A report of a recent experience by a BCWF Member transporting firearms  through Vancouver International Airport on a hunting trip within B.C. provides useful information for those planning to transport firearms as part of their luggage.
The member reports that he and his son were transporting two rifles, correctly packed in an airline approved case along with a small package of ammunition, which Canada's firearms laws - and WestJet rules - permit. They had no trouble checking in with WestJet, however, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) screener to whom they later presented the rifle to asked whether they had ammunition in the case and, on being told yes,  refused to accept it, saying that ammunition may not be packed in the same case. This was an incorrect application of the rules, and ended up taking some time to correct.
The CATSA screener did not have a copy of the applicable regulations or any other source of information available on-hand, and declined to look the rule up or reconsider the decision that was made. Fortunately, a WestJet agent intervened and assured the CATSA screener that ammunition, as long as it is packed separately from the firearm, may be transported in the same case. The CATSA agent then agreed to confirm this with a supervisor by phone, and ultimately let the luggage proceed.    
The screener's confusion apparently stemmed from a policy that is applied by Air Canada to passengers travelling with firearms. The company's website indicates that unlike WestJet, Air Canada requires ammunition to be packed in a separate case. Air Canada also imposes a firearms handling charge of  $50 per item to process firearms, a charge that is over and above the normal baggage costs. Surprisingly, the Air Canada check-in rules specify that the traveller must not attach the trigger lock until after checking in, which would require opening the case and visibly handling the firearm in the airport, a step that could attract unfavourable attention from other travellers as well as the RCMP.
The member intends to bring a copy of the airline firearms check in rules with him for ready reference on his next trip,  and has invited CATSA’s head office improve their staff training in Vancouver in this respect.  Fortunately, the members arrived early and did not experience any issues with the CATSA screeners in Prince George on their return trip.  
This story is a reminder for us all to be aware of the law surrounding transportation of firearms and the policies in place at specific airlines when travelling. To avoid a similar situation, it is a good idea to print out and carry a copy of your airline’s firearms policy (usually available on their website) with you to avoid any confusion.
The firearms rules for WestJet are available by clicking here: https://www.westjet.com/guest/en/travel/basics/baggage/hunting-equipment.shtml
The firearms rules for Air Canada are available by clicking here: http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/hunting_equip.html#-firearms

 

 

 

BCWF Wetlands Education Program Map Our Marshes Workshop:
Saturday, November 8th at the University of British Columbia


The B.C. Wildlife Federation is excited to announce that we are partnering with the UBC Farm to host a Map our Marshes workshop on November 8th, 2014, in Vancouver.
In addition to the basics of wetland classification, this hands-on workshop will teach participants how to map under-appreciated wetlands using GPS technology and upload that information to Google Earth and the Community Mapping Network.
Smaller wetlands are highly productive for a diversity of species and are also useful for their flood control and water filtration capacities. Mapping them is the first step to protection. In addition, we will be going through an exploratory wetland design exercise right on campus.
Best of all, this workshop is absolutely free thanks to our generous sponsors and is open to all members of the public. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today!


Map Our Marshes Vancouver
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
UBC Farms Yurt, 461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, BC

Topics covered include wetland classification and mapping, and an exploratory wetland design exercise
For more information and to sign up, visit Map Our Marshes Vancouver or email wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca 

 

Fundraiser: Love, Support, and Prayers for Trent Seymour

16 year old Trent Seymour has been paralyzed from the waist down after a terrible hunting accident on September 21, 2014. He is currently recovering in Vancouver General Hospital and is expected to be there anywhere from 4 to 6 months.
The Seymour family is looking for any help with the costs associated with Trent's recovery. Their family home needs to be renovated and a vehicle with wheelchair accessiblity is also required.
A Trust account has been set up at Integris Credit Union under the name "Trent Seymour Trust Account", and all donations are appreciated. For more information on how you can donate, please contact Leona Sjodin at 250-649-9588 or by email at leona.sjodin@gmail.com.
The family is very appreciative of all the love and tremendous outpouring of support that they have recieved during this very difficult time.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - October 29th to November 5th


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!
 
Print # 1 - Snowbound by Andrew Kiss 
Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to thrive in the constantly changing art world. Never changing his realistic style or subject material over the years has shown how dedicated he is to his work and his love of landscape. He hopes each painting will be a window to our precious world and a reminder that we should never take it for granted.

Print # 2  - Intruder by Andrew Kiss 

 

2015 Wildlife of B.C. Calendar Now Available!

The 2015 Wildlife of B.C. calendar is now available! The calendar features beautiful photos of some of B.C.'s most iconic species including:
January - Moose
February - Big Horn Ram & Ewe
March - Big Horn Ram
April - Trumpeter Swan
May - Canada Goose
June - Grizzly Bear
July - Common Loon
August - White-Tailed Deer
September - Bull Elk
October - Mountain Goat
November - Mule Deer Buck
December - White-Tailed Deer
Proceeds from the calendar help support a range of conservation organizations in B.C. including BCWF, the Nature Trust of B.C., Kootenay WIldlife Heritage Fund, and the BC Conservation Foundation.
Calendars are $12 + tax and shipping and are available online in the BCWF store as well as at our office in Surrey, B.C.

 

 


October's Rod and Gun Club meeting will be held on Wednesday October 29th at 7:30pm.

Hope to see you downstairs in the Senior's Hall!

Happy Halloween!


 


BCWF Member Update - October 15, 2014

 

In the News: Federal and Provincial Governments Give Environmental Approval for BCHydro's Site C Dam 

Artist rendering of the proposed SIte C dam
BCHydro's "Site C" project has been given environmental approval by both the federal and provincial governments.
From the CBC:
"The federal and B.C. governments have issued an environmental assessment certificate to B.C. Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy Project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John.
In a statement issued Tuesday, the B.C. forest and environment ministers said they had decided that Site C, a proposed $8-billion hyrdoelectric dam on the Peace River in Northern B.C. is in the public interest and that the benefits provided outweigh the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and heritage impacts.
Later in the afternoon, the federal government issued its own environmental approval in a separate statement."
To read the full text of the article at the CBC website, click here
To read the statement from the Government of Canada, click here

 

BCWF Wetlands Education Program Map Our Marshes Workshop:
Saturday, November 8th at the University of British Columbia


The B.C. Wildlife Federation is excited to announce that we are partnering with the UBC Farm to host a Map our Marshes workshop on November 8th, 2014, in Vancouver.
In addition to the basics of wetland classification, this hands-on workshop will teach participants how to map under-appreciated wetlands using GPS technology and upload that information to Google Earth and the Community Mapping Network.
Smaller wetlands are highly productive for a diversity of species and are also useful for their flood control and water filtration capacities. Mapping them is the first step to protection. In addition, we will be going through an exploratory wetland design exercise right on campus.
Best of all, this workshop is absolutely free thanks to our generous sponsors and is open to all members of the public. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today!


Map Our Marshes Vancouver
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
UBC Farms Yurt, 461 Ross Drive, Vancouver, BC

Topics covered include wetland classification and mapping, and an exploratory wetland design exercise
For more information and to sign up, visit Map Our Marshes Vancouver or email wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca 

 

Big Horn Sheep Die-Offs in British Columbia:The Need for a Provincial Wild / Domestic Sheep Separation Strategy


The Environmental Law Centre (University of Victoria) recently completed a study on the issue of the spread of fatal diseases from domestic sheep to wild bighorn sheep and the legal changes and management practices that are needed to address the problem. The report contains a number of findings and recommendations, and was prepared by Law Student Harrison Porter under supervision from Environmental Law Centre Legal Director Calvin Sandborn.
From the report's Introduction:
"Perhaps the most critical threat to British Columbia’s iconic bighorn sheep population is the threat of disease from domestic animals. This report recommends legal changes to ensure best management practices are implemented to prevent the spread of fatal diseases from domestic livestock to wild bighorn sheep, thinhorn sheep and mountain goats. The disease of primary concern is the transfer of pneumonia-causing bacteria from domestic sheep to wild bighorn sheep."
Download a PDF copy of the report (31 pages) by clicking here

 

Join Us at the West Coast Women's Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford
October 24th to 26th!


BCWF will be promoting the BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) Program at the West Coast Women's Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford from Friday, October 24th, through Sunday, October 26th, 2014.
There is a whole lot going on at "B.C.'s largest women's event" including: Red Tag Deals at more than 400 booths; daily fashion shows; a home & interior decor zone; and five stages full of performances, demonstrations, and presentations.
Drop by and visit us at booth #856 and enter to win a free registration to the 2015 BOW Weekend in Lake Cowichan, B.C., May 1st to 3rd!
Save $1 on entry by purchasing your ticket at the following link: West Coast Women's Show Tickets

 

 

BCWF Online Auctions - October 15th to October 22nd


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!

Print # 1 - Thunderstruck by Andrew Kiss (32 x 19) just three prints left!
Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to thrive in the constantly changing art world. Never changing his realistic style or subject material over the years has shown how dedicated he is to his work and his love of landscape. He hopes each painting will be a window to our precious world and a reminder that we should never take it for granted.
Print # 2  - Four Generations by Bruce Muir (30 x 22.5)
Bruce Muir grew up on the shores of Georgia Strait where he has had numerous encounters with nature’s most awesome creatures. His knowledge of wildlife is illuminated by first-hand experience from months at a time spent in the West Coast wilderness. He has the ability to look beneath the featureless surface of a bay or river to see the complex web of life below. Sometimes he paints the life and death drama of predation, but mostly he paints life as it is lived.

 

2015 Wildlife of B.C. Calendar Now Available!

The 2015 Wildlife of B.C. calendar is now available! The calendar features beautiful photos of some of B.C.'s most iconic species including:
January - Moose
February - Big Horn Ram & Ewe
March - Big Horn Ram
April - Trumpeter Swan
May - Canada Goose
June - Grizzly Bear
July - Common Loon
August - White-Tailed Deer
September - Bull Elk
October - Mountain Goat
November - Mule Deer Buck
December - White-Tailed Deer
Proceeds from the calendar help support a range of conservation organizations in B.C. including BCWF, the Nature Trust of B.C., Kootenay WIldlife Heritage Fund, and the BC Conservation Foundation.
Calendars are $12 + tax and shipping and are available online in the BCWF store as well as at our office in Surrey, B.C.

 

Avoid Fines – Carry Your Certificate of Liability Insurance!

Please remember to carry the BCWF Certificate of Liability Insurance  & your BCWF Membership Card at all times while enjoying your outdoor recreation! Carrying these documents with you will help you avoid fines and disputes with Conservation Officers, Forest Service Officers and the RCMP.
The BCWF Certificate of Liability Insurance is a dated document from January 1st to December 31st and is updated on our website at the start of each year.
Download a copy of the BCWF Certificate of Liability

 

 Adams River Salmon Society: Salute to the Sockeye
Oct 3rd to 26th, 2014


 The Adams River Salmon Society invites the world to the 2014 Salute to the Sockeye festival held in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park.
The festival site is located in the main day-use area beside the Adams River. The spawning salmon may be viewed in many stretches of the river throughout the park. The new viewing platform will be located within 300 meters of the festival plaza along a well groomed walking trail.
For more information on the Salute to Salmon Festival, visit the Adams River Salmon Society website.

 

 



BCWF Member Update - October 1st, 2014

 

Happy National Seniors Day!

Every day, seniors are making a difference in our province by volunteering with their local BCWF clubs, leading conservation projects, teaching youth, and sharing their knowledge and experiences. BC's seniors are making big differences in our communities; they are our mentors, our leaders, and our conservation champions.
Celebrate a senior who has made a difference in your life by sending them a card, writing a note of appreciation, or even making a donation to BCWF in their name.
To all of our seniors, thank-you! We are so grateful for your continued contributions to protecting and conserving B.C.'s fish, wildlife and habitat.

 

Mount Polley Mine Disaster - Vancouver Sun Coverage

The Vancouver Sun has featured some excellent reporting and commentary on the Mount Polley Mine disaster over the past week:
Imperial’s cleanup plan underway for Mount Polley mine dam breach, but questions remain 
"With 24 million cubic metres of water and tailings flushed downstream of the Mount Polley gold and copper mine, the company’s biggest challenge now is to keep the remaining tailings and water contained.
There is already considerable concern over the potentially toxic metals released into the environment after the failure of the earthen tailings dam on Aug 4..."
Read the full text of the article at the Vancouver Sun website.


‘Sense of coverup’ on Mount Polley safety reports, NDP leader charges
"The B.C. government’s refusal to release inspection reports for the Mount Polley mine dam is “nonsense” and smells like a coverup, according to the province’s Opposition leader.
NDP leader John Horgan said Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett has a public obligation to explain what, if anything, the government did to address a tension crack in the earthen dam that was highlighted in a 2010 safety inspection the province has tried to keep hidden.
'To have a four-year-old record showing a 10- to 15-metre tension crack at the mine site is something the government should have responded to,” said Horgan. “If Mr. Bennett has nothing to hide, he should demonstrate government took this information and acted upon it.'"
Read the full text of the article at the Vancouver Sun website.


Crack in Mount Polley mine’s dam noted in 2010 inspection report (with report)
"A 2010 dam safety inspection at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine identified several concerns, including the discovery of a 10 to 15-metre long “tension” crack in the earthen dam.
The crack was discovered in the perimeter wall, the same embankment where a section failed Aug. 4 of this year, releasing millions of cubic metres of water and tailings containing potentially toxic metals into Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake.
'A tension crack does not necessarily indicate a plane of weakness in fill materials but it can’t be ignored either,' Knight Piesold, the company’s geotechnical engineering firm at the time, said in its report obtained by The Vancouver Sun."
Read the full text of the article at the Vancouver Sun website.

 

2015 Wildlife of B.C. Calendar Now Available!

The 2015 Wildlife of B.C. calendar is now available! The calendar features beautiful photos of some of B.C.'s most iconic species including:
January - Moose
February - Big Horn Ram & Ewe
March - Big Horn Ram
April - Trumpeter Swan
May - Canada Goose
June - Grizzly Bear
July - Common Loon
August - White-Tailed Deer
September - Bull Elk
October - Mountain Goat
November - Mule Deer Buck
December - White-Tailed Deer
Proceeds from the calendar help support a range of conservation organizations in B.C. including BCWF, the Nature Trust of B.C., Kootenay WIldlife Heritage Fund, and the BC Conservation Foundation.
Calendars are $12 + tax and shipping and are available online in the BCWF store as well as at our office in Surrey, B.C.

 

Wetland Enhancement and Mapping Project - Langley, B.C.

Wetlands support highly productive ecosystems that play an integral role in maintaining biodiversity. Wetlands comprise only 5.6 per cent of the land base of B.C., and are disappearing quickly due to development.
This hands-on, 6-hour event will teach you the basics of wetland processes, classification, design, and restoration techniques. You will also learn how to map wetlands using GPS technology: a useful skill in wetland conservation, restoration, or construction. Please bring work gloves and gumboots. Lunch will be provided.
This workshop will be hosted in partnership with the BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Education Program. 
Wednesday, October 8
10:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: FREE! (Registration mandatory) 
Location: Meet at the Field Office at Langley Environmental Partners Society (204 - 4839 - 221 Street) for an introductory presentation. Field work will take place at the Murrayville Community Garden.
For more information or to register, please contact:
Langley Environmental Partners Society
604.532.3511
exec_director@leps.bc.ca
A poster for the event is available by clicking here

 

MP Bob Sopuck: Help Us Pass the "Common Sense Firearms Act"
A message from federal MP Bob Sopuck, Chair of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus:
"This summer our Government announced that it would be bringing forward the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.
This is important legislation for millions of Canadians, especially Canada’s hunting and angling communities. The Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act will:

  • Merge the Possession Only License (POL) and the Possession and Acquisition License (PAL);
  • Restrict the ability of Chief Firearms Officers to make arbitrary decisions;
  • Create a grace period at the end of the five-year licence to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork errors;
  • End needless paperwork around Authorizations to Transport by making them a condition of a license;
  • Require mandatory firearms safety courses for first-time gun owners; and
  • Strengthen firearms prohibitions for those who are convicted of domestic violence offences.

We need your help ensuring this important piece of legislation is quickly passed into law.
Please print the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act Petition. Please circulate it widely to your friends, family members, and colleagues. Once done, please mail the originals to my office so that they can be tabled in the House of Commons.
If you have any questions, please contact my office at the address below. Thank you for your support."
MP Robert Sopuck
House of Commons
Suite 504, Justice Building
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Telephone: (613) 992-3176
Fax: (613) 992-0930
Email: robert.sopuck@parl.gc.ca 

 

BCWF Online Auctions - October 1st to October 8th


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!

Print # 1 - The Confidence Man by Arnie R. Fisk  (24 x 17)
Arnie Fisk has earned a solid reputation for his meticulous attention to detail and his sense of deja vu. Influenced by his childhood in the country, and his interest in antiques and collectibles, he captures moments and objects in time using his medium of choice, acrylics. His work is found in collections around the world, and has been featured in numerous gallery and private exhibitions.

Print # 2 -
 Under Cover by Andrew Kiss (20 x 26) 
Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to thrive in the constantly changing art world. Never changing his realistic style or subject material over the years has shown how dedicated he is to his work and his love of landscape. He hopes each painting will be a window to our precious world and a reminder that we should never take it for granted.

 

Adams River Salmon Society: Salute to the Sockeye
Oct 3rd to 26th, 2014


 The Adams River Salmon Society invites the world to the 2014 Salute to the Sockeye festival held in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park. The festival site is located in the main day-use area beside the Adams River. The spawning salmon may be viewed in many stretches of the river throughout the park. The new viewing platform will be located within 300 meters of the festival plaza along a well groomed walking trail.
Grand Opening Ceremony
October 5th, 1:00 pm
Adams River, Shuswap Lake, B.C.
Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park

Join us as we celebrate First Nations culture, acknowledge our partners and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment. The ceremony will be a casual affair in the main plaza area - no seating will be provided, so please remember to bring your own lawn chair.
For more information on the Salute to Salmon Festival, visit the Adams River Salmon Society website.

 

2015-16 Call for Proposals - Pacific and Yukon Region:
Habitat Stewardship Program


The Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP) provides funding for activities that support the conservation and recovery of species at risk and their habitats.
Now into its 16th year, the HSP is being expanded under the National Conservation Plan to provide additional incentives for a range of stakeholders to take voluntary on-the-ground stewardship actions to restore and conserve species at risk and their habitats, while also proactively preventing priority species, other than species at risk, from becoming a conservation concern.
Going forward, funding under HSP will be separated into two streams.The HSP Species at Risk (SAR) Stream will focus on species at risk recovery projects and has $1,780,000 to commit to new projects in the Pacific and Yukon Region in 2015-16.
The HSP Prevention Stream will focus, for the first time, on projects addressing other priority species beyond the protection and recovery of species at risk under the Species at Risk Act to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern. The Prevention Stream has $550,000 to commit to new projects in the Pacific and Yukon Region in 2015-16.
For detailed information on submitting an application, please refer to the application guidelines and the documents below. We strongly encourage that you review the guidelines and we hope that you will consider applying to the HSP program.


Regional Call for Proposals:
Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk Pacific and Yukon Region - 2015 / 2016 Overview
National Call for Proposals:
2015-2016 Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk Call for Proposals
Application Guidelines and Form:
Habitat Steweardship Program - Species at Risk Stream
Application Guidelines and Form:
Habitat Stweardship Program - Prevention Stream
Expression of Interest: HSP Species at Risk Stream
Expression of Interest: HSP Prevention Stream

 

BC Hydo Fish & WIldlife Compensation Program

Each year the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) funds fish and wildlife projects across B.C. that align with our Action Plans. If you have an idea for a project to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife, you may be eligible to receive funding. See our information for funding applicants [PDF, 715 KB] to learn more.
Preparing your funding application:

  • Read our information for funding applicants [PDF, 715 KB] 
  • Confirm FWCP's priorities in your region by revewing our Action Plans.
  • Align your proposed project idea with our priorities in your region.
  • Select the regional funding application below that suits your proposed project and location.
  • If your project is in the Peace Region, submit a mandatory Notice of Intent [DOC, 348 KB] form by October 10, 2014.
  • If you're proposing a fish or wildlife project in the Columbia Region, please see our Project Priorities in the Columbia Region. If you're proposing a fisheries project, please see our Five-Year Fisheries Plan [PDF, 135 KB] to ensure your funding proposal does not duplicate actions already planned.
  • Contact the Program Manager in your region with any questions about the eligibility of your proposed project or preparing your application. 

  • Submit your completed application including a separate project budget form by the required deadline. 

Application Deadlines
Submit your completed application including a separate project budget form by the required deadline:
Coastal Region: November 3, 2014
Columbia Region: November 14, 2014
Peace Region: November 21, 2014


For more information, visit the BC Hydro website.

 

 


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BCWF Member Update - September 24th, 2014

 

LAST CHANCE - Vote for the 2015 Artist of the Year!
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We want your vote - have your say in the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition! For the first time ever, all BCWF Members have a chance to cast their vote and help choose the next BCWF Artist of the Year.
DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30TH!
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Laura Levitsky, and David Flatt:
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Click here to cast your vote for the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year!

 

2015 Wildlife of B.C. Calendar Now Available!
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The 2015 Wildlife of B.C. calendar is now available! The calendar features beautiful photos of some of B.C.'s most iconic species including:
January - Moose
February - Big Horn Ram & Ewe
March - Big Horn Ram
April - Trumpeter Swan
May - Canada Goose
June - Grizzly Bear
July - Common Loon
August - White-Tailed Deer
September - Bull Elk
October - Mountain Goat
November - Mule Deer Buck
December - White-Tailed Deer
Proceeds from the calendar help support a range of conservation organizations in B.C. including BCWF, the Nature Trust of B.C., Kootenay WIldlife Heritage Fund, and the BC Conservation Foundation.
Calendars are $8 and are available online in the BCWF store as well as at our offices in Surrey, B.C.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - September 24th to October 1st
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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!
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Print # 1 - Above Tree Line by Arnie Frisk (15.5 x 21)
Arnie Fisk has earned a solid reputation for his meticulous attention to detail and his sense of deja vu. Influenced by his childhood in the country, and his interest in antiques and collectibles, he captures moments and objects in time using his medium of choice, acrylics. His work is found in collections around the world, and has been featured in numerous gallery and private exhibitions. 
Print # 2 - Thrill of the Catch by Andrew Kiss (18 x 32), first time up for auction!
Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to thrive in the constantly changing art world. Never changing his realistic style or subject material over the years has shown how dedicated he is to his work and his love of landscape. He hopes each painting will be a window to our precious world and a reminder that we should never take it for granted. 

 

BC Conservation Foundation Annual General Meeting:
November 8th, 2014, Richmond, B.C.

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The 2014 BC Conservation Foundation's Annual General Meeting (AGM) is coming up on November 8th, 2014, in Richmond, B.C.
For more information, visit the BC Conservation Foundation website.

 

Area Based Forest Tenures: Results of Public Engagement and Recommendations for British Columbia
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The Province of B.C. recently released a report on its engagement with the public on a proposal to establish "area-based" forest tenures for the forest industry in B.C. which would include "conversion of some volume-based forest licences to new or expanded tree farm licences." The proposal has been examined by the government a number of times in the past, and remains a relatively unpopular idea with the citizens of B.C.
According to a Province of B.C. press release, the final report, which was prepared by consultant Jim Snetsinger, included "...35 recommendations covering the full spectrum of economic, social, environmental, First Nations and administrative issues surrounding the proposed conversion of volume-based forest licences to area-based tree farm licences."
However, the province concluded that "...given the recent Supreme Court of Canada Tsilhqot'in decision and requests from forest companies and communities to focus on key immediate priorities, the ministry will not be proceeding with legislative changes that would enable forest licence conversions in fall 2014 or spring 2015.
We will continue to consider the recommendations in the report as part of ongoing work in our ministry.”
The report is available in its entirety in PDF format by clicking here.
Read the full text of the press release at the Province of B.C. website.

 

BCWFNews: September 2014
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In the September edition of the BCWF newsletter:

  • Update: Mount Polley Mine Disaster near Likely, B.C.
  • 2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Program a Success
  • Photo Gallery: Wild Kidz Camp hosted by Peachland Sportsmen's Association
  • Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association Takes "Action"
  • BCWF Meets with Union of BC Indian Chiefs to Talk Conservation of Fish, Wildlife, and Habitat
  • Port Renfrew Salmon Enhancement Society Starts a Five Year Fish Marking Program
  • BCWF Region 2 Thanks Wholesale Sports in Nanaimo for Supporting the 2014 New Hunter Bootcamp
  • Limited Entry Hunting Online: BC Looks to Modernize LEH System
  • Tahltan Nation Informational Blockade and Gitxsan Eviction Notice
  • Fishing Derby Raises $5,000 for the BCWF Action Fund
  • Recreational Halibut Limit Increase

Download a copy of this month's newsletter: BCWFNews, September 2014 

 

Update: Tahltan Nation "Informational Blockade" Between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek No Longer Active
The Tahltan are no longer manning an "informational blockade" that had been established to convey their concerns about local moose populations and resident hunters.
The Tahltan have met with representatives from the Province of B.C., and will work together with the government to address their concerns.
An announcement was posted to the Province of B.C. website

 

Water for Nature, Water for People
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If you haven't seen it yet, check out "Water for Nature, Water for People", a video from the World Wildlife Federation that talks about the importance of protecting our rivers and lakes. The video is hosted by NHL Hall of Famer Scott Niedermeyer, WWF's Freshwater Ambassador.
The video is available on Youtube by clicking here.  

 

 


Just a reminder that the September R&G meeting will be held on Wednesday September 24th at 7:30pm.

As always, downstairs at the Senior's Hall.


Congratulations to the Rod and Gun Club's newest lifetime members, John and Dorothy Drebet!

Thank-you for your years of dedication!


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BCWF Member Update - September 10th, 2014

 

Update: Mount Polley Mine Disaster
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BCWF continues to be active on the Mount Polley Mine tailings spill. Last week, BCWF representatives participated in a conference call with Minister of Mines and Energy Bill Bennet and Minister of the Environment Mary Polak.
The call was an opportunity to get an update on the response to the spill to date and to pose questions about important issues related to the requirements of the long term monitoring & remediation plan and to advocate for the establishment of a Natural Resources Practices Board to provide oversight for mining policies, practices, and legislation. 


Opinion: B.C. needs a natural resource practices board - Mount Polley disaster shows it’s time for new monitors
By George Wilson, special to the Vancouver Sun
If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you take some time to read BCWF President George Wilson's recent opinion-editorial article in the Vancouver Sun outlining BCWF's belief that the time has come to establish a "Natural Resource Practices Board" in B.C.:
"The B.C. Wildlife Federation has grave concerns about the recent Mount Polley Mine tailings breach near Likely, and the subsequent environmental destruction this incident has caused, not only to the people and communities in the region, but also its fish, wildlife, and habitat resources.
As a province, we must come together to understand the cause of this disastrous event and ensure appropriate actions are taken to ensure something similar does not occur again. It is also vital we establish short- and long-term plans for mitigating the environmental and economic impacts of the Mount Polley spill and potential similar events in the future..."
Read the full text of the article at the Vancouver Sun website


Advisory Letter Issued to Mount Polley Mining Corporation
The Province of B.C. issued an advisory letter this week to the Mount Polley Mining Corporation regarding effluent that was still discharging from the tailings storage facility into Hazeltine Creek. 
The letter instructs the company to "take prompt action to abate all discharges from the tailings storage facility into the receiving environment", and warns that it represents "the first step of an escalating enforcement response to a violation of the Environmental Management Act."
Download a PDF copy of the Advisory Letter
Read the full text of the news release at the Province of B.C. Newsroom

 

Update: Tahltan Nation "Informational Blockade" and Gitxsan Nation "Eviction Notice"
In the wake of the recent William decision in the Supreme Court of Canada, several First Nations groups – including the Gitxsan and Tahltan Nations in central and northern B.C  – have moved to assert claims in several areas. 
Below you will find updates on both of these current situations. Additional information on how to approach a blockade should you come across one is available on the Aboriginal Relations Committee webpage.


Tahltan Nation "Information" Blockade: Hwy 51 Between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek
Members of the Tahltan Nation in northwest B.C. recently set up a blockade on Highway 51 between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek in order to limit moose hunting by resident hunters in their territory. According to Chief Terri Brown, the local moose population is under considerable strain from resident hunters.
**UPDATE: The Tahltan Nation are no longer restricting resident hunters from the area. The "blockade" is now simply distributing information regarding the Tahltan's concerns with the local moose hunt.***
While BCWF does not agree with the Tahltan’s assessment that there is a conservation problem with the local moose population, we do agree that our province needs to do more to manage and protect B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat. This is an ongoing issue that our organization has been bringing up in our meetings with government for quite some time. BCWF officials hope to work with the Tahltan Nation in the near future to resolve this situation and come together to look for solutions so that resident hunters can continue to access the area.  
As always, we would like to encourage our members to act responsibly and conduct themselves in a peaceful manner when encountering any type of blockade.


Gitxsan Eviction Notice
On August 8th, the Gitxsan Nation issued an “eviction notice” to sport fishers, CN Rail, and the forestry industry, indicating that the move was “supported by the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that the Crown must obtain consent and preserve the interests of the Gitxsan before carrying on any activities on Gitxsan lax yip, 33,000 sq km of territory in northwestern British Columbia.”
Negotiations between the Province of B.C. and the Gitxsan are ongoing and are proceeding in a positive manner, with the group extending an earlier suspension of the eviction notice for anglers to September 16th to allow more time for talks. BCWF has also met with the Gitxsan recently in order to discuss ways we can work together on common issues, and those discussions continue.
The Gitxsan have expressed a willingness to arrange a meeting between BCWF and the Tahltan to talk about important issues related to land use and B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat. 
For more information and tips on how to approach a blockade should you encounter one, visit the BCWF Aboriginal Relations Committee webpage 

 

2014 New Hunter Bootcamp: September 19 to 21 at the
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford, B.C.

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After a very successful event in 2013, BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland will once again offer their New Hunter Bootcamp event in 2013.  This year's event takes place at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The New Hunter Bootcamp program was designed to help new and aspiring hunters gain the basic knowledge they need to get a safe start in the sport. Participants will be learning sound hunting and shooting basics from passionate outdoor enthusiasts with many years of hunting and shooting experience.
Bootcamp Courses Include...

  • Shooting and Archery
  • Rifle Marksmanship
  • Hunting and Scouting Tips
  • Goose and Duck Calling 
  • First Aid
  • Game Handling 
  • ...and much more! 

Download the New Hunter Bootcamp Registration Form
Click here for more information or contact BCWF Region 2 President Dale Vidulich at  dlvid@telus.net

 

BCWF Online Auctions - September 10th to 17th

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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25! 
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Print #1 - Out of the Mist by Andrew Kiss (20 x 30) - 1st time up for Auction!
Andrew considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to thrive in the constantly changing art world. Never changing his realistic style or subject material over the years has shown how dedicated he is to his work and his love of landscape. He hopes each painting will be a window to our precious world and a reminder that we should never take it for granted.
Print # 2 - Where Few Have Survived by Renee Merkelbag (15.5 x 20.3) - 1st time up for Auction!  

 

Vote for the 2015 Artist of the Year
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We want your vote - have your say in the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition! For the first time ever, all BCWF Members have a chance to cast their vote and help choose the next BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Laura Levitsky, and David Flatt:
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Click here to cast your vote for the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year!

 

Recreational Halibut Limit Increase:
Effective September 1st to December 31st, 2014

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Sport Fishing Advisory Board have announced an increase in the daily limit for halibut from one fish to two:
"Effective September 1 through to December 31, the daily limit will be increased from 1 fish per day to two fish per day.   All other management measures as noted in Fishery Notice 0076 remain in effect.  In summary, effective September 1 until December 31, 2014:

  • The maximum length for halibut is 133cm.
  • The daily limit for halibut is two (2).
  • The possession limit for halibut is two (2), only one of which may be greater than 90cm in length.
  • There is an annual limit of six (6) halibut (per licence holder) as authorized under the 2014/2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.
  • All halibut retained by the licence holder shall be immediately recorded in ink on the 2014-2015 Tidal Waters Sport Fishing Licence.  The area from which each halibut is caught and its length shall immediately be recorded on license."

For more information, including exceptions / restrictions, read the notice on the DFO website.

 

Port Renfrew Marina and Campground Fishing Derby Raises $5,000 for BCWF Action Fund
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Port Renfrew Marina and Campground co-owners Bud 
Watt and Rex Coburn present a cheque to BCWF 
volunteer Paul Rickard (right)
The Port Renfrew Marina and Campground held its annual fishing derby on Sunday, August 31st, and was able to raise $5,000 for the BCWF Action Fund. Many thanks to co-owners Bud Watt and Rex Coburn for all of their efforts and very generous donation!
For more information on the Port Renfrew Marina and Campground, visit their website

 

Port Renfrew Salmon Enhancement Society starts a five year Chinook Salmon Marking Program
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The Port Renfrew Salmon Enhancement Society will embark on a new five-year Chinook salmon marking program that will involve a wide variety of stakeholders including other conservation groups and multiple levels of government.
The initiative was announced by Port Renfrew Salmon Enhancement Society President Bob Gallaugher in a press release detailing the project:
“We are very pleased to announce a five-year program to mark and code wire tag at least 40,000 Chinook salmon fry per year and raise them in our ocean net pens.
“This is the tenth year of our net pen operation, in cooperation with our partners: the Department of Fisheries and Oceans;  the B.C. Government; the Fresh Water Fisheries Society of BC; the Pacific Salmon Foundation; Gibbs-Delta; Esquimalt Anglers’ Association; Butch Jack Marina; Gallaugher’s Sports Fishing Camp; Valley Fish and Game Club; and many individuals.”“With the three to five year cycle of each generation of salmon fry returning as adults, it means that by 2024 we will be able to confirm the higher survivability rate of hatchery bred/ocean net pen raised Chinook salmon.  We will confirm this through collection of the coded wire tags from the fin-clipped adult Chinook salmon.”
 “This is a great project and Fisheries and Oceans Canada would like to acknowledge the efforts of our community partners in Port Renfrew,” said Tom Rutherford, DFO Section Head, Resource Restoration and Stewardship and Community Involvement.
 “When these tagged salmon return, the information we get from them will help to inform our Chinook enhancement strategies in Port Renfrew and on the West Coast of Vancouver Island in general. I can't emphasize enough how much we value the work of the Port Renfrew Salmon Enhancement Society and the San Juan Enhancement Society. It is projects like these that will help to ensure the sustainability of our salmon stocks into the future."
For more information on the project and to read the full text of the press release, visit the Port Renfrew Salmon Enhancement Society website

 


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Special BCWF Member Update: Tahltan Nation Blockade and Gitxsan Nation "Eviction Notice"

 

In the wake of the recent William decision in the Supreme Court of Canada, First Nations groups – including the Gitxsan and Tahltan Nations in central and northern B.C – have moved to assert claims in several areas. 
Below you will find updates on both of these current situations as well as important information on how to approach a blockade should you come across one.


Tahltan Nation Blockade: Hwy 51 Between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek
Members of the Tahltan Nation in northwest B.C. recently set up a blockade on Highway 51 between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek in order to limit moose hunting by resident hunters in their territory. According to Chief Terri Brown, the local moose population is under considerable strain from resident hunters.
While BCWF does not agree with the Tahltan’s assessment that there is a conservation problem with the local moose population, we do agree that our province needs to do more to manage and protect B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat. This is an ongoing issue that our organization has been bringing up in our meetings with government for quite some time. BCWF officials hope to work with the Tahltan Nation in the near future to resolve this situation and come together to look for solutions so that resident hunters can continue to access the area.  
The BCWF is also asking government to explain why they have allowed public roads to be blockaded, and will seek remedies from the province to prevent blockades from occurring again in the future. 
BCWF Members will no doubt be familiar with similar roadblocks in the past that have sought to block the public from accessing Crown lands. As always, we would like to encourage our members to act responsibly and conduct themselves in a peaceful manner when encountering a roadblock – read on for some great tips and advice on the best way to do that.
Province of B.C. Update on the Tahltan Blockade
The Province of B.C. issued an update on the Tahltan Blockade on Tuesday, August 26th:
“Members of the Tahltan Nation have established a blockade on Highway 51 between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek and government has been advised that resident hunters may be stopped at the blockade.
Hunters planning to use Highway 51 are advised as follows:

  • Government has initiated discussions with the Tahltan and is working to determine their specific concerns. We ask everyone to remain respectful of one another on the ground while we seek a resolution to the situation.
  • The Province considers the licences of guides, resident hunters and non-resident hunters to be valid. There is the possibility that resident hunters in Tahltan Traditional Territory may encounter protests.
  • All British Columbians have a constitutional right to peaceful protest and to express their point of view in a safe and legal way.
  • Hunters seeking direction on what to do if they encounter a protest, or who wish to report any confrontation should contact the local RCMP detachment.”

Gitxsan Eviction Notice
On August 8th, the Gitxsan Nation issued an “eviction notice” to sport fishers, CN Rail, and the forestry industry, indicating that the move was “supported by the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that the Crown must obtain consent and preserve the interests of the Gitxsan before carrying on any activities on Gitxsan lax yip, 33,000 sq km of territory in northwestern British Columbia.”
Negotiations between the Province of B.C. and the Gitxsan are ongoing and are proceeding in a positive manner, with the group extending an earlier suspension of the eviction notice for anglers to September 16th to allow more time for talks. BCWF has also met with the Gitxsan recently in order to discuss ways we can work together on common issues, and those discussions continue.
The Gitxsan have expressed a willingness to arrange a meeting between BCWF and the Tahltan to talk about important issues related to land use and B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat. 


The following information details appropriate ways to deal with a roadblock should you encounter one:
Be Prepared
Make “be prepared” your new motto this hunting season. Do some research on the area so that you know about any current issues or situations. Keep writing materials and a camera in your vehicle at all times so that you are prepared to document any encounters and before you leave the paved highway, make sure you have these materials at hand and ready.
If the Blockade Encountered is Unattended
Should you encounter an unattended roadblock, document it thoroughly with photos and written notes. Be sure to carefully assess the situation before proceeding and if you do not feel comfortable, do not drive on or proceed. Always practice safety first.
If the Blockade Encountered is Attended
When encountering a manned blockade, the first rule is to always be cautious. Record the date, time, and detailed location (GPS coordinates are best) of the blockade and do not get out of your vehicle or roll your window all of the way down. Ask for the spokesperson for the blockade, and ensure that only one member of your group speaks with him or her.
Following are a number of questions that should be asked in a respectful manner (do not forget to have someone in your group record the answers):

  • May I please get your name?
  • Do you represent a specific group?
  • How long have you been here, and how long do you intend on staying?
  • What will happen to us if we choose to continue to our destination?

Listen carefully to the answers provided, and if anything is said that could be construed as a threat, be ensure to record it or write it down “word for word”. Document the encounter while your memory is fresh, and be sure to stick to the facts - there is no need for derogatory or insulting language, which will only take away from your account and reflect poorly on your character. Be as neutral as possible in your observations.
If possible, opt for recording events with a video camera over still photos if you are unable to manage both. The person recording the events should not be the same person that has been designated as spokesperson for your group. Keep everything you record, write down, or photograph – do not allow anyone to confiscate your material, even the police. Offer to provide a copy, but make sure you retain the originals yourself.
Important details to note about the blockade include:

  • The number of protesters present at the blockade
  • Physical descriptions of the protestors including clothing, hair colour, height and weight, approximate ages, and any identifying characteristics.
  • Descriptions and license plate numbers of any vehicles present.

Please note that it is perfectly legal to photograph or record people in a public place, even if you are on a private road. The protesters may take their own photos and video and if they are recording the proceedings themselves, chances are they will not be a major problem for you.
If You are Able to Get Through the Blockade
If you do pass through a blockade and set up camp, record any other hunter presence or protestor traffic. If you feel your camp may be at risk, leave someone there to watch over it while you are gone. Be respectful and follow the guidelines above for any further contact with protestors, and always remember to keep safety first.
How to Report if You are Blockaded
Anyone who has been refused entry to Crown land should immediately report the matter to the police and the Conservation Officer Service. In the event that you or your property is threatened, be sure to ask that criminal charges are laid and request that an investigation of the incident take place. It is important to remember that a threat is only “criminal” if there is a threat of death, bodily harm, or of damage to your property. The threat must be direct in order to be considered a criminal act. For example, someone telling you they will “burn down your camp” if you proceed is making a criminal threat.
On the other hand, being told something along the lines of “we can’t guarantee that you won’t be visited at night” is not a direct threat and falls into the category of innuendo. It is important to record the exact words so that you can relay the conversation to the authorities. When reporting an incident to the police or CO Service, ask for an occurrence or police file number and record the name of the officer that you spoke with.
Dialogue with First Nations
In addition to providing BCWF Members with advice for encountering roadblocks, our organization is also working to engage in dialogue with First Nations groups so that we can work together to maintain each other’s needs and opportunities in an environment of mutual respect. Our purpose is to foster enjoyment for all British Columbians that hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors. 

 

 


A well written letter by one of our members in Dease Lake regarding the Tahltan blockade.

http://www.terracestandard.com/opinion/letters/272430011.html?mobile=false

 


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BCWF Special Update - Blockade in Northern B.C. by Members of the Tahltan Nation

 

Members of the Tahltan Nation in northwest B.C. recently set up a blockade on Highway 51 between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek in order to limit moose hunting by resident hunters in their territory. 
Tahltan Chief Terri Brown explained the move to the media earlier this week: "Hunters come into our territory and just kill as many moose as they want," said Brown.  "It’s not OK. We have been concerned that too many people come here to hunt moose without a proper understanding of our territory. It’s a big issue for us because we have one of the longest hunting seasons in the province."
The B.C. Wildlife Federation believes that the moose population in the area is adequate to support both the traditional uses of First Nations and an open season for resident hunters.  We do not believe there are any issues with overharvest of moose in the area, as resident moose hunters are already regulated through licencing. limited hunting seasons, bull-only restrictions, and other regulations.
Given the current harvest numbers, which are assessed through hunter surveys conducted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, we do not agree with the recommendation that there is a need to move to a limited entry hunting system. Limited entry hunting would unduly restrict resident access to the area, which is at the center of a number of commercial guiding operations that are not targeted by this action. 
BCWF agrees with the Tahltan that our province does not have an adequate number of Conservation Officers to properly manage and protect B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat – an ongoing issue that our organization has been bringing up in our meetings with government for quite some time. BCWF officials hope to set up a  meeting with Chief Terri Brown and the Tahltan Nation in the near future to discuss this situation so that we can come together to look for solutions so that resident hunters can continue to access the area.  
The BCWF is asking government to explain why they have allowed public roads to be blockaded, and seek remedies from the province to prevent blockades from occurring again in the future. 
In the meantime, the BCWF requests that its members conduct themselves in a peaceful manner when confronted by blockades in this area or any others.

Click here to read the press release issued by the Tahltan Nation regarding the blockade

 

 


 

Chetwynd Area Maternal Penning for Caribou

The whole project has been very interesting, from many points of view

Click HERE to read the report


CANADIAN SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION /
CANADIAN INSTITUTE FOR LEGISLATIVE ACTION

TEAM CSSA SPECIAL REPORT / MEDIA RELEASE --August 15, 2014

 

TEAM CSSA E-NEWS BULLETIN

Conservative government stops RCMP firearms reclassification system in its tracks, as it never had authority previously.

The Canadian Shooting Sports Association (CSSA) and the Canadian Institute for Legislative Action (CILA) support new federal regulations to strip the RCMP of the authority to reclassify firearms.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney announced new Firearms Records Regulation (Classification) on August 15 that prevents the RCMP from reclassifying guns in the future. The minister vowed to rein in the RCMP after they suddenly prohibited Swiss Arms and CZ-858 rifles without warning earlier this year.
“It is very encouraging to see Minister Blaney following through on his plan to end firearms reclassifications by anti-gun civil servants,” says CSSA/CILA executive director Tony Bernardo. “Gun owners have been shell-shocked by becoming overnight criminals when power-hungry police placed restrictions on firearms according to their whim.
“The RCMP have expressed frustration when they couldn't protect the useless gun registry from extinction,” adds Bernardo. “They in turn retaliated with senseless reclassifications designed to frustrate gun owners and the government. It saddens us that the RCMP keep reacting like angry grade schoolers.”
The Harper government has been putting gradual pressure on several unfair Canadian gun control laws passed by previous federal administrations. The new reclassification regulation is effective immediately and prohibits the Registrar of Firearms from amending its records following a one-year period after a reclassification record is created. In doing so, the Harper government is striving to reinforce gun owners' property rights by preventing records from being unfairly changed.
“This is another important step in the right direction to deliver fairer laws for responsible gun owners,” explains Bernardo. “It appears to continue the trend that we have seen since Minister Blaney was appointed to his portfolio just over a year ago. After the gun registry was scrapped, the government appeared stalled in its efforts to bring firearms legislation closer to what gun owners rightfully deserve.
“There are many completely useless laws in the books that don't keep Canadians safer – and they need to go, too,” says Bernardo. “The CSSA is continuing to work with the minister to return the equity that Canada's gun owners have coming to them. With a federal election looming next year, it is important for the government to shore up support within this core constituency.”

 

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

 The CSSA is the voice of the sport shooter and firearms enthusiast in Canada. Our national membership supports and promotes Canada's firearms heritage, traditional target shooting competition, modern action shooting sports, hunting, and archery. We support and sponsor competitions and youth programs that promote these Canadian heritage activities. 

To join or donate to the CSSA, visit:  http://www.cdnshootingsports.org/membership.html  


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BCWF Member Update - August 21st, 2014

 

***An incomplete / unedited version of today's Member Update was sent out by mistake - please delete the previous version***


Mount Polley Mine Disaster: News and Updates
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BCWF Representatives Make Second Visit to Likely, B.C.
BCWF representatives recently visited Likely, B.C., for the second time in the aftermath of the Mount Polley spill. BCWF Vice President Jim Glaicar and Director of Operations Cheryl Johnson were in the area earlier this week to meet with local community and Club representatives and First Nations, as well as environmental and fish and wildlife experts in the area to talk about steps moving forward and how BCWF can help the area recover.
Jim and Cheryl met with salmon expert Alexandra Morton, who is in the area studying the nature of the spill and its potential negative impacts on fish. During her research in the field, Alexandra discovered an alarming blue substance on the top of the water that produces a burning sensation when touched. The substance is now being tested by the province - read more about the substance in this article from the Vancouver Sun.
BCWF also spoke with Sam Albers of the Quesnel Research Centre at the University of Northern British Columbia, whose team will be involved in a thorough examination of the water quality and effects on aquatic life in the area, as well as Jack Leggett, a retired fisheries biologist with extensive knowledge of the area.
One of the topics of discussion with stakeholders centred around BCWF's belief that establishing a "Natural Resource Practices Board" in B.C. would be the best way to improve the monitoring, assessment, and practices surrounding resource extraction in B.C. A good example of the role the new Board could play would be review of the "remediation plan" that Imperial Metals is required to submit to government. The new Board would provide oversight and independent advice, and would be a welcome addition in building public trust in an industry that plays a large role in B.C.'s economy.
Keep an eye on the Vancouver Sun (and next week's Member Update) for an important Opinion-Editorial article about BCWF's vision for the Natural Resource Practices Board.

Click here to view a Facebook photo gallery of BCWF's recent trip that includes images of the devastation on Polley Lake


Province Announces Independent Review
On Monday, the Province of B.C. announced an "independent review" of both the failure at Mount Polley and the status of similar tailings dams at mining sites across B.C.
BCWF fully supports the investigation, and views the process as just the first step in improving the way that resource extraction projects are monitored and assessed so that future events do not occur in the future.
From an article posted by the CBC:
"The first review will be completed and submitted to the government and the Soda Creek and Williams Lake Indian bands by Jan. 31, 2015, and the recommendations will be implemented by the government 'where needed,' Bennett promised.
The minister said the reviews were necessary to restore public confidence in the mining industry.
'We have a responsibility, as the jurisdiction where this failure took place, to find out exactly why it happened, ensure it never happens again and take a leadership role internationally in learning from this serious incident,' Bennett said.
When asked what might have caused the dam to fail on Aug. 4, Bennett said there is no 'leading theory' yet." Click here to read the full text of the article at CBC.ca


B.C. Ministry of Environment Updates
The B.C. Ministry of Environment has been posting regular updates on Mount Polley - including the results (and raw data) of water testing - on its website: click here to visit the Ministry of Environment website and view the data.

 

2014 New Hunter Bootcamp: September 19 to 21 at the
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford, B.C.

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After a very successful event in 2013, BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland will be holding their 2014 New Hunter Bootcamp at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The program was designed to help new and aspiring hunters gain the basic knowledge they need to get a safe start in the sport. Participants will be learning sound hunting and shooting basics from passionate outdoor enthusiasts with many years of hunting and shooting experience.
Bootcamp Courses Include...

  • Shooting and Archery
  • Rifle Marksmanship
  • Hunting and Scouting Tips
  • Goose and Duck Calling 
  • First Aid
  • Game Handling 
  • ...and much more! 

Download the New Hunter Bootcamp Registration Form
Click here for more information or contact BCWF Region 2 President Dale Vidulich at  dlvid@telus.net 

 

 Provincial Steelhead Management Framework - Get Involved
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The Government of B.C. is inviting feedback from members of the public on the Draft Provincial Framework for Steelhead Management during a six week review period from July 24, 2014 to September 5, 2014.
A valuable tool in ensuring sound management decisions, the Draft Framework will provide direction on the management of steelhead across the province. The Draft Framework will help guide management decisions in the regions, while maintaining the flexibility necessary to address the diversity of conditions, stock status, and angler preferences in each region of the province.
The goal for steelhead management is to ensure abundance of wild steelhead populations at levels that will produce ecological, social and economic benefits – including the needs of First Nations – now and for future generations. How can my contribution make a difference?
Members of the public, First Nations, anglers and key provincial stakeholders have an opportunity to comment before the Draft Framework is finalized. Click here to download the Draft Steelhead Framework Review


Northwest Fish & Wildlife Association Provides Feedback
The Northwest Fish & Wildlife Association has provided its input into the Steelhead Management Framework by issuing letters to both B.C. Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson and Federal Minister of Fisheries Gail Shea. The letters outline NFWA's significant concerns regarding the contents of the Draft Framework. Click here to read NFWA's letter to Minister Steve Thomson / Click here to read NFWA's letter to Fisheries Minister Gail Shea


Provide Feedback
You are invited to review the Draft Framework and submit feedback by September 5, 2014.
Get involved! Click here for more information and to provide your input 

 

BCWF Online Auctions - August 20th to 27th
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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!
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Print # 1 -  Caribou Migration by Bruce Muir: Bruce Muir grew up on the shores of Georgia Strait where he has had numerous encounters with nature’s most awesome creatures. His knowledge of wildlife is illuminated by first-hand experience from months at a time spent in the West Coast wilderness. He has the ability to look beneath the featureless surface of a bay or river to see the complex web of life below. Sometimes he paints the life and death drama of predation, but mostly he paints life as it is lived.
Print # 2 - Black Brant: On the Way North: Mark Hobson lives in Tofino, B.C. Canada on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, where he has painted professionally for over twenty-five years. Drawing almost every day in his early years he gradually taught himself skills in watercolour, oils, and acrylics. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast.

 

Government of Canada Accepting Applications for the
Habitat Stewardship Program

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The Government of Canada is now accepting applications for the Habitat Stewardship Program, which will provide hunters, anglers, and conservation groups with funding for conservation projects involving both non-listed species and Species at Risk.
Priority will be given to projects or activities that focus on the following:

  • Species not assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC);
  • Non-waterfowl migratory bird species;
  • Freshwater aquatic species found on, or impacted by, activities on private lands;
  • Implementation of multi-species initiatives, involving a collaboration among multiple stakeholders/partners; 
  • Supporting established species and/or habitat conservation plans at the local, regional or national level; and.
  • Supporting the enhancement of wildlife that are of socio-economic importance to local communities.

To secure funding, groups or individuals working on projects will need to submit one of two application forms, depending on whether the project concerns species that are currently non-listed ("Prevention") or a Species at Risk:
Non-Listed Species  / Prevention: Click here to download the project funding application
Species at Risk: Click here to download the project funding application 


Questions?
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office of MP Robert Sopuck, Chair, Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus:
Phone:  613-992-3176
Email:   robert.sopuck.a1@parl.gc.ca 

 

Migratory Bird Regulations in Canada - July 2014
Hunting regulations for Migratory Birds in Canada have been published by the Canadian Wildlife Service Waterfowl Committee:

Click here to download the Migratory Bird Regulations in PDF format

 

Fishing for the Visually Impaired, August 24th, 2014:
Hosted by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association

The Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association (KDFGA) is holding their annual fishing event for the visually impaired on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.
Members of the KDFGA and Kamloops Flyfishing Club volunteer their time and use of their boats to take members of the White Cane Club fishing at Lac Le Jeune, followed by a BBQ back on shore.
Fishout for the Visually Impaired
Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Lac Le Jeune
Hosted by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association

For more information, contact Mo Bradley at 778-470-8372 or mobrad@shaw.ca

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update - August 13th, 2014

 

2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Workshop coming to 
the Lower Mainland, August 18 to 21

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Time is running out to register in BCWF's final Go Wild! Youth for Conservation leadership workshop of the season, which is taking place in the Lower Mainland (Surrey area) August 18 through 21 - click here to register!
About the Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.
The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.
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August 18 to 21
Lower Mainland, B.C. 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
SFU - Surrey / Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

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Contact
Click here for more information about Go Wild! and how you can become involved, or contact BCWF Youth for Conservation Coordinator Taylor Stefanik at 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or by email at youth@bcwf.bc.ca

 

BCWF Sends Letter to B.C. Ministers Bennett and Polak Regarding the Mount Polley Tailings Spill
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BCWF President George Wilson sent a letter this week to B.C. Minister of Mines Bill Bennett and B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak outlining our concerns regarding the recent tailings spill at the Mount Polley Mine near Likely, B.C.:
"The B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) has grave concerns with the Mount Polley tailing pond breach and the subsequent environmental destruction that this unfortunate incident has caused to the habitat in the region and its fish and wildlife resources. 

We respectfully request that you direct your staff to help us understand the cause of this disastrous event, the subsequent actions taken to ensure something similar can't occur, and finally, the short and long term plans for mitigating the environmental and economic impacts...."

Click here to download a copy of the letter

 

Mount Polley Update: New Information from Interior Health and MLA Coralee Oakes (Cariboo North)
Interior Health issued a press release today stating that the fish outside of the revised August 12 "Do Not Use" water advisory are safe to eat:
"Following consultation and discussion with a number of agencies regarding the impacts of the Mount Polley Mine's tailings pond breach on the human health risks associated with eating fish, Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer (MHO) has deemed all fish outside of the revised August 12 “Do Not Use” water advisory as safe for human consumption. Individuals should refrain from consuming fish from the remaining impact zone, which includes Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, and a small portion of Quesnel Lake that has a visible sediment plume.

'I recognize the important role fishing plays to local residents, First Nations community members, and visitors impacted by the Polley Mine spill and I wholeheartedly appreciate the concerns that are being expressed regarding safety,' said Dr. Trevor Corneil, Medical Health Officer, IH. 'I have consulted with numerous experts in this field, and I am reassured that the current fish living in these waterways, and those that may travel through it via the Fraser River or spawn in it are safe to consume.'..."
Click here to read the full text of the press release from Interior Health
In addition, the office of MLA Caralee Oakes has released more detailed information on water quality in the area:

Click here to read the press release from Caralee Oakes, MLA - Carboo North

 

Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Results Now Available for Management Units 5-04 and 5-05
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After a delay caused by the recent William decision in the Supreme Court, all LEH results are now available at the B.C. Government website for management units 5-04 and 5-05.
Have your hunter number ready and click the link below to check the results:

Click here to check the 2014 LEH Results

If you applied for a draw in either of these areas, you can expect some additional information from the Province of B.C. that will be arriving by mail in the coming days.

 

Harmony on the Fraser - Island 22 in Chilliwack, Saturday, August 16th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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A celebration of Fraser River salmon fishing with a focus on safety, cooperation and respect.
Saturday, August 16
1:00 to 4:00 pm
Island 22 Boat Launch, Chilliwack, B.C.
If you are heading out to fish at Chilliwack’s Island 22 on Saturday, August 16, watch for the “Harmony on the Fraser” banner near the boat launch!
Stop by in the afternoon (1-4 pm) to chat with fellow anglers and First Nations fishers, fishing organizations, conservation interests - including the BCWF -  and enforcement agencies. You’ll find display materials, dry casting demonstrations, tips for safety on the water, and other ideas for making this a safe, cooperative and successful salmon fishing season on the Fraser River.
The Fraser River Fisheries Peacemakers will be at this event. The Peacemakers are volunteers from First Nations and recreational fishing groups that have been working together since 2009 to build positive, harmonious relationships on the Fraser.
Click here for more information on the Peacemakers and to view the "River Manners" video and a 2014 tips sheet that are featured on the Fraser Basin Council website.

 

2014 New Hunter Bootcamp: September 19 to 21 at the 
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford, B.C.

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After a very successful event in 2013, BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland will be holding their 2014 New Hunter Bootcamp at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The program was designed to help new and aspiring hunters gain the basic knowledge they need to get a safe start in the sport. Participants will be learning sound hunting and shooting basics from passionate outdoor enthusiasts with many years of hunting and shooting experience.
Bootcamp Courses Include...

  • Shooting and Archery
  • Rifle Marksmenship
  • Hunting and Scouting Tips
  • Goose and Duck Calling 
  • First Aid
  • Game Handling 
  • ...and much more! 

Download the New Hunter Bootcamp Registration Form
Click here for more information or contact BCWF Region 2 President Dale Vidulich at  dlvid@telus.net

 

Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program Now Accepting Applications
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The third application period for the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program is now open!
Applications will be accepted for projects taking place in 2014-15 (one-year projects) or 2014-16 (two-year projects).  The application period will close on August 15, 2014.
Please click on the links below to download the Application Guidelines and Application Form. The Application Form must be completed as per the Application Guidelines, which also include information regarding program eligibility and requirements, as well as how proposals will be evaluated.
Following the application deadline, each proposal will be screened for eligibility and completeness. Those that pass the screening will be evaluated against national criteria, including the expected longevity of project results; clarity, thoroughness and soundness of the proposed work plan and budget; number of partners; and evidence of leveraging.

Application Guidelines
Application Form

 

Recreational Salmon Fishing Now Open on the Fraser and Harrison Rivers
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Anglers will be pleased to know that Fisheries and Oceans Canada have announced a recreational salmon fishery for the Fraser and Harrison Rivers in Region 2:
"Effective once hour before sunrise Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 until further notice, in the following waters, the daily limit for recreationally caught sockeye is two (2) per day:

  • Fraser River waters in Region 2(non-tidal Fraser River); and
  • That portion of the Harrison River downstream of the Highway 7 Bridge to the confluence with the Fraser River.

Anglers are reminded that fishing is allowed during daylight hours only. Daylight hours only refers to one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset as calculated by the National Research Council of Canada and published daily in the Vancouver Sun and Province."
Play safe: wear your life jacket!

For more information, click here to read the full text of the press release from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

 

BCWF Online Auctions - August 13th to 20th
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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!

Print # 1 - Wintering on the Fraser by Myles Mathis
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Print # 2 - Great Grey Owl by Michael Jell

Michael Jell is a professional artist from Vernon, B.C. The beautiful mountains, sparkling lakes, sunny summers and snowy winters in the Okanagan create an interesting and diverse landscape that Michael enjoys painting.
Click here to visit BCWF's Online Auction page at eBay

 

Migratory Bird Regulations in Canada - July 2014
Hunting regulations for Migratory BIrds in Canada have been published by the Canadian Wildlife Service Waterfowl Committee:

Click here to download the Migratory Bird Regulations in PDF format

 

.303 British Heritage Match at the Nelson & District Rod & Gun Club: August 16, 2014
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The Nelson & District Rod & Gun Club is holding a .303 British Heritage Match on Saturday, August 16th. The event - an all day shoot with historic roots - features cups, trophies, and a shield that date all the way back to early 1900's. Winners will have their names added to such treasures as the Annable Cup, the Home Loan Trophy, the Range Master, the Captain Cary Cup, the Tramway Cup or the Nelson City Challenge Shield (three member teams).
.303 British Heritage Match
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Nelson District Rod & Gun Club Outdoor Range (Porto Rico Rd.)
Entry Fee: $25.00

The event features military-style iron sights (not micrometer) on rifles originally chambered for .303 British. The rifles may be sporterized or original. All shooting is prone except from bench if requested, and participants are to use elbows only - no rests, and are encouraged to bring minimum of 52 rounds (safe reloads OK).
The Nelson & District Rod & Gun Club range is located 25 km south of Nelson on Porto Rico Rd. Entry fee is $25.00, and food is included.
For more information, contact Bob Vliet at (250) 357-9309 or rgvliet@telus.net

 

Fishing for the Visually Impaired, August 24th, 2014:
Hosted by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association

The Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association (KDFGA) is holding their annual fishing event for the visually impaired on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.
Members of the KDFGA and Kamloops Flyfishing Club volunteer their time and use of their boats to take members of the White Cane Club fishing at Lac Le Jeune, followed by a BBQ back on shore.
Fishout for the Visually Impaired
Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Lac Le Jeune
Hosted by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association

For more information, contact Mo Bradley at 778-470-8372 or mobrad@shaw.ca

 

 


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BCWF Member Update - August 6, 2014

 

News Release: BCWF Sounds Alarm on Potential Fallout from Mount Polley Mine Disaster
For Immediate Release – August 6th, 2014
The B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is extremely concerned with the potential environmental repercussions from the tailings pond breach disaster that occurred Monday at the Mount Polley Mine near Likely, B.C. 
The incident caused 10 million cubic metres of waste water and 4.5 million cubic metres of metals-laden sand to flow into Cariboo Regional District's Hazeltine Creek. The spill could have far-reaching negative environmental impacts along a number of important watersheds including Quesnel Lake, Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, Cariboo Creek, the Quesnel and Cariboo river systems, and the Fraser River.
While the environmental damage has not yet been fully assessed, the spill will undoubtedly result in serious negative repercussions for fish, wildlife, and habitat in the area. The salmon and trout populations that rely on the local watersheds are particularly critical – the Quesnel Lake area is home to vital terminal spawning grounds, and the system is connected to the Fraser River, which could also be adversely impacted.
This incident clearly demonstrates the need to ensure that resource development projects in B.C. are properly monitored and that project proponents and government are held accountable for any environmental damage that occurs as a result. All stakeholders involved must do everything in their power to mitigate and offset damage to B.C.’s fish, wildlife and habitat resources.
BCWF officials are in Likely this week to assess the impact of the breach and meet with government, industry and BCWF Club representatives to discuss mitigation strategies and solutions related to resource developments such as the Mount Polley Mine.  
“Our members are very worried about the potential impact from this disaster on B.C.’s fish & wildlife resources and their habitats,” said BCWF President George Wilson. “BCWF will continue to work with industry, government, and stakeholders to ensure that resource extraction in B.C. is closely monitored and performed in a responsible & sustainable manner.”

 

2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Workshop coming to 
the Lower Mainland, August 18 to 21

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Time is running out to register in BCWF's final Go Wild! Youth for Conservation leadership workshop of the season, which is taking place in the Lower Mainland (Surrey area) August 18 through 21 - click here to register!
About the Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.
The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.
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August 18 to 21
Lower Mainland, B.C. 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
SFU - Surrey / Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

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Contact
Click here for more information about Go Wild! and how you can become involved, or contact BCWF Youth for Conservation Coordinator Taylor Stefanik at 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or by email at youth@bcwf.bc.ca

 

2014 New Hunter Bootcamp: September 19 to 21 at the 
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford, B.C.

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After a very successful event in 2013, BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland will be holding their 2014 New Hunter Bootcamp at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The program was designed to help new and aspiring hunters gain the basic knowledge they need to get a safe start in the sport. Participants will be learning sound hunting and shooting basics from passionate outdoor enthusiasts with many years of hunting and shooting experience.
Bootcamp Courses Include...

  • Shooting and Archery
  • Rifle Marksmenship
  • Hunting and Scouting Tips
  • Goose and Duck Calling 
  • First Aid
  • Game Handling 
  • ...and much more! 

Download the New Hunter Bootcamp Registration Form


Click here for more information or contact BCWF Region 2 President Dale Vidulich at  dlvid@telus.net

 

Recreational Salmon Fishing Now Open on the Fraser and Harrison Rivers
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Anglers will be pleased to know that Fisheries and Oceans Canada have announced a recreational salmon fishery for the Fraser and Harrison Rivers in Region 2:
"Effective once hour before sunrise Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 until further notice, in the following waters, the daily limit for recreationally caught sockeye is two (2) per day:

  • Fraser River waters in Region 2(non-tidal Fraser River); and
  • That portion of the Harrison River downstream of the Highway 7 Bridge to the confluence with the Fraser River.

Anglers are reminded that fishing is allowed during daylight hours only. Daylight hours only refers to one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset as calculated by the National Research Council of Canada and published daily in the Vancouver Sun and Province."
Play safe: wear your life jacket!

For more information, click here to read the full text of the press release from Fisheries and Oceans Canada

 

BCWF Online Auctions - August 6th to 13th
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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!

Print # 1 - Home Sweet Home by Denis Mayer Jr.

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Having achieved success as a master illustrator, Denis looked for and found his greatest challenge and passion – wildlife painting. Inspired by the work of Belgian naturalist and artist Carl Brenders, Denis now works exclusively as a wildlife artist, using mixed media and limited colours that reflect what he sees as the natural palette.

Print # 2 - Rocky Mountain Grizzlies by Sandra Nahornoff

Photography and painting wildlife has become a way of expressing the deep appreciation and pleasure Sandra feels for the natural world around her.
Click here to visit BCWF's Online Auction page at eBay 

 

B.C. Sport Fishing Guide from Fisheries and Oceans Canada:
Know Before You Go

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Visit the B.C. Sport Fishing Guide at the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website for all the latest information on changes and amendments to the printed BC Tidal Waters Sport Fishing and Freshwater Salmon guides.

Click here for in-season B.C. Sport Fishing updates

 

Provincial Steelhead Management Framework - Get Involved
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The Government of B.C. is inviting feedback from members of the public on the Draft Provincial Framework for Steelhead Management during a six week review period from July 24, 2014 to September 5, 2014.
A valuable tool in ensuring sound management decisions, the Draft Framework will provide direction on the management of steelhead across the province. The Draft Framework will help guide management decisions in the regions, while maintaining the flexibility necessary to address the diversity of conditions, stock status, and angler preferences in each region of the province.
The goal for steelhead management is to ensure abundance of wild steelhead populations at levels that will produce ecological, social and economic benefits – including the needs of First Nations – now and for future generations.How can my contribution make a difference?
Members of the public, First Nations, anglers and key provincial stakeholders have an opportunity to comment before the Draft Framework is finalized.
You are invited to review the Draft Framework and submit feedback by September 5, 2014.

Get involved! Click here for more information and to provide your input

 

.303 British Heritage Match at the Nelson & District Rod & Gun Club: August 16, 2014
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The Nelson & District Rod & Gun Club is holding a .303 British Heritage Match on Saturday, August 16th. The event - an all day shoot with historic roots - features cups, trophies, and a shield that date all the way back to early 1900's. Winners will have their names added to such treasures as the Annable Cup, the Home Loan Trophy, the Range Master, the Captain Cary Cup, the Tramway Cup or the Nelson City Challenge Shield (three member teams).
.303 British Heritage Match
Saturday, August 16th, 2014
Nelson District Rod & Gun Club Outdoor Range (Porto Rico Rd.)
Entry Fee: $25.00

The event features military-style iron sights (not micrometer) on rifles originally chambered for .303 British. The rifles may be sporterized or original. All shooting is prone except from bench if requested, and participants are to use elbows only - no rests, and are encouraged to bring minimum of 52 rounds (safe reloads OK).
The Nelson & District Rod & Gun Club range is located 25 km south of Nelson on Porto Rico Rd. Entry fee is $25.00, and food is included.
For more information, contact Bob Vliet at (250) 357-9309 or rgvliet@telus.net

 

Fishing for the Visually Impaired, August 24th, 2014:
Hosted by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association

The Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association (KDFGA) is holding their annual fishing event for the visually impaired on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.
Members of the KDFGA and Kamloops Flyfishing Club volunteer their time and use of their boats to take members of the White Cane Club fishing at Lac Le Jeune, followed by a BBQ back on shore.
Fishout for the Visually Impaired
Sunday, August 24th, 2014
Lac Le Jeune
Hosted by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association

For more information, contact Mo Bradley at 778-470-8372 or mobrad@shaw.ca

 


The BC Conservation Officer Service is seeking to identify a suspected poacher!

Please read THIS bulletin!


Letter from BCWF to Director of Fish & Wildlife

RE: Request for Change to Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis


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BCWF Member Update - July 30th, 2014 

 

2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Workshops: 
Northern Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland 

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BCWF's first Go Wild! offering of the summer, which is currently taking place in Kelowna, is filled to the brim and has been a whole lot of fun so far. Northern Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland residents still have the opportunity to sign up for events in their areas - see below for details!
About the Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.
The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.
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2014 Go Wild! Event Dates
August 5 to 8
Courtenay, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Courtenay Fish and Game 

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August 18 to 21
Lower Mainland, B.C. 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
SFU - Surrey / Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

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Contact
Click here for more information about Go Wild! and how you can become involved, or contact BCWF Youth for Conservation Coordinator Taylor Stefanik at 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or by email at youth@bcwf.bc.ca

 

Provincial Steelhead Management Framework - Get Involved!
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The Government of B.C. is inviting feedback from members of the public on the Draft Provincial Framework for Steelhead Management during a six week review period from July 24, 2014 to September 5, 2014.
A valuable tool in ensuring sound management decisions, the Draft Framework will provide direction on the management of steelhead across the province. The Draft Framework will help guide management decisions in the regions, while maintaining the flexibility necessary to address the diversity of conditions, stock status, and angler preferences in each region of the province.
The goal for steelhead management is to ensure abundance of wild steelhead populations at levels that will produce ecological, social and economic benefits – including the needs of First Nations – now and for future generations.How can my contribution make a difference?
Members of the public, First Nations, anglers and key provincial stakeholders have an opportunity to comment before the Draft Framework is finalized.
You are invited to review the Draft Framework and submit feedback by September 5, 2014.

Get involved! Click here for more information and to provide input

 

Government of Canada Proposes Welcome
Changes to Firearms Laws

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The Government of Canada has announced a number of proposed changes to Canada's firearms laws.
According to Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the new laws would "streamline licensing and eliminate needless red tape for law-abiding gun owners. It would also take steps to ensure that those convicted of domestic violence offences can be banned from owning firearms. My foremost priority is keeping the public safe, through common sense policies.” 
The new legislation proposes to:

  • Merge the Possession Only License (POL) and the Possession and Acquisition License (PAL);
  • Restrict the ability of Chief Firearms Officers to make arbitrary decisions;
  • Create a grace period at the end of the five-year licence to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork errors;
  • End needless paperwork around Authorizations to Transport by making them a condition of a license;
  • Require mandatory firearms safety courses for first-time gun owners; and
  • Strengthen firearms prohibitions for those who are convicted of domestic violence offences.

BCWF is very pleased with the proposed changes and lauded Minister Blaney and the Government of Canada in a recent letter from BCWF President George Wilson:
"On behalf of the more than 43,000 Members of the BC Wildlife Federation, I would like to thank you and the Government of Canada for taking steps to relieve the burden of the unnecessarily onerous firearms laws that effect law-abiding hunters and target shooters. The proposed 'Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act' is a much needed step towards reforming Canada’s costly and useless firearms regulations...
BCWF Members are pleased to endorse the 'Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.' A few of the initiatives are particularly helpful, specifically, introducing a grace period for renewing gun licenses, limiting the powers of provincial Chief Firearms Officers, upgrading possession only licenses (POL) to the status of possession-and-acquisition (PAL) licenses, and making it easier for lawful gun owners to transport restricted firearms to and from the range.
Our members also appreciate your efforts to remedy the problems caused by the RCMP’s arbitrary decision to reclassify the Swiss Arms and CZ 858 rifles. While not a complete reversal, your actions are welcome nonetheless."

Click here to read the full text of the letter at the BCWF Firearms Committee webpage
Click here to read the full text of the press release from the Government of Canada

 

2014 New Hunter Bootcamp: September 19th to 21st at the Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford, B.C.
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After a very successful event in 2013, BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland will be holding their 2014 New Hunter Bootcamp at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The program was designed to help new and aspiring hunters gain the basic knowledge they need to get a safe start in the sport. Participants will be learning sound hunting and shooting basics from passionate outdoor enthusiasts with many years of hunting and shooting experience.
Bootcamp Courses Include...

  • Shooting and Archery
  • Rifle Marksmenship
  • Hunting and Scouting Tips
  • Goose and Duck Calling 
  • First Aid
  • Game Handling 
  • ...and much more! 

Download the New Hunter Bootcamp Registration Form
Click here for more information or contact BCWF Region 2 President Dale Vidulich at  dlvid@telus.net

 

BCWF Online Auctions - July 30 to August 6

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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!
Print # 1 - Barn Blues by Heidi Hehn  
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Painting is Heidi’s way of ‘talking’ about the beauty all around her and color is her favorite ‘expression’. She has traveled extensively throughout the northwest of North America by land and water, as well as in other parts of the world. As she travels she likes to soak up the colors and the moods of the land and sea and study the behavior of the wildlife and the people. Heidi then returns home loaded with inspiration, sketches and field studies of landscapes, abandoned trucks, old fences, and ‘wild’ life to populate her canvases.

Print # 2 - Winged Passage by Andrew Kiss 
Click here to visit BCWF's Online Auction page at eBay

 

B.C. Ministry of Transportation Announces Results of the Rural Highway Safety Review
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Earlier this month, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) announced the results of the Rural Highway Safety and Speed review, which had taken place November 29, 2013 – January 24, 2014. During this time, MoTI undertook province-wide consultation about various safety issues on BC highways, including wildlife hazards.  
The Wildlife Collision Prevention Program made 12 specific recommendations to the Speed and Safety Review panel. MoTI adopted two of these recommendations completely, and they are implementing parts of several other recommendations.
A major success is that MoTI has publicly committed to a $1.5 million dollar project to test an advanced wildlife detection system along Highway 3 between Cranbrook and the Alberta border. This type of technology has proven to be reliable in other jurisdictions and devoting resources to testing its applicability to B.C.’s highway conditions is very appropriate. 
The main recommendations for wildlife hazards that will be acted upon by the MInistry of Transportation and Infrastructure are as follows:
1. Pilot two active wildlife detection systems on Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Sparwood.
2. Install gateway signs at the entrance to highway corridors with higher instances of wildlife collisions.
3. Increase the use of flashing LED warning signs in high crash locations.
4. Increase the use of wildlife fencing in high crash locations.
5. Additionally, the ministry will continue to monitor wildlife incidents, identify high-risk sections, and implement further measures such as required.

Click here to read the press release from the Government of B.C., which includes a detailed list of all of the steps that the Province will take to reduce wildlife collisions.

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update - July 24, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Workshops: Nanaimo and the Lower Mainland Still to Come
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BCWF's first Go Wild! offering of the summer, which is currently taking place in Kelowna, is filled to the brim and has been a whole lot of fun so far. Northern Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland residents still have the opportunity to sign up for events in their areas - see below for details!
About the Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.
The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.
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2014 Go Wild! Event Dates
August 5 to 8
Courtenay, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Courtenay Fish and Game 

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August 18 to 21
Lower Mainland, B.C. 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
SFU - Surrey / Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

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Contact
For more information about Go Wild! and how you can become involved, contact BCWF Youth for Conservation Coordinator Taylor Stefanik at 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or email youth@bcwf.bc.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Government Proposes Changes to Canada's Firearms Laws
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The Government of Canada has announced a number of proposed changes to Canada's firearms laws.
According to Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the new laws would "streamline licensing and eliminate needless red tape for law-abiding gun owners. It would also take steps to ensure that those convicted of domestic violence offences can be banned from owning firearms. My foremost priority is keeping the public safe, through common sense policies.” 
The new legislation proposes to:

  • Merge the Possession Only License (POL) and the Possession and Acquisition License (PAL);
  • Restrict the ability of Chief Firearms Officers to make arbitrary decisions;
  • Create a grace period at the end of the five-year licence to stop people from immediately becoming criminalized for paperwork errors;
  • End needless paperwork around Authorizations to Transport by making them a condition of a license;
  • Require mandatory firearms safety courses for first-time gun owners; and
  • Strengthen firearms prohibitions for those who are convicted of domestic violence offences.

Click here to read the full text of the press release from the Government of Canada

 

 

 

 


B.C. Ministry of Transportation Announces Results of the Rural Highway Safety Review
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Earlier this month, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) announced the results of the Rural Highway Safety and Speed review, which had taken place November 29, 2013 – January 24, 2014. During this time, MoTI undertook province-wide consultation about various safety issues on BC highways, including wildlife hazards.  
The Wildlife Collision Prevention Program made 12 specific recommendations to the Speed and Safety Review panel. MoTI adopted two of these recommendations completely, and they are implementing parts of several other recommendations.
A major success is that MoTI has publicly committed to a $1.5 million dollar project to test an advanced wildlife detection system along Highway 3 between Cranbrook and the Alberta border. This type of technology has proven to be reliable in other jurisdictions and devoting resources to testing its applicability to B.C.’s highway conditions is very appropriate. 
The main recommendations for wildlife hazards that will be acted upon by the MInistry of Transportation and Infrastructure are as follows:
1. Pilot two active wildlife detection systems on Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Sparwood.
2. Install gateway signs at the entrance to highway corridors with higher instances of wildlife collisions.
3. Increase the use of flashing LED warning signs in high crash locations.
4. Increase the use of wildlife fencing in high crash locations.
5. Additionally, the ministry will continue to monitor wildlife incidents, identify high-risk sections, and implement further measures such as required.

Click here to read the press release from the Government of B.C., which includes a detailed list of all of the steps that the Province will take to reduce wildlife collisions.

 

 

 

 

 

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BCWF Online Auctions - July 23 to 30

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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - this week's reserve price is only $25!
1-Mom’s Feather Bed by Denise Soule
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Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Denise now makes her home in Penticton, B.C. but her prairie upbringing shines through in her love for the outdoors which in turn is reflected in her paintings. Denise’s favorite subject to paint is wildlife which she often combines with the gorgeous scenery British Columbia provides. When Denise isn't busy painting she is teaching art to students in her home studio.

2 - Twilight Admirer by Peter Potapoff
 
Click here to visit BCWF's Online Auction page at eBay

 

 

 

 

 

Skeena Meadows Wildlife Preserve: Northern B.C.’s Premier Sporting Property
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New for 2014: Experience Skeena Meadows like never before with our group packages, perfect for corporate retreats, ladies getaways, bachelor parties, or just a weekend away with friends.
Bookings are also available for our single day pheasant shoots, private parties, and so much more! To find out everything that Skeena Meadows has to offer, contact us at info@skeenameadows.com or call 250-842-6400.
You can find us online at www.skeenameadows.com, and well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@skeenameadows).

 

 

 

 



2014 / 2015 Migratory Bird Regulations
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Environment Canada has released the 2014 / 2015 Migratory Bird Regulations.

2014/2015 Migratory Bird Regulations - British Columbia (Webpage)  

2014/2015 Migratory Bird Regulations - British Columbia (Summary in PDF format) 

For more information, and to view regulations in other provinces, visit the Environment Canada website

 

 

 

 

 

Vote for the 2015 Artist of the Year
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We want your vote - have your say in the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition! For the first time ever, all BCWF Members have a chance to cast their vote and help choose the next BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Laura Levitsky, and David Flatt:
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Click here to cast your vote for the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year!

 

 

 

 

 

BCWF Region 2 Fishing Forever on AMI TV
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AMI TV recently aired a story on the very successful BCWF Region 2 Fishing Forever event that took place in June at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford. Click the link below to view the video, which includes interviews with participants as well as organizer "Awesome" Rob Ausma.

BCWF Fishing Forever on AMI TV

 

 


 

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BCWF Member Update - July 16, 2014

 

BCWF Region 2 Fishing Forever on AMI TV
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AMI TV recently aired a story on the very successful BCWF Region 2 Fishing Forever event that took place in June at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbotsford. Click the link below to view the video, which includes interviews with participants as well as organizer "Awesome" Rob Ausma.

BCWF Fishing Forever on AMI TV

 

In the News: Skeena River caught up in land rights claim by Gitxsan Treaty Society (includes comments from BCWF)
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BCWF Director of Strategic Initiatives Al Martin provided comments for an article by Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail on the Gitxsan Treaty Society's recent "eviction notice" to various groups utilizing the Skeena River.

Click here to read the article at the Globe and Mail website

 

2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Workshops: 
Kelowna, Nanaimo, and the Lower Mainland

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BCWF's new Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program has been expanded! Go Wild will be offered in three communities this summer: Kelowna, Courtenay, and the Lower Mainland, B.C.
About the Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.
The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.
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2014 Go Wild! Event Dates
July 21 to 24 (FULL - Waitlist)
Kelowna, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Meet at Okanagan College 

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August 5 to 8
Courtenay, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Courtenay Fish and Game 

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August 18 to 21
Lower Mainland, B.C. 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
SFU - Surrey / Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

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Contact
For more information about Go Wild! and how you can become involved, contact BCWF Youth for Conservation Coordinator Taylor Stefanik at 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or email youth@bcwf.bc.ca

 

BCWF Online Auctions - July 2nd to 9th
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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid. Don't miss out on a great deal - this week's reserve price is only $25!

Winter Wanderer by Valerie Rogers
Valerie Rogers is a watercolor and acrylic artist. She paints in-depth visual studies of nature and it`s creatures in their own quiet places. She focuses on the natural beauty around her and translates it to art on canvas.
Bull River Bugle by Eric Renk  (pictured above)
Eric is a self-taught artist who began painting wildlife in 1978, but has been painting for more than 30 years. He now lives in the scenic area of New Denver, British Columbia, where he gets his inspiration from treks in the wild. 
Click here to visit BCWF's Online Auction page at eBay

 

Vote for the 2015 Artist of the Year
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We want your vote - have your say in the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition! For the first time ever, all BCWF Members have a chance to cast their vote and help choose the next BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Laura Levitsky, and David Flatt:
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Click here to cast your vote for the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year!

 

2014 / 2015 Migratory Bird Regulations
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Environment Canada has released the 2014 / 2015 Migratory Bird Regulations.

2014/2015 Migratory Bird Regulations - British Columbia (Webpage)  

2014/2015 Migratory Bird Regulations - British Columbia (Summary in PDF format) 

For more information, and to view regulations in other provinces, visit the Environment Canada website

 

New Aboriginal Tourism Experience and Products in Sto:Lo
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The Cheam Indian Band has announced the establishment of two new businesses: the Cheam Fishing Village – a riverside campground in the Cheam territory on the north side of the Fraser River located near the Agassiz Bridge, and the Cheam Trading Post – a wholesale and retail outlet for fresh and smoked salmon and seafood, local and Okanagan fruit and berries, and Aboriginal tourism products.
The Cheam Fishing Village is a very unique new business venture of Cheam First Nation. This new campground will include day parking, campsites and a boat launch. This campground is being built to help accommodate the growing recreational fisheries, especially with this year’s anticipated large salmon run.The campground has 42 sites with water hookups and 25 over flow sites (without water service). There is a day parking area for vehicles and boat trailers. The boat launch has been added to meet the demand of the boaters that have limited spots to launch their boats on the Fraser River.
The Cheam Trading Post is a partnership between Darwin Douglas, a Cheam Band member and Patty Bower an Osoyoos Indian Band member. This partnership demonstrates the nature of the trading post – trading the resources of one territory with another. The post will be wholesaling and retailing smoked and fresh salmon from the Fraser River and Okanagan soft fruit from orchards on the Osoyoos Indian Band lands. The Cheam Trading Post will be a major attraction for tourists, also selling authentic native merchandise, BC Aboriginal arts and crafts, local berries, produce, and ice cream.
The Cheam Fishing Village is located at 930 Appel Road in Agassiz, B.C. 
The Cheam Trading Post is located at 10475 Highway 9 in Rosedale, B.C.

 

 


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BCWF Member Update - July 9th, 2014 

 

Fall 2014 Limited Entry Hunting Draw Results Now Available
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The Province of B.C. has posted the results of the Fall 2014 Limited Entry Hunting Draw. Have your hunter number handy and click on the link below to find out if you were successful!  Awarded draws will be listed by Hunt Code(s):

2014 Fall LEH Results

 

BCWF Online Auctions: July 9 to 16
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This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid - don't miss out on these great deals!

Headwaters by Eric Renk

Eric is a self-taught artist who began painting wildlife in 1978, but has been painting for more than 30 years. He now lives in the scenic area of New Denver, British Columbia, where he gets his inspiration from treks in the wild.

Hidden Treasures by Wilf Schlitt 
“There is something spiritual about the interplay of oil on canvas.  Working with it has given mean awareness and connection with history and nature.  My work is a responsive fulfillment to that connection and I purpose to present it with accuracy and integrity.” - Wilf Schlitt
Click here to visit BCWF's Online Auction page at eBay

 

 Vote for the 2015 Artist of the Year
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We want your vote - have your say in the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition! For the first time ever, all BCWF Members have a chance to cast their vote and help choose the next BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Laura Levitsky, and David Flatt:
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Click here to cast your vote for the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year!

 

2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Workshops: 
Kelowna, Nanaimo, and the Lower Mainland

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BCWF's new Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program has been expanded! Go Wild will be offered in three communities this summer: Abbotsford, Kelowna, and Courtenay, B.C.
About the Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.
The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.
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2014 Go Wild! Event Dates
July 21 to 24
Kelowna, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Meet at Okanagan College 

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August 5 to 8
Courtenay, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Courtenay Fish and Game 

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August 18 to 21
Lower Mainland, B.C. 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
SFU - Surrey / Semiahmoo Fish & Game Club

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Contact
For more information about Go Wild! and how you can become involved, contact BCWF Youth for Conservation Coordinator Taylor Stefanik at 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or email youth@bcwf.bc.ca

 

Wetlandkeepers in Kimberley - July 25 to 27, 2014
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There are still a few spots left in the Wetlandkeepers course in Kimberley, B.C., July 25 to 27. Wetlandkeepers provides participants with knowledge on wetland mapping, wetland hydrology, amphibian, plant and animal identification and soil sampling. The course is based on hands-on fieldwork that provides participants will technical skills to steward their own wetland.
For more information about Wetlandkeepers in Kimberley, contact Neil Fletcher at wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca

 

2014 New Hunter Bootcamp: September 19th to 21st at the 
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford, B.C.
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After a very successful event in 2013, BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland will be holding their 2014 New Hunter Bootcamp at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The program was designed to help new and aspiring hunters gain the basic knowledge they need to get a safe start in the sport. Participants will be learning sound hunting and shooting basics from passionate outdoor enthusiasts with many years of hunting and shooting experience.
Bootcamp Courses Include...

  • Shooting and Archery
  • Rifle Marksmenship
  • Hunting and Scouting Tips
  • Goose and Duck Calling 
  • First Aid
  • Game Handling 
  • ...and much more! 

Click here to download the New Hunter Bootcamp Registration Form
For more information, contact BCWF Region 2 President Dale Vidulich at dlvid@telus.net

 

Canadian Wildlife Service Publishes Migratory Bird Regulation Amendments
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The Canadian Wildlife Service has published the Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 hunting seasons. The regulations were published in a recent issue of the Canada Gazette and are available here:
Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations

The printed hunting permits and summaries will be delivered to Canada Post and other vendors in July 2014 and will be available for sale and distribution on August 1st, 2014. Details of the 2014 hunting permits, stamps and regulation summaries will be available on Environment Canada's website  in mid July 2014.
The conservation stamps have been also been printed for philatelic purposes and are available online from Wildlife Habitat Canada

 

Chase Archers 3-D Bow Shoot:   July 26th and 27th, 2014

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The Chase Archers will be holding the 2014 3-D Bow Shoot / archery competition on July 26th and 27th (event was postponed from early June) at the Chase Fish & Game Club Shooting Range. This annual event regularly attracts over 120 participants and features great archery action, refreshments, and prizes.
July 26 and 27, 2014 (postponed from early June)
Chase Archers 3-D Bow Shoot
Chase Fish & Game Shooting Range - Turtle Valley
For more information, contact Tim Kenning at 250-679-2304 or email mazambaan@telus.net

 

1st Annual "Fairways Fore Fishing" Charity Golf Tournament:
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, Twin Lakes Golf Course & RV Resort

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Support fishing in the Okanagan by attending the 1st Annual Fairways Fore Fishing Golf Tournament on August 9th at Twin Lakes Golf Course & RV Resort near Cawston, B.C. All funds raised will help support the Freshwater Fisheries Society's "Learn to Fish" program as well as "Fishing Forever" events hosted by BCWF Member Clubs.


1st Annual Fairways Fore Fishing Golf Tournament
Twin Lakes Golf Course & RV Resort
Saturday, August 9th, 2014

12:00 pm: Check in / Cart Assignment
1:00 pm: Shotgun Start
5:00 pm: Dinner (Burger Bar)
5:30 pm: Live Auction / Awards / Door Prizes
75.00 per person
Includes green fees, dinner & award ceremony, and door prizes
Teams of 4
"Best ball scramble"
Prizes
Longest drive, closest to the pin, beat the pro
Door prizes, 50/50, raffle prizes, toonie toss


For more information...
For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact BCWF Region 8 -Okanagan President Ken Sward at 250-499-5984 or sasquatch1@telus.net

 

In the News: Fishing Forever with the Osoyoos Wildlife Federation
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The Osoyoos Times rercently ran an article about the Osoyoos Wildlife Federation's extremely successful Fishing Forever event.
"The smiles on their faces said it all.
For Anand Kannan from Kelowna and Mike Stiles from Osoyoos, being able to celebrate the first day of summer this past Saturday while out fishing at a magnificent small lake filled with rainbow trout was just about as good as it gets.
Thanks to a program called Fishing Forever, which provides opportunities for the disabled, a group of 15 disabled people from across the region spent all day Saturday catching fish, enjoying the outdoors and basically having a wonderful time..."

Click here to read the full article at the Osooyos Times website

 


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BCWF Member Update - June 25th, 2014 

 

2014 Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Workshops: 
Abbotsford, Kelowna, and Vancouver Island

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BCWF's new Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program has been expanded! Go Wild will be offered in three communities this summer: Abbotsford, Kelowna, and Courtenay, B.C.
About the Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This four-day event introduces youth to fish & wildlife conservation, ecology, and sustainability, and strives to inspire an interest in environmental stewardship. Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge to become involved in conservation projects making a positive impact in their home community.
The program features a diverse range of activities bound to amuse, educate, and provide valuable experience to participants. The workshop will also include guest speakers and classroom discussions, and will offer information for those contemplating post-secondary and career options in a conservation-related field.
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2014 Go Wild! Event Dates
July 7 to 10
Abbotsford, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Meet at University of the Fraser Valley 

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July 21 to 24
Kelowna, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Meet at Okanagan College 

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August 5 to 8
Courtenay, B.C.
 
9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Courtenay Fish and Game 

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Contact
For more information about Go Wild! and how you can become involved, contact BCWF Youth for Conservation Coordinator Taylor Stefanik at 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or email youth@bcwf.bc.ca

 

2014 New Hunter Bootcamp: September 19 to 21 at the 
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford, B.C.
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After a very successful event in 2013, BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland will be holding their 2014 New Hunter Bootcamp at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in Abbotsford from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, 2014.
The program was designed to help new and aspiring hunters gain the basic knowledge they need to get a safe start in the sport. Participants will be learning sound hunting and shooting basics from passionate outdoor enthusiasts with many years of hunting and shooting experience.
Bootcamp Courses Include...

  • Shooting and Archery
  • Rifle Marksmenship
  • Hunting and Scouting Tips
  • Goose and Duck Calling 
  • First Aid
  • Game Handling 
  • ...and much more! 

For more information, contact BCWF Region 2 President Dale Vidulich at dlvid@telus.net

 

Vote for the 2015 Artist of the Year
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We want your vote - have your say in the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition! For the first time ever, all BCWF Members have a chance to cast their vote and help choose the next BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Laura Levitsky, and David Flatt:
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Click here to cast your vote for the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year!

 

BCWF Online Auctions - June 18 to 25
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Each week, BCWF will be offering two limited edition prints for auction at eBay, and there are sure to be some great deals. This week we have the following prints up for bid:

"Winged Passage" by Andrew Kiss 
"Spring Run" by Bruce Muir

 

Okanagan Community Salmon Initiative
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Dear Angler: the first Sockeye are coming back to Osoyoos on July 20th!
The Okanagan Nation Alliance, via the Okanagan Salmon Commmunity Initiative, are offering the opportunity for anglers to participate in the harvest of Sockeye on Osoyoos Lake during this years run and opening, through out the month of August.
The Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative allows anglers registered in it's program to continue to fish Sockeye on Osoyoos Lake under the ONA's commercial license after achieving their allotted two fish limit for the day, while helping the Okanagan Nation Alliance to harvest the Sockeye. One in every ten fish the anglers catch will be theirs to retain and add to their quota for the day, while the other nine will go to the ONA's harvest, from which much of the proceeds of sales goes to helping the ONA continue to finance the restoration of the Okanagan Salmon Fishery for all anglers and the community as a whole to enjoy.
The registration process is very simple and is free - simply simply click here and follow the instructions to sign up. As long as the angler can commit to at least 3 days on the water during the month long Sockeye opening on Osoyoos Lake and can comply with the boat, license and gear requirements, they are eligible. The quota is 30 boats and we will hopefully achieve this number and if we do any angler who registers but misses out will go to the front of the cue next year.

Click here to sign up for the Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative 

For more information, click here to visit the Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative Facebook page 

Registration closes on July 7th and successful anglers will be notified in due course. 
Thanks for helping us all get the word out about this great opportunity to contribute to and enjoy this fantastic fishery!

 

  Great Deals at Grouse River Until July 30th!

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 "Go Outdoors" Summer Juniors Daycamp - June 28th to July 6th 
Mission & District Rod & Gun Club
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The Mission & District Rod & Gun Club will be hosting its 2014 "Go Outdoors" Summer Juniors Daycamp from Saturday, June 28th to Sunday, July 6th.
The camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 16, and includes a wide variety of courses and activities including:

  • Canadian Firearms Safety Course (PAL)
  • Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education Program (CORE)
  • Map orienteering
  • Hatchery tour
  • and much more!

 Click here for more information and to sign up for the "Go Outdoors" Juniors Daycamp

 

1st Annual "Fairways Fore Fishing" Charity Golf Tournament:
Saturday, August 9th, 2014, Twin Lakes Golf Course & RV Resort

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Support fishing in the Okanagan by attending the 1st Annual Fairways Fore Fishing Golf Tournament on August 9th at Twin Lakes Golf Course & RV Resort near Cawston, B.C. All funds raised will help support the Freshwater Fisheries Society's "Learn to Fish" program as well as "Fishing Forever" events hosted by BCWF Member Clubs.


1st Annual Fairways Fore Fishing Golf Tournament
Twin Lakes Golf Course & RV Resort
Saturday, August 9th, 2014

12:00 pm: Check in / Cart Assignment
1:00 pm: Shotgun Start
5:00 pm: Dinner (Burger Bar)
5:30 pm: Live Auction / Awards / Door Prizes
75.00 per person
Includes green fees, dinner & award ceremony, and door prizes
Teams of 4
"Best ball scramble"
Prizes
Longest drive, closest to the pin, beat the pro
Door prizes, 50/50, raffle prizes, toonie toss


For more information...
For more information on the event and sponsorship opportunities, contact BCWF Region 8 -Okanagan President Ken Sward at 250-499-5984 or sasquatch1@telus.net

 

Canadian Wildlife Federation's Great Canadian Campout
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Do you have space for a million of us at your place? Well, how about across the country? On July 19, join the movement and help us get One Million Canadians camping by Canada’s 150th birthday! It doesn’t matter if you set up camp in your own backyard, out in the woods, at a campground or even a national park. Let us know you plan to camp with Canada by making your commitment to camp NOW!Why commit to camp? When you pledge your commitment online, you will:

  • Receive a free guide to Canada’s greatest hikes 
  • Be entered instantly to WIN a $500 giftcard from SAIL for outdoor recreational gear 
  • Join the movement and be part of the One Million Canadians committed to camp this summer 
  • Help us celebrate Parks Day in Canada on July 19 
  • Reignite your love of exploration, nature and time with family and friends 

It’s FREE, easy and one click away!
Visit us online at GreatCanadianCampOut.ca to find everything you need including camping tips, how to make s’mores, online booking resources for campsites across Canada, what to do when you encounter wildlife, the best apps for stargazing, Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp all-in-one resource and much more!
Donate to CWF’s Great Canadian Campout and help us inspire and connect youth with nature. 
Make sure you use #GreatCanadianCampOut on your social media channels leading up to the camp out! 

Click here for more information on the Great Canadian Campout

 

Canadian Wildlife Service Publishes Migratory Bird Regulation Amendments
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The Canadian Wildlife Service has published the Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 hunting seasons. The regulations were published in a recent issue of the Canada Gazette and are available here:
Regulations Amending the Migratory Birds Regulations

The printed hunting permits and summaries will be delivered to Canada Post and other vendors in July 2014 and will be available for sale and distribution on August 1st, 2014. Details of the 2014 hunting permits, stamps and regulation summaries will be available on Environment Canada's website  in mid July 2014.
The conservation stamps have been also been printed for philatelic purposes and are available online from Wildlife Habitat Canada

 


The June Rod and Gun meeting will be held on Wednesday June 25th at 7:30pm!

See you all downstairs in the Senior's Hall!


ATTENTION EVERYONE!

The Rifle Range will be closed starting June 17th for possibly the remainder of the week!

The Forest Service has agreed to send a team in as and example of their Fuel Mitigation Project, and will be clearing brush and other potential fire hazard materials.

A big thanks to Terry Warren for getting this process initated!


Here is an interesting video on Chronic Wasting Disease

http://noaccidentfilm.com/


Hey Everyone!

We will be having a work bee at the Rifle Range!

10am on Sunday June 8th.

If you have a mower or weed whacker, bring it along!

See you there!


The May Rod and Gun meeting will be held on Wednesday May 28th at 7:30pm!

See you all downstairs in the Senior's Hall!

 



Here is a copy of the FWCP presentation of March 31st 2014.

Click HERE to view


 

 

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BCWF Member Update - April 23rd, 2014

 

 

 

Less than 1 Month Left to Get Your Tickets in the 2014 BCWF Conservation Lottery!
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CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS
Grand Prize: 2014 Honda Rubicon 500 ATV valued at over $10,000
2nd Prize: $3,000 CASH
3rd Prize: Roundtrip Airfare for 2 to Anywhere Westjet Flies
4th Prize: Scorpion Optics Package (Value: $1,500)
5th Prize: Ladies White Gold Diamond Ring (Value: $1,100)
6th Prize: $1,000 Husky Energy Gas Card
7th Prize: $500 Gift Card from Italian Sporting Goods
8th Prize: 29" Toshiba LED TV (Value: $300.00)
9th Prize: BCWF Framed Artist of the Year Print: Remarked Edition (Value: $200.00)

 

 

 

BCWF Position Statement on Resource Development Projects
BCWF Logo
BCWF recently released a position statement regarding large resource development projects in B.C. - such as the Enbridge Pipeline, Kinder Morgan Pipeline, and Site C Dam - that have the potential to impact our fish, wildlife, and habitat resources. 
Click here to read the BCWF Position Statement on Resource Development Projects in B.C.

 

 

 

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AGM & Convention Presentations Available for Download
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A number of presentations from the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available for download in PDF format at the BCWF website:
Click here to download presentations from the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention

 

 

 

Volunteers Needed for Conservation Lottery Ticket Sales in the Lower Mainland, May 3rd and May 10th, 2014
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BCWF is looking for volunteers that are available to help sell Conservation Lottery tickets at two retailers in the Langley area on Saturday, May 3rd and/or Saturday, May 10th, 2014.
If you are willing and able to help out on one or both of these days, please contact BCWF Development Coordinator Sarah McNeil at dev_coordinator@bcwf.bc.ca or call 604-882-9988 ext. 223

 

 

 

2014-2015 Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis Now Available
LEH Deadline: May 23rd, 2014

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Applications are now being accepted for 2014-2015 Limited Entry Hunting. Deadline for applications to be received is 4:30 pm on Friday, May 23rd, 2014.
Click here to download the 2014-2015 LEH Synopsis 
Click here to visit the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations website for more information

 

 

 

Fernie Rod & Gun Club Annual Awards Night - April 26th, 2014
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April 26th, 2014
4:00 PM to 1:30 AM
Fernie Memorial Arena, Fernie, B.C.
Join the Fernie Rod & Gun Club at their Awards Night, Dinner, Fundraiser, and Dance at the Fernie Memorial Arena on April 26th! This annual event features great entertainment, food, and the chance to win a wide range of fantastic prizes.
For more information, contact Mario Rocca at 250-423-7281 or email gmrocca@telus.net 
http://ferniergc.com

 

 

 

Annual Spring Trap Shoot at the Pemberton Wildlife Association Range - Saturday and Sunday, April 26th and 27th, 2014
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Where: Pemberton Wildlife Association Range in beautiful Pemberton B.C.! 
When: Saturday April 26th and Sunday 27th
Start times: 1 PM Saturday & 10AM Sunday

  • Lots of raffle prizes and meat prizes for the shoots
  • Saturday: Triple Buddy Pig Shoot  / Saturday Night Under the Lights
  • Sunday: More shooting!
  • BBQ Concession
  • Camping available on-site (including power hookups) or stay in Pemberton or nearby Whistler

For more information, visit the Pemberton Wildlife Association website: www.pembertonwildlifeassociation.com or call 604-907-2550 or 604-966-1545.

 

 

 

Spring Gun Show: May 4th, 2014, Courtenay, B.C. 
Courtenay & District Fish & Game Protective Association
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Don't miss the Courtenay & District Fish & Game Protective Association's Spring Gun Show on May 4th, 2014, in Courtenay, B.C.
Buy, sell, or trade firearms and associated equipment. Food and beverage will be available onsite. 
Location: Courtenay & District Fish & Game Protective Association, 3780 Comox Logging Rd, Courtenay, B.C.
Admission: $3 each for men 19 and over - ladies and youth are FREE!
For more information, contact Al Lapp - theoffice@courtenayfishandgame.org or call 250-338-5982.

 

 


 

There's so much going on province-wide that it is always interesting to see that the Federation is on top of stuff.

BCWF Notice of Objection, to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources:

http://bcwf.net/images/stories/pdf/2014/Letter re Notice of Objection on Pennask Lake development - April 2 2014.pdf

 


FISHERIES UPDATE - YOU’RE INVITED!


An Arrow Fisheries Update Meeting will be presented by the Ministry of Forests,
Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) and the Fish and Wildlife
Compensation Program (FWCP).
MONDAY MARCH 31, 7.00 P.M. NAKUSP SENIORS HALL
(210 8th Ave. Northwest)
No registration required.

For more information call FWCP at 250 365 4551
or MFLNRO at 250 354 6333.

Find out the latest about:
• The Nutrient Restoration Program
• Fishing trends
• Hill Creek Spawning Channel


 

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BCWF Member Update - March 12th, 2014

 

2014 BCWF AGM & Convention
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Keynote Speaker: Rick Hansen
BCWF is thrilled to welcome Rick Hansen as our Keynote Speaker at this year's AGM & Convention. Rick is an avid outdoorsman and angler, and has been a supporter of conservation for many years. Rick is a dynamic and inspirational speaker - you don't want to miss him!
Featured Speaker: Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliment
We are also excited to welcome Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliment for Yorkton-Melville (Saskatchewan), as a featured speaker at the event.  MP Breitkreuz - who will be speaking about Canada's gun control laws - has long been a supporter of law-abiding firearms owners and sport shooters. During his career in the House of Commons, he has provided exemplary leadership in opposition of Canada's Long Gun Registry.
Click here to view a preliminary AGM agenda


Register Today
In the spirit of this year’s theme (Your BCWF: Fuelled by Passion, Driven by Members), the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention will feature a number of hands-on breakout sessions on Saturday, April 12th that includes:

  • Skinning
  • Goose & Duck Calling
  • Backpacking, Flyfishing
  • Horse Packing
  • Videotaping Hunts

Click here to download the 2014 AGM & Convention Registration Package 


2014 Conservation Fundraiser Donations
We have an absolutely amazing line-up of high level donations for the fundraiser on Saturday evening that includes exotic hunts, high-end rifles, fishing trips, and much more.  However, we do require some smaller fundraiser items (~$100 range) that are more suitable for prize tables and raffles.  
If you are able to help out and donate a smaller item, contact BCWF Develpment Coordinator Sarah McNeil at dev_coordinator@bcwf.bc.ca or call toll free at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293)  /  604-882-9988 ext. 223.


Wild Fish & Game Donations
We also are still accepting wild fish & game donations for the  58th BCWF Awards Gala & Dinner. Fish and fowl are needed to round out the menu, and any contributions would be greatly appreciated. 

Click here to download the Wild Game Donation Agreement   


Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

While the discount room rate is no longer available, there is still space at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. 

FREE PARKING: as an added bonus, the Delta has agreed to waive parking fees BCWF AGM delegates - a value of $16 per day!   

Click here to book your room or call 1-800-465-4651 

 

BCWF Wetlands Education Program: 2014 Workshops
and Courses

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The BCWF Wetlands Education Program team has been hard at work putting together an extensive schedule of workshops and courses for 2014.  See below for a listing of events that have been confirmed, and keep an eye on the BCWF WEP upcoming events page as more dates are added!
Wetlandkeepers Courses
Cumberland, April 11-13, 2014
Rossland, May 23-25, 2014
Kitimat/Terrace, September 2-4, 2014
Duncan, June 20-22, 2014 
Prince George, June 20-22, 2014 
Wetlands Institute
Eastern Vancouver Island, September 6-12, 2014
Restoration Workshops
Meadow Creek, May 30-June 1, 2014
Working Group Workshops
Grand Forks, June 3, 2014
Click here for more information

 

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2014 BOW Weekend: May 23 to 25, Winfield, B.C.
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The 2014 BOW Weekend is being hosted by the Oceola Fish & Game Club and takes place May 23rd to 25th in Winfield, B.C. The program is designed for women 19 years or older and provides them an opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Each BOW workshop offers a variety of outdoor related educational workshops for participants to select from in each of three areas: shooting and hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation courses (see below).
Over the course of Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, BOW participants will attend four 3 1/2 hour pre-selected courses of their choice. Qualified Instructors conduct the courses ensuring that all participants enjoy a safe, positive, fun and educational experience and are taught in a very 'hands-on'’ way.
May 23 - 25, 2014
Easter Seal Camp
Winfield, B.C. (near Kelowna)
Hosted by: Oceola Fish & Game Club

Courses available include:

  • ATV Riding & Safety
  • Hunting & Game Care
  • Introduction to Flycasting
  • Archery
  • .22 Marksmenship
  • Stream Stewardship
  • Photography
  • ...and much more - download the Registration Form below for more details!

2014 BOW Weekend Registration Form
Click on the link above to download the Registration Form for the 2014 BOW Weekend.
For more information, call 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) or email officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca

 

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B.C. Government Introduces Water Sustainability Act 
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B.C. Minister of Environment Mary Polak introduced the new Water Sustainability Act into the B.C. Legislature as Bill 18 earlier this week.  Most notably, the new Act will bring groundwater into the licensing system, and will expand government’s ability to protect fish and aquatic environments. 
The Water Sustainability Act will repeal most of the Water Act, which has served as our primary water law since 1909.  Many important provisions of the Fish Protection Act will also be brought into the Water Sustainability Act and a new Riparian Areas Protection Act will be created to ensure continued protection of riparian areas.  
Click here for more information on the new Water Sustainability Act

 

Hometown Heroes: Recognizing Environmental Achievement
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The 2014 Hometown Heroes Awards Program  has launched and is looking for everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada. 
Heroic candidates can win one of the following: 

  • Individual Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice
  • Group Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to support their work
  • Small Business Hometown Heroes Award—a $5,000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product

For more information, or to nominate someone, please visit earthday.ca/hometownThe nomination deadline is March 31, 2014.
If you have any questions about the program or would like guidance completing the nomination package, please contact 416-599-1991, ext. 113 (1-888-283-2784, ext. 113) or email heroes@earthday.ca

 

 


Nakusp Rod and Gun Club Annual Awards Night!

Will be held at the Legion on Saturday March 8th at 6:30pm!

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Lots of prizes, as well as raffles for a Stihl chainsaw, and a SAKO .270 valued at $1800!

Family friendly, look forward to seeing you there!


 

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BCWF Member Update - March 5th, 2014

 

B.C. Hunting Show / B.C. Boat & Sportsmen's Show:
March 7 to 9 at TRADEX in Abbotsford

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BCWF Members are eligible for a $2.00 discount on tickets to the B.C. Hunting Show. The discount is only available for tickets purchased online: simply click on the link below and enter the Promo Code "BCWF2014".
Drop by the booth for great deals on your favourite BCWF merchandise, Conservation Lottery tickets, and free swag when you sign up or renew your Membership!
Click to purchase tickets to the BC Hunting Show - Enter Promo Code "BCWF2014"
Door Prizes: Sturgeon Fishing Trip and Diamonback Binoculars!
We have some fantastic door prizes lined up this year from our friends at Wholesale Sports and Great River Fishing Adventures!  Great River will be giving away a 4-hour sturgeon fishing trip for 4 and Wholesale Sports has a set of Vortex Diamondback 8 x 32 Binoculars up for grabs. Make sure you get your name in both draws when you drop by the booth.


BCWF Store - Clearance Sale and New Merchandise
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The B.C. Hunting Show is also the best time to pick up your favourite BCWF gear.  We will clearing out a number of BCWF items including shirts, hats, waterbottles, and much more - don't miss out on some fantastic deals.
In addition to sale items, we will also be debuting a number of brand-new items and styles of clothing - be sure to check them out!


CORE Challenges Onsite
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The CORE Challenge is back by popular demand - new hunters can challenge the written and/or practical section of CORE right at the show!
Please note: pre-registration is required, and space is limited.
Available times:
Friday, March 7th, 2014             3:00 pm and 7:00 pm                     
Saturday, March 8th, 2014         11:00 am and 2:00 pm             
Sunday March 9th, 2014            11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Click here to download the CORE Challenge registration form
For more information, contact BCWF Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith at  programs@bcwf.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext 300


Shotgun Raffle
Finally, we will be raffling off a Canada in the Rough prize package worth over $2,000 that includes a Beretta  A400 12-gauge Shotgun used on the show and autographed by the Beasley Bros. as well as a number of other great prizes:
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  • Beretta A400 Xplor 12-gauge Shotgun used during filming of Canada in the Rough and autographed by the Beasley Bros.
  • Canada in the Rough Season 9 DVD
  • Autographed photo
  • Two Canada in the Rough hats

 Tickets are $10.00 each and will only be available at the show!

 

58th BCWF AGM & Convention
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Register Today!
The Early Bird Rate for registrations to the AGM & Convention has been extended - register before March 10th and save $50.00! 
Click here to download the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Registration Package


Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
The Delta Grand Okanagan is offering all BCWF delegates a special group rate $139 (single or double occupancy). FREE PARKING: as an added bonus, the Delta has agreed to waive parking fees for hotel guests - a value of $16 per day!   

Click here to book your room or call 1-800-465-4651 and mention you are with the BCWF AGM & Convention. Please note, this special room rate is only available until March 10, 2014. 

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 

 

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BCWF Wetlands Education Program: Event Dates for 2014
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The BCWF Wetlands Education Program team has been hard at work putting together an extensive schedule of workshops and courses for 2014.  See below for a listing of events that have been confirmed, and keep an eye on the  BCWF WEP upcoming events  page as we add more dates!


Wetlandkeepers Courses

Cumberland, April 11-13, 2014
Rossland, B.C., May 23-25, 2014 
Kitimat/Terrace, B.C., September 2-4, 2014
Duncan, B.C., June 20-22, 2014 
Prince George, June 20-22, 2014


Wetlands Institute
 

Eastern Vancouver Island, September 6-12, 2014


Restoration Workshops

Meadow Creek Restoration Design Workshop, May 30-June 1, 2014


Working Group Workshops

Grand Forks, June 3, 2014

 

Sing Me a Song B.C.!
The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (and BCWF Honourary Patron), is pleased to present a new program to promote music and community spirit across the province. “Sing Me A Song” is an opportunity for musical groups of all ages and genres to write and sing an original song in the lead up to Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. Groups are encouraged to write a song about what Canada’s 150th birthday means to them or their community. 
Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of musicians from around the province and an award of $1,000 will be granted annually in each of three age categories. Entries will be posted on the Lieutenant Governor’s website and YouTube channel, Sing Me A Song BC, to be viewed by all British Columbians. 
Whether it is a school or community choir or other amateur musical group, Her Honour looks forward to showcasing your community’s musical spirit across British Columbia. Groups should submit their entry form as soon as possible to register in the “Sing Me A Song” program, the song submission deadline is May 7, 2014.
Further information is available online at the Lieutenant Governor’s website at www.ltgov.bc.ca

 

Hometown Heroes: Recognizing Extraordinary Environmental Achievement
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The Hometown Heroes Award Program 2014 has launched and is looking for everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada. 
Heroic candidates can win one of the following: 

  • Individual Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice
  • Group Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to support their work
  • Small Business Hometown Heroes Award—a $5,000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product

For more information, or to nominate someone, please visit earthday.ca/hometownThe nomination deadline is March 31, 2014.
If you have any questions about the program or would like guidance completing the nomination package, please contact 416-599-1991, ext. 113 (1-888-283-2784, ext. 113) or email heroes@earthday.ca.

 

 


Check out this interesting study done on the relation of predator reduction and mule deer populations:

Click here to open the study!


If you are interested in finding out what is happening with the Arrow Lakes Fishery, we have been notified that there will be a biologist from the FWCP in Nakusp on the evening of March 31st.

The biologist will be there to give a presentation, and answer questions from the public.

The meeting will be at the Senior's Hall, but the exact time has not been set. More details to follow!


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BCWF Member Update - February 26th, 2014

 

58th BCWF AGM & Convention
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Register Today!
The Early Bird deadline for registrations to the AGM & Convention has been extended - register before March 10th and save $50.00! 
Click here to download the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Registration Package


Delta Grand Okanagan Resort
The Delta Grand Okanagan is offering all BCWF delegates a special group rate of $139 per night (single or double occupancy).  

FREE PARKING: as an added bonus, the Delta has agreed to waive parking fees for hotel guests - a value of $16 per day!

Click here to book your room or call 1-800-465-4651 and mention you are with the BCWF AGM & Convention. Please note, this special room rate is only available until March 10, 2014. 



2013 BCWF Awards Nomination Deadline - February 28th


Nominations for the 2013 BCWF Awards close on Friday, February 28th
Click here to download the nomination forms

 

BC Hunting Show / BC Boat & Sportsmen's Show: 
BCWF Members Save $2.00; Shotgun Raffle; CORE Challenges 

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BCWF Members Save $2.00 by Purchasing Tickets Online
BCWF Members are eligible for a $2.00 discount on tickets to the B.C. Hunting Show. The discount is only available for tickets purchased online: simply click  on the link below and enter the Promo Code "BCWF2014".
Drop by the BCWF booth for great deals on your favourite BCWF merchandise, Conservation Lottery tickets, and free swag when you sign up or renew your Membership!
Click to purchase tickets to the BC Hunting Show - Enter Promo Code "BCWF2014"


CORE Challenges Onsite
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The CORE Challenge is back by popular demand - new hunters can challenge the written and/or practical section of CORE right at the show!
Please note: pre-registration is required, and space is limited.
Available times:
Friday, March 7th, 2014             3:00 pm and 7:00 pm                     
Saturday, March 8th, 2014         11:00 am and 2:00 pm             
Sunday March 9th, 2014            11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Click here to download the CORE Challenge registration form
For more information, contact BCWF Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith at  programs@bcwf.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext 300


Shotgun Raffle
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We will also be raffling off a Canada in the Rough prize package worth over $2,000! Tickets are $10.00 each and are only available at the show!
The prize package includes:

  • Beretta A400 Xplor 12-gauge Shotgun used during filming of Canada in the Rough
  • Canada in the Rough Season 9 DVD
  • Autographed photo
  • Two Canada in the Rough hats

 

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BCWF Logo and Member Decal Survey: Complete the Survey by March 1st and Win a BCWF Prize Package!  
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BCWF is currently considering an update of both our logo and our iconic Member decal, and we would like your input - as a valued BCWF Member, your feedback and suggestions are very important! Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and provide your thoughts.
BCWF Members who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win an exclusive BCWF prize pack worth over $100!
The deadline to complete the survey is Saturday, March 1st.
Click here to complete the survey

 

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2015 BCWF Artist of the Year: Deadline February 28th
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The deadline for submissions to the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition is February 28th, 2014.
The Artist of the Year Program supports the work of the BCWF through the sale of limited edition wildlife art prints.  The sale of these limited edition prints helps to fund BCWF conservation projects throughout the province and at the same time recognizes the talent of B.C.’s artists.
Artists are selected a year in advance in order to allow time for quality production of their artwork for sale and promotion of the artist and their work.
ARTIST SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28th, 2014
The selection process includes an internal Art Selection Jury who will determine three (3) finalists to be voted on by Delegates and Members at the BCWF’s Annual General Meeting & Convention in Kelowna, B.C., April 9 to 12, 2014. Some conditions apply.  
Click here for contest rules, timelines, and other details, call our toll free number in BC 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300, or contact us via e-mail at programs@bcwf.bc.ca.

 

2014 BOW Weekend: May 23rd to 25th, Winfield, B.C.
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The 2014 BOW Weekend is being hosted by the Oceola Fish & Game Club and takes place May 23rd to 25th in Winfield, B.C. 
The BOW Program is designed for women 19 years or older and provides them an opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Each BOW workshop offers a variety of outdoor related educational workshops for participants to select from in each of three areas: shooting and hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation courses (see below).
Over the course of Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, BOW participants will attend four 3 1/2 hour pre-selected courses of their choice. Qualified Instructors conduct the courses ensuring that all participants enjoy a safe, positive, fun and educational experience and are taught in a very 'hands-on'’ way.
May 23 - 25, 2014
Easter Seal Camp
Winfield, B.C.
Hosted by: Oceola Fish & Game Club

Courses available include:

  • ATV Riding & Safety
  • Hunting & Game Care
  • Introduction to Flycasting
  • Archery
  • .22 Marksmenship
  • Stream Stewardship
  • Photography
  • ...and much more - download the Registration Form below for more details!

2014 BOW Weekend Registration Form
For more information on the BOW Program click here, call 1-888-881-BCWF (2293), or email officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca

 

ORV Legislation Will Keep B.C.'s Backcountry Safe
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The Province of B.C. recently announced the new Off Road Vehicle Act, which will replace the 40-year old Motor Vehicle (All terrain) Act with a modern management structure designed to align with existing regulatory regimes at minimal cost. BCWF was able to provide input to the legislation, which was considered long overdue by many.
The new Off Road Vehicle Act has the potential to improve hunting opportunities by increasing the ability to report people using off-road vehicles to poach wildlife and  damage the environment.
Click here to read the news release from the Province of B.C.

 

New Website: Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society
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The Nechako Environment and Water Stewardship Society (NEWSS) recently launched a brand new website - be sure to check it out! Founded in 2006, NEWSS facilitates and conducts stream rehabilitation work within sub-basins of the Nechako watershed.
Click here to visit the NEWSS website and learn more about the organization

 

In the News: Grizzly Bear Hunt Isn't Going Away
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Black Press columnist Tom Fletcher provided some balance to the grizzly bear hunt debate that has been a regular feature in the news recently:
"Wildlife management is the responsibility of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. He’s heard plenty from all sides and he maintains that bear watching and bear hunting will continue to coexist in B.C...."
Click here to read the full article at the Aldergrove Star website

 

In the News: Review to Probe Land Use in B.C. Wildlife Habitats
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Mark Hume of the Globe and Mail reports that the B.C. government will be reviewing how the Crown has been using land owned by conservation groups including Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
BCWF Director Jesse Zeman provided comments for the article.
"The B.C. government has called for a full review of lands owned by conservation groups, to determine how many areas that were set aside to protect wildlife habitat have been leased out by the Crown as cattle range.
Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Minister Steve Thomson promised the review Tuesday, in response to concerns raised by Ducks Unlimited Canada, The Nature Trust and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation..."
Click here to read the full article by Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail

 

Hometown Heroes: Recognizing Environmental Achievement
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The 2014 Hometown Heroes Award Program has launched and is looking for everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada. 
Heroic candidates can win one of the following: 

  • Individual Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice
  • Group Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to support their work
  • Small Business Hometown Heroes Award—a $5,000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product

For more information, or to nominate someone, please visit earthday.ca/hometownThe nomination deadline is March 31, 2014.
If you have any questions about the program or would like guidance completing the nomination package, please contact 416-599-1991, ext. 113 (1-888-283-2784, ext. 113) or email heroes@earthday.ca

 


 

Just a reminder that the February Rod and Gun meeting will be on Wednesday the 26th.

Look forward to seeing everyone downstairs at the Senior's Hall at 7:30pm!

 


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BCWF Member Update - February 19th, 2014

 

 February 2014 Issue of BCWFNews
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The February issue of the BCWF newsletter is now available.  In this month's issue:

  • 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Update - Keynote Speaker Rick Hansen!
  • Thank You to our Volunteers from the Semiahmoo House Society
  • Ted Brookman to Receive Honour
  • Join Us for the BC Hunting Show - March 7 to 9 at TRADEX in Abbotsford
  • Photo Gallery: 2013 BCWF Wild Kidz Camps
  • BCWF News Roundup: 2015 Artist of the Year; Federal Fisheries Program Extended; B.C. Government to Study Moose Populations

Click here to download the February issue of the BCWF newsletter

 

2013 BCWF Awards Nomination Deadline Extended
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The deadline for nominations for the 2013 BCWF Awards has been extended to February 28th. If you know of an individual or group that deserves to be considered for one of the awards listed below, we strongly recommend that you nominate them today!
2013 BCWF Awards Nominations Extended Deadline - February 28th, 2014

  • Art Downs Memorial Award (Writing / Journalism on conservation issues)
  • Ted Barsby Conservationist of the Year Award
  • Bill Otway Award - Most Effective Regional Chair
  • Dr. Louis Lemieux Conservation Award
  • Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award
  • Jack McCracken Club Bulletin Award
  • Lee Straight Fishing Award
  • Roderick Haig-Brown Memorial Conservation Award
  • Tem Sterling Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Award
  • Youth Fishing Award
  • Regional Biologist of the Year Award

Click here to download the 2013 BCWF Awards Nomination Forms

 

Conservation Lottery Early Bird Prize Winner

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Congratulations to Ronald Jose of Vancouver, the lucky winner of this year's Early Bird Draw. Ronald took home a $750 Gift Card from Wholesale Sports!
Do you have your tickets yet?

 

BC Hunting / BC Boat & Sportsmen's Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford: BCWF Member Discount; Shotgun Raffle; CORE Challenges
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BCWF Members are eligible for a $2.00 discount on tickets to the B.C. Hunting Show. The discount is only available for tickets purchased online: simply click on the link below and enter the Promo Code "BCWF2014".
Drop by the booth for great deals on your favourite BCWF merchandise, Conservation Lottery tickets, and free swag when you sign up or renew your Membership!
Click to purchase tickets to the BC Hunting Show - Enter Promo Code "BCWF2014"


Shotgun Raffle
We will also be raffling off a Canada in the Rough prize package worth over $2,000 that includes:
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  • Beretta A400 Xplor 12-gauge Shotgun used during filming of Canada in the Rough
  • Canada in the Rough Season 9 DVD
  • Autographed photo
  • Two Canada in the Rough hats


Tickets are $10.00 each and will only be available at the show!


CORE Challenges Onsite
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The CORE Challenge is back by popular demand - new hunters can challenge the written and/or practical section of CORE right at the show!
Please note: pre-registration is required, and space is limited.
Available times:
Friday, March 7th, 2014             3:00 pm and 7:00 pm                     
Saturday, March 8th, 2014         11:00 am and 2:00 pm             
Sunday March 9th, 2014            11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Click here to download the CORE Challenge registration form
For more information, contact BCWF Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith at  programs@bcwf.bc.ca or call 604-882-9988 ext 300

 

2015 BCWF Artist of the Year: Deadline for Submissions Feb 28th
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The deadline for submissions to the 2015 BCWF Artist of the Year competition is February 28th, 2014.
The Artist of the Year Program supports the work of the BCWF through the sale of limited edition wildlife art prints.  The sale of these limited edition prints helps to fund BCWF conservation projects throughout the province and at the same time recognizes the talent of B.C.’s artists.
Artists are selected a year in advance in order to allow time for quality production of their artwork for sale and promotion of the artist and their work.
ARTIST SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28th, 2014
The selection process includes an internal Art Selection Jury who will determine three (3) finalists to be voted on by Delegates and Members at the BCWF’s Annual General Meeting & Convention in Kelowna, B.C., April 9 to 12, 2014. Some conditions apply.  
Click here for contest rules, timelines, and other details, call our toll free number in BC 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300, or contact us via e-mail at programs@bcwf.bc.ca.

 

BCWF Logo and Member Decal Survey: Win a BCWF Prize Package!
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BCWF is currently considering an update of both our logo and our iconic Member decal, and we would like your input - as a valued BCWF Member, your feedback and suggestions are very important! Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and provide your thoughts.
BCWF Members who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win an exclusive BCWF prize pack worth over $100! The deadline to complete the survey is March 1st, 2014. 
Click here to complete the survey

 

58th BCWF AGM & Convention

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Register Today!
The theme for 2014 is “Your BCWF: Fuelled by Passion, Driven by Members”, which will be reflected in the plenary sessions, breakout workshops, and information sessions that will be offered this year. Don't miss Rick Hansen, this year's Keynote Speaker!
Make sure you take advantage of our Early Bird Rates - register before March 1st, 2014, and receive $50.00 off the price of your registration! 
Click here to download the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Registration Package


Spousal Program Registration Now Open
The itinerary and registration forms for the Spousal Program at the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available.
The schedule for this year's event looks like a whole lot of fun!  Participants will be taking in a wide variety of activities and attractions including several winery tours, cheese tasting at an artisanal goat cheese farm, an opportunity to see local silversmiths in action, and tours of both a fish hatchery and a kangaroo farm.
The 2014 Spousal Program will be offered on Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th at a cost of $60.00 per person for each day. The itinerary and registration form are available in PDF format by clicking the following links:
Program Itinerary
Registration Form 


Wild Fish & Game Donations Needed
Donations of wild fish & game are still needed for the Awards Gala Dinner on the Friday night of the AGM & Convention. All donations are greatly appreciated! 
Click here to download a copy of the Wild Game Donation Form

 

Federal Government Extends Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program

BCWF was pleased to learn that the Government of Canada’s 2014 Budget included an extension of the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program.

The program was initiated in 2013 to provide funding to conservation projects that “...bring like-minded partners and their resources together with the common long-term goal of enhancing the sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada’s recreational fisheries.” The government announced an additional $15 million in funding over the next two years that can be a significant asset to BCWF Member Clubs and other community organizations undertaking local conservation projects.

For more information on how your project could receive funding, visit the Department of Fisheries and Oceans website at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

 


 

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BCWF Member Update - February 12th, 2014

 

In this Update...
2013 BCWF Awards Deadline: February 15th, 2014
Last Chance! Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw Deadline: Thursday, Feb 13th, 12:00 pm
2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Update
B.C. Hunting Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford: BCWF Members Save $2.00 on the Price of Admission!
BCWF Member Decal Survey: Win a BCWF Prize Pack
Report on the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area by the UVIC Environmental Law Clinic
In the News: B.C. to investigate declining moose numbers
Hometown Heroes: Recognizing Environmental Achievement

 

2013 BCWF Awards Deadline: February 15th, 2014
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The deadline for nominations for the 2013 BCWF Awards is now just three days away. If you know of an individual or group that deserves to be considered for one of the awards listed below, we strongly recommend that you nominate them today!
2013 BCWF Awards Nominations Deadline - February 15th, 2014

  • Art Downs Memorial Award (Writing / Journalism on conservation issues)
  • Ted Barsby Conservationist of the Year Award
  • Bill Otway Award - Most Effective Regional Chair
  • Dr. Louis Lemieux Conservation Award
  • Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award
  • Jack McCracken Club Bulletin Award
  • Lee Straight Fishing Award
  • Roderick Haig-Brown Memorial Conservation Award
  • Tem Sterling Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Award
  • Youth Fishing Award

Click here to download the 2013 BCWF Awards Nomination Forms

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Last Chance! Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw Deadline: Thursday, Feb 13th, 12:00 pm
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2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Update
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Register Today!
Registration forms are now available for the 2014 AGM & Convention. The event is taking place at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, B.C., and is shaping up to be one of the largest AGMs we have had in recent years. The theme for 2014 is “Your BCWF: Fuelled by Passion, Driven by Members”, which will be reflected in the plenary sessions, breakout workshops, and information sessions that will be offered this year.
Make sure you take advantage of our Early Bird Rates - register before March 1st, 2014, and receive $50.00 off the price of your registration! 
Click here to download the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Registration Package


Spousal Program Registration Now Open
The itinerary and registration forms for the Spousal Program at the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available.
The schedule for this year's event looks like a whole lot of fun!  Participants will be taking in a wide variety of activities and attractions including several winery tours, cheese tasting at an artisanal goat cheese farm, an opportunity to see local silversmiths in action, and tours of both a fish hatchery and a kangaroo farm.
The 2014 Spousal Program will be offered on Thursday, April 10th and Friday, April 11th at a cost of $60.00 per person for each day. The itinerary and registration form are available in PDF format by clicking the following links:
Program Itinerary
Registration Form 


Wild Fish & Game Donations Needed
Donations of wild fish & game are still needed for the Awards Gala Dinner on the Friday night of the AGM & Convention. All donations are greatly appreciated! 
Click here to download a copy of the Wild Game Donation Form   
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B.C. Hunting Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford:
BCWF Members Save $2.00 on the Price of Admission!

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BCWF Members are eligible for a $2.00 discount on tickets purchased online for the 2014 BC Hunting Show / BC Boat & Sportsmen's Show. Simply click here or on the link below and enter the Promo Code "BCWF2014".
Save $2.00 on tickets to the BC Hunting Show / BC Boat & Sportsmen's Show
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BCWF Logo and Member Decal Survey: Win a BCWF Prize Package!
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BCWF is currently considering an update of both our logo and our iconic Member decal, and we would like your input - as a valued BCWF Member, your feedback and suggestions are very important! Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and provide your thoughts.
BCWF Members who complete the survey will be entered in a draw to win an exclusive BCWF prize pack worth over $100! The deadline to complete the survey is Saturday, March 1st.
Click here to complete the survey
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Report on the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Act by the UVIC Environmental Law Clinic
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BCWF retained the UVIC Environmental Law Clinic (ELC) to examine the implications of the proposal by the Province of B.C. to repeal the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Act and replace it with the Wildlife Act for the purposes of protecting the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.
The report was transmitted to BCWF in late January, and is now available for download here.
An excerpt from the preamble to the report:

"The scope of this research is such that it is impossible to be completely exhaustive in the time allotted. Still, based on the research I have conducted, I have concluded that the CVWA affords the Area much stronger protection than the Wildlife Act would. This conclusion is based on a study of the relevant legislation, common management practices in the CVWMA and other Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), and case studies that highlight problems with specific WMAs governed by the Wildlife Act."
Click here to download the report
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In the News: B.C. to investigate declining moose numbers
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BCWF Director Jesse Zeman provided comments to the following Globe and Mail article by Mark Hume on the Province of B.C.'s new study looking at declining moose numbers in the B.C. Interior.
"Moose are vanishing from some regions in British Columbia and the provincial government has launched a major new study to find out what’s happening to them. Moose population surveys in recent years indicate declines of as much as 70 per cent in some areas of B.C. where clear-cut logging has occurred, but in other areas the moose population has remained stable..."
Click here to read the article at the Globe and Mail website
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Hometown Heroes: Recognizing Environmental Achievement
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The Hometown Heroes Award Program 2014 has launched and is looking for everyday eco-heroes who are doing extraordinary work to create greener communities across Canada. 
Heroic candidates can win one of the following: 

  • Individual Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group/cause of their choice
  • Group Hometown Heroes Award—a $10,000 cash-prize to support their work
  • Small Business Hometown Heroes Award—a $5,000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from EDC to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product

For more information, or to nominate someone, please visit earthday.ca/hometown. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2014.
If you have any questions about the program or would like guidance completing the nomination package, please contact 416-599-1991, ext. 113 (1-888-283-2784, ext. 113) or email heroes@earthday.ca
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The regulation Re-open Grizzly bear LEH hunts in MUs 4-20 and 4-23.  (1159)
has been updated.

You can review it at
http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/hunting/re-open-grizzly-bear-leh-hunts-mus-4-20-and-4-23


The regulation Re-open Grizzly bear LEH hunts in MUs 5-05 and 5-06.  (1158)
has been updated.

You can review it at
http://a100.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/hunting/re-open-grizzly-bear-leh-hunts-mus-5-05-and-5-06


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BCWF Member Update - February 5th, 2014

 

In this Update...
Conservation Lottery Tickets on Sale at Wholesale Sports in Langley on Saturday, Feb 8th 
2013 BCWF Awards: Nomination Deadlines
BCWF Members Save $2.00 on Admission to the BC Hunting Show
BCWF Wildlife Committee Update: Migratory Bird Regulations 
Province of B.C Launches Comprehensive Moose Study 
Resource Sector About to Witness a New Era of Native Empowerment

 

Conservation Lottery Tickets on Sale at Wholesale Sports: Saturday, Feb 8th, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
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With the Early Bird Draw less than 2 weeks away, BCWF will be on location selling Conservation Lottery tickets at Wholesale Sports in Langley this Saturday, Feb 8th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Do you have your tickets yet?
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2013 BCWF Awards: Nomination Deadline February 15th
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The deadline for nominations for the 2013 BCWF Awards is fast approaching. If you know of an individual or group that deserves to be considered for one of the awards listed below, please nominate them today!
2013 BCWF Awards Nominations Deadline - February 15th, 2014

  • Art Downs Memorial Award
  • Ted Barsby Conservationist of the Year Award
  • Bill Otway Award - Most Effective Regional Chair
  • Dr. Louis Lemieux Conservation Award
  • Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award
  • Jack McCracken Club Bulletin Award
  • Lee Straight Fishing Award
  • Roderick Haig-Brown Memorial Conservation Award
  • Tem Sterling Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Award
  • Youth Fishing Award

Click here to download the 2013 BCWF Awards Nomination Forms

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BCWF Members Save $2.00 on Tickets to the BC Hunting Show 
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BCWF Wildlife Committee Update: Migratory Bird Regulation Changes 
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The BCWF Wildlife Committee recently sent a letter to the Canadian Wildlife Service expressing BCWF's support for proposed amendments to migratory bird regulations.

Click here to read the letter at the Wildlife Committee Page
  

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Province of B.C. Launches Comprehensive Moose Study
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The provincial government has issued a press release detailing a comprehensive five-year moose study that is underway in the B.C. Interior.
According to the press release, the study will "investigate recent moose population declines in B.C.'s Interior...The study will engage 11 wildlife biologists, one wildlife veterinarian and several other staff over its five-year duration. Over 200 moose will be radio collared, their movements tracked and all mortalities will be investigated to determine cause of death..."

Click here for more information

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Resource Sector About to Witness a New Era of Native Empowerment
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The Vancouver Sun recently ran an interesting column by Barbara Yaffe regarding the string of court victories that are empowering First Nations groups across B.C. with respect to resource development.
Click here to read the column at the Vancouver Sun website 
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The January Rod and Gun Club meeting will be held Wednesday January 29th.

We look forward to seeing everyone at 7:30pm, 201 8th Ave NW (Downstairs in the Senior's Hall)!


 

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BCWF Member Update - January 15th, 2014

 

In this Update...
2014 BCWF AGM & Convention
Conservation Lottery: Early Bird Draw February 14th - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 

BCWF Tidal Waters Fisheries Committee: Update on the Malcolm Case
 
2014 Artist of the Year Prints and Art Cards ON SALE NOW!  

BCWF Region 1 - Vancouver Island: Wilderness Watch Information Sessions
 
BCWF Gear Straight to Your Door 

In the News: Bear Viewing vs. Bear Hunting Study
 
Province of B.C. Looking for Feedback from the Public on Highway Wildlife Hazards

 

2014 BCWF AGM & Convention
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Register Today!
Registration forms are now available for the 2014 AGM & Convention. The event is taking place at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, B.C., and is shaping up to be one of the largest AGMs we have had in recent years. The theme for 2014 is “Your BCWF: Fuelled by Passion, Driven by Members”, and will be reflected in the plenary sessions, breakout workshops, and information sessions that will be offered this year.
Make sure you take advantage of our Early Bird Rates - register before March 1st, 2014, and receive $50.00 off the price of your registration! 
Click here to download the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention Registration Package

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort - Room Reservations

The Delta Grand Okanagan is offering all BCWF delegates a special group rate of $139, single or double occupancy. Click here to book your room or call 1-800-465-4651 and mention you are with the BCWF AGM & Convention. Please note, this special room rate is only available until March 10, 2014. 
Click here to book your room at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

Wild Fish & Game Donations Needed
Donations of wild fish & game are still needed for the Awards Gala Dinner on the Friday night of the AGM & Convention. All donations are greatly appreciated! 

Click here to download a copy of the Wild Game Donation Form
  
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Early Bird Draw February 14th - GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

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BCWF Tidal Waters Fisheries Committee: Update on the Malcolm Case
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As you may know, BCWF and the Sport Fishing Institute of B.C. have been involved in a court case over recreational / commercial halibut allocation known as the "Malcolm Case". 
There was some positive news in the form of a favourable ruling in the spring of 2013, but that ruling has been appealed and there is still some distance to go before the fight is over.  Click on the link below for an update on recent developments in the case and the next steps that need to be taken.   

Update on the Malcolm Case at the BCWF Tidal Fisheries Committee page

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2014 Artist of the Year Prints and Art Cards ON SALE NOW!

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BCWF Region 1 - Vancouver Island: 
Wilderness Watch Information Sessions

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BCWF will be hosting two Wilderness Watch Information Sessions on Vancouver Island in mid-February:
Campbell River Fish & Game Club
Saturday, February 15th, 1:00 PM
Valley Fish and Game Club in Lake Cowichan
Sunday, February 16th, 10:00 AM
Join Provincial Coordinator Jim Helsdon and several guest speakers as they review the Wilderness Watch program and talk about  the different types of violations to watch for and how to report them.
ALL BCWF Members are welcome at the Wildnerness Watch Information Sessions - you do not have to be a current member of the program to attend.
RSVP
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to Colleen McKenzie at BCWF by calling 604-882-9988 ext. 228 or via email at projects@bcwf.bc.ca.
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In the News: Bear Hunting vs. Bear Viewing Study
The annual bear hunting "controversy" popped up again recently in the media with the release of a study that suggested the economic benefits of bear viewing far outweigh those of trophy hunting.  
BCWF Director of Strategic Initiatives Al Martin provided comments to an article by Mark Hume in the Globe and Mail, and Past President Mel Arnold was interviewed live on the Simi Sara show on CKNW in Vancouver regarding the issue:
Eco Groups Look to Oust Bear Hunting Guides from Rain Forest (Globe & Mail)
Simi Sara Show - CKNW 980 (scroll down and choose Hour 2, Thursday, Jan 9) 
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Province of B.C. Looking for Feedback from the Public on Highway Wildlife Hazards
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The Province of B.C. is conducting a province-wide consultation about safety issues on B.C. highways, including speed limits and wildlife hazards. The public is asked to comment on stretches of highways where the presence of wildlife on the road poses a safety or conservation concern.
Feedback can be provided in one of the following ways:

  • Attending a Public Open House
    • Thursday, Jan 16th - Chilliwack, B.C., 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Coast Chilliwack Hotel, 45920 First Avenue
  • Providing a Written Submission
  • Calling toll-free at 1-855-974-1330

Go to http://engage.gov.bc.ca/safetyandspeedreview/ for more information.

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2014 Club Memberships are now available at NAPA and Nakusp General Store.  Rifle Range Keys are available at NAPA.   

 or by contacting Delores Drebet 778-206-0076 or email dkdrebet@gmail.com  

Nakusp Rod and Gun Club Membership Dues:  Senior $20, Adult $40, Family $60, Junior (under 17) $20.   Rifle Range Keys $10.00     Memberships are good for the year of January 1 to December 31, 2014