2015 MESSAGE ARCHIVE

 


BCWF Member Update - December 30th, 2015

 

 

Happy New Year from the Board of Directors and Staff at BCWF!


 
A reminder that the BCWF office will be closed from December 28th to January 1st. 

 

Conservation Lottery tickets are now on sale! Purchase your tickets online at bcwf.bc.ca or call us at the office 1-888-881-2293. There are 9 Prizes donated for this conservation fundraiser.

 

Proposed Regulation Changes on the Fish and Wildlife Branch's Angling, Hunting and Trapping Engagement Website
Don't forget to visit the Fish and Wildlife Branch's Angling, Hunting and Trapping Engagement Website and add in your comments on regulation changes. Two of the regulations that are a target of a public campaign are from Region 7B -- one is related to changes in the Wolf season and the other related to Grizzly Bear range of authorizations  It is important to review the proposed regulation changes and make comments, both in opposition and in support.  The deadline for comments is December 31, 2015.  We know that there are organizations that are encouraging their membership and the public to comment in opposition to several of the proposed regulations, so it is important to register your support if that is your inclination.
To view the engagement site click here
Grizzly Regulation
Wolf Regulation

 

 
BCWF in the News
The BC Wildlife Federation is calling for legislation to protect wildlife and biodiversity from the negative impacts of resource development in the province.The federation wants the province to be able to adequately address cumulative effects from development activity that add up over time and cause changes to the environment.
Read the full story at: www.vancouversun.com
BCWF is commenting on the 2015 report by Parliamentary Secretary Mike Morris Getting the Balance Right: Improving Wildlife Habitat Management in British Columbia” which recommended the province:

  • Implement a new wildlife management program;
  • Consolidate authorization planning in resource development;
  • Develop a landscape-level planning model (planning across areas that are ecologically similar in a defined geographic area);
  • Improve and expand results-based management; and
  • Increase the involvement of wildlife practitioners.

Morris report release at: news.gov.bc.ca

 


All current BCWF members will be receving a 2016 BCWF Calendar with your next edition of BC Outdoors Magazine. If you want to purchase extra copies, they are available for sale in our online store. Thanks to all the BCWF members who submitted their beautiful wildlife photographs and helped to make our calendar possible!  Click here to order!

 

NEW Moose Hunting Restrictions in the Peace Region

There is a regulation change in Region 7B Peace/Liard that proposes a moose hunting restriction for licensed hunters in the Peace Moberly Tract without any accompanying plan to mitigate the problem of low moose numbers.The PMT area is south of the Peace River covering over 264,000 acres, over 1,250 square kilometres.
Peace Moberly Tract - Moose Hunting Restrictions

The BC Wildlife Federation has written a letter in opposition to this regulation proposal and also makes some recommendations around a moose recovery plan. Please click on the link below to read the full letter from the BCWF Wildlife Committee.
Letter from BC Wildlife Federation

 

 

BCWF Meeting with new Fisheries Minister

BCWF met with the honourable Hunter Tootoo, the new federal Minister of Fisheries & Oceans last week. We discussed issues related to the Federal Fisheries Act, the Cohen Commission and upcoming federal fisheries related consultation opportunities. 

 

BCWF's December Newsletter is Available On-line

  • 2015 program overview
  • Wildlife Allocation Policy award
  • AGM and Convention 
  • Awards
  • Derby and Fundraising Opportunities

Please download and share the PDF

December Newsletter

 

Rangeland Health Brochure
Here is a resource for members to be aware of what range health looks like as we pursue landscape level restorations in 2016. 
Please click on the link to downlad the PDF Brochure

Rangeland Health Brochure 2013

 

BCWF Online Auctions - December 30th, 2015 to January 6th, 2016

  

Print # 1 - 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.



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.

 


BCWF Award Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2016 BCWF AGM & Convention.


Featured Awards - Hunters and anglers, please remember to enter your best trophy this year! The deadline for hunting and fishing award nominations is January 15, 2016
Below are the links to the forms for each awards:


 Art Downs Memorial Award

Barsby Trophy - Conservationist of the Year

Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Trophy - Annual Competition

Bill Otway Award - Most Effective Regional President

Frank Shannon Junior Conservationist Award

Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Projects

Wildsheep Foundation Awards

Youth Big Game Award

Youth Fishing Award

Please visit the www.bcwf.bc.ca for more information.

 

 

 

 

Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Fishing Derby to Raise Funds for Wild Sheep Projects

The BCWF (BC Wildlife Federation) and the WSSBC (Wild Sheep Society of BC) are pleased to announce the first annual 2016 Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Fishing Derby, set to take place August 19-21st, 2016 on the mighty Fraser River near beautiful Chilliwack, B.C.
The BCWF and WSSBC have teamed up with Great River Fishing Adventures to offer a world-class sturgeon fishing opportunity. 30 professionally guided teams consisting of two anglers each, will enjoy two full days of fun-filled fishing adventure and will be treated to first class hospitality, with all proceeds raised going to wild sheep projects in British Columbia.
30 team spots will be sold by auction at various events through BCWF and Wild Sheep Foundation affiliates. This is  a great chance for BCWF Clubs to add some friendly competition to the tournament and bring home bragging rights for the year with 100% of the proceeds put towards “keeping sheep on the mountains."
For more information visit www.facebook.com/TheJurassicClassic
Or contact Kyle Stelter, Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Fishing Committee at 250-619-8415, email: Jurassic.classic.bc@gmail.com

 

Looking for a fun fundraiser for your club?

The Hunting Film Tour (HFT) is a Film Festival featuring a lineup of high end, fair chase, conservation minded outdoor films capturing the essence of the hunting experience we all love so much!
BCWF Clubs can license the HFT show reel and utilize the HFT platform as a fundraising opportunity.  Support includes show reel licensing, custom posters, custom tickets, custom digital assets for social media and email marketing, access to online ticket sales via the HFT website, feature listing on the HFT website schedule and national promotion via the HFT website and social media assets. The Hunting Film Tour is currently year 3 of operations and will be touring over 80 cities throughout North America and Europe.
Anyone interested in obtaining additional information can visit www.huntingfilmtour.com Feel free to call the Hunting Film Tour management and discuss the opportunity for your BCWF Chapter to host a show at 403 968-0748. We look forward to working together!

 


Off Road Vehicle Insurance for BCWF Members!
Why purchase your Off Road Vehicle Insurance through Capri?
The purchaser benefits from the protection offered by the insurance policy and as a bonus they help fund the delivery of BCWF programs. This is the only liability insurance program in BC that puts money directly into provincial services for outdoor enthusiasts such as access issues and support for local clubs.
Coverage options:

  • ATV Third Party Liability, for only $85.00/year. 
  • Available for your ATV, Side by Side or Argo.
  • Physical Damage – coverage available for new and used units.  Up to a 30% discount available for members!

Buy online today by visiting www.capri.ca
Need more information? Call the Capri Insurance Off Road team at 1.888.818.5821. We are the Off Road Vehicle experts!

 

 


 
 BCWF Member Update - December 23rd,2015

 

 

Wishing our members, donors, regions, clubs and partners in conservation a joyous and safe holiday season from the staff BCWF. Thank you for volunteering in 2015 to conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats in B.C.

 
A reminder that the BCWF office will be closed from December 28th to January 1st

 

 

Looking for the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life? Check out the new merchandise and BCWF member discounts at our on-line store.  Please visit www.bcwf.bc.ca/onlinestore!
                       

 

                                
Gift certificates for our upcoming 2016 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) weekend workshop retreats are available now at www.bcwf.bc.ca Choose from three workshop dates and locations: Winfield May 13-15, Blue Lake Camp (near Canal Flats) June 10-12 and the Lower Mainland September 9-11, 2016. 

 

Conservation Lottery tickets are now on sale! Purchase your tickets online at bcwf.bc.ca or call us at the office 1-888-881-2293. There are 9 Prizes donated for this conservation fundraiser.

 

Congratulations to new Regional Presidents!
 
Region 2 Lower Mainland has elected Phillip Milligan and Region 6 Skeena has elected Mike O’Neil to be the President of their regions and to the BCWF Board of Directors. Sincere thanks to past Region 2 President Dale Vidulich and past Region 6 President Mike Langegger for dedicating many years of service to their regions and for their strong leadership.  

 

Attention:Potential Wildlife Specialists

The BC Cattlemen’s Association is inviting members who are experienced with removing wolves and coyotes that injure, harass or kill livestock to apply to become Wildlife Specialists. The program is being launched in B.C. in the New Year and is funded for three years. Wildlife Specialists are being recruited to protect beef cattle, sheep and dairy cattle from predator attacks. The Conservation Officer Services will have final approval for Wildlife Specialists working under this program.
If you have an interest in working as a Wildlife Specialist, here are the qualifications needed:

  • Have a valid trapper’s licence number;
  • Have completed the verification training and have a valid verification number;
  • Be an experienced trapper/hunter familiar with whole pack removal; and
  • Have and possess all appropriate equipment.

To apply please download the application forms below.

LPP Mitigator Invitation

LPP Application Form

 

                                 New Reports Released
                       


 Mountain Caribou Recovery Measures
The Forest Practices Board released results of their special investigation into whether licensees authorized to remove timber in mountain caribou habitat for harvesting, road building, helilanding and other activities complied with Ungulate Winter Range Order U-3-004. Board investigators found that all licensees complied with the legal requirements of the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Order.
Investigators also observed some fragmentation of caribou habitat during the field review,and found it is not clear if the Order will be effective in achieving recovery of the caribou population.The Board is encouraging the government to continue to develop and implement effectiveness monitoring initiatives in order to guide management measures to improve mountain caribou recovery efforts.
Read the full audit report at: https://www.bcfpb.ca/sites/default/files/reports/SIR45-Timber-Removal-in-Mt-Caribou-Habitat.pdf


FLNRO District Manager authority
A new report issued by the Forest Practices Board recommends that Forests, Lands and Natural Resources District Managers should have conditional discretion over the issuance of cutting permits and road permits where:

  • there is clearly significant risk to public health or safety
  • there is clearly significant risk to forest resources or values
  • there is likely to be a contravention of legislation, or
  • the interests of another tenure holder have not been adequately addressed 

Read the full report at: www.bcfpb.ca

 


All current BCWF members will be receving a 2016 BCWF Calendar with your next edition of BC Outdoors Magazine. If you want to purchase extra copies, they are available for sale in our online store. Thanks to all the BCWF members who submitted their beautiful wildlife photographs and helped to make our calendar possible!  Click here to order!

 

BCWF's December Newsletter is Available On-line

  • 2015 program overview
  • Wildlife Allocation Policy award
  • AGM and Convention 
  • Awards
  • Derby and Fundraising Opportunities

Please download and share the PDF

December Newsletter

 

In the News
 A proposed truck park in Surrey is being strongly opposed by Region 2, the Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club and the Little Campbell Hatchery, who are extremely concerned about the proposed development on the banks of the Little Campbell River. The river is home to Coho salmon and Steelhead trout, beaver, river otter, mink, muskrat and a large variety of birds. Over 70% of the spawning grounds start at the proposed parking site in Surrey and extend to club grounds only 2.4 km downstream.
www.surreyleader.com
 
View and share the exclusive club video at: https://vimeo.com/144184719


Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club members were arrested over public access issues at Corbett Lake.
www.cbc.ca
Background story
www.thetyee.ca


 In a surprise cabinet shuffle December 11th, Premier Christy Clark has appointed ex-RCMP Supt. Mike Morris as B.C.’s new Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. The MLA for Prince George-Mackenzie served 32 years in the RCMP.
Read the story at: www.timescolonist.com

 

FLNRO Report Released
                                                         
A new report by Parliamentary Secretary Mike Morris Getting the Balance Right: Improving Wildlife Habitat Management in British Columbiahas been released. Morris met with 24 organizations over a six-month period, and provided advice and 18 recommendations in five broad areas, as follows:

  • Implement a new wildlife management program;
  • Consolidate authorization planning in resource development;
  • Develop a landscape-level planning model (planning across areas that are ecologically similar in a defined geographic area);
  • Improve and expand results-based management; and
  • Increase the involvement of wildlife practitioners.

Steve Thomson, Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations, has committed to reviewing and acting on the advice and majority of recommendations contained in the report. For more information, view the government news release at: news.gov.bc.ca

 

Rangeland Health Brochure
Here is a resource for members to be aware of what range health looks like as we pursue landscape level restorations in 2016. 
Please click on the link to downlad the PDF Brochure

Rangeland Health Brochure 2013

 

BOATERexam.com, a partner of the BCWF, is looking for event staff to help them at the Vancouver Boat Show, January 20-24, 2016

BOATERexam.com is looking for energetic event staff for the upcoming Vancouver International Boat Show (BC Place) Jan 20 - 24, 2016. 
Participants would be responsible to engage customers as they walk by their booth, selling their product, handing out business cards, discussing their services etc.
Participants should be customer focused, positive and full of energy and have the ability to talk with strangers with confidence. Sales and/or retail experience is favoured. 
Pay is $10.45/hr + commissions. 
If you are interested in participating please do not reply to this email, email resume to mike@boaterexam.com 

Only successful candidates will be contacted.
For more info on the Vancouver Boat Show - Click here

 

BCWF Online Auctions - December 23rd to December 30th, 2015

  

Print # 1 - All He Surveys by Guy Hobbs (15 x 21)
Guy Hobbs is an entirely self-taught artist who specializes exclusively in wildlife art. Living in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Guy considers himself very lucky to share his back yard with deer, bears, coyotes and mountain lions - not to mention a huge variety of birds. 



Print # 2 - Thrill of the Catch by Andrew Kiss (18 x 32)

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.

 

2016 AGM & Convention Notice


Join BCWF in “Celebrating 60 years of Conservation Leadership” at our Annual General Meeting in Nanaimo from April 21st to 23rd, 2016, hosted by the Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association



Last Call for 2016 Resolutions!

Resolutions  must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2015 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. Resolutions are to be submitted in accordance with the resolution notices. 
Resolution Notices
Please send draft resolutions to:
Attn: Resolutions Committee
B.C. Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, B.C.V4N 3M2 
If you have any further questions regarding the resolutions, please contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881 BCWF (2293) or by email at projects@bcwf.bc.ca

 


BCWF Award Nominations

Nominations are being accepted for the 2015 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2016 BCWF AGM & Convention.


Featured Awards - Hunters and anglers, please remember to enter your best trophy this year! The deadline for hunting and fishing award nominations is January 15, 2016
Below are the links to the forms for each awards:


 Art Downs Memorial Award

Barsby Trophy - Conservationist of the Year

Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Trophy - Annual Competition

Bill Otway Award - Most Effective Regional President

Frank Shannon Junior Conservationist Award

Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Projects

Wildsheep Foundation Awards

Youth Big Game Award

Youth Fishing Award

Please visit the www.bcwf.bc.ca for more information.

 

      
If you are looking for camping, hunting and outdoor gear, Grouse River is a full service outdoor retailer offering discounts exclusively for BCWF members. Bring your BCWF membership card or download the coupon to bring to Grouse River’s Kelowna retail store, or access the code for online shopping under the Affinity Partner Benefits menu on our website.
For the discount code and ordering instructions, login to the eCommunity and click on Affinity Partner Discounts for all details. If you aren't registered for the eCommunity, it's simple and free and will grant you access to exclusive member-only content! Click here if you need to register. 

 

        

 

Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Fishing Derby to Raise Funds for Wild Sheep Projects
               
The BCWF (BC Wildlife Federation) and the WSSBC (Wild Sheep Society of BC) are pleased to announce the first annual 2016 Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Fishing Derby, set to take place August 19-21st, 2016 on the mighty Fraser River near beautiful Chilliwack, B.C.
The BCWF and WSSBC have teamed up with Great River Fishing Adventures to offer a world-class sturgeon fishing opportunity. 30 professionally guided teams consisting of two anglers each, will enjoy two full days of fun-filled fishing adventure and will be treated to first class hospitality, with all proceeds raised going to wild sheep projects in British Columbia.
30 team spots will be sold by auction at various events through BCWF and Wild Sheep Foundation affiliates. This is  a great chance for BCWF Clubs to add some friendly competition to the tournament and bring home bragging rights for the year with 100% of the proceeds put towards “keeping sheep on the mountains."
For more information visit www.facebook.com/TheJurassicClassic
Or contact Kyle Stelter, Jurassic Classic Sturgeon Fishing Committee at 250-619-8415, email: Jurassic.classic.bc@gmail.com


 

Remember! Deadline to get this year's trophies in to Hank Scown no later than December 31st!

Scoring will be done early in the new year so no late entries will be accepted!

Winners will be announced at the Rod and Gun Banquet on March 12th 2016!

 


HI everyone

Attached is this year’s wolverine letter, reminding trappers that we would like to collect wolverine carcasses.  Please let me know if you know longer want to be a drop-off location.  Please tag the wolverine with the following information: 

  1. Name of trapper
  2. Trapline number
  3. Date

Please put carcass in garbage bag and label the bag with another tag that says:  Wolverine 2015. 
Please remind the trapper to complete a Wolverine Compulsory Reporting form and Invoice for payment.  Both of which can be obtained or completed by phoning the Nelson or Cranbrook offices. 

Thank you!!

Irene E. Teske, Wildlife Biologist
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
205 Industrial Road G
Cranbrook, BC V1C 7G5

250-489-8551 office

Click HERE to read the letter!

 


December's Rod and Gun meeting will be held early this month due to the holidays.

It will be held on December 16th at 7:30pm.

See you at the Senior's Hall!

Merry Christmas!


There will be a meeting in Trail on December 14th that may be of interest to some of our members re. the Pend d'Oreille Valley.

These meetings may be a foreshadowing of what is coming to our area!

View the bulletin by clicking HERE

Make your feelings known by giving your feedback on the regulations website before the meeting is held!


November's Rod and Gun meeting will be held on Wednesday November 25th @ 7:30pm

As always, downstairs in the Senior's Hall

See you there!


White-tailed Deer: A Review of the 2010 Provincially Coordinated Hunting Regulation

Click HERE to read


 

Taken from the Province News

http://www.theprovince.com/news/

Is B.C.'s trophy hunt for grizzly bears bad business?


The first sign that change was coming to Julius Strauss’s bear-viewing business came sometime in mid-May, following an encounter near Cascade Creek in B.C.’s Selkirk Mountain range.
Strauss, the owner of the Grizzly Bear Ranch, located near the West Kootnenay city of Kaslo, was scouting for a location where his guests might catch a glimpse of what they had paid thousands of dollars and travelled hundreds of miles to see up close: one of B.C.’s famous grizzly bears in the wild. The area looked promising: there were bear tracks, piles of scat and strong sight lines. It was, in a word, ideal, Strauss would say later.
But as he made his way back up the trailhead, Strauss ran smack into what many in the province’s lucrative bear-viewing industry say is the biggest threat to their long-term viability. As he approached his SUV, it wasn’t a grizzly bear that greeted Strauss but a small 4x4 truck carrying a group of resident hunters. They, too, were looking for signs of Ursus arctos horribilis along Cascade Creek. The similarities ended there.
“The grizzly hunters, in camouflage and carrying weapons, stared at me,” Strauss wrote in an email to The Province. “With them was a neighbour from up the road: ‘They’re after the grizzlies,’ he said. So I left the area, returned to the ranch and made my excuses to the guests.”
On that occasion, Strauss was able to shield his guests, the majority of whom are international tourists, from the reality that the bears they had paid to see were also the targets of a controversial trophy hunt. Weeks later, however, he wasn’t so lucky when his guests learned of the hunter driving around with a freshly skinned grizzly pelt tied to the roof of her SUV. They were outraged.
In a business where reputation is everything, Strauss quickly determined that his spring season just wasn’t compatible with the annual hunt. As a result, he decided to cancel next year’s spring bear-viewing season.
“We can’t, with a clear conscience, take guests into a valley where bears are being hunted,” he said. “Because the way they see it, they come to British Columbia, they are putting a lot of money into coming here, they are spending a lot of money locally, and they are doing that with an aim of seeing bears.
“They feel very strongly about these animals. And when they feel that effort is not reciprocated in any way, either by provincial laws or whatever — they get angry and upset.”
A TURN-OFF FOR TOURISTS
It’s a business decision that challenges an important aspect of the polarizing debate raging around B.C.’s grizzly bear hunt.
For years, it’s been the provincial government’s position that the B.C. hunt — one of only two in Canada, the other being in the Yukon — can coexist with the province’s burgeoning bear-viewing industry. Strauss believes he’s proof they can’t.
By his estimates, the cancellation will cost him between $60,000 and $100,000 in unrealized revenue. The local economy, meanwhile, will lose out on between $48,000 and $80,000 in spinoffs as well as a few part-time jobs at his ranch, he says.
But there are also the less tangible losses.
“If we are trying to view bears that are being hunted in the same place at the same time, it patently doesn’t work,” he said. “And that’s at a very concrete level. On a sort of wider, slightly more philosophical level, there are lots of people who are very uncomfortable to come to a place where the bear hunt is legal, and they are less likely to spend their money in British Columbia viewing bears because the grizzly hunt is legal.”
It’s a concern shared by some of the other bear-viewing business owners scattered throughout B.C., about a dozen of whom have organized themselves under the Commercial Bear Viewing Association of B.C. (CBVA) as a lobby for industry standards, protected viewing zones and an outright ban on hunting grizzly bears.
While the thrust of CBVA’s argument is rooted in the ethics of killing an animal for sport, it’s the association’s economic argument that might prove to be its trump card. A comprehensive study published last year by the Center for Responsible Travel in conjunction with Stanford University comparing bear viewing versus bear hunting in B.C.’s Great Bear Rain Forest concluded that bear viewing in that region alone attracts more visitors, creates more jobs and generates millions of dollars more in annual revenue than does the hunt.


OPINION: PHOTOS ARE MY ONLY 'TROPHIES'


The report found that in 2012, bear-viewing groups in that region generated “more than 12 times more in visitor spending than bear hunting,” with viewing expenditures for that year totalling $15.1 million compared to the $1.2 million generated by guided non-resident and resident hunters. Bear viewing also directly contributed $7.3 million to government coffers, compared to the $660,5000 from hunters. The report further concluded that bear-viewing companies create an estimated 510 jobs a year, of which 133 are full-time, while guided outfitters generate “only 11 jobs.”
Dean Wyatt, the owner of the Knight Inlet Lodge, didn’t need an economic report to tell him grizzly bears are worth far more alive than dead. Wyatt, who also sits on the CBVA’s board of directors, pioneered the bear-viewing business in B.C. The provincial government, he says, is well aware of the economic benefits of bear viewing versus bear hunting, yet remains committed to its position on the hunt.
Last month, Premier Christy Clark reasserted this position following public outcry over a graphic video showing a grizzly bear being repeatedly shot at by a group of hunters.
“Coexistence would be a marvellous thought if the government would give us protected territories,” says Wyatt, whose lodge hosts an estimated 2,000 guests per year from more than a dozen countries. “But the problem is, the government doesn’t give us protected territories. They don’t give us protected watersheds. What they say is, you guys figure out a way.”
So far, Wyatt says, he’s managed to coexist by paying the local guide outfitter, who owns the guide certificate in the area, $20,000 a year not to hunt where Wyatt views. Going forward, Wyatt believes that many of the small and mid-sized bear-viewing businesses, like the Grizzly Bear Ranch, will struggle to stay viable.
“In the future, it could create bigger problems,” he said. “Without a doubt.”
There are others, however, who feel everything is fine the way it is. This includes the provincial government, those in the guide outfitting community and some hunters. Collectively, they note that the overlap between viewing and hunting seasons is minimal in the areas where it does occur, that annual harvest rates are based on sound science and represent only a fraction of the bear population, and that the hunt is limited to very specific parts of the province.
“They are (coexisting),” said Scott Ellis, the executive director of the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. (GOABC), a powerful pro-hunt lobby. “It is my understanding that the bear-viewing industry has done quite well. The grizzly bear hunt is quite a lightning rod for many people. And if we make decisions based on science and based on fact, on how we manage wildlife, including grizzly bears, then the grizzly bear hunt will continue.”
It’s a position shared by provincial cabinet minister Bill Bennett, an avid hunter and outspoken proponent of the grizzly hunt. While he respects the position of the anti-hunt lobby, Bennett, who’s minister of energy and mines, said the annual grizzly harvest is an important part of the government’s conservation strategy. And, he said, contrary to the perception held by those “in the Lower Mainland” that the grizzly bear is going extinct, the population is robust and healthy.
In fact, the grizzly bear is classified by the federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada as a species of special concern.
“They are a dangerous animal and one of the reasons why government allows hunting to take place of grizzly bears ... (is) so you can control populations in parts of the province where populations need to be controlled so they are not roaming the streets of Elkford and Sparwood and Fernie and Kimberly and going into people’s bedrooms,” said Bennett.
“Hunting them actually makes them more afraid of humans than they would otherwise be and, actually, I think that probably saves a lot more grizzly lives overall because, you know, they become more afraid of humans.”
THE ETHICAL QUESTION
Beyond the economic benefits of keeping the bears alive, there are other reasons why some, like Wyatt and Strauss, believe the hunt should be banned.
Many question the science behind the government’s population projections — the government estimates there are about 15,000 grizzly bears in B.C. — as well as the very philosophy behind the hunt, which runs contrary to the hunter’s ethos that dictates you only kill what you intend to eat. The grizzly bear is one of the few animals in B.C. exempt from meat harvesting regulations, meaning their skinned and headless carcasses are left to rot where they fall.
A 2013 peer-reviewed scientific study spearheaded by Kyle Artelle, a biologist with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, raised several important questions relating to the government’s policy on grizzly bear conservation.
Most startling, the report found that between 2001 and 2011, human-caused grizzly deaths in half of all hunted populations exceeded mortality rates deemed sustainable by the government’s own biologists. Of the human-caused grizzly bear deaths, four out of every five were the result of trophy hunting, the report found.
“Also, we don’t know how many bears are poached,” said Artelle. “That’s a very hard number to figure out. Another thing is we don’t know, across the province, the growth rate of populations. In other words, how many bears you can actually take from a given population without it suddenly declining.
“That was something else we were looking at: how all these uncertainties combine and how likely current (harvest) targets are way too high or could be causing declines based on the government’s assumptions of how much mortality a given population can take.”
FIRST NATIONS BAN HUNT
Many critics, including a coalition of First Nations who announced last year a ban on bear hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, argue that killing such an ancient and intelligent animal for fun serves no purpose and is morally reprehensible.
It’s a view that appears to be shared by a majority of British Columbians surveyed in several recent polls related to trophy hunting. The most recent, published earlier this month by Insights West, found that 91 per cent of British Columbians, living in both rural and urban areas, are against trophy hunting.
There are other reasons why critics of the hunt argue that it cannot coexist with bear viewing. Jefferson Bray, the owner and manager of the Great Bear Chalet, says the hunt is bad for tourism as it sells a false message to visitors seeking a pristine wilderness experience. But he also suggests that the hunt has become increasingly unfair because bears are growing more acclimatized to humans as a result of increased viewing.
“What is happening is we are building this tenuous trust that we are not a threat,” he said. “We are sharing this world with them, yet we are setting them up to be raped. I’ve had clients, on learning that we still allow trophy hunting, say, ‘Look, I’m sorry I can’t invest money in this. I’m going to go somewhere else.’
“It doesn’t take anything to blow a grizzly bear into the next world. It isn’t a sport. It’s all sold to us as a perverted definition of masculinity. But it’s crap.”
As for bears becoming more acclimatized to humans, Ellis, the executive director of the GOABC, suggests that’s something for which the bear-viewing industry needs to take responsibility.
“I think everyone would be concerned if the bear-viewing industry is habituating bears,” he said. “It would be a large concern, not just for the guide fitting industry, but I think for the general public. These are wild animals that eat meat and need to be respected. So habituating an animal like a grizzly bear or, as a matter of fact, almost any kind of wildlife, will be a problem and is strongly advised against by all experts.”
Strauss said he would like the government to rescind the recent changes granted to the spring hunt in his region, which extended it by 10 days. It now runs April 1 to June 15. Turning back the clock would allow him, he said, to reinstate the spring viewing season in 2017. (The fall grizzly hunt started on Oct. 1 and runs until Nov. 15.
“I’m not one of these touchy-feely tree-hugging types who believes we can’t harm a blade of grass or we must all eat granola and tofu,” said Strauss. “But there is a sense that when you spend time around grizzly bears in the wild, that they are highly intelligent animals.
“There are totally valid reasons for killing a bear. But to kill it for sport, or for fun, is somehow something that, if you spend a lot of time around these animals, it sort of physically hurts you because it is a pointless exercise.”
VIEWING VS. HUNTING
The economic impact of bear viewing and hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia:
• Bear viewing expenditures in the Great Bear Rainforest: $15.1 million
• Expenditures by resident hunters and guided non-resident hunters in the Great Bear Rainforest: $1.2 million
• Number of people employed by bear-viewing companies in Great Bear Rainforest: 510, or 133 full-time jobs
• Number of people employed by guide outfitter companies in the Great Bear Rainforest: 11, or 4.8 full-time positions
— Published in 2014 by the Center for Responsible Travel. All figures based on 2012 data
GRIZZLY HUNTING STATS
For B.C. residents, the annual grizzly hunt is handled through a lottery system called the limited entry hunt. It is open to any B.C. resident who has a resident hunter number.
Non-resident hunts are handled separately through a guide quota system. Harvest quotas for guides are based on a portion of the total allowable annual harvest. Non-resident hunters who wish to hunt in B.C. must do so by employing a guide.
Due to low success rates, more tags are issued via the limited entry hunt than bears harvested. In 2014, there were 9,733 applicants for the LEH draw; 3,067 of those applicants received grizzly tags.
That same year, 267 grizzly bears were harvested: 165 by residents and 102 by non-residents through guided hunts.
Further breakdowns:
• Spring and fall LEH totals:
2014: 9,733 applicants
2015: 9,614 applicants
• Tags issued:
2014: 3,067
2015: 3,469
• Harvest numbers:
2014: 267 (165 by residents/102 non-residents)
2015: Numbers not final
— Source: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
DONATIONS TO B.C. LIBERALS
The Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., which represents 245 outfitters, has been a generous donor to the B.C. Liberal Party over the years.
According to financial records, the group has donated $36,975 to the B.C. Liberal Party since 2010. The GOABC has also donated to the provincial NDP to a lesser degree: about $6,000 since 2011.
In 2012, the guide association presented Premier Christy Clark with a “President’s Award” at its annual convention, held in Kelowna.
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Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you have been having good luck so far this hunting season!

October's Rod and Gun meeting will be held on Wednesday October 28th at 7:30pm

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

 


Dear Club President,

I am writing to ask for your help in informing club members about the political parties’ positions on firearm laws.

The BCWF Firearms Committee has gathered publicly available information to uncover past statements by the leaders and each party’s legislative history:

Ø  Stephen Harper’s Conservatives
Ø  Justin Trudeau’s Liberals
Ø  Thomas Mulcair’s NDP.

Please post these fact sheets in a prominent place at your club, on your club website, or in a club newsletter.

The Firearms Committee believes it is important to do our own research to uncover party track records because politicians may attempt to sweep embarrassing facts under the rug during an election campaign.

While we would not presume to tell anyone how to vote, BCWF members deserve to know what the leaders have said about bringing back the useless long-gun registry and who is considering banning semi-automatic rifles or handguns.

Thank you for your part in helping club members have the facts they need to make a wise decision.

Yours in conservation,

Gary Mauser

Chair, Firearms Committee
BC Wildlife Federation


 

 

 


BCWF Member Update - September 16th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Annual National Hunting, Trapping & Fishing Heritage Day
Saturday September 19, 2015 is a new national day to celebrate hunting, fishing and trapping. The Canadian government created this annual Heritage Day on the 3rd Saturday in September to recognize that hunting, trapping and fishing are an integral part of Canada’s national heritage.
To celebrate this day, why not invite friends and family outdoors to join you in your favourite activity? Showcase the pride you take in your outdoor skills and enjoyment of nature by sharing photos and stories of this special day with your social network. Help us spread the message that hunters, anglers and sport shooters are proud to be responsible conservationists. Post photos of your day on the BCWF Facebook page at:
www.facebook.com/BCWildlifeFederation
Most Canadians do not realize what the hunting and angling community contribute to the economy.  In B.C., resident hunters spend more than $230 million a year in local communities on hunting related activities. Nationwide, the economic contribution is an impressive $14 billion each year.
The new National Day recognizes that hunting and fishing enthusiasts are committed to conserving Canada’s natural resources. In B.C., resident hunters contribute $9 million a year towards conservation work through license fees. Hunters and anglers also donate to local, provincial and national conservation organizations.
The biggest contribution resident hunters and anglers make is volunteering for the many conservation activities in their communities. BCWF members dedicate more than 300,000 hours annually to fish, wildlife and habitat conservation projects across the province. Together, we are a powerful force for making sure wildlife, fish and their habitats are restored, established, healthy and self-sustaining.

 

 

 

 

 

BCWF Wildlife Calendar Photo Contest
Help us celebrate BCWF’s 60th Anniversary by sending us your best wildlife photographs by October 19th. Winners will have their photo featured in our 2016 60th Anniversary Commemorative Wildlife Calendar and will also win a coveted BCWF prize pack.

For comptetion details, please visit BCWF Photo Contest

 

 

 

 

 

LAST CHANCE to Register for the New Hunter Boot Camp!
There are still Spots Available! No P.A.L., CORE or Experience Necessary! 

BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland is offering a "New Hunter Bootcamp" that can 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.
The New Hunter Bootcamp takes place September 18th to 20th, 2015, at Ridgedale Rod and Gun Club.
Fees include introduction, equipment, accommodations, and meals are all included - just bring yourself!
CLICK HERE to register today!

 

 

 

 

 

Blockade Updates
The BC Wildlife Federation has been informed that anti-hunting groups are raising money to finance a trip to Northern B.C. with the objective of blocking resident hunters’ access to moose hunting areas.
The BCWF took proactive steps to address the possibility of illegal blockades and to find solutions by discussing the problem with the Tahltan First Nations, government, and by seeking legal expertise.  It became apparent that government had no plans deal with illegal blockades, leaving the BCWF to deal with the issue on its own.
The BCWF believes maintaining public access to shared resources is a principal upon which this organization was founded. The BCWF is prepared to support our membership and resident hunters and ensure that access to wildlife is maintained.
The first step for anyone encountering a blockade is to follow our protocols for documenting any illegal action taken by protestors. Blockade Protocol: What to Do. Without being confrontational, hunters are encouraged to take photos and notes of any blockades to submit to the RCMP, Conservation Officers and the BCWF.
Should a blockade materialize, BCWF is prepared to file a legal injunction if other solutions are not successful.  A legal injunction comes at a significant financial cost, but the BCWF will not stand down from supporting our members. The BCWF would appreciate donations to the Action Fund to help deal with this issue.
Donate to the Action Fund

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fisheries Openings and Notices
Please visit the link below for some recent DFO Fisheries notices. There are new updates posted pertaining to specific Regions. New notices have been posted on the site pertaining to Salmon fisheries. 

Fisheries Notices

 

 

 

 

 

Conservation Month


The BCWF is pleased to report that Wholesale Sports raised more than $16,000 during Conservation Month. We appreciate the support and dedication of our members and community partners – together we’re “Keepin’ it Wild”!

 

 

 

 

 

West Coast Women’s Show

Mark your calendars for a visit to the West Coast Women’s Show October, 16, 17 & 18th at the Tradex Centre in Abbotsford. Visit the BCWF booth and encourage the women in your life to join you. Talk with BCWF Becoming an Outdoors Women (BOW) coordinators and check out the 400 display booths.
For all the information on the show visit: West Coast Women's Show

 

 

 

 

 

Salmon River Success
BCWF member clubs have reason to be proud of their work on Vancouver Island. Thanks to the efforts of local conservations, 165 acres in the Salmon River estuary near Campbell River on Vancouver Island has been acquired. This new property complements the adjacent 257 acres already secured by The Nature Trust of BC and its partners since 1978.
 
"Like many Nature Trust projects, conservation of the Salmon River estuary has been years in the making," said Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC. "This business takes time and patience. We are very grateful to our conservation partners and to the many people who helped make this deal possible." 
Major funding was provided by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program. Additional support was provided by the Campbell River Salmon Foundation, Barnet Rifle Club, Steelhead Society of BC, Kingfishers Rod & Gun Club, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Totem Fly Fishers, Parksville-Qualicum Fish & Game Association, BC Federation of Fly Fishers, and individual donors from across BC.

 

 

 

 

 

Yellow Lake Dock

BCWF members can enjoy shore fishing on the brand new Yellow Lake dock near Keremeos thanks to the efforts of the Keremeos-Cawston Sportsmen Association, in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations. The two 20 foot dock sections are linked by a 16-foot ramp and a 16-foot walkway.
Additional funding was provided by the Okanagan Similkameen Regional District and the Tim Clarke Memorial Fund. Congratulations to all the partners  for creating this fantastic new amenity.

 

 

 

 

 

OPEN HOUSE NOTICE
BCWF members concerned about protection of the Fraser River and its Estuary are invited to an open house regarding plans for a jet fuel tank farm in Richmond, BC. On September 17th from 4-7 pm you can view the plans and talk to Port Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation representatives at the East Richmond Community Centre, 12360 Cambie Road just east of No 5 Road
The jet fuel terminal and tank farm to be built in south Richmond is located just upstream of the Riverport, Six Rinks, WaterMania and  SilverCity Recreational Complexes. The area is also home to many highly productive and sensitive estuarine marsh and mudflat areas.
Please attend and let the proponents know you are concerned that the transport of such highly toxic and flammable products and its storage on the banks of the Fraser River is a high risk to wildlife and fisheries and people living nearby. 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Election Candidate Questions
With the Federal Election scheduled for October 19, 2015, we have a huge opportunity to find out more about the people who want to represent us in Ottawa and help inform each other about the candidates' positions on important issues related to fish, wildlife and habitat.
BCWF has compiled a list of questions that we think candidates in all ridings across BC should answer.  The questions touch on issues related to hunting, fishing, trapping, firearms and habitat sustainability, among other things.   But we need your help - because these questions will be most effective if they come from people in the candidates' own ridings.
You can ask these questions of the candidates by email, phone, visiting their constituency office and/or going to an all candidates’ debate. 
Here are links to find candidates:


Federal Candidate Questions

  • How would you maintain and increase Canadians’ priority access to fish, wildlife and wild spaces?
  • Do you support re-establishing the long gun registry or increasing the regulation of firearms or shooting sports?
  • How would you ensure financial compensation for fish and wildlife habitat to offset impacts from non-renewable resource extraction (i.e. pipelines)?
  • How would you increase science based management of natural resources and the ability of scientists to independently communicate their results?
  • How would you increase the capacity of Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to manage fish, wildlife and their habitats in terms of legislation, organization and budget?
  • Do you support using all federation hunting and fishing licence fees and a national levy on hunting, fishing and outdoor equipment to be directed for firearms education, and fish, wildlife and habitat conservation?
  • British Columbia's recreational fishery is worth as much to the provincial economy as commercial fishing, aquaculture and fish processing combined, according to a 2013 report from BC Stats. The report estimates overall B.C. fisheries and aquaculture sector revenue at $2.2 billion for 2011, including $936 million contribution from recreational angling. In order to support recreational fisheries in BC would you increase the allocation of halibut to recreational fisheries fromt he current 15% to 20% of total allowable annual harvest, based on the economic and social benefits the tidal water fisheries provides to coastal communities?


BCWF is also forwarding these questions to the Leaders of the Federal Parties listed above. As the responses are returned from each political party, they will be posted on our website for you to view. In the meantime, please follow us on Twitter @BCWildlife and find us on Facebook and sign up for a profile to receive our member e-updates to stay up to date.
Thank-you for your support and assistance!  Together we can ask these questions of our candidates now so we can hold them accountable after the election.  Let’s ensure that Canada’s fish, wildlife, habitat and outdoor recreation are managed sustainably for present and future generations!

 

 

 

 

  

Conservative Party Platform Annoucement
The Conservative Party of Canada recently made some platform announcements impacting hunters, anglers, trappers, outdoor enthusiasts and firearms owners.  Included in the announcement was a commitment to establish a Wildlife Conservation Enhancement Program (WCEP), similar to the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program, with an annual contribution of $5-million.  They also announced changes to the migratory bird regulations that will include the introduction of a family hunting permit and use of crossbows.The party also says there will be more firearms safety instructors established throughout Canada, while reaffirming their commitment to law-abiding firearms owners that no gun registry will exist under their watch.
Here are the full details on the platform announcements: Platform Announcement
The BC Wildlife Federation is committed to informing our 46,000 members of all announcements relating to our hunting, fishing and trapping heritage and related opportunities. BCWF hopes to see additional announcements in this regard from other political parties in the run up to the October federal election, and we’ll pass them along upon receipt.

 

 

 

 

 

Excellent News from the Conservation Officer Service

CONVICTED - $25,000 in fines and orders
A male from Richmond, BC was recently convicted of several offences under the BC Wildlife Act resulting in $25,000 in fines/orders and an 8 year hunting suspension. 
In October 2014, Chilliwack CO's stopped a vehicle on highway 1 near Hope B.C. Upon inspection, CO's found 25 quarters of deer and a moose in the vehicle. 
The suspect was charged for several Wildlife Act offences including exceeding the bag limit of wildlife. 
The male was fined $6000.00 and ordered to pay $19,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. The deer and moose were forfeited to the Crown.
Poaching and other environmental offences can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP)

 

 

 

 

 

What is RAPP? 

With hunting season upon us, just a reminder that the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) program is a toll free tip-line and web-based service that allows you to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws – anonymously and without risk of confronting the offender. 
Available 24/7, RAPP is simple, safe and effective. It is based on the principle that someone other than the criminal has information that can solve the crime. Just like the police use Crimestoppers, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service needs your help in catching poachers and polluters. 
If you have just witnessed a serious violation, call 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) or #7277 on the TELUS Mobility Network.
Option #1 will take you to an operator who records the information and passes it on  to the first available Conservation Officer in the area of concern. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
News Release
Kootenay Angling Plan Secures Quality Fishing for All
CRANBROOK - Regulatory changes to Kootenay angling management announced, will help ensure a quality fishing experience, reduce crowding on popular rivers and support trout conservation.
For the full news release, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) Program Review 
Insights West is conducting an independent, third-party review of perceptions and improvement opportunities related to the Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP). The FWCP wants your feedback. Please take the survey before October 2, 2015. This review will be completed by the end of 2015. 
Learn more about the FWCP's work at www.fwcp.ca
Click on the link for the PDF FWCP Review Backgrounder. 

FWCP Review Backgrounder

 

 

 

 

 

BCWF Job Postings

BCWF has two exciting openings for a Marketing Coodinator and a Communications Coordinator. These are key leadership roles with a dynamic team at BCWF! If you have the interest, knowledge and passion for the outdoors and/or know of anyone who does, please pass it along and visit the BCWF Employment Opportunities page on the website.

BCWF Employment Opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) Job Postings

Canadian Wildlife Federation:

The CWF has a few job opportunities posted on their website. If you are interested or know someone that would be, please click on the link below.

Job Posting at CWF

 

 

 

 

 

BCWF Online Auctions - September 16th to September 23rd, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Guy Hobbs and Andrew Kiss. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!


Print # 1 -  Long Way Home by Andrew Kiss (23 x 14)
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 - High Country Expedition by Ken Brauner (18 x 24)
Ken Brauner, a life-long resident of Oregon, was a full-time artist whose paintings are found throughout North America in corporate offices, colleges, and many private collections. His intimate knowledge of the forestry industry is the result of years of experience as a sawmill worker and sales manager of a prominent wood products firm.

 

 

 

 

 

The Garbage Bag Challenge with Fouru


Tim Roth and Fouru Outerwear are huge sponsors of Resident Priority in BC. Tims company is based in Kelowna, and all his manufacturing is done in Canada. Fouru Outerwear is attempting to give back to those that do their part for the outdoors. The Garbage bag challenge- watch this video and get in on the action today!
WATCH ----->> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6r8v0BhOEo

 

 

 

 

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Resident Priority Program Auctions
For those of you that are on Facebook - make sure to join BC Hunting and Fishing group and keep up to date on our Resident Priority Program fundraising auctions!


   
Rifle Caddy has stepped up to support our cause with one of the caddies! Let those guns travel in style this year.
This ones in black.
www.riflecaddy.com


  
Terry Lim and Aim True Metalworks again!
Accessorize your keychain with a bullet!
https://www.facebook.com/Aimtruemetalworks



Tim Roth and Fouru Outerwear will keep you warm with the window down on those road hunts with a wicked hoodie!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/FOURU-OUTERWEAR/322103851155406



John Griffith, and Hunt Buddy have chipped in a giftcard to supply you with a FULL MAPPING PACKAGE and App for your smart phone!
www.huntbuddybc.com
Always know where you are and whats open with Hunt Buddy!
 Thanks to all who bid, donate, and sponsor these - we cannot do it without you!

 

 

 

 

 

Wildlife Habitat Canada Call for Proposals 2016/2017 Grant Program
The deadline to submit applications is Monday, November 2, 2015 for projects that will take place in fiscal year 2016/2017. This program supports hunter education programs for waterfowl.
You can obtain the grant application form here.

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Opportunity!
The Waneta Expansion Project Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP) is providing a funding opportunity for research, restoration and enhancement work in the area of Waneta Expansion Project near Trail, BC. 
The WTCP provides up to $50,000 per year for research or restoration projects. Preference is given to projects that focus on species at risk, or mitigating impacts related to the construction of the Waneta Expansion Project.
Applications are now being accepted from non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and individuals.
Deadline for application is January 31st of each year until 2018 when the WTCP will conclude. Please visit http://columbiapower.org/about/environmental-stewardship/waneta-expansion-project/ for more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding From Columbia Basin Trust!  
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 There is over $2 million in grants available with Columbia Basin Trust.
If you are planning a project that will help social well being, the environment or you, apply now!
Types of Grants and Deadlines:
Social Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2015
Funds community or regional projects that positively impact social well being and address priority social issues in communities
Environmental Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2015
Funds projects that advance environmental well being in the areas of ecosystems, climate, water or environmental education.
Youth Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2015
Funds projects that directly benefil Basin youth aged 12 to 29 and develop youth leadership, support youth engagement, or enhance employment entrepreneurial opportunities for youth.
For more information, call 1-800-505-8998 or email grants@cbt.org

 

 

 

 


Hope everyone's Hunting Season is going well! Our September meeting will be held this Wednesday September 16th!

As always, downstairs in the Senior's Hall at 7:30pm!

See you there!


 


BCWF Member Update - September 2nd, 2015

 

 

NEW HUNTER BOOT CAMP!
There are still Spots Available! No P.A.L., CORE or Experience Necessary!


BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland is offering a "New Hunter Bootcamp" that can 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.
The New Hunter Bootcamp takes place September 18th to 20th, 2015, at Ridgedale Rod and Gun Club.
Fees include introduction, equipment, accommodations, and meals are all included - just bring yourself!
CLICK HERE to register today!

 

AREA 29 - Fraser Salmon Limits
Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, August 29th, 2015 until December 31, 2015, you may retain two chinook per day in Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10.
The minimum size limit is 62 cm.
Effective 00:01 hours Saturday, August 29, 2015 until December 31, 2015, you may retain up to four (4) chinook salmon per day only one (1) of which may be greater than 62 cm in the tidal waters of the Fraser River.
Please note that change in the size limit in the tidal waters of the Fraser River to only one over 62 cm rather than over 50 cm.
This change normally takes place on September 1st annually, however for simplicity in the regulations this change will take place three days earlier this year effective with this opening.
For more information, click here.

 

NOTICE: Moose App
Over the past several weeks there has been a rash of communications to BCWF Clubs, soliciting support/usage of a particular Moose App. To the best of our understanding there is no agreement between the company promoting the Moose App and the government to use the data the Moose App would provide.
Furthermore, it is the BCWF's understanding that a government supported Moose App is being developed. We would encourage all members of the BCWF to refrain from committing to usage of any particular Moose App until such time as an App is produced that is supported by the BCWF, Government and other like-minded stakeholders. This will ensure our efforts in reporting moose sighting to government biologists are cost effective and efficient. We will provide further updates on the Moose App project as they come available.

 

Send Us Your Feedback!

As a member-based organization, the BCWF exists to serve its members.  As such, we are reaching out to you – our valued members - in the form of a new method of contact.
We invite you to email us at feedback@bcwf.bc.ca and let us know your suggestions, concerns or ideas related to BCWF activities and the overall sustainability of BC’s fish, wildlife and habitat resources.
Thanks – we look forward to hearing from you!

 

New BCWF T-Shirt Designs - Get Yours Today!


Check out our newly designed BCWF Wildlife Logo'd T-Shirts, available for sale now in the BCWF Online Store - click here to get yours!

 

BCWF Online Auctions - September 2nd to September 9th, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Guy Hobbs and Andrew Kiss. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!
 
Print # 1 -  Above Tree Line by Arnie R. Fisk (15.5 x 21)



Print # 2 - The Confidence Man by Arnie R. Fisk (24 x 17)

Both prints this week are by Arnie R. Fisk. 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 galleries and private exhibitions.

 

Fouru Outerwear Gives Back to BCWF`s Resident Priority Program!
Fouru Outerwear and Tim Roth have generously put a promotion together for BCWF`s Resident Priority Program!
For every pre-ordered FPT Kit between now and September 7th, you will get a free bino case AND $50 gets donated to the BCWF Resident Priority Program!
Pre-Order the FPT Kit Here!

 

 Resident Priority Program Auctions

For those of you that are on Facebook - make sure to join BC Hunting and Fishing group and keep up to date on our Resident Priority Program fundraising auctions!
We have another great item up for bid right now from Kelowna's Tim Roth and Fouru Outerwear, which is 100% Made in Canada!

Also, to the winner of this auction there will be a special item from Terry Lim and AimTrue Metalworks.

We run auctions weekly and 100% of the proceeds go to support the BCWF Resident Priority Program.
Thanks to all who bid, donate, and sponsor these - we cannot do it without you.

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors for RPP!
The BCWF would like to thank our new sponsors for donating items to the Resident Priority Program auction! 

All auctions take place here!


Hunt Buddy
Hunt Buddy was created in BC by hunters, and for hunters. Hunt Buddy BC is an iOS and Android smartphone App that helps interpret the Hunting Regulations Synopsis for BC, Canada. It is a better way to read and understand the Regulations. 

Download the App today!


Rifle Caddy
Rifle Caddy is designed to simply strap on to the center console of any vehicle as a gun holder. Install it for the hunting season and simply remove it when the season ends. The center console of your vehicle is untouched with no damage. The console remains fully functional when the caddy is attached. The caddies are tested and fits the following vehicle models:

  • Ford
  • Chevrolet
  • Dodge
  • Toyota
  • Nissan
  • Jeep
  • Suzuki

For more information, please visit their website.


NYBB Clothing & Accessories
NYBB Clothing & Accessories is proud to introduce the Girls with Guns line, GWG is exclusive to NYBB and not available else where in Canada. Girls With Guns is a perfect combination of our passion for the sport of shooting, hunting and fashion. GWG clothing and accessories let women show their love for hunting and shooting in an edgy way. GWG was designed by women for women. It is your everyday, outdoor lifestyle apparel. 
Click here to take a look at what they have!

 

Wildlife Habitat Canada Call for Proposals 2016/2017 Grant Program
The deadline to submit applications is Monday, November 2, 2015 for projects that will take place in fiscal year 2016/2017. This program supports hunter education programs for waterfowl.
You can obtain the grant application form here.

 

Psoroptic Mange and Bighorn Sheep Project in South Okanagan
For distribution from the Fish and Wildlife Branch
In regards to the Psoroptic mange and our bighorn sheep project in the South Okanagan, this mange is cause by an exotic mite that had not been previously identified in wild sheep populations in BC.
30 sheep have been collared (3 in Shorts Creek, 37 in the South Western Okanagan) with Vetronic GPS collars. These collars are providing us with movement data, habitat selection and mortality events. These collars are allowind us to monitor dispersal, sunmmer and winter ranges, her connectivity, mortality and fecundity rates.
Observing rams will help determine the connectivity of herds and therefore risk of disease transmission between sub-populations. With the collar data collected from ewes, we are monitoring the fecundity of the females by performing Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter lamb counts. These juvenile survivorship counts coupled with mortality rate/cayse data collected will provide us with insight into herd dynamics and help us to identify management options to help maintain strong viable poplutions in the future.
In the coming year we are deploying collars on the East side of the Okanagan Valley, these collars will be used to provide a second data set from non-diseased populations.
Currently, Psoroptic mange has been identified in sheeps on the Westside of the Okanagan Valley and is continuous within the sheep population from the Joe Lake/Palmer Lake in Washington State north through the Ashnola and Snowy protected areas, Similkameen drainage and north to the Penticton Indian band populations. We have partnered with Pam Hengeveld, Synergy Applied Ecology. 
For more information, click here or check out the SOKS Facebook Page.

 

In the News!

Grizzly Bear Attacks Hunter Near Cranbrook, BC

Charges Announced for Elk Poaching in Port Alberni
New Signs Aimed at Increasing Awareness about Okanagan Lake Fish
Outdoorsmen Launch Wilderness Cleanup Campaign
Chilliwack River Valley Ride-along with BC Conservation Officer

 

New Fish Signage Unveiling at Kelowna Yacht Club
 
New Fish Signage Unveiling at the Kelowna Yacht Club
August 26, 2015 at 11:30am
Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), in partnership with local user groups, such as the Okanagan Fisheries Foundation (OFF), BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF), Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative (OSCI), and many others, are proud to support public awareness of Okanagan Lake fishes (rainbow trout, kokannee, etc.), by investing in fish signage at key locations on one of BC's and the Okanagan's largest lakes.
Signage is now up at 5 major boat launches in Kelowna's Sutherland park, Water Street, Queensway, Cook Road, Eldorado and Cedar Creek.
Many residents and visitors in the Okanagan are unaware of the valuable indigenous fish species that inhabit the regions waterways and the importance that these fish present for ecological health and regional food security.
These signs are intended to engage the general public in deeper understandings of the current state of fish in the Okanagan.
At the same time, repeating ONA's successes of Sockeye salmon recovery in Osoyoos and Skaha Lake, we also see the Okanagan Lake as the next essential piece for salmon recovery and resilience in the Okanagan.
We look forward to the day when these signs on Okanagan Lake are updated to read, Sockeye, Chinook, Steelhead and Coho!

 

Proposed Aurora LNG Project Envrionmental Assessment 
Aurora LNG is studying the viability of constructing and operating a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine terminal on the coast of BC, near Prince Rupert, on Digby Island. They are currently undertaking a thorough, independent environmental assessment process led by the Government of British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO).
As part of the process, you are invited to participate in an EAO Open House regarding their proposed project. Feedback received during the EAO Open House will be considered by the project team, along with environmental, technical and socio-economic considerations.
Meeting Information:
Date: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Time: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre (Grizzly Room), 
240 West First Ave, Prince Rupert, BC
No RSVP is required, this is a drop-in format.
Aurora LNG would like to invite participants to engage with Aurora LNG by attending the EAO Open House and completing a feedback form and visiting the project information website www.auroralng.com.
The EAO Public Comment period will begin on September 1, 2015 and end on October 1, 2015. All comments received during the period in relation to Aurora LNG's draft Application Information Requirements (dAIR) will be considered.
Aurora LNG will continue to provide opportunities for engagement with First Nations, local communities and other stakeholders, both within the EAO public comment period (September 1 to October 1), as well through ongoing Aurora LNG-led consultations.
For more information about the BC EAO process, go to www.eao.gov.bc.ca. Please note that Aurora LNG's dAIR will be posted to the BC EAO website on September 1, 2015.
Contact Aurora LNG for more information:
Email: questions@auroralng.com
Toll Free: 1-800-699-6494
Website: www.auroralng.com

 

Message from Wholesale Sports!
  
 Thank you to everyone who made Conservation month a huge success - You helped to raise over $28,000 for conservation education & awareness! Keepin’ It Wild with our friends A.H.E.I.A and BC Wildlife Federation!

 

Funding Opportunity!
The Waneta Expansion Project Terrestrial Compensation Program (WTCP) is providing a funding opportunity for research, restoration and enhancement work in the area of Waneta Expansion Project near Trail, BC. 
The WTCP provides up to $50,000 per year for research or restoration projects. Preference is given to projects that focus on species at risk, or mitigating impacts related to the construction of the Waneta Expansion Project.
Applications are now being accepted from non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and individuals.
Deadline for application is January 31st of each year until 2018 when the WTCP will conclude. Please visit http://columbiapower.org/about/environmental-stewardship/waneta-expansion-project/ for more information. 

 

Funding From Columbia Basin Trust!  
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 There is over $2 million in grants available with Columbia Basin Trust.
If you are planning a project that will help social well being, the environment or you, apply now!
Types of Grants and Deadlines:
Social Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, October 5, 2015
Funds community or regional projects that positively impact social well being and address priority social issues in communities
Environmental Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2015
Funds projects that advance environmental well being in the areas of ecosystems, climate, water or environmental education.
Youth Grants
Application Deadline: Monday, November 2, 2015
Funds projects that directly benefil Basin youth aged 12 to 29 and develop youth leadership, support youth engagement, or enhance employment entrepreneurial opportunities for youth.
For more information, call 1-800-505-8998 or email grants@cbt.org

 

Public Comment Invited on South Okanagan Protected Areas | BC Government News
The Provincial Government is inviting British Columbians for feedback on an intentions of paper proposing how land might be protected in the South Okanagan.
The Province is proposing a land protection framework based on five key principles.

  • Addtional protection will be beneficial
  • Management is shared with First Nations
  • Existing users are recognized
  • Respect for private land holders
  • Tourism is actively promoted

For more information please click here.

 

 


Thinking of heading up the Fish River? Check out this Revelstoke ATV Club newsletter, it has some information about the Fish River road closure.

Click HERE to read.



BCWF Member Update - August 12th, 2015

 

Send Us Your Feedback!

As a member-based organization, the BCWF exists to serve its members.  As such, we are reaching out to you – our valued members - in the form of a new method of contact.
We invite you to email us at feedback@bcwf.bc.ca and let us know your suggestions, concerns or ideas related to BCWF activities and the overall sustainability of BC’s fish, wildlife and habitat resources.
Thanks – we look forward to hearing from you!

 

Public Health Warning from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans


Fishery Notice: Harvest Shellfish Safely - Reminder to Shellfish Harvesters - Risk of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus (Vp) gastrointestinal sickness
DFO issued a news release warning shellfish harvesters in BC about the danger posed by the Vibrio bacteria earlier in the summer:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada reminds shellfish harvesters in British Columbia to check whether fishing areas are open and shellfish are safe to consume before harvesting them and to take extra precautions during warm weather. 
This notice is one of several that consumers must review prior to harvesting bivalve shellfish. DFO posted information on June 19 regarding general biotoxin safety, and updates the coastwide list of openings and  closures throughout the week based on recommendations from Environment Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Detailed information and maps on shellfish closures are updated frequently and are available from the following sources:  
A toll free, 24-hour recorded information line: 1-866-431-3474. 
Visit Fisheries and Oceans Canada's shellfish contamination webpage
Remember to check both the sanitary and biotoxin updates at the link above, as both types of contamination can be present in an area."
To read the full text of the notice, click here.

 

Changes to the BCWF Board of Directors

Former BCWF Director Jesse Zeman stepped down from his position on the Board of Directors effective as of the July board meeting to become BCWF's new Resident Priority Manager. While Jesse will be stepping away from the Board, he will continue to advocate on behalf of fish, wildlife, and habitat in his new role.
Victor Skaarup of Victoria has been appointed to the Board of Directors to take Jesse's place. Victor brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with conservation issues in BC and we look forward to his contributions as a BCWF Director.

 

New BCWF T-Shirt Designs - Get Yours Today!


Check out our newly designed BCWF Wildlife Logo'd T-Shirts, available for sale now in the BCWF Online Store - click here to get yours!

 

Resident Priority Program Auctions

For those of you that are on Facebook - make sure to join BC Hunting and Fishing group and keep up to date on our Resident Priority Program fundraising auctions!
We have another great item up for bid right now from Kelowna's Tim Roth and Fouru Outerwear, which is 100% Made in Canada!

Also, to the winner of this auction there will be a special item from Terry Lim and AimTrue Metalworks.

We run auctions weekly and 100% of the proceeds go to support the BCWF Resident Priority Program.
Thanks to all who bid, donate, and sponsor these - we cannot do it without you.

 

A Message from the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club

If you would like to continue to be able to access Crown land and public lakes in BC to take part in fishing, hunting, or any other recreational activity, please consider a donation to our fundraising campaign.
A large land owner in the Merritt area has restricted public access, and the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club needs your support to continue a court challenge to reopen public access to public roads leading to public lakes and lands in the area.  Our hope is that if successful, this case will set a precedent for many similar situations in BC that have gone unchallenged, where public spaces are being blocked by large landowners at an alarming pace. 
We are receiving some support from West Coast Environmental Law and the BC Wildlife Federation, but need your support to reach our fundraising goal of $300,000.00 to continue to fight this issue on behalf of British Columbians.
If you support maintaining public access to BC's lakes and Crown land for hunting, angling, or any recreational purpose, consider making a donation to our fundraising campaign by clicking here or on the link above.
For more information on this critical issue, contact:
Rick McGowan, Chairman of the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club Access Committee, at (250) 378-5661 or by email at rickandpattimcgowan@gmail.com

 

BCWF at the Rockin' River Music Festival

BCWF recently attended the Rockin' River Music Festival in Merritt, BC, over the August long weekend.
The BCWF booth was located alongside other vendors at the event - we sold merchandise, memberships, and raffle tickets on a compound bow package generously donated by Wholesale Sports. The raffle was won by Daryl Hart of Cache Creek (pictured below) - congratulations Daryl! In addition, festival goers had the opportunity to show off their shooting skills with the Laser Shot.
The BCWF team received a ton of support from volunteers Les and Tracy Topp of Maple Ridge and Keith and Justin Simoneau of Port Coquitlam, who joined us for the entire weekend to help out at the booth.
Thanks to everyone that stopped by!

Congratulations to Daryl Hart of Cache Creek, BC, who
won a bow and target from Wholesale Sports.

 

 

 

BCWF Affinity Partner: Lodestar Outfitters

Lodestar Outfitters is a family owned and run small business operating in Langley BC directed at providing outdoor equipment for your next fishing, hunting, or camping trip and offers BCWF members a 10% discount off all rentals.
For the upcoming hunting season we can supply you with a Canadian made 14'x16' Deluxe Wall Tent with 3 windows, 2 doors with mosquito nets, internal frame, porch, floor, tarp, and stove/warming tray/water heater with the option to add a Husqvarna 365 with 20" bar and maul with fibreglass handle to your wall tent rental package. 
If you have any questions, or if you are looking for something specific, please call 778.808.2862 or visit our website at www.lodestaroutfitters.com

 

Environment Canada Launches New Migratory Game Bird Hunting 
e-Permitting System
 

Environment Canada is pleased to announce the official launch of their new Migratory Game Bird Hunting (MGBH) e-Permitting system on August 4, 2015.
The electronic permitting system will enable Canadian and international hunters to buy permits online and print them from home. Permits are also available for purchase at Canada Post outlets and through some independent vendors.
For more information, visit the Environment Canada website by clicking here.
To purchase a permit using the new e-Permitting system, click here.

 

Canadian Shooting Sports Association News Release: Government of Canada lifts ban on CZ-858 and Swiss Arms rifles

Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney has made good on his promise to de-prohibit the CZ-858 and Swiss Arms series of rifles. 
After many years of being sold in Canada as non-restricted firearms the RCMP suddenly changed the FRT category of the firearms without warning, leaving thousands of Canadians with prohibited firearms in their possession. Minister Blaney was quick to respond,announcing an amnesty on possession to prevent unsuspecting Canadians from falling into criminality. He also vowed to reverse the decision and restore these common firearms to their rightful status.
There were no provisions in the Firearms Act to override the God powers claimed by the RCMP. To right this unacceptable lack of accountability, Bill C-42 was written with provisions to permit the Cabinet the power to reverse this bad decision. For many years the Cabinet has had the power to restrict and prohibit, but not the opposite. C-42 simply completes the rightful authority of the Parliament of Canada.
The CSSA was pleased. Executive Director Tony Bernardo said,"Canadians elect the House of Commons to create the law of the land, not the RCMP. The thought of police agencies creating laws should give every thinking Canadian cold shivers."
He added, "Once again, Minister Steven Blaney has proven to be a man of his word. Prime Minister Harper should be justifiably proud of the hard work and integrity this Minister has displayed. The members of the CSSA and all responsible and trustworthy firearms owners of Canada thank the Minister for fulfilling his promise."
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. 
For more information on this issue, visit the Canadian Shooting Sports Association's website.

 

News Release: Government of Canada announces new provisions of the Common Sense Firearms Licencing Act are coming into force

July 31, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario 
Public Safety Canada
Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney, announced the coming into force of two additional provisions under the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act.
Effective September 2, 2015, these changes to the Firearms Act will come into force:

  • The elimination of the Possession Only Licence (POL) and conversion of all existing POLs to Possession and Acquisition Licences (PALs); and
  • The Authorization to Transport (ATT) becoming a condition of a licence for certain routine and lawful activities.

The elimination of the POL and conversion of all existing POLs to PALs simplifies the firearms licencing regime by eliminating one type of licence for adults. Specifically, it provides the roughly 530,000 holders of Possession Only Licences (POL) with acquisition privileges, formerly reserved for Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) holders. POL holders will be authorized to acquire the types of firearms they are currently authorized to possess. The conversion of existing POLs to PALs will happen automatically with no action required by holders of valid POLs.  
Currently, firearms owners apply to a Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) when they wish to transport restricted and prohibited firearms, and they carry the ATT as a separate document. The changes to the ATT provision mean that an ATT will be automatically attached as a condition on a licence. Therefore licence holders will no longer have to apply separately in order to transport those firearms to certain routine activities such as target shooting; taking a firearm home after a transfer; going to a gunsmith, gun show, a Canadian port of exit or a peace officer or a CFO for verification, registration or disposal.


Quick Facts
Authorizations to Transport are not required for non-restricted firearms.These two additional provisions are now added to the ones that came into force last June under the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code to do the following:

  • Make classroom participation in firearms safety courses mandatory for first-time licence applicants;
  • Clarify that the discretionary authority of Chief Firearms Officers is subject to the regulations;
  • Strengthen the Criminal Code provisions relating to orders prohibiting the possession of firearms where a person is convicted of an offence involving domestic violence; and
  • Provide the Governor in Council with the authority to prescribe firearms to be non-restricted or restricted (such prescribing would be informed by independent expert advice).

Quotes
“The coming into force of these important changes under the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act once again delivers on our government’s promise to support law-abiding firearms owners. Together, these measures aim to streamline licensing and eliminate needless red tape. My foremost priority is keeping the public safe through common sense policies. Our government will always stand-up for law abiding hunters, farmers and sport-shooters.”  
The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
For more information, click here.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - August 12th to 19th, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Guy Hobbs and Andrew Kiss. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!
 
Print # 1 -  All He Surveys by Guy Hobbs (15 x 21)
Guy Hobbs is an entirely self-taught artist who specializes exclusively in wildlife art. Living in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Guy considers himself very lucky to share his back yard with deer, bears, coyotes and mountain lions - not to mention a huge variety of birds.



Print # 2 - Thrill of the Catch by Andrew Kiss (18 x 32) 
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.

 

 



BCWF Member Update - July 30th, 2015

 

 Join Us in Merritt at the Rockin' River Music Festival 

 The BCWF crew has arrived in Merritt for the Rockin' River Music Festival!
This is your last chance to purchase tickets for the event, and the BCWF Member discount still applies:
4-Day General Admission - $179 ($30.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015General - click here to purchase
4-Day Reserved Seating Admission $199 ($50.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015Reserved - click here to purchase
4-Day Party Zone $239 ($20.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015PartyZone - click here to purchase
Kids 12 and under are FREE in the General Admission area when accompanied by a ticket holding adult!
To Purchase Tickets...
Simply click on the link for the ticket type you want to purchase and then enter the promo code at checkout to receive the discount.
If you have any issues, contact the Rockin' River hotline at 1-877-30RIVER.


BCWF Booth

BCWF will also be on hand at the event - drop by our booth near the Row-deo and Kids Corral and say hello! We will have Muddy Girl clothing and new BCWF logo gear for sale in the BCWF store.
The Laser Shot will also be on hand for a quick fix of virtual hunting and shooting, and is free of charge for kids both young and old.
For more information about the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest, click here

 

BC Wildlife Federation and Wild Sheep Society of BC Announce Partnership Agreement  
               

The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and Wild Sheep Society of BC (WSSBC) are pleased to announce establishment of a formal working partnership agreement to support conservation of wild sheep in BC.
Under the terms of the new partnership, BCWF and WSSBC will work together in a number of ways, including the development of programs and initiatives that work to support wild sheep in BC and promoting the critical importance of conserving their populations. In addition, BCWF and WSSBC will join together in meetings with government and other non-profit organizations and stakeholders concerning issues critical to sustaining wild sheep in BC.
“BCWF is proud to partner with the Wild Sheep Society of BC, an organization with a long history of advocating on behalf of wild sheep in BC. We look forward to working jointly towards our shared goal of keeping sheep on the mountain and ensuring the sustainability of wild sheep populations in our province,” said BCWF President George Wilson.
“The Wild Sheep Society of BC looks forward to working with the BC Wildlife Federation to address wild sheep conservation concerns, including development of an approach to reduce disease transmission between wild and domestic populations. This new agreement will better enable both organizations to ensure the health of the wild sheep of BC,” said Wild Sheep Society of BC President Mike Southin.
After many years of concerns being raised by Wild Sheep Society and BC Wildlife Federation members as well as government staff over the conservation of wild sheep in BC, the BC Ministry of Agriculture and BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations are working together to develop a science-based approach to disease transmission issues surrounding wild and domestic sheep. One of the most important goals of the initiative is to ensure an economically feasible plan for implementation by both stakeholders and the government.
Province of BC staff are currently working on detailed maps that will establish a spatial information resource to serve as the foundation for a model that ascribes the risk of contact between domestic and wild sheep. The new plan will include legislative options such as the new Animal Health Act as well as other response opportunities. Upon completion of the first draft of the new plan, the government is expected to engage stakeholders - including BCWF and WSSBC - in the first half of 2016. 
The BC Wildlife Federation and Wild Sheep Society of BC are pleased that the Province of BC is taking steps to address this critical conservation concern, and we look forward to continuing to work with government and other stakeholders in ensuring the health of the wild sheep of BC
The Wild Sheep Society of BC (WSSBC) is a non-profit registered Society dedicated to the protection and enhancement of wild sheep and wild sheep habitat throughout “Beautiful British Columbia”.  For more information, visit www.wildsheepsociety.com/

 

News Release: BC Wildlife Federation Announces Resident Priority Program

For Immediate Release – July 20th, 2015
SURREY, BC - In response to mounting concerns over British Columbians’ access to angling, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities, the BC Wildlife Federation Board of Directors has established a Resident Priority Program.  
“BCWF members and the general public are finding private gates on public roads, and experiencing reduced access to public resources, including fish and wildlife.  These reductions are a result of government allocating public resources to private interests at the expense of British Columbians,” said George Wilson, President of the BC Wildlife Federation.  
The aim of the program is to ensure natural resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and crown land are managed in the public interest and maintain public access, except where there are public safety and/or environmental concerns.
The heritage value of public access to BC’s natural resources and crown land is paramount to all British Columbians.  Access increases the stewardship and care of these resources.  Without access, the public’s interest and capacity for the protection and maintenance of natural resources is compromised. 
The Resident Priority Program will develop, manage, and implement a strategy to advance the priority of our future generations to British Columbia’s natural resources.  The program will strengthen and expand the outdoor user network and ensure natural resources are managed sustainably.

 

BCWF Wildlife Committee: Thanks to Wilf Pfleiderer, Welcome to Gerry Paille

BCWF would like to announce that Wilf Pfleiderer has resigned as Co-Chair of the BCWF Wildlife Committee effective immediately. 
Wilf has been a key member of the BCWF Wildlife Committee for many years, and has spent countless hours volunteering his time and vast experience to advocate on behalf of wildlife in BC. 
BCWF would like to thank Wilf for his dedication, tireless work, and invaluable contributions he made during his time leading the Wildlife Committee. His presence and knowledge of wildlife issues in BC will be missed.
As one volunteer steps down, another steps up. We would like to welcome Gerry Paille, who has been named Interim Chair of the Wildlife Committee. 
Gerry is the President of Region 7B (Peace) and is a resident of Fort St. John. He has extensive knowledge and experience with a variety of wildlife issues, and we look forward to his contributions. Thank you for volunteering your time Gerry.

 

In the News - B.C. fires: drought may drive more wildlife into cities 
 
BCWF Resident Priority Program Manager Jesse Zeman was a guest on CBC's On the Coast to talk about the current drought conditions and the associated impacts on wildlife. 
From the CBC website:
"While it was a rare treat to find a baby deer wandering through downtown Vancouver earlier this week, wildlife experts say this year's drought could increase the number of human-wildlife encounters in urban areas.
"In years like this where we don't have a lot of rainfall, we see the bears come into cities more frequently, and also earlier in the summer and later in the fall," said Jesse Zeman of the B.C. Wildlife Federation.
Zeman said the primary concern is food scarcity. Many of the high-protein foods that wildlife depend on are negatively affected by the dry and hot conditions..."
To read the full text of the article, click here.
To listen to Jesse Zeman's interview, click here.

 

Fishing closures in BC expand to South Coast 

The Province of BC has expanded fishing closures to include the South Coast in response to the current drought conditions. The announcement comes on the heels of closures in the South Okanagan and on Vancouver Island. 
The Province issued a press release outlining the additional closures. From the release:
"The Government of B.C. is suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout most of the South Coast due to warming water temperatures and low stream flows.
Effective July 22 through Sept. 30, 2015, virtually all angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 2-2 through 2-12 and 2-16 through 2-19 is suspended. The geographic area ranges from south of Toba Inlet and the Toba River (which is not included in the closure) to the U.S. border. Lakes and reservoirs are not included in the closure. The closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to low flows and high water temperatures..."
To read the full text of the release, click here to visit the Province of BC website


For More Information
To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures on the South Coast, click here.  
To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures in the South Okanagan, click here
To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures on Vancouver Island, click here.  
B.C. Drought Information: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/
B.C. Drought Level Map: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/droughtmap.htm
B.C. Drought Response Plan (June 2015): http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/response.html
What Can You Do?: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/action.html

 

In the News: B.C. drought forces closure of another fishery

From an article in the Vancouver Sun:
"Drought conditions in British Columbia have forced the closure of another fishery in the province's southern Interior.
The Okanagan Nation Alliance has suspended the commercial and recreational sockeye salmon fishery on Osoyoos Lake after high water temperature led to more fish disease, infection and death."
To read the full text of the article, click here to visit the Vancouver Sun website.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - July 29th to August 5th, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Bruce Muir and Dianna Ponting! Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!
 
Print # 1 -  McGregor Mountain Grizzlies by Sandra Nahornoff (39 x 18)
Photography and painting wildlife has become a way of expressing the deep appreciation and pleasure Sandra feels for the natural world around her.



Print # 2 - Out of the Mist by Andrew Kiss (20 x 30) 
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 Wildlife Federation and Wild Sheep Society of BC Announce Partnership Agreement

 


The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and Wild Sheep Society of BC (WSSBC) are pleased to announce establishment of a formal working partnership agreement to support conservation of wild sheep in BC.
Under the terms of the new partnership, BCWF and WSSBC will work together in a number of ways, including the development of programs and initiatives that work to support wild sheep in BC and promoting the critical importance of conserving their populations. In addition, BCWF and WSSBC will join together in meetings with government and other non-profit organizations and stakeholders concerning issues critical to sustaining wild sheep in BC.
“BCWF is proud to partner with the Wild Sheep Society of BC, an organization with a long history of advocating on behalf of wild sheep in BC. We look forward to working jointly towards our shared goal of keeping sheep on the mountain and ensuring the sustainability of wild sheep populations in our province,” said BCWF President George Wilson.
“The Wild Sheep Society of BC looks forward to working with the BC Wildlife Federation to address wild sheep conservation concerns, including development of an approach to reduce disease transmission between wild and domestic populations. This new agreement will better enable both organizations to ensure the health of the wild sheep of BC,” said Wild Sheep Society of BC President Mike Southin.
After many years of concerns being raised by Wild Sheep Society and BC Wildlife Federation members as well as government staff over the conservation of wild sheep in BC, the BC Ministry of Agriculture and BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations are working together to develop a science-based approach to disease transmission issues surrounding wild and domestic sheep. One of the most important goals of the initiative is to ensure an economically feasible plan for implementation by both stakeholders and the government.
Province of BC staff are currently working on detailed maps that will establish a spatial information resource to serve as the foundation for a model that ascribes the risk of contact between domestic and wild sheep. The new plan will include legislative options such as the new Animal Health Act as well as other response opportunities. Upon completion of the first draft of the new plan, the government is expected to engage stakeholders - including BCWF and WSSBC - in the first half of 2016. 
The BC Wildlife Federation and Wild Sheep Society of BC are pleased that the Province of BC is taking steps to address this critical conservation concern, and we look forward to continuing to work with government and other stakeholders in ensuring the health of the wild sheep of BC
The Wild Sheep Society of BC (WSSBC) is a non-profit registered Society dedicated to the protection and enhancement of wild sheep and wild sheep habitat throughout “Beautiful British Columbia”.  For more information, visit www.wildsheepsociety.com/

 

 


Hello all,

Before I disappear on maternity leave, I wanted to update you on the happenings of Chronic Wasting Disease here and in other parts of North America.

There are two documents attached. One is a summarized North American (USGS) update on surveillance, distribution (spread) and research. The other is an update on our BC CWD Program.

From now until January 2016, Adam Hering will be leading the BC CWD Program. You can contact him at adam.hering@gov.bc.ca

Please let Adam or Helen know if you have any questions or thoughts on this year’s CWD Program.

Regards,
Cait

Cait Nelson
Wildlife Health Biologist | Fish and Wildlife Branch
Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Phone: 250.751.3219

Click below to read the documents:

BC CWD Program Update July 2015

CWD Update July 2015



BCWF Member Update - July 22nd, 2015

 

News Release: BC Wildlife Federation Announces Resident Priority Program

For Immediate Release – July 20th, 2015
SURREY, BC - In response to mounting concerns over British Columbians’ access to angling, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities, the BC Wildlife Federation Board of Directors has established a Resident Priority Program.  
“BCWF members and the general public are finding private gates on public roads, and experiencing reduced access to public resources, including fish and wildlife.  These reductions are a result of government allocating public resources to private interests at the expense of British Columbians,” said George Wilson, President of the BC Wildlife Federation.  
The aim of the program is to ensure natural resources such as fish, wildlife, water, and crown land are managed in the public interest and maintain public access, except where there are public safety and/or environmental concerns.
The heritage value of public access to BC’s natural resources and crown land is paramount to all British Columbians.  Access increases the stewardship and care of these resources.  Without access, the public’s interest and capacity for the protection and maintenance of natural resources is compromised. 
The Resident Priority Program will develop, manage, and implement a strategy to advance the priority of our future generations to British Columbia’s natural resources.  The program will strengthen and expand the outdoor user network and ensure natural resources are managed sustainably.
For more information on this issue, contact Jesse Zeman at jessezeman@gmail.com
For more information and general media inquiries, contact BCWF Marketing and Communications Coordinator Curtis Ketter at 604-882-9988 ext 233 or marketing@bcwf.bc.ca

 

Fishing closures in BC expand to South Coast 

The Province of BC has expanded fishing closures to include the South Coast in response to the current drought conditions. The announcement comes on the heels of closures in the South Okanagan and on Vancouver Island. 
The Province issued a press release outlining the additional closures. From the release:
"The Government of B.C. is suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout most of the South Coast due to warming water temperatures and low stream flows.
Effective July 22 through Sept. 30, 2015, virtually all angling in streams and rivers in Wildlife Management Units 2-2 through 2-12 and 2-16 through 2-19 is suspended. The geographic area ranges from south of Toba Inlet and the Toba River (which is not included in the closure) to the U.S. border. Lakes and reservoirs are not included in the closure. The closure has been put in place to protect fish stocks at a time when they are vulnerable due to low flows and high water temperatures..."
To read the full text of the release, click here to visit the Province of BC website


For More Information
To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures on the South Coast, click here
To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures in the South Okanagan, click here
To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures on Vancouver Island, click here
B.C. Drought Information: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/
B.C. Drought Level Map: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/droughtmap.htm
B.C. Drought Response Plan (June 2015): http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/response.html
What Can You Do?: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/action.html

 

BCWF Submits Written Evidence to National Energy Board (NEB) Regarding Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

BCWF holds intervenor status in the National Energy Board's review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, and submitted written evidence to the process at the end of May 2015.
To download BCWF's written evidence submission in its entirety, click on the following link:
BCWF Submission to NEB Review of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project [PDF]

 

 

 

You Can Help: Share Your Sightings of South Okanagan Similkameen (SOKS) Bighorn Sheep

Synergy Applied Ecology is appealing to the public for help with sheep observations in the South Okanagan for the SOKS Bighorn Psoroptes Monitoring Project.
Researchers are interested in sheep observations anywhere in the South Okanagan and Similkameen, from Kelowna to Keremeos.
Record the date, time, location, group size, number of lambs, and a description of any collars and tags.
The researchers would also love to see your photos as well! Send in a picture of the whole group if you can, as these types of images provide a great deal of useful data.
Click here to submit your sheep reports and photos or share them as a public post or private message on our soksbighorn Facebook page.
For more information on the SOKS Bighorn Psoroptes Monitoring Project, click here.

 

Cabela's Conservation Days Shopping Event: July 23 - 26

Cabela’s is proud to work with organizations dedicated to conserving fish, game and wild places which are part of our heritage.
 
As a member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Scouts Canada, provincial wildlife associations like BCWF, and other conservation groups across the country, Cabela’s invites you and a guest to our Conservation Days Shopping Event where you will receive our Cabela’s employee discount* on any in-stock item.
Present either your BCWF Membership Card or the invitation below at any Cabela's location in Canada to receive the discount.
Cabela's Conservation Days Shopping Event Invitation [PDF]
Visit www.cabelas.ca/stores for locations and hours.
*Subject to terms - see the Conservation Days Shopping Event Invitation

 

In the News: Angling for a more sensible sports fishery -  Drought threatens an industry that has become big business

The Vancouver Sun's Stephen Hume takes a look at the record low water levels and drought conditions in BC and how they may have serious impacts on the  sports fishery in the province.
From the article:
"Across the Lower Mainland and other regions, river flows are at previously unrecorded lows. Cayoosh Creek near Lillooet is at nine per cent of its usual summer flow. Coldwater River off the Coquihalla Highway is at 13 per cent. Tulameen River near Princeton is at 15 per cent, Similkameen River near Hedley is at 31 per cent of normal. In some regions, it’s worse. The Beatton River near Fort St. John, once an historic fur trade route, is a seven-per-cent trickle.

Why so reluctant to confront recreational angling under such adverse conditions? It’s likely because the freshwater angling sector is such a big contributor to the provincial economy. Nobody wants to mess with revenue engines when the national economy looks fragile.

In B.C. alone, total economic impact of freshwater sports angling is close to $1 billion a year. It generates about $150 million in wages and provides about 5,000 person years of employment. And it’s grown rapidly — the number of participants has grown about six per cent since 2005..."
Read the full article at the Vancouver Sun website.

 

 

Support BCWF at Wholesale Sports Locations in BC During the Month of July!

Support BCWF this July at Wholesale Sports stores across BC during their annual Conservation Month / Keepin' It WILD promotion! 
Starting today until July 31st, a special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at all five Wholesale Sports locations across BC, with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. 
The decal (pictured above) features the Wholesale Sports "Conservation Manifesto" on the back, which reads:
“I hunt, I fish, I camp – it’s my reason for being. The wilderness is my life, and I do not take from it lightly. I guard against destruction and waste. I am vigilant in my duty as a steward, preserving the outdoors for future generations. I am proud of this responsibility. I am the wilderness, and the wilderness is me. I am KEEPIN’ IT WILD.” 

Get your Keepin' it WILD! decal at Wholesale Sports in Langley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, and Prince George and make a donation to the BC Wildlife Federation!


Special Bonus - BCWF Members Receive a Discount in July!

In addition to the Keepin' it WILD! campaign, BCWF Members are also eligible for a 5% discount on firearms, ammunition and electronics and a 10% discount on all other products in the store!
Visit the Wholesale Sports website to find a location near you.

 

Special Discount for BCWF Members: Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, July 30th to August 2nd 

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest is shaping up to be the biggest edition yet!
BCWF Members are able to purchase tickets to this year's Rockin' River Music Festival at the previous Early Bird Rates and save up to $50.00 per person:
4-Day General Admission - $179 ($30.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015General - click here to purchase
4-Day Reserved Seating Admission $199 ($50.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015Reserved - click here to purchase
4-Day Party Zone $239 ($20.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015PartyZone - click here to purchase
Kids 12 and under are FREE in the General Admission area when accompanied by a ticket holding adult!
Get your tickets today!
Simply click on the link for the ticket type you want to purchase and then enter the promo code at checkout to receive the discount.
If you have any issues, contact the Rockin' River hotline at 1-877-30RIVER.


About Rockin River Music Fest

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest is shaping up to be the biggest edition yet. With a fantastic lineup of musical entertainment, this is a party you simply cannot afford to miss!
This year's performers include:
Lady Antebellum - Chris Buck Band - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy - Tebey -  Kenny Hess - Beverley Mahood - Dierks Bentley - Chris Young - Dallas Smith - and many more, click here for the full lineup!


BCWF Booth

BCWF will also be on hand at the event - drop by our booth near the Row-deo and Kids Corral and say hello! We will have Muddy Girl clothing and new BCWF logo gear for sale in the BCWF store.
The Laser Shot will also be on hand for a quick fix of virtual hunting and shooting, and is free of charge for kids both young and old.
For more information about the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest, click here

 

BCWF Online Auctions - July 22nd to 29th, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Bruce Muir and Dianna Ponting! Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!

Print # 1 -  Cheakamus Coho by Bruce Muir (32 x 23)
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.



Print # 2 - Masked Musketeers by Dianna Ponting (19 x 25)
"I am drawn to quietly touch what I find abandoned and to ponder the obvious questions, trying wistfully, I suppose, to evoke the sights and sounds that must have surrounded it in its prime.  Inevitably all things do turn to dust, but this fact seems a little less melancholy when, after the elements have scrubbed the slate clean, I as an artist, can open up my hand and smile at the small piece I held back" - Dianna Ponting.

 

 



BCWF Member Update - July 16th, 2015

 

Fall 2015 Limited Entry Hunting Draw Results Now Available

Fall 2015 LEH results are now available online - click here and enter your Hunter Number to see if you were successful this year.

 

Fishing closures in South Okanagan part of comprehensive drought response

The Province of BC has instituted fishing closures in much of the South Okanagan in response to current drought conditions. 
The Province issued a press release outlining the closures and the reasoning behind them. From the release:
"Responding to dry conditions, the Government of B.C. has announced a Level 3 drought rating for the South Thompson, Nicola, Similkameen, Okanagan-Kettle and Skagit regions, and taken the additional action of suspending angling in streams and rivers throughout the South Okanagan due to ongoing low stream flows and warming water temperatures.
Effective July 15 through Sept. 15, 2015, all streams and rivers in the Similkameen drainage as well as the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers, and all tributary streams in these areas will be closed to angling."
To read the full text of the release, click here to visit the Province of BC website


For More Information
To see a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures in the Okanagan, click here
B.C. Drought Information: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/
B.C. Drought Level Map: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/lowflow/droughtmap.htm
B.C. Drought Response Plan (June 2015): http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/response.html
What Can You Do?: http://www.livingwatersmart.ca/drought/action.html

 

BCWF Submits Written Evidence to National Energy Board (NEB) Regarding Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project

BCWF holds intervenor status in the National Energy Board's review of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project, and submitted written evidence to the process at the end of May 2015.
To download BCWF's written evidence submission in its entirety, click on the following link:
BCWF Submission to NEB Review of the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project [PDF]

 

You Can Help: Share Your Sightings of South Okanagan Similkameen (SOKS) Bighorn Sheep

Synergy Applied Ecology is appealing to the public for help with sheep observations in the South Okanagan for the SOKS Bighorn Psoroptes Monitoring Project.
Researchers are interested in sheep observations anywhere in the South Okanagan and Similkameen, from Kelowna to Keremeos.
Record the date, time, location, group size, number of lambs, and a description of any collars and tags.
The researchers would also love to see your photos as well! Send in a picture of the whole group if you can, as these types of images provide a great deal of useful data.
Click here to submit your sheep reports and photos or share them as a public post or private message on our soksbighorn Facebook page.
For more information on the SOKS Bighorn Psoroptes Monitoring Project, click here.

 

Fraser River Peacemakers Launch Website

A message from the Fraser River Peacemakers:
We are pleased to officially release the Peacemakers web site at
http://fraserriverpeacemakers.ca/

This has been an ongoing process partially funded by the "Harmony on the Fraser" initiative. We thank all the organizations & agencies  that have contributed to the ongoing "Peacemaker/Harmony on the Fraser" initiative, both financially & through contribution in kind.  We especially thank all the dedicated volunteers that have provided valuable counsel since 2009.     
The "Fraser River Peacemakers" process is officially in it's 6th year and we are optimistic we have made some contribution to improving relations between the various user groups. Our longevity continues to be based on the established & ongoing  positive relationships between First Nations and recreational interests. The past years has seen genuine efforts to provide safe respectful fisheries on the Fraser River. Our successes to date are primarily due to greater understanding & respect for each other's fisheries. We have a common goal which is to protect & provide future fisheries for our children & grandchildren. 
We are asking all organizations & individuals to promote our web site & provide links wherever possible. Please forward to all those that you know will find of interest. We have provided a section for those who would like to make suggestions or become more involved in the Fraser River Peacemakers process. Our offer to assist in creating similar processes in other areas of the province continues.  
With an anticipated substantial pink fishery for the Fraser this summer, conflicts between user groups could occur. The role of the "Conflict Resolution Committee" is to attempt to solve & prevent conflicts. Each page of the site highlights how to report a conflict or perceived potential conflict. We realize that all conflicts cannot be prevented, but we do have the contacts in place to attempt to solve them. Past experience has shown some success in preventing & solving conflict by Peacemakers.  
It should always be noted that any & all conflicts of a violent nature should be reported to both the RCMP & DFO fisheries officers. 
We remain committed to working toward safe respectful fisheries for all user groups & preserving this priceless resource for our respective future generations.
  
Rod Clapton
Co-Chair, Fraser River Peacemakers
Ernie Crey
Co-Chair, Fraser River Peacemakers 


For More Information
To learn more about the Fraser River Peacemakers, visit their website at http://fraserriverpeacemakers.ca/

 

Support BCWF at Wholesale Sports Locations in BC During the Month of July!

Support BCWF this July at Wholesale Sports stores across BC during their annual Conservation Month / Keepin' It WILD promotion! 
Starting today until July 31st, a special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at all five Wholesale Sports locations across BC, with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. 
The decal (pictured above) features the Wholesale Sports "Conservation Manifesto" on the back, which reads:
“I hunt, I fish, I camp – it’s my reason for being. The wilderness is my life, and I do not take from it lightly. I guard against destruction and waste. I am vigilant in my duty as a steward, preserving the outdoors for future generations. I am proud of this responsibility. I am the wilderness, and the wilderness is me. I am KEEPIN’ IT WILD.” 

Get your Keepin' it WILD! decal at Wholesale Sports in Langley, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, and Prince George and make a donation to the BC Wildlife Federation!


Special Bonus - BCWF Members Receive a Discount in July!

In addition to the Keepin' it WILD! campaign, BCWF Members are also eligible for a 5% discount on firearms, ammunition and electronics and a 10% discount on all other products in the store!
Visit the Wholesale Sports website to find a location near you.

 

 

2015-2016 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

Canada’s 2015-2016 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations have been published and are now available to the public for download at the Environment Canada website.
The regulations include all species specific open seasons  as well as bag and possession limits.
2015-2016 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations [PDF]
To visit the Environment Canada website, click here.

 

In the News: Hot summer stymies North Shore salmon return

From an article in the North Shore News:
"Thousands of migrating coho salmon waiting in Burrard Inlet at the mouths of the Capilano and Seymour rivers have two choices in the face of unseasonable conditions: head upstream into 20 Celsius waters and likely perish or take their chances in the cooler ocean and be vulnerable to predators.
Low water flows and high temperatures in the North Shore’s major rivers and salmon spawning channels are delaying the return of the fish, according to Seymour Hatchery manager Brian Smith.
Temperatures have hit 20 C in lower portions of the Seymour River when ideally they should be in the 11 to 15 C range for this time of year. Closer to the mountains, where the Capilano River joins Capilano Lake, water temperatures were also averaging 20 C this week.
'The warmer the water gets the less oxygen that’s available for the fish,' explained Smith. 'They will be waiting for the rain and the temperatures to come down and then they will start making their move.'
...
To help the adult coho, steelhead and pink salmon along they will be trapped in the river below the Mount Seymour Parkway Bridge and then some will be transported in trucks and trailers to the Seymour Hatchery while others will be released into their normal spawning habit above the slide.
The estimated $100,000 project is a partnership between the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Squamish Nation, Seymour Salmonid Society, Metro Vancouver, the DFO, the District of North Vancouver and the province. Thirty of the trapped adult coho will be radio-tagged so officials can see if the fish make it past the rock slide and determine if there’s a barrier to adult salmon migration."
To read the full text of the article, click here to visit the North Shore News website.

 

BCWF Affinity Partner: West Coast Hunting Supplies

West Coast Hunting Supplies, founded in 2010, was the first gun shop in Richmond. The company moved to the new location on No. 3 Road because of the fast growing business. They carry firearms and ammunition, export wildlife specimens, and organize leisure hunting trips and related training courses.
West Coast Hunting Supplies offers a 10% discount off regular priced merchandise to any BCWF member on clothing and accessories, and a 5% discount off the regular price on firearms, ammunition, optics and safes.
For the discount code and ordering instructions, login to the BCWF eCommunity and click on Affinity Partner Discounts for all details. 
Visit  www.westcoasthunting.ca/ for more information and to shop online.

 

Province of BC Seeks Public Input on Great Bear Rainforest

The Province of BC would like to know your thoughts on the Great Bear Raniforest.
The BC Ministery of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations announced today that they are seeking public input on "proposed land use objectives and the potential for new biodiversity, mining and tourism areas (BMTAs) and a conservancy in the Great Bear Rainforest." The deadline to provide input is August 10th, 2015.
From the release: 
"The intent of the proposed Great Bear Rainforest land use order and potential BMTAs and conservancy is to meet the goals of reserving 70% of historic old-growth forests (with minor exceptions), while maintaining a viable forest industry in the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Rainforest covers 6.4 million hectares on B.C.’s north and central coast. The proposed land use order addresses First Nations cultural heritage resources, freshwater ecosystems and habitats, landscape and stand level biodiversity and bear habitat.
Up to eight new BMTAs that collectively cover 295,000 hectares of Crown land next to existing conservancies and other protected areas in the region are also being considered. The potential BMTAs being considered are Hanson, Sonora, King and Gil Islands, and the Kitsault, Kimsquit, Green and Braden areas. However, for King Island, the ministry is considering establishing a conservancy instead of a BMTA."
For more information and to read the full text of the news release, visit the Province of BC website.

 

Special Discount for BCWF Members: Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, July 30th to August 2nd 

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest is shaping up to be the biggest edition yet!
BCWF Members are able to purchase tickets to this year's Rockin' River Music Festival at the previous Early Bird Rates and save up to $50.00 per person:
4-Day General Admission - $179 ($30.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015General - click here to purchase
4-Day Reserved Seating Admission $199 ($50.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015Reserved - click here to purchase
4-Day Party Zone $239 ($20.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015PartyZone - click here to purchase
Kids 12 and under are FREE in the General Admission area when accompanied by a ticket holding adult!
Get your tickets today!
Simply click on the link for the ticket type you want to purchase and then enter the promo code at checkout to receive the discount.
If you have any issues, contact the Rockin' River hotline at 1-877-30RIVER.


About Rockin River Music Fest

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest is shaping up to be the biggest edition yet. With a fantastic lineup of musical entertainment, this is a party you simply cannot afford to miss!
This year's performers include:
Lady Antebellum - Chris Buck Band - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy - Tebey -  Kenny Hess - Beverley Mahood - Dierks Bentley - Chris Young - Dallas Smith - and many more, click here for the full lineup!


BCWF Booth

BCWF will also be on hand at the event - drop by our booth near the Row-deo and Kids Corral and say hello! We will have Muddy Girl clothing and new BCWF logo gear for sale in the BCWF store.
The Laser Shot will also be on hand for a quick fix of virtual hunting and shooting, and is free of charge for kids both young and old.
For more information about the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest, click here

 

BCWF Online Auctions - July 15th to 22nd, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Mark Hobson and Luke Raffin! Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!
 
Print # 1 -  Black Brant: On the Way North by Mark Hobson (13 x 26)
Mark Hobson lives in Tofino, BC 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 # 2 - Side by Side by Luke Raffin (14 x 22)
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

 

 


 


BCWF Member Update - June 24th, 2015

 

 

 

BCWF Statement on Video of Boaters Harassing Moose in Northern BC

A disturbing video was recently posted online showing an individual harassing a moose in northern BC by jumping on its back as it navigated a body of water.
The BC Wildlife Federation condemns this type of unacceptable behaviour in the strongest terms possible. In addition to being very disrespectful to the animal, the actions of the individuals depicted in the video constitute an offence under the Wildlife Act. BCWF is in full support of the ongoing investigation by the BC Conservation Officer Service to identify and charge the perpetrators. 
Harassing wildlife in this manner could have resulted in the death of the moose either directly as a result of extreme stress, or indirectly through making the animal more vulnerable to predation. The actions taken by the individuals in the video were also extremely dangerous to themselves personally and could easily have ended in tragedy. 
"As BC’s oldest and largest conservation organization, BCWF has the utmost respect and reverence for our province’s wildlife. The behaviour displayed by the individuals in the video does not at all represent BCWF’s 46,000 members, who are passionately committed to conserving and enhancing BC’s fish, wildlife, and habitat. We look forward to a positive outcome to the BC Conservation Officer Service investigation and hope that those responsible for this act are brought to justice,” said BCWF President George Wilson.
Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the BC Conservation Officer Service at 1-877-952-7277.

 

 

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Special Discount for BCWF Members: Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, July 30th to August 2nd 


BCWF is excited to announce a new partnership with the Rockin' River Music Festival that will provide BCWF Members with a discount on tickets to this year's event!  
BCWF Members are able to purchase their tickets at the previous Early Bird Rates until July 1st and save up to $50.00 per person:
4-Day General Admission - $179 ($30.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: "BCWF2015General" - click here to purchase
4-Day Reserved Seating Admission $199 ($50.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015Reserved - click here to purchase
4-Day Party Zone $239 ($20.00 savings)
PROMO CODE: BCWF2015PartyZone - click here to purchase
Kids 12 and under are FREE in the General Admission area when accompanied by a ticket holding adult!
Get your tickets today - this special offer ends July 1st, 2015!
Simply click on the link for the ticket type you want to purchase and then enter the promo code at checkout to receive the discount.
If you have any issues, contact the Rockin' River hotline at 1-877-30RIVER.


About Rockin River Music Fest

Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest is shaping up to be the biggest edition yet. With a fantastic lineup of musical entertainment, this is a party you simply cannot afford to miss!
This year's performers include:
Lady Antebellum - Chris Buck Band - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Big & Rich featuring Cowboy Troy - Tebey -  Kenny Hess - Beverley Mahood - Dierks Bentley - Chris Young - Dallas Smith - and many more, click here for the full lineup!


BCWF Booth

BCWF will also be on hand at the event - drop by our booth near the Row-deo and Kids Corral and say hello! We will have Muddy Girl clothing and new BCWF logo gear for sale in the BCWF store.
The Laser Shot will also be on hand for a quick fix of virtual hunting and shooting, and is free of charge for kids both young and old.
For more information about the 2015 Rockin River Music Fest, click here

 

 

 

BCWF Retro Sale: All Old BCWF Logo Gear is 50% off the Regular Non-Member Price!*  


BCWF Retro Sale - click here!
*Member discount does not apply to sale. All prices listed on the BCWF online store have already been marked down.


Wilderness Dreams and Muddy Girl Available Now!

What better way to chill out than wearing Wilderness Dreams® loungewear! It’s clean, cool, and available in a variety of styles.
Check out the BCWF Online Store for new Wilderness Dreams® and Muddy Girl Camo products!

 

 

 

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George and Mission, BC
  
BCWF’s Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program is gearing up for another summer of exploration, education, and outdoor enjoyment for youth ages 13-17.


Go Wild! Prince George
Our first event of the summer takes place in Prince George, July 20th to 24th, and is being hosted by the Spruce City Wildlife Association.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 24th, 2015 
Prince George, BC
To register for Go Wild! Prince George, click here.  


Go Wild! Mission (Full - waitlist)
The second Go Wild! event of the summer takes place in Mission, July 26th through August 2nd, and is being hosted by the Mission Rod & Gun Club.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Mission
Sunday, July 26th to Sunday August 2nd, 2015 
Mission, BC
*Please note that Go Wild! Mission is currently full. Contact BCWF Youth Coordinator Taylor Stefanik to add your name to the waitlist.
In addition to the regular programming, Go Wild! Mission will provide an opportunity for participants to complete their Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) courses. 
For more information and to add your name to the waitlist, complete and submit the following form:
Go Wild! / Mission Rod & Gun Club Youth Camp Registration Form [PDF]  


About the Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This five-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 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.
For more information about Go Wild! Youth for Conservation, click here.

 

 

 

Salmon River Treasure - Support the Nature Trust of BC


The Nature Trust of British Columbia is working to secure 67 hectares (165 acres) along the lower Salmon River and estuary. Located north of Campbell River on Vancouver Island, this property will complement the adjacent 104 hectares (257 acres) already secured by The Nature Trust and its partners since 1978.
This strategic location provides critical habitat to numerous species of fish and wildlife, including Great Blue Heron, Northern Pygmy Owl, Roosevelt Elk as well as Coho, Chinook, Chum, Pink and Sockeye. The area is also home to sea run cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden Char and it boasts the largest steelhead on Vancouver Island!
We are asking for support from those who love the great outdoors.
We would like to acknowledge BCWF clubs, the Barnet Rifle Club and the Kingfishers Rod and Gun Club, for their support.
With current funding commitments, we need to raise $162,500 by June 26, 2015.
Please consider a donation online (www.naturetrust.bc.ca), by calling 604-924-9771 or toll free 1-866-288-7878 or sending a cheque payable to The Nature Trust of BC to #260 1000 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4

 

 

 

Welcome New BCWF Affinity Partner: Lodestar Outfitters

Lodestar Outfitters is a family owned and run small business operating in Langley BC directed at providing outdoor equipment for your next fishing, hunting, or camping trip.
They rent Alumaweld jet boats, Riverhawk & Smokercraft V-hulls, and Spratley flat bottom boats, as well as Deluxe wall tents and offers BCWF members a 10% discount off all rentals.  
If you have any questions, or if you are looking for something specific, please call 778.808.2862 or visit www.lodestaroutfitters.com

 

 

 

Fisheries Update: Your Catch Counts!


BCWF Inland Fisheries Committee Chair Ted Brookman represented BCWF at the recent Centre for Science Advice - Pacific (CSAP) review of the Internet Recreational Effort and Catch Survey (iREC survey) on June 2nd and 3rd, 2015, and provdied an update on the meeting and the importance of the iREC survey.
From the update:
"Since April 2013, recreational anglers have been required to provide information to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regarding their recreational fishing activities through the iREC Survey if requested as a condition to receiving Tidal Waters Fishing licences. The information provided by the survey is a valuable tool in managing and protecting the future health and vibrancy of the recreational fishery..."
To read the full text of the update, click here to visit the Inland Fisheries Committee page

 

 

 

Provincial Trail Advisory Body (PTAB): Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations


The Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations' Provincial Trails Advisory Body (PTAB) - which was established this year and met for the first time in March - recently held its second-ever meeting in early June.
Both meetings were attended by BCWF Access Chair David Oliver, who is a member of PTAB representing the BCWF. The PTAB was established to provide advice on the implementation of the Trails Strategy and the BC Trail Program.
The functions of the PTAB (for more infomation, see the PTAB Backgrounder) are:

  • Assist government in ensuring that implementation is consistent with the intent of the Trails Strategy;
  • Advise government of any recommended improvements to the Trails Strategy such as through a formal review every two years; and
  • Provide a collaborative forum for the many trails organizations and interests to help ensure that the Trails Strategy continues to meet the needs of all trail users.PTAB Resources

For More Information
For more information, on the PTAB, see the following resources:
PTAB Backgrounder [PDF]
PTAB Terms of Reference [PDF]
Inaugral Meeting Minutes - March 2015 [PDF]

 

 

 

American Income Life - BCWF Partnership

American Income Life (AIL) provides all active BCWF members with a $3,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit Policy at no charge. AIL also offers members other insurance options that you may be interested in to ensure yourself and your family are always protected.
As an active member of the BC Wildlife Federation, you automatically receive the Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit and are under no obligation to meet with an AIL representative to receive the benefit. 
Should you have any questions about this program, please call AIL at 1-800-495-1213, or our AIL Public Relations team directly; Fran Christie at 604-531-5773 or Gabriela Berloni at 1-866-517-7870.

 

 

 

2015 Earth Day Hometown Heroes Awards: Deadline June 30th

Do you know someone in your community who is taking heroic action to support a healthier environment? Nominate them (or yourself) for Earth Day Canada’s Hometown Heroes Award Program.
Hometown Heroes recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. New to the 2015 program, is the Youth Hometown Heroes Award. The winning youth will receive a $5,000 cash-prize that can be donated to a local environmental group/cause of their choice or be put towards their post-secondary studies in the form of a scholarship!
Heroic candidates can also win the Individual Hometown Heroes Award, Group Hometown Heroes Award or the Small Business Hometown Heroes Award.
For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit earthday.ca/hometownNominations must be postmarked by June 30, 2015.
If you have any questions or would like our guidance completing the nomination package, please contact us at 416-599-1991 ext. 108 (1-888-283-2784 ext. 108) or at heroes@earthday.ca.

 

 




 

 

 

A Message from the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club

If you would like to continue to be able to access Crown land and public lakes in BC to take part in fishing, hunting, or any other recreational activity, please consider a donation to our fundraising campaign.
A large land owner in the Merritt area has restricted public access, and the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club needs your support to continue a court challenge to reopen public access to public roads leading to public lakes and lands in the area.  Our hope is that if successful, this case will set a precedent for many similar situations in BC that have gone unchallenged, where public spaces are being blocked by large landowners at an alarming pace. 
We are receiving some support from West Coast Environmental Law and the BC Wildlife Federation, but need your support to reach our fundraising goal of $300,000.00 to continue to fight this issue on behalf of British Columbians.
If you support maintaining public access to BC's lakes and Crown land for hunting, angling, or any recreational purpose, consider making a donation to our fundraising campaign by clicking here or on the link above.
For more information on this critical issue, contact:
Rick McGowan, Chairman of the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club Access Committee, at (250) 378-5661 or by email at rickandpattimcgowan@gmail.com

 

 

 

Province of BC Seeks Public Input on Great Bear Rainforest

The Province of BC would like to know your thoughts on the Great Bear Raniforest.
The BC Ministery of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations announced today that they are seeking public input on "proposed land use objectives and the potential for new biodiversity, mining and tourism areas (BMTAs) and a conservancy in the Great Bear Rainforest." The deadline to provide input is August 10th, 2015.
From the release: 
"The intent of the proposed Great Bear Rainforest land use order and potential BMTAs and conservancy is to meet the goals of reserving 70% of historic old-growth forests (with minor exceptions), while maintaining a viable forest industry in the Great Bear Rainforest.
The Great Bear Rainforest covers 6.4 million hectares on B.C.’s north and central coast. The proposed land use order addresses First Nations cultural heritage resources, freshwater ecosystems and habitats, landscape and stand level biodiversity and bear habitat.
Up to eight new BMTAs that collectively cover 295,000 hectares of Crown land next to existing conservancies and other protected areas in the region are also being considered. The potential BMTAs being considered are Hanson, Sonora, King and Gil Islands, and the Kitsault, Kimsquit, Green and Braden areas. However, for King Island, the ministry is considering establishing a conservancy instead of a BMTA."
For more information and to read the full text of the news release, visit the Province of BC website.

 

 

 

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations

Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations have been approved and are in force. The AIS Regulations and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement can be found in the Canada Gazette, Part 2.  
The objective of the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations is to provide a suite of regulatory tools that can be used to prevent new introductions and manage spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The Regulations prohibit import, transport, possession and/or release of species listed in Part 2 of the Schedule, in specific geographic areas and under specific conditions.  
A second list of 14 species (Part 3 of the Schedule) may be subject to control and eradication activities in areas where they are not indigenous and may cause harm. The Regulations also contain a general prohibition against the unauthorized introduction of any aquatic species (i.e. listed or unlisted) where it is not indigenous.
Finally, the new Regulations provide a suite of powers for enforcement officials and prescribed Ministers to take measures and give directions to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS.  
For more information, download the following Fact Sheet: 
Aquatic Invasive Species Factsheet [PDF]

 

 

 

Province of BC Extends ORV Registration Deadline to 
November 1st, 2015 


The deadline for BC residents to register their ORV (Outdoor Recreational Vehicle) has been extended to November 1st, 2015, giving owners an additional five months to complete the required process.
The Province of BC issued a news release on May 20th, 2015 announcing the extension.
For more information on the extension period, click here.
Registration Sticker 
ORV owners are also now able to choose a registration sticker instead of a plate for their vehicle at the time of registration. Individuals that registered their ORV early are able to exchange their registration plate for a sticker at no additional charge. 
Owners that choose registration stickers instead of a plate should be aware that in the event that they wish to transfer their registration to a new vehicle, an additional $18 fee will apply if a new sticker is required.  
For More Information 
For more information on the extension period, click here
The Province of BC has also recently updated their "Questions and Answers" document that contains detailed information about the ORC registration process:
ORV Registration - Questions and Answers [PDF]

 

 

 

2015 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards - Nominations Now Open

The call for nominations for the next edition of the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards are now open. 
If you know an individual, a business or a forward thinking not-for-profit organization that makes a difference in their community and deserves a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, you can nominate them until June 30, 2015
For more information and to nominate someone, click here

 

 

 

BCWF Online Auctions - June 24th to July 1st, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Denise Soule and Denis Mayer Jr. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!

Print # 1 -  Mom’s Feather Bed by Denise Soule (10 x 11)
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.




Print # 2 - Home Sweet Home by Denis Mayer Jr. (16 x 20.5)
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.

 


Check out these links to the final reports for the BC Hydro Arrow Lakes Recreation Study and Boat Ramp Use Study, which are now posted on the BC Hydro website.

Arrow Lakes Recreation Demand Study
http://www.bchydro.com/content/dam/BCHydro/customer-portal/documents/corporate/environment-sustainability/water-use-planning/southern-interior/clbmon-41-yr5-2015-02-06.pdf

Boat Ramp Use Study
http://www.bchydro.com/content/dam/BCHydro/customer-portal/documents/corporate/environment-sustainability/water-use-planning/southern-interior/clbmon-14-yr-4-2015-01-20.pdf


 


BCWF Member Update - June 11th, 2015

 

A Message from the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club

If you would like to continue to be able to access Crown land and public lakes in BC to take part in fishing, hunting, or any other recreational activity, please consider a donation to our fundraising campaign.
A large land owner in the Merritt area has restricted public access, and the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club needs your support to continue a court challenge to reopen public access to public roads leading to public lakes and lands in the area.  Our hope is that if successful, this case will set a precedent for many similar situations in BC that have gone unchallenged, where public spaces are being blocked by large landowners at an alarming pace. 
We are receiving some support from West Coast Environmental Law and the BC Wildlife Federation, but need your support to reach our fundraising goal of $300,000.00 to continue to fight this issue on behalf of British Columbians.
If you support maintaining public access to BC's lakes and Crown land for hunting, angling, or any recreational purpose, consider making a donation to our fundraising campaign by clicking here or on the link above.
For more information on this critical issue, contact:
Rick McGowan, Chairman of the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club Access Committee, at (250) 378-5661 or by email at rickandpattimcgowan@gmail.com

 

2015 BCWF Conservation Lottery Winners


Congratulations to Dom Piluso of the Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association, winner of this year's Grand Prize - a Honda Pioneer 500 Side by Side!
2015 Conservation Lottery Winners:
1. Honda Pioneer 500 Side by Side - Dom Piluso of Victoria
2. $3,000 Cash - Craig Sine of Merritt
3. Roundtrip Airfare from WestJet - George Carlin of Chase
4. Scorpion Optics Package - Charles Bell of Shawnigan Lake
5. BCWF Artist of the Year Remarque - Julian Knight of Port Coquitlam
6. 32" Toshiba Flat Screen TV - Gary Fletcher of Ladysmith
7. $500 Italian Sporting Goods - Kent Farnsworth of Kamloops
8. Early Bird $500 Wholesale Sports - Giordy McKinney of Revelstoke
Thank you to everyone that bought a ticket to support conservation in BC!

 

 

2015 Fishing Forever Events

BCWF's Fishing Forever program provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to learn to, or continue to, fish and enjoy the outdoors.
Each year, BCWF affiliated fish & game and rod & gun clubs host Fishing Forever events across BC, recognizing that there are people in their community that could benefit greatly from a day out fishing, if they could only get there. Each year for hundreds of disabled anglers, these Clubs help make that happen.
Fishing Forever also wants to help spread the message, within the community of people with disabilities, that you can still get out and enjoy the natural offerings around you. Though it may require some help you didn't need before, it can be done if you want it and are willing to try. Life is to be enjoyed!
For a list of upcoming Fishing Forever events taking place across BC, click here.

 

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George and Mission, BC
  
BCWF’s Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program is gearing up for another summer of exploration, education, and outdoor enjoyment for youth ages 13-17.


Go Wild! Prince George
Our first event of the summer takes place in Prince George, July 20th to 24th, and is being hosted by the Spruce City Wildlife Association.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 24th, 2015 
Prince George, BC
To register for Go Wild! Prince George, click here.  


Go Wild! Mission
The second Go Wild! event of the summer takes place in Mission, July 26th through August 2nd, and is being hosted by the Mission Rod & Gun Club.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Mission
Sunday, July 26th to Sunday August 2nd, 2015 
Mission, BC
In addition to the regular programming, Go Wild! Mission will provide an opportunity for participants to complete their Canadian Firearms Safety Course (CFSC) and Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) courses. 
For more information and to register, complete and submit the following form:
Go Wild! / Mission Rod & Gun Club Youth Camp Registration Form [PDF]  


About the Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This five-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 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.
For more information about Go Wild! Youth for Conservation, click here.

 

 

 

New BCWF Affinity Partner: SportEAR

SportEAR - The World’s Most Advanced, 100% Digital Hearing Enhancement & Protection Instruments for sports men and women! 
Any situation that combines high-noise with the need for high-hearing is a SportEAR opportunity for service, just as daily use in home and business brings SportEAR wearers the true clarity of life. From site-specific hearing protection to all-day wear, SportEAR has the right combination of state-of-the-art digital technology, models, circuitry, ergonomic choices and programmability for every hearing environment. 
There are many applications for SportEAR products. Here are some of the activities where SportEAR’s products have been used. 
Hunting
Shooting 
Safety 
Outdoors 
Motorsports 
Music and Concerts
SportEAR is offering BCWF members a 10% discount when you purchase any of our products at www.sportear.com.  
For the discount code and ordering instructions, login to the eCommunity and click on Affinity Partner Discounts for all details. If you aren't registered for the eCommunity, it's simple and free and will grant you access to exclusive member-only content! Click here if you need to register.

 

Boat Operator Card

 

2015 Fishing Forever Events

BCWF's Fishing Forever program provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to learn to, or continue to, fish and enjoy the outdoors.
Each year, BCWF affiliated fish & game and rod & gun clubs host Fishing Forever events across BC, recognizing that there are people in their community that could benefit greatly from a day out fishing, if they could only get there. Each year for hundreds of disabled anglers, these Clubs help make that happen.
Fishing Forever also wants to help spread the message, within the community of people with disabilities, that you can still get out and enjoy the natural offerings around you. Though it may require some help you didn't need before, it can be done if you want it and are willing to try. Life is to be enjoyed!
For a list of upcoming Fishing Forever events taking place across BC, click here.

 

Gary Mauser Honoured by the Canadian Sport Shooting Association 

Congratulations to BCWF Firearms and Sport Shooting Committee Chair Gary Mauser, who is being honoured by the Canadian Sport Shooting Association with their John Holdstock Award for his tireless volunteer work and advocacy on behalf firearms owners, hunters, and sport shooters.
Thank you for all your hard work Gary!

 

BC Family Fishing Weekend: June 19th to 21st (Father's Day Weekend)


Father’s Day weekend is about spending time with Dad and family. And, what better way to have fun in the outdoors than fishing together. During the 16th Annual Family Fishing Weekend, held over Father’s Day weekend June 19th to 21st, Canadian families throughout the province may borrow equipment, learn more about freshwater or saltwater fishing, partake in a variety of activities or simply enjoy spending time together fishing B.C.’s lakes, rivers, streams, and tidal waters. And for the duration of the weekend families may fish without needing to purchase a licence (certain restrictions apply – check locally).
Hosted by The Family Fishing Society of BC and volunteer led community groups, including many BCWF members and affiliated clubs, Family Fishing Weekend events feature hands–on help for beginners and celebrate the tradition of recreational fishing in BC. Loner rods, reels and tackle are provided for those who do not have their own gear. The Family Fishing Society estimates that 25,000 British Columbians participate in Family Fishing Weekend each year. 
Family Fishing Weekend is supported by the Province of B.C., Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
A complete list of participating communities, locations, and event descriptions, along with step-by-step fishing instructions, can be found at www.bcfamilyfishing.com.
Freshwater and tidal fishing regulations, including daily catch limits, always apply; details are posted at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca or www.fishing.gov.bc.ca.

 

Bill C-42 Passes 3rd Reading in House of Commons, Moves to Senate

Bill C-42 – the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act – passed 3rd reading recently in the House of Commons, and is headed to the Senate. MP Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety, released the following statement following passage of the Bill:
“Our Government is pleased to follow through on our plan to support law-abiding firearms owners while keeping communities safe and secure. With the adoption today by the House of Commons, this significant bill now moves to the Senate for the next stage of the legislative process.
I introduced the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act in the House of Commons on Oct. 7, 2014, to help achieve our government’s goal of enshrining safe and sensible firearms policies. Among other things, the Bill calls for mandatory safety training for potential first-time owners, a streamlined licensing system and no more requirement to carry a separate document to transport firearms to such activities as target practice or a competition at a shooting range. 
Our Government has always stood up for law-abiding hunters, farmers and sport-shooters. Our Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, simplifies and provides clarity to the firearms regime and reduces administrative burdens for law abiding firearms owners while protecting the safety of Canadians.”

 

Province of BC Extends ORV Registration Deadline to
November 1st, 2015


The deadline for BC residents to register their ORV (Outdoor Recreational Vehicle) has been extended to November 1st, 2015, giving owners an additional five months to complete the required process.
The Province of BC issued a news release on May 20th, 2015 announcing the extension.
For more information on the extension period, click here.
Registration Sticker 
ORV owners are also now able to choose a registration sticker instead of a plate for their vehicle at the time of registration. Individuals that registered their ORV early are able to exchange their registration plate for a sticker at no additional charge. 
Owners that choose registration stickers instead of a plate should be aware that in the event that they wish to transfer their registration to a new vehicle, an additional $18 fee will apply if a new sticker is required.  
For More Information 
For more information on the extension period, click here
The Province of BC has also recently updated their "Questions and Answers" document that contains detailed information about the ORC registration process:
ORV Registration - Questions and Answers [PDF]

 

Vote for the 2016 Artist of the Year 

We want your vote - have your say in the 2016 BCWF Artist of the Year competition!
BCWF Members once again have a chance to cast their vote by September 25th 2015, and help choose the 2016 BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Peter Kastner, and Christian Sasse:



To vote for your favourite - click on the following link:
2016 Artist of the Year Survey [SurveyMonkey.com]

 

2015 Earth Day Hometown Heroes Awards: Deadline June 30th

Do you know someone in your community who is taking heroic action to support a healthier environment? Nominate them (or yourself) for Earth Day Canada’s Hometown Heroes Award Program.
Hometown Heroes recognizes and celebrates environmental leaders, groups and small businesses who foster meaningful, long-term community awareness and action. New to the 2015 program, is the Youth Hometown Heroes Award. The winning youth will receive a $5,000 cash-prize that can be donated to a local environmental group/cause of their choice or be put towards their post-secondary studies in the form of a scholarship!
Heroic candidates can also win the Individual Hometown Heroes Award, Group Hometown Heroes Award or the Small Business Hometown Heroes Award.
For more information or to submit a nomination, please visit earthday.ca/hometown. Nominations must be postmarked by June 30, 2015.
If you have any questions or would like our guidance completing the nomination package, please contact us at 416-599-1991 ext. 108 (1-888-283-2784 ext. 108) or at heroes@earthday.ca.

 

2015 Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards - Nominations Now Open

The call for nominations for the next edition of the Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards are now open. 
If you know an individual, a business or a forward thinking not-for-profit organization that makes a difference in their community and deserves a Prime Minister’s Volunteer Award, you can nominate them until June 30, 2015
For more information and to nominate someone, click here

 

BCWF Online Auctions - June 10rd to 17th, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Wilf Schlitt and Valerie Rogers. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!

Print # 1 - Hidden Treasures by Wilf Schlitt (22 x 28)
“There is something spiritual about the interplay of oil on canvas.  Working with it has given me an 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




Print # 2 - Winter Wanderer by Valerie Rogers (20 x 16)
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.

 

 


 

Hi Everyone! There is a work bee up at the Rifle Range Wednesday June 10th at 6:30pm.

If you have one, please bring a weed-whacker or mower.

Hope to have a good turn-out!

See you there!

 


Hi Hank,
I was hoping you could forward this note to your membership. I wanted to let everyone know that BC Hydro is currently forecasting that Arrow Lakes Reservoir water level will be fairly low this summer. The expected maximum level is between 1,423 feet and 1,428 feet in late June/early July.  Normal full pool is 1,444 feet (licence maximum).  The lower Arrow Lakes Reservoir water level forecast is due to:

  1. The very dry conditions currently across the Columbia River Basin, we expect now that it could be the fourth driest year on record. In response to dry conditions, operating agreements with the U.S. call for higher than average releases from Arrow.
  2. The mild winter (lower than normal electricity demand) which meant less generation from Mica/Revelstoke dams and lower than normal spring inflows into Arrow.

If anyone has any questions, our Operations Planning staff will be at BC Hydro’s Operations Update open house in Nakusp tomorrow. We will be presenting information about our expected operations this summer. The open house is scheduled from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Nakusp Senior’s Hall. Hope to see you there.

Best regards,
Jen



BCWF Member Update - June 3rd, 2015

 

A Message from the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club

If you would like to continue to be able to access Crown land and public lakes in BC to take part in fishing, hunting, or any other recreational activity, please consider a donation to our fundraising campaign.
A large land owner in the Merritt area has restricted public access, and the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club needs your support to continue a court challenge to reopen public access to public roads leading to public lakes and lands in the area.  Our hope is that if successful, this case will set a precedent for many similar situations in BC that have gone unchallenged, where public spaces are being blocked by large landowners at an alarming pace. 
We are receiving some support from West Coast Environmental Law and the BC Wildlife Federation, but need your support to reach our fundraising goal of $300,000.00 to continue to fight this issue on behalf of British Columbians.
If you support maintaining public access to BC's lakes and Crown land for hunting, angling, or any recreational purpose, consider making a donation to our fundraising campaign by clicking here or on the link above.
For more information on this critical issue, contact:
Rick McGowan, Chairman of the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club Access Committee, at (250) 378-5661 or by email at rickandpattimcgowan@gmail.com

 

2015 BCWF Conservation Lottery Winners


Congratulations to Dom Piluso of the Victoria Fish & Game Protective Association, winner of this year's Grand Prize - a Honda Pioneer 500 Side by Side!
2015 Conservation Lottery Winners:
1. Honda Pioneer 500 Side by Side - Dom Piluso of Victoria
2. $3,000 Cash - Craig Sine of Merritt
3. Roundtrip Airfare from WestJet - George Carlin of Chase
4. Scorpion Optics Package - Charles Bell of Shawnigan Lake
5. BCWF Artist of the Year Remarque - Julian Knight of Port Coquitlam
6. 32" Toshiba Flat Screen TV - Gary Fletcher of Ladysmith
7. $500 Italian Sporting Goods - Kent Farnsworth of Kamloops
8. Early Bird $500 Wholesale Sports - Giordy McKinney of Revelstoke
Thank you to everyone that bought a ticket to support conservation in BC!

 

 

 

2015 Fishing Forever Events

BCWF's Fishing Forever program provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to learn to, or continue to, fish and enjoy the outdoors.
Each year, BCWF affiliated fish & game and rod & gun clubs host Fishing Forever events across BC, recognizing that there are people in their community that could benefit greatly from a day out fishing, if they could only get there. Each year for hundreds of disabled anglers, these Clubs help make that happen.
Fishing Forever also wants to help spread the message, within the community of people with disabilities, that you can still get out and enjoy the natural offerings around you. Though it may require some help you didn't need before, it can be done if you want it and are willing to try. Life is to be enjoyed!
For a list of upcoming Fishing Forever events taking place across BC, click here.

 

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
  
BCWF’s Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program is gearing up for another summer of exploration, education, and outdoor enjoyment for youth ages 13-17.


Go Wild! Prince George
Our first event of the summer takes place in Prince George, July 20th to 24th, and is being hosted by the Spruce City Wildlife Association.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 24th, 2015 
Prince George, BC
To register for Go Wild! Prince George, click here.  


About the Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This five-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 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.
For more information about Go Wild! Youth for Conservation, click here.

 

 

Wetlandkeepers Course: Smithers, BC, June 12th to 14th

The BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP) is hosting a Wetlandkeepers course in Smithers, BC, June 12th to 14th at the Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club.
BCWF WEP Wetlandkeepers Courses are 2.5 day workshops that educate participants about wetland conservation and cover a variety of topics of interest to community stewardship groups including wetland mapping; wetland hydrology; amphibian, plant, and animal identification; soil sampling; and more.
Wetlandkeepers is a hands-on fieldwork course that provides participants will technical skills to steward their own wetland.  Upon completion of the workshop, participants are provided with a Wetlandkeeper certificate, and provided with follow up support by the Wetlands Coordinator. 
Wetlandkeepers - Smithers
June 12th to 14th, 2015
Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club
Smithers, BC

More information of specific activities for Wetlandkeepers Smithers is coming soon. Until then, see a sample schedule of activities conducted during a Wetlandkeepers Course by clicking here!
Wetlandkeepers is FREE to attend - to register, click here.
For more information on the program, visit the Wetlandkeepers page at bcwf.bc.ca

 

New BCWF Affinity Partner: Survivormate

Survivormate manufactures water resistant, mold-proof and insultated "grab and go" survival emergency kits that are industry leading in content, quality and price.  
Survivormate is constantly upgrading their "grab and go" bags to give their valued customers realistic survival kits that will get you through your crisis in the safest and most comfortable way possible until the appropiate agencies intervene.  Their wide variety of "grab and go" survival kits can be utilized for safety awards, business gifts, employee incentives, and as a caring and thoughtful "gift of safety" to your loved ones.

Survivormate can personalize your kits with your business, association, logos, etc. This will ensure that you will be remembered especially if the kit is used in an emergency situation. 
All BCWF members receive a 10% discount off regular priced products ordered online or by phone at 604-942-7774
For the discount code and ordering instructions, login to the BCWF eCommunity and click on Affinity Partner Discounts for all details. If you aren't registered for the eCommunity, it's simple and free and will grant you access to exclusive member-only content! Click here if you need to register. 
Check out Survivormate's YouTube video on their Earthquake Emergancy Kit 

 

Vote for the 2016 Artist of the Year 

We want your vote - have your say in the 2016 BCWF Artist of the Year competition!
BCWF Members once again have a chance to cast their vote by September 25th 2015, and help choose the 2016 BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Peter Kastner, and Christian Sasse:



To vote for your favourite - click on the following link:
2016 Artist of the Year Survey [SurveyMonkey.com]

 

In the News - B.C. Mine Tailings Ponds Pose Serious Risk to Water Sources: Report

From an article by Justine Hunter of the Globe and Mail:
Thousands of kilometres of salmon-rich waterways and the drinking water of hundreds of communities in central and Northern British Columbia are at risk of mining-related environmental disasters, a new report warns.
The survey from the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council is being released just ahead of a decision by the provincial government on the application to restart the Mount Polley gold and copper mine after the catastrophic tailings pond collapse last August that spilled 10 million cubic metres of contaminated water into the waterways below.
Read the rest of the article at the Globe and Mail website

 

BC Family Fishing Weekend: June 19th to 21st (Father's Day Weekend)

The 2015 BC Family Fishing Weekend takes place June 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2015 - Canadians can try angling within the rules in freshwater using a 3-day FREE licence compliments of the Province of BC!
BC's Family Fishing Weekend is an annual event that allows Canadians to try out angling free of charge by providing fishing equipment and instruction free of charge with the goal of recruiting new anglers and encouraging more BC residents to enjoy our province's world-class fishing opportunities.
You do not have to buy or carry a basic freshwater licence. (Please note: if you plan to fish for a special fish such as Shuswap Trout or fish on classified waters, the basic licence is still free but must be accompanied by the appropriate purchased validation stamp). 
For more information on BC's Family Fishing Weekend, click here.
To find an event in your area, click here.

 

New Trail to Expand Access at Shannon Lake Regional Park
 
Construction of a new accessible trail is anticipated this summer at Shannon Lake Regional Park near West Kelowna, BC.
The trail is possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, which helps thousands of Canadians to eliminate barriers and gain better access to facilities in their communities.
The new paved trail will improve access to the park for visitors in wheelchairs from the Shannon Lake Road parking area to a new floating fishing dock on Shannon Lake. It substantially upgrades the existing gravel trail that leads to the washroom building in the park and will see a new paved trail from the washrooms to the shoreline dock.
The Regional District is contributing $15,700 towards the improvements to the park and the trail project.
Over the next few weeks, it’s also anticipated that the new accessible floating dock will be installed. The T-shaped structure will extend approximately 48-feet into Shannon Lake with safety handrails along the main span ending with a six foot wide and 32-foot long fishing platform across the end.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and their funding partner, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, are proudly donating the $15,000 structure. New Wave Docks Ltd. and the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will install the dock and a transition ramp from the shoreline.
For more information about the Shannon Lake project as well as other regional parks and programs, visit the Regional District of Central Okanagan's website.

 

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Looking for Resident Anglers to Join the Central Coast Sport Fishing Advisory Committee

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is currently looking for volunteer resident anglers interested in sitting on the Central Coast Sport Fishing Advisory Committee, a submcommittee of the DFO Sports Fishing Advisory Board.
The Committee is looking for recreational anglers that fish in the Rivers Inlet \ Hakai Pass area in the summer to provide input and feedback to the DFO on how the recreational fishery in the area should be managed.
Volunteer obligations involve two meetings a year, which are either held in Vancouver or via teleconference. 
If you interested in joining the Committee or would like to learn more, contact Ken Franzen, Chair, BCWF Tidal Waters Fisheries Committee - North, at (250) 624-6431 or by email at kenfranzen@hotmail.com

 

BCWF Online Auctions - June 3rd to 10th, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Erik Renk and Joyce Trigg. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!
 
Print # 1 - 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.


 
Print # 2 - 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.

 

 



BCWF Member Update - May 27th, 2015

 

Join Us for the 2015 Conservation Lottery Draw Tomorrow
at 12:00pm at the BCWF Office in Surrey


Join us on Thursday, May 28th as we draw the winners of the 2015 BCWF Conservation Lottery at the BCWF office in Surrey.
This year's lottery has been an overwhelming success - for the first time in recent memory, we achieved a sell-out! - and we will be celebrating in style with a BBQ lunch and refreshments for everyone in attendance.
Conservation Lottery Draw and BBQ Lunch
Thursday, May 27th
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
101 - 9706 188th St. (just off 96th Ave) in Surrey

Refreshments will be served
Thank you to everyone that supported BC's fish, wildlife, and habitat by purchasing a ticket - your support is much appreciated! The annual Conservation Lottery is an important source of funding for BCWF's conservation programs and initiatives. 
A special thanks to all of the BCWF Clubs, Regions, and individual volunteers that worked so hard selling tickets in their community. As a volunteer-driven organization, BCWF simply would not exist without your support.

 

BCWFNews - May 2015 Issue

  • 59th BCWF AGM & Convention Celebrates Youth
  • Wetlands Education Program Works with Squamish Youth
    2014 BCWF Conservation Awards
  • Graham Kenyon, BCWF Past President, September 1, 1937 to April 7, 2015
  • Phil Hallinan, BCWF Past President, September 7, 1940 to April 28, 2015
  • BCWF Launches Online Hunter Education Course - New Hunters Are Now Able to Study for their CORE Exam on the Internet
  • BCWF Debuts New Truck and Trailer
  • BCWFNews Roundup: BCWF Responds to Expert Panel Report on the Kootenay Lake Crisis; BOW Weekend Coming to North Vancouver, June 5 to 7; BCWF Logo Gets Fresh New Look


Download the May 2015 issue of BCWFNews at the following link:

BCWFNews - May 2015 [PDF]

 

New BCWF Affinity Partner: Silvercore

Silvercore is British Columbia's premier firearms training center, offering various courses throughout the province. Silvercore has been teaching the CFSC/CRFSC since it’s inception, and now provide a wide range of courses including CORE, Live fire, Combatives and Bear Defence. 
BCWF Members are entitled to a 10% discount on any Silvercore course.  For more information, please visit our website at www.silvercore.ca or phone 604-940-7785. 
Discount excludes Use of Force training, private instruction and corporate courses. In order to receive your membership discount, you must provide proof of membership and course payments must be made through the Silvercore office at 604-940-7785.

 

Vote for the 2016 Artist of the Year 

We want your vote - have your say in the 2016 BCWF Artist of the Year competition!
BCWF Members once again have a chance to cast their vote by September 25th 2015, and help choose the 2016 BCWF Artist of the Year.
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than thirty submissions, and include works by Valerie Rogers, Peter Kastner, and Christian Sasse:

To vote for your favourite - click on the following link:
2016 Artist of the Year Survey [SurveyMonkey.com]

 

Wetlandkeepers Course: Smithers, BC, June 12th to 14th

The BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP) is hosting a Wetlandkeepers course in Smithers, BC, June 12th to 14th at the Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club.
BCWF WEP Wetlandkeepers Courses are 2.5 day workshops that educate participants about wetland conservation and cover a variety of topics of interest to community stewardship groups including wetland mapping; wetland hydrology; amphibian, plant, and animal identification; soil sampling; and more.
Wetlandkeepers is a hands-on fieldwork course that provides participants will technical skills to steward their own wetland.  Upon completion of the workshop, participants are provided with a Wetlandkeeper certificate, and provided with follow up support by the Wetlands Coordinator. 
Wetlandkeepers - Smithers
June 12th to 14th, 2015
Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club
Smithers, BC

More information of specific activities for Wetlandkeepers Smithers is coming soon. Until then, see a sample schedule of activities conducted during a Wetlandkeepers Course by clicking here!
Wetlandkeepers is FREE to attend - to register, click here.
For more information on the program, visit the Wetlandkeepers page at bcwf.bc.ca

 

 

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
  
BCWF’s Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program is gearing up for another summer of exploration, education, and outdoor enjoyment for youth ages 13-17.


Go Wild! Prince George
Our first event of the summer takes place in Prince George, July 20th to 24th, and is being hosted by the Spruce City Wildlife Association.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 24th, 2015 
Prince George, BC
To register for Go Wild! Prince George, click here.  


About the Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This five-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 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.
For more information about Go Wild! Youth for Conservation, click here.

 

New Trail to Expand Access at Shannon Lake Regional Park
 
Construction of a new accessible trail is anticipated this summer at Shannon Lake Regional Park near West Kelowna, BC.
The trail is possible thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund, which helps thousands of Canadians to eliminate barriers and gain better access to facilities in their communities.
The new paved trail will improve access to the park for visitors in wheelchairs from the Shannon Lake Road parking area to a new floating fishing dock on Shannon Lake. It substantially upgrades the existing gravel trail that leads to the washroom building in the park and will see a new paved trail from the washrooms to the shoreline dock.
The Regional District is contributing $15,700 towards the improvements to the park and the trail project.
Over the next few weeks, it’s also anticipated that the new accessible floating dock will be installed. The T-shaped structure will extend approximately 48-feet into Shannon Lake with safety handrails along the main span ending with a six foot wide and 32-foot long fishing platform across the end.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and their funding partner, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, are proudly donating the $15,000 structure. New Wave Docks Ltd. and the Peachland Sportsmen’s Association will install the dock and a transition ramp from the shoreline.
For more information about the Shannon Lake project as well as other regional parks and programs, visit the Regional District of Central Okanagan's website.

 

BC Family Fishing Weekend: June 19th to 21st (Father's Day Weekend)

The 2015 BC Family Fishing Weekend takes place June 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2015 - Canadians can try angling within the rules in freshwater using a 3-day FREE licence compliments of the Province of BC!
BC's Family Fishing Weekend is an annual event that allows Canadians to try out angling free of charge by providing fishing equipment and instruction free of charge with the goal of recruiting new anglers and encouraging more BC residents to enjoy our province's world-class fishing opportunities.
You do not have to buy or carry a basic freshwater licence. (Please note: if you plan to fish for a special fish such as Shuswap Trout or fish on classified waters, the basic licence is still free but must be accompanied by the appropriate purchased validation stamp). 
For more information on BC's Family Fishing Weekend, click here.
To find an event in your area, click here

 

Study for Your BC Hunter Safety Education Course Online! 


BCWF is excited to announce the launch of the BC's first Online Hunter Education Course - prospective hunters are now able to prepare for their in-person CORE exam via the internet!
“BCWF is excited to announce that prospective new hunters are now able to study for their CORE Exam via our new Online Hunter Education Course. The new online version of the CORE course features short videos, narration, and animations that really bring the material to life, and we hope that it will inspire more British Columbians to take up hunting,” said BCWF President George Wilson. 

The online course, which has been requested by BC residents for years, was developed in partnership with HUNTERcourse.com, Canada’s leading online hunter education course provider. BCWF worked closely with HUNTERcourse.com to create a fully customized course for the province. All online material has been reviewed and approved by the BC Wildlife Federation and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.
For more information on BC's Online Hunter Education Course, click here.
For a free preview of the course, click here.

 

2014 BCWF Annual Report

2014 was another exciting year for BCWF, with continued growth of both our membership and conservation initiatives, and has been summarized in our 2014 Annual Report.
Download a copy at the following link:
2014 BCWF Annual Report [PDF]

 

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Looking for Resident Anglers to Join the Central Coast Sport Fishing Advisory Committee

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is currently looking for volunteer resident anglers interested in sitting on the Central Coast Sport Fishing Advisory Committee, a submcommittee of the DFO Sports Fishing Advisory Board.
The Committee is looking for recreational anglers that fish in the Rivers Inlet \ Hakai Pass area in the summer to provide input and feedback to the DFO on how the recreational fishery in the area should be managed.
Volunteer obligations involve two meetings a year, which are either held in Vancouver or via teleconference. 
If you interested in joining the Committee or would like to learn more, contact Ken Franzen, Chair, BCWF Tidal Waters Fisheries Committee - North, at (250) 624-6431 or by email at kenfranzen@hotmail.com

 

Government of Canada  Extends Firearms Compliance Measures

The Government of Canada recently issued a news release announcing the extension of regulatory measures intended to encourage compliance with new federal firearms legislation:
"Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the Harper Government has extended regulatory measures intended to encourage compliance with federal firearms legislation.
To make it easier for firearms owners to comply with the Firearms Act and theCriminal Code, our Government will continue to provide an amnesty for owners of non-restricted firearms with expired licences who are taking steps to come into compliance by applying for and obtaining a firearms licence, in addition to facilitating the renewal of expired Possession Only Licences (POL), until May 16, 2017.
Quick Facts

  • The purpose of firearms licensing is to ensure that, in the interest of public safety, individuals are properly trained and screened to possess firearms.
  • Licences are valid for five years and specify the ability to possess and/or acquire a specific class of firearm.
  • To remain lawfully entitled to possess firearms, individuals must renew a licence prior to its expiry.
  • The Canadian Firearms Program is part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Specialized Policing Services, and is responsible for the administration of theFirearms Act, which governs the possession, transportation, use and storage of firearms in Canada.

For further information, please visit the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) or call the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program at: 1-800-731-4000."
Additional information can also be found on the Government of Canada's Public Safety website by clicking here.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - May 27th to June 3rd, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Andrew Kiss and Bruce Muir. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!

Print # 1 - Winged Passage by Andrew Kiss (27.5 x 22)
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 - Spring Run by Bruce Muir (31 x 20)
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.

 

 


The May Rod and Gun Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 27th downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

Hope to see you all there!



BCWF Member Update - May 20th, 2015

 

2015 Conservation Lottery SOLD OUT!!!

The 2015 BCWF Conservation Lottery is now officially sold out!  
Thank you to everyone that supported BC's fish, wildlife, and habitat by purchasing a ticket - your support is much appreciated! 
The annual Conservation Lottery is an important source of funding for BCWF's conservation programs and initiatives. 
A special thanks to all of the BCWF Clubs, Regions, and individual volunteers that worked so hard selling tickets in their community. As a volunteer-driven organization, BCWF simply would not exist without your support - thank you! 
This year's lucky winners will be drawn at 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 28th, at the BCWF offices in Surrey. Join us for a BBQ and refreshments: 
Lottery Draw & BBQ
Thursday May 28th
11:30 to 1:00 PM - Draw at 12:00 pm sharp
BCWF Office in Surrey (101 - 9706 188th St.)

 

2015 Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) Weekend 2:
June 5th to 7th, 2015, Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C.


BCWF's second offering of the 2015 BOW Weekend is filling up quickly - register today to avoid disappointment!
The event takes place at Camp Jubilee just outside of North Vancouver in early June:
2015 BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) Weekend
June 5th to 7th, 2015
Camp Jubilee
Near Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C. 
For course information and to register, click the following link to download a registration form:
BOW Weekend at Camp Jubilee - Registration Form [PDF]
For more information on the BOW Program, visit the BOW page at the BCWF website

 

BC Family Fishing Weekend: June 19th to 21st (Father's Day Weekend)

The 2015 BC Family Fishing Weekend takes place June 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2015 - Canadians can try angling within the rules in freshwater using a 3-day FREE licence compliments of the Province of BC!
BC's Family Fishing Weekend is an annual event that allows Canadians to try out angling free of charge by providing fishing equipment and instruction free of charge with the goal of recruiting new anglers and encouraging more BC residents to enjoy our province's world-class fishing opportunities.
You do not have to buy or carry a basic freshwater licence. (Please note: if you plan to fish for a special fish such as Shuswap Trout or fish on classified waters, the basic licence is still free but must be accompanied by the appropriate purchased validation stamp). 
For more information on BC's Family Fishing Weekend, click here.
To find an event in your area, click here

 

Wetlandkeepers Course: Smithers, BC, June 12th to 14th

The BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP) is hosting a Wetlandkeepers course in Smithers, BC, June 12th to 14th at the Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club.
BCWF WEP Wetlandkeepers Courses are 2.5 day workshops that educate participants about wetland conservation and cover a variety of topics of interest to community stewardship groups including wetland mapping; wetland hydrology; amphibian, plant, and animal identification; soil sampling; and more.
Wetlandkeepers is a hands-on fieldwork course that provides participants will technical skills to steward their own wetland.  Upon completion of the workshop, participants are provided with a Wetlandkeeper certificate, and provided with follow up support by the Wetlands Coordinator. 
Wetlandkeepers - Smithers
June 12th to 14th, 2015
Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club
Smithers, BC

More information of specific activities for Wetlandkeepers Smithers is coming soon. Until then, see a sample schedule of activities conducted during a Wetlandkeepers Course by clicking here!
Wetlandkeepers is FREE to attend - to register, click here.
For more information on the program, visit the Wetlandkeepers page at bcwf.bc.ca

 

AGM Feedback Survey

Did you attend the AGM this year? If so, BCWF is very interested to know your thoughts!
To show our appreciation for completing our AGM Survey, all AGM attendees who complete the survey will have a chance to win a Limited Edition 2015 Artist of the Year Framed Art Card!
Thank you in advance for completing our BCWF AGM Survey. Your feedback will help us to continue improving the AGM & Convention to better serve our Members and stakeholders now and in the future!
PLEASE NOTE: It is important to submit only ONE survey per person. Surveys must be completed and submitted by May 25th, 2015.
2015 BCWF AGM Survey [SurveyMonkey.com]

 

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
  
BCWF’s Go Wild! Youth for Conservation program is gearing up for another summer of exploration, education, and outdoor enjoyment for youth ages 13-17.
Our first event of the summer takes place in Prince George, July 20th to 24th, and is being hosted by the Spruce City Wildlife Association.

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation: Prince George
Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 24th, 2015 
Prince George, BC
To register for Go Wild! Prince George, click here


About the Go Wild! Youth for Conservation Program
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. This five-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 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.
For more information about Go Wild! Youth for Conservation, click here.

 

Join the Discussion: Environmental Assessment in BC - Deadline to Participate May 26th

The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) wants to hear citizens’ ideas about ways to improve the participation of the public in environmental assessment. This online discussion is open for comment until 9am on May 26th, 2015. The comments that you submit will be reviewed, summarized and integrated where possible into existing and new EAO processes.

As a first step, we suggest you read through the learning material which includes a description of what the BC EAO does, a brief overview of the environmental assessment process, an outline of the EAO’s vision for public consultation as well as feedback received to date and a few ideas for your consideration.

The second step is to join any or all of the 3 online discussions:

Discussion 1 – What’s Working?

Discussion 2 – Potential Improvements

Discussion 3 – Communication
For more information, visit the BC Government website by clicking here.

 

2014 BCWF Annual Report

2014 was another exciting year for BCWF, with continued growth of both our membership and conservation initiatives, and has been summarized in our 2014 Annual Report.
Download a copy at the following link:
2014 BCWF Annual Report [PDF]

 

Study for Your BC Hunter Safety Education Course Online! 


BCWF is excited to announce the launch of the BC's first Online Hunter Education Course - prospective hunters are now able to prepare for their in-person CORE exam via the internet!
“BCWF is excited to announce that prospective new hunters are now able to study for their CORE Exam via our new Online Hunter Education Course. The new online version of the CORE course features short videos, narration, and animations that really bring the material to life, and we hope that it will inspire more British Columbians to take up hunting,” said BCWF President George Wilson. 

The online course, which has been requested by BC residents for years, was developed in partnership with HUNTERcourse.com, Canada’s leading online hunter education course provider. BCWF worked closely with HUNTERcourse.com to create a fully customized course for the province. All online material has been reviewed and approved by the BC Wildlife Federation and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.
For more information on BC's Online Hunter Education Course, click here.
For a free preview of the course, click here.

 

Government of Canada  Extends Firearms Compliance Measures

The Government of Canada recently issued a news release announcing the extension of regulatory measures intended to encourage compliance with new federal firearms legislation:
"Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced that the Harper Government has extended regulatory measures intended to encourage compliance with federal firearms legislation.
To make it easier for firearms owners to comply with the Firearms Act and theCriminal Code, our Government will continue to provide an amnesty for owners of non-restricted firearms with expired licences who are taking steps to come into compliance by applying for and obtaining a firearms licence, in addition to facilitating the renewal of expired Possession Only Licences (POL), until May 16, 2017.
Quick Facts

  • The purpose of firearms licensing is to ensure that, in the interest of public safety, individuals are properly trained and screened to possess firearms.
  • Licences are valid for five years and specify the ability to possess and/or acquire a specific class of firearm.
  • To remain lawfully entitled to possess firearms, individuals must renew a licence prior to its expiry.
  • The Canadian Firearms Program is part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Specialized Policing Services, and is responsible for the administration of theFirearms Act, which governs the possession, transportation, use and storage of firearms in Canada.

For further information, please visit the Canadian Firearms Program (CFP) or call the RCMP Canadian Firearms Program at: 1-800-731-4000."
Additional information can also be found on the Government of Canada's Public Safety website by clicking here.

 

A Message from the Legacy Water Search and Recovery Society

Dear Legacy Members and Supporters,
Over the last year, there have been many changes within our Society.  We have continued to build behind the scenes with fundraising efforts, equipment upgrades and training, and we have conducted 3 operational deployments.
Based on feedback from our members, we recognize we need to focus on communicating with our members/supporters about changes and the general business happening within the board and society. To that end, we have created a new board position to fill that role.  Anna Ward, a current board member, has offered to take on the new role of Director of Communications.  She will be responsible for ensuring continuous and concise communication to all members and supporters regarding board updates, fundraising efforts, training events and operational deployments.  This will help serve the purpose of keeping all of you better informed.
The Legacy Memorial Golf Tournament, our biggest fundraising event of the year. is in full swing.  We are approximately 2/3 sold out with only three hole sponsorships remaining, to date.  There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available, but hole sponsorship seem to be very popular this year. If your company or someone you know wishes to be a sponsor at the tournament, please have them connect with Jeanne Hansen at admin@legacywatersearch.com.  Silent Auction & Raffle Prize donations – there is still time to donate your prize, email us or call Jen 604-828-8528 to make arrangements to pick up or drop off before May 27th.  
The Annual General Meeting will be held the following day, Sunday May 31 at 11AM at the Sportsplex meeting room (20165 91A Ave., Langley – map https://goo.gl/maps/DBWMM).  A light lunch will be provided.  We are actively searching for members to either serve as a board member or on one of our many committees.  More information will be contained in the official notice of the AGM coming out soon.  If you are not a member of Legacy yet but would like to be notified, please email Jeanne at admin@legacywatersearch.com ASAP.  It’s important to become a member to keep informed, volunteer and to retain the numbers to keep the society viable in support of our BC Gaming Grant application for funding.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the AGM.  
We have scheduled our first training event of the spring for June 9th, 2015.  This will be held in our new training facility located at Huyck Industrials Ltd. – Building C, Unit #101, 19505 – 56th Avenue, Surrey, BC (map - https://goo.gl/maps/0PfQS).  The topic for the first training night will be Side Scan Sonar set up, search techniques and image recognition.  This will be a short lecture based training session, and then you will be hands on with the sonar gear, setting up and learning to work with the program software.
Thank you for your support of the society.
Scott Lebus, President
Legacy Water Search & Recovery Society
For more information visit the Legacy Water Search & Recovery Society website.

 

Honda Rock the Red - May 23rd at Fraser Downs

Honda has an upcoming annual event that you, your family and your friends may be interested in attending! 
Honda Rock the Red
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015
10 AM to 3 PM
Fraser Downs - 17755 60th Ave, Surrey
This special event is a celebration of everything Honda.  We have all of our powersports products on display and have demos available all day.  If you or your friends and family have children between the ages of 6 and 12 - they can learn to ride a small dirt bike in a Junior Red Rider class with instruction from Popkum Motorpark - all gear and bikes are provided.  We conduct the classes on the soft horse racetrack for softer landings.  We also offer Honda Striders (non-motorized) for children 6 and under so that they can participate along side their brother or sister.

You can also take an ATV, SxS, Scooter or Motorcycle for a test ride in a group setting (must have class 6 motorcycle licence for the bike rides and all safety gear i.e. boots that cover ankle/riding pants or jeans/riding jacket/gloves and a helmet).  We also have a skills competition called Moto-Gymkhana for those riders who wish to test their skills on a course containing slaloms, tight corners and other challenging maneuvers - you don't need to be an expert to join in the fun!

Admission is FREE and there will be food and drinks for purchase at the event.

**Please  be  there  right  at 10AM to sign up for Junior Red Riders OR the Come  Ride  With  Us  Demo  Rides  to  ensure  that you have a spot - these activities fill up VERY quickly!
For more infomation, click here.

 

News Release: BCWF Responds to the Province of BC Report on the Crisis in the Recreational Fishery on Kootenay and Arrow Lakes
 
BCWF issued a news release earlier this week concerning the recent report by the Province of BC on the findings of an expert panel reviewing the collapse of fish stocks - and along with them, the recreational fishery - in Kootenay and Arrow Lakes near Nelson. 
From the news release:
"The BC Wildlife Federation is encouraged by the recent release of a report by the Province of BC and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations detailing the findings of the expert panel examining the decline of fish stocks and the recreational fishery in the Kootenay and Arrow Lakes near Nelson, BC. The ongoing crisis has resulted in significant negative impacts on the local economy, which relies on tourism revenues generated by the world-class recreational fishing on Kootenay and Arrow Lakes that attracts anglers from all over the globe.
BC Wildlife Federation President George Wilson applauded the release of the findings from the expert panel: 
“The BC Wildlife Federation is pleased that the Province of BC has finally recognized the seriousness of the problem and that the expert panel’s report included many of the recommendations put forward by our organization. The panel has addressed what can be done immediately by instituting short-term measures aimed at increasing kokanee populations while temporarily decreasing predator populations. BCWF was adamant that kokanee eggs and fry be stocked immediately starting this fall, and this recommendation was endorsed by the panel. A number of regulation changes were also supported, including complete non-harvest of kokanee and increased harvest of smaller Gerrard rainbow trout. “"
To read the full text of the news release, click here.

 

Pemberton Wildlife Association Approved for Funding by the Deparment of Fisheries and Oceans Canada for Habitat Restoration Project

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada has approved the Pemberton Wildlife Association's application to the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program for fish habitat restoration on RoHB Creek. The total project value is  $119,174.
Congratulations to everyone at the Pemberton Wildlife Association and partner organizations that are involved in this great project!
For more information on the Pemberton Wildlife Association and their Fisheries Committee, click here.

 

2014 Report on the Population Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada

Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service is pleased to share with you the 2014 report on the Population Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada.
The report has been completely revised (content and format) for the first time since its inception in 1985. A species approach has been adopted.
 
The report also indicates that the CWS is considering the establishment of a hunting season for Mourning Dove in Manitoba and Quebec for the 2016-2017 hunting season. For more information, please see Appendices A and B. 
 
Appendix C presents an update on the consultations held with respect to modernizing the Migratory Birds Regulations to improve the management of hunting in Canada.
2014 report on the Population Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada [PDF]
 
Reports from previous years can be found by clicking here.
 
Background
The hunting regulations for migratory game birds are reviewed and amended biennially by Environment Canada. As part of the regulatory process to amend the hunting regulations, the Canadian Wildlife Service produces a series of regulatory reports:
 
-The first report, Population Status of Migratory Game Birds in Canada contains population and other biological information on migratory game birds, and thus provides the scientific basis for management. Published every year.
                                                   
-The second report, Proposals to Amend the Canadian Migratory Birds Regulations outlines the proposed changes to the hunting regulations. Published every second year when hunting regulations are reviewed.
 
-The third report, Migratory Birds Regulations in Canada, summarizes the hunting regulations that were approved for the next two hunting seasons. Published every second year when hunting regulations are reviewed.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - May 20th to May 27th, 2015
This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include paintings by Andrew Kiss and Luke Raffin. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!

Print # 1 - Intruder by Andrew Kiss (32 x 12)
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 - Early Light by Luke Raffin (16 x 22)
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.

 

 



BCWF Member Update - May 6th, 2015

 

2015 BCWF AGM & Convention a Success

Thank you to all the delegates, members, speakers, and guests that attended the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention in Fernie, BC, April 23 to 25.
Special thanks to all the hardworking volunteers from the Fernie Rod & Gun Club lead by Mario Rocca and Kevin Marasco - without them the event would simply not have been possible.


2015 Conservation Fundraiser / Fernie Rod & Club Banquet
The 2015 Conservation Fundraiser, which was held in conjunction with annual Fernie Rod & Club Banquet, was attended by more than 900 people and was an overwhelming success.
The sold-out event featured dozens of fabulous raffle, live auction, and silent auction prizes, and raised a significant amount of money for conservation projects in the East Kootenays and the rest of BC.
Thank you to everyone that joined us!


AGM Feedback Survey
Did you attend the AGM this year? If so, BCWF is very interested to know your thoughts!
To show our appreciation for completing our AGM Survey, all AGM attendees who complete the survey will have a chance to win a Limited Edition 2015 Artist of the Year Framed Art Card!
Thank you in advance for completing our BCWF AGM Survey. Your feedback will help us to continue improving the AGM & Convention to better serve our Members and stakeholders now and in the future!
PLEASE NOTE: It is important to submit only ONE survey per person. Surveys must be completed and submitted by May 25th, 2015.
2015 BCWF AGM Survey [SurveyMonkey.com]


BCWF Executive and Board of Directors

The annual Board of Directors elections also took place at the AGM & Convention. The BCWF Executive will be serving in their roles for another year, and there were several new directors elected to the Board for two-year terms. Regional Presidents were also appointed:
Elected Directors - Executive
President – George Wilson – Fernie
Vice President – Jim Glaicar – Prince George
Vice President – Ed George – Langley
Treasurer – John Shepherd – Courtenay
Past President – Bill Bosch – Kelowna
Elected Directors (2 year terms)
Harvey Andrusak – Nelson
Jesse Zeman – Kelowna 
Brian Hancock – Greenwood
Trevor Carruthers – Cranbrook
Regional Presidents (Appointed)

Region 1 (Vancouver Island) – Dave Parenteau 
Region 2 (Lower Mainland) – Dale Vidulich
Region 3 (Thomson/Nicola) – Gordon Bacon
Region 4W (West Kootenay) – Gord Grunerud
Region 4E (East Kootenay) – Jeff Berdusco
Region 5 (Cariboo) – Terry Street
Region 6 (Skeena) – Mike Langegger
Region 7A (Omineca) – Jim Glaicar
Region 7B (Peace) – Gerry Paille
Region 8 (Okanagan) – Brenton Froehlich


2014 BCWF Awards
BCWF's annual Conservation Awards were presented at the BCWF Awards Gala and Dinner on Friday, April 24th - congratulations to all of this year's winners!

Art Downs Memorial Award
Larry Pynn of the Vancouver Sun for his series of articles on the impacts of agriculture and development on fish habitat entitled “Minding the Farm”

Bert Palmer Big Game Trophy
Jan Maltesen - Roosevelt Elk & 352 1/8 B&C

BCWF Jr. Wildlife (Big Game) Award
Katelynn Gill - Black Bear & 15 5/16 B&C

Lee Straight Fishing Award
Mike O’Neill - Chinook Salmon, 56 lbs.

Roderick Haig-Brown Memorial Conservation Award (completed conservation project, benefiting either fish or wildlife)
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club for their "Osprey Nest Relocation Project"

Artist of the Year
Laura Levitsky for her painting “A Quiet Repose”

Quota Buster Award (awarded to the club whose Membership increased the most since the last convention)
Peachland Sportsmen’s Association

Bill Otway “Most Effective Regional Chair” Award
Jesse Zeman, BCWF Director and Chair, Wildlife Allocations Committee

President’s Award for “Volunteer Contribution”
Ted Brookman, Chair, BCWF Inland Fisheries Committee

In addition, several special awards were presented to individuals that have made significant contributions to conservation in BC. Don Peterson, formerly the President of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, was honoured following his recent retirement, and Ken Owens and Patricia Burley were recognized as “Conservation Officers of the Year” for their outstanding work in the field.  

 

Get Your 2015 BCWF Conservation Lottery Tickets Before They Sell Out!


The 2015 Conservation Lottery Draw is now just 3 weeks away and tickets are approaching a sell-out - don't miss your chance to win a 2015 Honda Pioneer 500 Side by Side!
Purchase your tickets online before 12:00 pm on Wednesday, May 27th for your chance to win! You can also order by phone at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293).
The lucky winners will be drawn on Thursday, May 28th at 12:00 pm.


In addition to the Grand Prize, we have a fantastic selection of prizes up for grabs in the 2015 Conservation Lottery - get your tickets today and support the conservation programs and initiatives of BCWF!

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: $500 Gift Card from Italian Sporting Goods

6th Prize: 32" Toshiba LED TV (Value: $300.00)

7th Prize: BCWF Framed Artist of the Year Print: Remarque Edition (Value: $500.00)

 

Study for Your BC Hunter Safety Education Course Online! 


BCWF is excited to announce the launch of the BC's first Online Hunter Education Course - prospective hunters are now able to prepare for their in-person CORE exam via the internet!
“BCWF is excited to announce that prospective new hunters are now able to study for their CORE Exam via our new Online Hunter Education Course. The new online version of the CORE course features short videos, narration, and animations that really bring the material to life, and we hope that it will inspire more British Columbians to take up hunting,” said BCWF President George Wilson. 

The online course, which has been requested by BC residents for years, was developed in partnership with HUNTERcourse.com, Canada’s leading online hunter education course provider. BCWF worked closely with HUNTERcourse.com to create a fully customized course for the province. All online material has been reviewed and approved by the BC Wildlife Federation and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.
For more information on BC's Online Hunter Education Course, click here.
For a free preview of the course, click here.

 

2015 Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) Weekend 2:
June 5th to 7th, 2015, Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C.


Registration for BCWF's second offering of the 2015 BOW Weekend is now open!
The event takes place at Camp Jubilee just outside of North Vancouver in early June:
2015 BOW (Becoming an Outdoors Woman) Weekend - Second Offering
June 5th to 7th, 2015
Camp Jubilee
Near Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C. 
For course information and to register, click the following link to download a registration form:
BOW Weekend at Camp Jubilee - Registration Form [PDF]
For more information, visit the BOW page at the BCWF website

 

Graham Kenyon, BCWF Past President - September 1, 1937 to April 7, 2015 

Graham passed away at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail, B.C. after a short but courageous battle against cancer.
He was born in Leicester, England, where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering. Due to a bike accident, he lost vision in his right eye. While in hospital, he met and later married Jill Eden. 
They immigrated to Canada in 1961 and settled in Rossland. Graham began a long and rewarding career with Cominco/Teck Metals Ltd. advancing through the company to become the environmental health manager for Trail Operations until his retirement in 1998. He traveled to New Zealand in 1968 on a Rotary Group Study Exchange, which he said had a huge influence on his life. He became passionate about the environment as was evidenced by his enormous contributions to his employer and his community. His involvement with the Kootenay Mountaineering Club from the early ‘60s led Graham to serve as secretary of the Trail Rod and Gun Club, president of the Trail Wildlife Association, director/vice president and then president of B.C. Wildlife Federation, director of West Kootenay Outdoorsmen and energy chair and conservation ethics manager of BCWF on the Seven Mile and Revelstoke Dam projects. 
He was a founding chair of the BC Conservation Foundation, member of the BC Environmental Appeal Board, conservation chair of Kootenay Mountaineering which initiated a campaign to establish Valhalla Park. He also worked on a number of campaigns and conservation of parks and wilderness and forest policies as well as coal strip-mining legislation and the establishment of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. He was also director of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, member and chair of the Royal Roads University Environmental Advisory Committee and served on the Trail Lead Task Force/Trail Health and Environment Committee. 
He chaired the steering committee for the Rossland Strategic Sustainability Plan, was a director of Community Futures, the Lower Columbia Community Development Team and the Fort Shepherd Land Conservancy Area, which he helped to establish. In his spare time, he loved hiking in the mountains, cycling, touring, backpacking and traveling through many parts of the world. As a runner, he won numerous medals but was most proud of achieving a time of 2:45 hours in a marathon. He also enjoyed his dogs, the Nooners Jogging Club, keeping abreast of local politics, and was an incredible writer, penning a number of non-fiction magazine articles and writing letters to the local newspaper from “the Mountain Kingdom.” 
Graham is survived by his wife, Jill; children Heather (Jim) Lawson of Port Alberni and Andrew (Tina) of Rossland; and brothers Robert and David of England. He was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Frank. 
The family would like to thank the staff and physicians at KBRH and Home Nursing/Support. Special thanks to Helen Clugston, Angie Profili and Cathy Sahlstrom, who were incredibly supportive during this time. 
A service will be held on Monday, April 13 at Rossland United Church at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please support Doctors Without Borders @ http://www.msf.ca/ 
The Mountain Kingdom has lost a prince of a man.

 

Phil Hallinan, BCWF Past President - September 7, 1940 to April 28, 2015

Phil passed away peacefully at hospice after a lengthy illness at the age of 74 years.Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 53 years Rita, son David (Phyllis), daughter Vera, grandchildren Grant (Teresa), Kristen (Ryan), Georgia, David, James and great-grandson Zackary.
Phil will be fondly remembered by his sister Sheilagh (Irv), brother Bruce stepsister Diana, stepbrother Harry (Brenda), sister-in-law Vera, brother-in-law Edward (Deb), his nieces and nephews Catherine, Ken (Deanna), Kathy (Gordon), Amy, Cyd, Jennifer, Robin, Tyler and Erin. Phil is also lovingly remembered by his aunt Betty Fribance.

Phil was predeceased by his father George, mother Kathleen, and stepmother Patricia. Phil was born in Princeton, but raised on Copper Mountain where he lived until his teenage years. There he developed a love and an appreciation for nature and in particular, he enjoyed hunting and fly-fishing. His love of the outdoors was evident throughout his life. 

Phil was a creative thinker who had the gift of being able to re-invent himself. After working or Evans products for 28 years, a job that returned him to the interior, Phil worked in a variety of jobs involving the outdoors, retiring at 69 from the Fraser Basil Council, Shuswap Region. Phil was also an avid volunteer in many outdoor organizations at the local, provincial and national levels.
He discovered a new passion for supporting the outdoors by writing and eventually becoming editor for the BCWF publication, The Outdoor Edge. He was a true steward of the earth and he imparted this knowledge, respect and love of the outdoors to his family. Happy times with the family included hunting time with his Labrador Retrievers, fly-fishing, camping and driving in the bush spotting wildlife.

Special Thanks and appreciation to Marianne Aduini and to the Home First Program’s dedicated team and to all the doctors and nurses who cared for Phil. Thank you to the staff of the Ponderosa Adult Day Program who brought joy to Phil.
Thank you to our extended family and friends for your love and support. Your kindness will be remembered always.
A Funeral Mass celebrating Phil’s life will be held at Our Lady Perpetual Help Parish (235 Poplar Street) Kamloops and will be celebrated by Father Martin Peyton on Thursday, May 7th, 2015, at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden  Hospice Home or a charity of the donor’s choice in Phil’s memory.

 

 

 

A Night with the Grizzlies - May 12th, 2015, at the Centennial Theratre in North Vancouver, BC

Join us and spend an evening with the grizzly bears of southwest British Columbia at North Vancouver's Centennial Theatre on Tuesday May 12th. 
Learn about why grizzly bears matter, what we know about grizzly bears from the science, why what’s good for bears is good for people and meet some of the people who dedicate their lives to these iconic bears.
Our guest speakers for the evening will be three of those dedicated souls: Chris Morgan, Ecologist, Author, and PBS / National Geographic / BBC TV Host; Tony Hamilton, BC Ministry of Environment Large Carnivore Specialist and COASTtoCASCADES Field Director and lifelong BC backcountry guide Johnny Mikes. For full details on guest speakers, click here.
Hear about their personal adventures with grizzly bears in our wilderness backyard, find out what they have learned from years working closely with bears and understand how what we know now about the grizzly bears of southwest British Columbia provides the key to preventing them from becoming locally extinct.
This is a great springtime talk as we are already seeing grizzly bears and cubs emerging from their winter dens.
A Night With the Grizzlies
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
Centennial Theatre
2300 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC

Adults: $15.00
Students: $10.00
To purchase tickets, click here.
For more information about the Coast to Cascades Grizzly Bear Initiative visit the website: www.COASTtoCASCADES.org 

 

The Province: Are BC's Conservation Officers Becoming an Endangered Species?

Province reporter Dan Fumano recently examined the current state of BC's CO Service and the challenges it faces. From the article:
"B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service faces increasing resources pressure, despite many groups saying the “thin green line” that protects the province’s environment has already been cut too deep.
As nature lovers gear up for a busy summer of camping, hunting and fishing, many British Columbians worry that the officers are becoming an endangered species.
Part of the Ministry of Environment, the COS service is a natural-resource law-enforcement agency specializing in human-wildlife conflict response, environmental investigations and statutory compliance.
On a given day, an officer may respond to a bear attack on humans, probe an environmental violation or execute a warrant on poachers illegally hunting.
In his 30 years as a full-time officer, Greg Hoyer saw officers gradually saddled with more and more responsibilities, including enforcing the Waste Management Act, the Water Act, Pesticide Control, the Motor Vehicle Act and more..."
Read the full article at the The Province website:
Are B.C.'s conservation officers becoming an endangered species? (TheProvince.com)

 

BCWF Online Auctions - May 6th to May 13th, 2015


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include two great paintings from Ken Brauner and Heidi Hehn. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $30!
 
Print # 1 - High Country Expedition by Ken Brauner 
Ken Brauner, a life-long resident of Oregon, was a full-time artist whose paintings are found throughout North America in corporate offices, colleges, and many private collections. His intimate knowledge of the forestry industry is the result of years of experience as a sawmill worker and sales manager of a prominent wood products firm.


 
Print # 2 Barn Blues by Heidi Hehn
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.

 

The Canada 150 Fund - Celebrating 150 Years of Confederation

On April 21, 2015, the federal government tabled the federal budget in Parliament.  The Economic Action Plan 2015 proposes to provide $210 million over four years, starting in 2015-16, to support activities, events and celebrations across Canada to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.  Funding will be used to support local community events such as festivals and concerts, enhanced Canada Day celebrations in the National Capital Region and other major Canadian cities, and other national initiatives that will unite Canadians from coast to coast to coast. 
The Canada 150 Fund is a three-year funding initiative that aims to promote Canadian values, culture and history, generate national pride and bring citizens together locally, regionally and nationally to celebrate the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.  A limited number of high impact, large-scale projects that are national in scope will also be supported through the Canada 150 Fund as Signature Initiatives (although you will need to speak with a project officer prior to applying).  
Eligible funding recipients under the Canada 150 Fund include the following types:

  • Canadian not-for-profit organizations, including corporations, trusts, cooperatives and unincorporated associations;
  • Canadian business corporations, including partnerships, trusts and joint ventures where projects are non-commercial in nature;
  • Canadian schools; and
  • Canadian municipal governments and their institutions.

There is no established deadline to submit a funding application under the Canada 150 Fund. For Signature Initiatives, an Expression of Interest must be submitted by May 29, 2015. 
If you or your organization are interested in learning more or submitting a project, then contact a Canadian Heritage program officer in the appropriate location to get an application kit.  
More information is available at http://canada150.gc.ca/eng/1424795454758

 

Join the Discussion: Environmental Assessment in BC

The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) wants to hear citizens’ ideas about ways to improve the participation of the public in environmental assessment. This online discussion is open for comment until 9am on May 26th, 2015. The comments that you submit will be reviewed, summarized and integrated where possible into existing and new EAO processes.

As a first step, we suggest you read through the learning material which includes a description of what the BC EAO does, a brief overview of the environmental assessment process, an outline of the EAO’s vision for public consultation as well as feedback received to date and a few ideas for your consideration.

The second step is to join any or all of the 3 online discussions:

Discussion 1 – What’s Working?

Discussion 2 – Potential Improvements

Discussion 3 – Communication
For more information, visit the BC Government website by clicking here.

 

Pipeline Environmental Effects Monitoring Program and Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program

BCWF recently received a letter from the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project inviting our organization to participate in an upcoming open comment period regarding some of the 209 conditions that were placed on the project upon conditional approval in June 2014.
From the letter:
"As you are aware, on June 17th, 2014, the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project ("Project") received Federal Government approval, subject to 209 conditions. These conditions, which along with commitments made by Northern Gateway, will ensure that the Project is built and operated to world class terrestrial, marine and environmental protection standards.
We are writing to seek your input on our Pipeline Environmental Effects Monitoring Program ("Pipeline EEMP") (conditions 27-29 and 30-32), and our Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program ("Marine EEMP") (conditions 36 and 37). A description of the proposed Pipeline EEMP and Marine EEMP is provided below for your reference.
We are seeking your comments by May 22nct, 2015. The conditions require us to submit the Pipeline EEMP and Marine EEMP to the National Energy Board ("NEB") for approval within one year after the Certificate date (i.e, June 17, 2015).
Receiving your comments on or before the end of May will enable your input to be incorporated into the reports prior their submission to the NEB."
Click the following link to download a copy of the letter:
Letter: Northern Gateway Pipeline - Effects Monitoring Program and Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program [PDF]

 




BCWF Member Update - April 30th, 2015

 

2015 BCWF AGM & Convention a Success\

Thank you to all the delegates, members, speakers, and guests that attended the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention in Fernie, BC, April 23 to 25.
Thanks also to all the hardworking volunteers from the Fernie Rod & Gun Club lead by Mario Rocca and Kevin Marasco - without them the event would simply not have been possible.


2015 Conservation Fundraiser / Fernie Rod & Club Banquet
The 2015 Conservation Fundraiser, which was held in conjunction with annual Fernie Rod & Club Banquet, was attended by more than 900 people and was an overwhelming success.

The sold-out event featured dozens of fabulous raffle, live auction, and silent auction prizes, and raised a significant amount of money for conservation projects in the East Kootenays and the rest of BC.
Thank you to everyone that joined us!


BCWF Executive and Board of Directors

 

 

The annual Board of Directors elections also took place at the AGM & Convention. The BCWF Executive will be serving in their roles for another year, and there were several new directors elected to the Board for 2 year terms. Regional Presidents were also appointed:
Elected Directors - Executive
President – George Wilson – Fernie
Vice President – Jim Glaicar – Prince George
Vice President – Ed George – Langley
Treasurer – John Shepherd – Courtenay
Past President – Bill Bosch – Kelowna
Elected Directors (2 year terms)
Harvey Andrusak – Nelson
Jesse Zeman – Kelowna 
Brian Hancock – Greenwood
Tyler Carruthers – Cranbrook
Regional Presidents (Appointed)

Region 1 (Vancouver Island) – Dave Parenteau 
Region 2 (Lower Mainland) – Dale Vidulich
Region 3 (Thomson/Nicola) – Gordon Bacon
Region 4W (West Kootenay) – Gord Grunerud
Region 4E (East Kootenay) – Jeff Berdusco
Region 5 (Cariboo) – Terry Street
Region 6 (Skeena) – Mike Langegger
Region 7A (Omineca) – Jim Glaicar
Region 7B (Peace) – Gerry Paille
Region 8 (Okanagan) – Brenton Froehlich


2014 BCWF Awards

BCWF's annual Conservation Awards were presented at the BCWF Awards Gala and Dinner on Friday, April 24th:

Art Downs Memorial Award
Larry Pynn of the Vancouver Sun for his series of articles on the impacts of agriculture and development on fish habitat entitled “Minding the Farm”

Bert Palmer Big Game Trophy
Jan Maltesen - Roosevelt Elk & 352 1/8 B&C

BCWF Jr. Wildlife (Big Game) Award
Katelynn Gill - Black Bear & 15 5/16 B&C

Lee Straight Fishing Award
Mike O’Neill - Chinook Salmon, 56 lbs.

Roderick Haig-Brown Memorial Conservation Award (completed conservation project, benefiting either fish or wildlife)
Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club for their "Osprey Nest Relocation Project"

Artist of the Year
Laura Levitsky for her painting “A Quiet Repose”

Quota Buster Award (awarded to the club whose Membership increased the most since the last convention)
Peachland Sportsmen’s Association

Bill Otway “Most Effective Regional Chair” Award
Jesse Zeman, BCWF Director and Chair, Wildlife Allocations Committee

President’s Award for “Volunteer Contribution”
Ted Brookman, Chair, BCWF Inland Fisheries Committee

In addition, several special awards were presented to individuals that have made significant contributions to conservation in BC. Don Peterson, formerly the President of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, was honoured following his recent retirement, and Ken Owens and Patricia Burley were recognized as “Conservation Officers of the Year” for their outstanding work in the field. 

 

BCWF Logo Gets a Fresh New Look

 






As you may have already noticed, the BCWF logo has recently undergone a refresh and is sporting a new more modern look!
BCWF started the process of updating the logo in the Spring of 2014, when we surveyed our membership, volunteers, and stakeholders about what they would like to see in a refreshed logo. After extensive discussions, many focus group sessions, and several tweaks, the end result is modern, eye-catching, and reflects the diverse landscapes of our province.
We hope you like it!

 

 

 

BCWF Announces Launch of Online Hunter Education Course in Partnership with HunterCourse.com

BCWF is proud to announce that it has recently launched the province’s first Online Hunter Education Course. A project long in the making, new and prospective hunters will now have the option of taking the Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) online, in preparation for their in-person CORE exam.

“BCWF is excited to announce that prospective new hunters are now able to study for their CORE Exam via our new Online Hunter Education Course. The new online version of the CORE course features short videos, narration, and animations that really bring the material to life, and we hope that it will inspire more British Columbians to take up hunting,” said BCWF President George Wilson.

The online course, which has been requested by BC residents for years, was developed in partnership with HUNTERcourse.com, Canada’s leading online hunter education course provider. BCWF worked closely with HUNTERcourse.com to create a fully customized course for the province. All online material has been reviewed and approved by the BC Wildlife Federation and the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.
For more information on BC's Online Hunter Education Course, click here.
For a free preview of the course, click here.

 

2015 Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) Weekend 2:
June 5th to 7th, 2015, Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C.


BCWF is excited to announce that registration for BCWF's second offering of the 2015 BOW Weekend is now open!
The event takes place at Camp Jubilee just outside of North Vancouver in early June:
2015 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend - Second Offering
June 5th to 7th, 2015
Camp Jubilee
Near Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C. 
For course information and to register, click the following link to download a registration form:
BOW Weekend at Camp Jubilee - Registration Form [PDF]
For more information, visit the BOW page at the BCWF website.

 

Pipeline Environmental Effects Monitoring Program and Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program

 

 

BCWF recently received a letter from the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project inviting our organization to participate in an upcoming open comment period regarding some of the 209 conditions that were placed on the project upon conditional approval in June 2014.
From the letter:
"As you are aware, on June 17th, 2014, the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project ("Project") received Federal Government approval, subject to 209 conditions. These conditions, which along with commitments made by Northern Gateway, will ensure that the Project is built and operated to world class terrestrial, marine and environmental protection standards.
We are writing to seek your input on our Pipeline Environmental Effects Monitoring Program ("Pipeline EEMP") (conditions 27-29 and 30-32), and our Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program ("Marine EEMP") (conditions 36 and 37). A description of the proposed Pipeline EEMP and Marine EEMP is provided below for your reference.
We are seeking your comments by May 22nct, 2015. The conditions require us to submit the Pipeline EEMP and Marine EEMP to the National Energy Board ("NEB") for approval within one year after the Certificate date (i.e, June 17, 2015).
Receiving your comments on or before the end of May will enable your input to be incorporated into the reports prior their submission to the NEB."
Click the following link to download a copy of the letter:
Letter: Northern Gateway Pipeline - Effects Monitoring Program and Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program [PDF]

 

Join the Discussion: Environmental Assessment in BC

The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) wants to hear citizens’ ideas about ways to improve the participation of the public in environmental assessment. This online discussion is open for comment until 9am on May 26th, 2015. The comments that you submit will be reviewed, summarized and integrated where possible into existing and new EAO processes.

As a first step, we suggest you read through the learning material which includes a description of what the BC EAO does, a brief overview of the environmental assessment process, an outline of the EAO’s vision for public consultation as well as feedback received to date and a few ideas for your consideration.

The second step is to join any or all of the 3 online discussions:

Discussion 1 – What’s Working?

Discussion 2 – Potential Improvements

Discussion 3 – Communication
For more information, visit the BC Government website by clicking here.

 

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Shellfish and Groundfish Closures in Subareas 28-6 to 28-9

Effective immediately and until further notice, the following portions of Area 28: Subareas 28-6 to 28-9 inclusive are closed to fishing for all shellfish and groundfish species.  This area includes those waters easterly of a line drawn between Point Grey to Point Atkinson to the westerly side of the Lions Gate Bridge.
This closure is in response to a fuel spill in English Bay on April 9, 2015 and is a precautionary measure.
Reminder: Recreational fishing between Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Bridge (also known as Second Narrows Bridge) is closed year around. In addition, the annual closure for all species of clam, oysters, mussels, scallops is in effect from April 1 to March 31 in the following Pacific Fishery Management Areas:
Subareas 28-6 to 29-9
VO# 2015-200 and 201


Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  
If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336 or the British Columbia’s toll-free RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).
For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474).


For More Information
Contact the local DFO office in your area or Barbara Mueller, Resource Manager at 604-666-2370.
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

Sport Fishing Institute of BC – Statistics on the Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing in BC and Canada
 
The Sport  Fishing Institute of BC recently published a fact sheet with some statistics about the huge economic contribution provided by sport fishing in BC and the rest of Canada.
Some highlights include:

  • In BC in 2012, 400,000 anglers fished 3.8 million days and generated $936 million in direct revenue
  • Recreational fishing in Canada is worth nearly 5 times as much as the commercial fishery - $8.3 billion versus $1.7 billion.

For the full set of statistics, download the full SFI Fact Sheet at the follwing link:
Recreational Fishing Sector Statistics [PDF]

 

BCWF Online Auctions - April 29th to May 6th, 2015


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include two great paintings from Bruce Muir and Wilf Schlitt. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!

Print # 1 -  Sea of Cortez by Bruce Muir


 
Print # 2 - Hidden Treasures by Wilf Schlitt

 

2015 Conservation Stamp Unveiled by Wildlife Habitat Canada
 
Wildlife Habitat Canada recently unveiled the design of the 2015 Conservation Stamp. From a press release announcing the stamp:
"The painting of Salt Spring Island (BC) wildlife artist, W. Allan Hancock, titled “Blossoming – Mourning Doves,” has been unveiled as the image of the 2015 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print.
The Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print are produced each year through unique partnerships among Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada, and Canadian wildlife artists."
To read the entire text of the press release and view this year`s stamp, click the following link:
Wildlife Habitat Canada Unveils 2015 Conservation Stamp [PDF]

 

 


The Nakusp Boat Ramp will be temporarily closed on Wednesday April 29th starting at 9am.

A dive crew will be doing some work


April's Rod and Gun meeting will be held Wednesday April 29th at 7:30pm

As always, downstairs in the Senior's Hall

Hope to see you all there!



BCWF Member Update - April 15th, 2015

 

Visit the BCWF Booth at the BC Rod & Gun Show:
April 17th to 19th at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey

BCWF will be an exhibitor at the BC Rod & Gun Show this coming Friday, April 17th through Sunday, April 19th at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey.
Join us at the BCWF Booth (#63 in the Agriplex) to renew your membership and purchase 2015 Conservation Lottery tickets - don't wait, they are disappearing quickly! You will also have an opportunity to enter your name in a draw to win a BCWF prize package that includes a BCWF duck call, rescue knife, Realtree hat, and short-sleeve Rocky Camo shirt.
BC Rod & Gun Show
Cloverdale Fairgrounds (64th Ave and 176th St. in Surrey)
Friday, April 17th - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, April 18th - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, April 19th - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
For more information, and to purchase tickets at the discount Early Bird price of $8.00 per person, visit www.bcrodandgunshow.com

 

 
The 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention will be held April 23rd to 25th, 2015, in Fernie, B.C., and will be hosted by the Fernie Rod & Gun Club. The theme of this year's event reflects the Fernie Rod & Gun Club's focus on youth -  "Ours Today, Theirs Tomorrow".


AGM & Convention Draft Agenda 
A Draft Agenda is now available for the AGM & Convention and can be downloaded at the link below - please note that the agenda is subject to change.
Draft Agenda - 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention [PDF]


Keynote Speaker - Gray Thornton, President, Wild Sheep Foundation

The Keynote Speaker at the 2015 AGM & Convention is Gray Thornton of the Wildlife Sheep Socety will be delivering the keynote address at the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Gray N. Thornton serves as President and Chief Executive of the Wild Sheep Foundation, the premier sheep and mountain game conservation organization in the world dedicated to “Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain.”  
As a public speaker he has been invited to present keynote addresses on wildlife conservation and hunting and angling ethics internationally to diverse audiences ranging from civic and sportsmen’s groups, to international associations, the Serbian Parliament and former Presidents of the United States of America, France and South Africa.
Biography - Gray Thornton, President & CEO, Wild Sheep Foundation [PDF]


 2015 Conservation Fundraiser

A New Zealand Red Stag hunt (pictured) courtesy of Spey Creek Trophy Hunting is just one of the fabulous prizes up for grabs at the 2015 Conservation Fundraiser!
In a departure from previous years, please note that tickets to the 2015 Conservation Fundraiser – which is being held in conjunction with the Fernie Rod & Gun Club – are optional and are not included as part of the registration fee for the 2015 AGM.
Auction and raffle items up for grabs include:

  • Kudu and African Plains Game hunt with “Hunt the Sun, Mike Birch Safaris” www.HuntTheSun.com

  • Fishing trip for two to Duncanby Lodge ($9,000 value)  - www.duncanbylodgemarina.com 
  • New Zealand Red Stag hunt with “Spey Creek Trophy Hunting” -  www.sctrophyhunting.com

  • African Plains Game hunt with “African Barefoot Safaris”  - www.AfricanBarefootSafaris.co.za

  • Gunwerks Limited Edition Pathos Rifle from Grouse River ($10,000+ value)  - www.grouseriver.com

  • Trip for 2 to the BC Outdoors fishing derby at Shearwater Resort & Marina - includes an afternoon of fishing with Mike Mitchell, the host of BC Outdoors Sport Fishing TV! ($6,000 value)
  • 2016 5 Day Kansas Trophy Whitetail Hunt with Bone Beer and EWA Hunting ($5000 US value)
  • 5 Fully Guided Free Range West Texas Aoudad Hunt with Bone Beer and EWA Hunting ($5000 US value)
  • Trophy Alberta Mule Deer hunt with “Back Country Outfitting” 
  • Two day family fishing trip on Kootenay Lake ($1,200 value)  - www.bckootenaywild.com
  • Fernie Rod & Gun Club “Mystery Pack” auction, rifles, outdoor gear, and more!

Can't be there? Bid live, on the phone! To register, Email president@ferniergc.com or bfantuz@hotmail.com.


BCWF Awards Gala: Special Presenters TJ Schwanky and Vanessa Harrop

TJ Schwanky and Vanessa Harrop - hosts of Outdoor Quest TV - will be featured at this year's BCWF Awards Gala as Special Guest Presenters.
Visit Outdoor Quest TV to learn more about TJ and Vanessa.


Wild Fish & Game Donations
BCWF still requires donations of wild fish & game to serve at the this year's Awards Gala and Dinner - any donations would be greatly appreciated!
If you had a successful hunting and/or angling season and would like to donate some wild fish or game, download and submit the following form:
Wild Fish & Game Donation Form [PDF] 


Travis Tritt in Concert - Thursday, April 23rd at Fernie Memorial Arena

Travis Tritt in Concert
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Fernie Memorial Area
Doors open at 7:00 pm / Show starts at 8:00 pm
Country artist Travis Tritt will be performing at the Fernie Memorial Arena on Wednesday, April 23rd! AGM Delegates that wish to attend the concert will have the opportunity to drop in to the Meet & Greet at the Curling Rink once the show is over. 
General Admission tickets are available from the Fernie Rod & Gun Club and are $60.00 each - to purchase tickets, contact Fernie Rod & Gun Club President Kevin Marasco
Assigned seating tickets are still available online and are priced between $60 and $125 - to purchase tickets, visit the TicketZone website.


For More Information
For more information, please contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-2293 or 604-882-9988, or by email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca  

 

2015 Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) Weekend 2:
June 5th to 7th, 2015, Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C.


BCWF is excited to announce that registration for BCWF's second offering of the 2015 BOW Weekend is now open!
The event takes place at Camp Jubilee just outside of North Vancouver in early June:
2015 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Weekend - Second Offering
June 5th to 7th, 2015
Camp Jubilee
Near Deep Cove (North Vancouver), B.C. 
For course information and to register, click the following link to download a registration form:
BOW Weekend at Camp Jubilee - Registration Form [PDF]
For more information, visit the BOW page at the BCWF website.

 

 

Pipeline Environmental Effects Monitoring Program and Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program

BCWF recently received a letter from the Northern Gateway Pipeline Project inviting our organization to participate in an upcoming open comment period regarding some of the 209 conditions that were placed on the project upon conditional approval in June 2014.
From the letter:
"As you are aware, on June 17th, 2014, the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project ("Project") received Federal Government approval, subject to 209 conditions. These conditions, which along with commitments made by Northern Gateway, will ensure that the Project is built and operated to world class terrestrial, marine and environmental protection standards.
We are writing to seek your input on our Pipeline Environmental Effects Monitoring Program ("Pipeline EEMP") (conditions 27-29 and 30-32), and our Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program ("Marine EEMP") (conditions 36 and 37). A description of the proposed Pipeline EEMP and Marine EEMP is provided below for your reference.
We are seeking your comments by May 22nct, 2015. The conditions require us to submit the Pipeline EEMP and Marine EEMP to the National Energy Board ("NEB") for approval within one year after the Certificate date (i.e, June 17, 2015).
Receiving your comments on or before the end of May will enable your input to be incorporated into the reports prior their submission to the NEB."
Click the following link to download a copy of the letter:
Letter: Northern Gateway Pipeline - Effects Monitoring Program and Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program [PDF]

 

Sport Fishing Institute of BC – Statistics on the Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing in BC and Canada
 
The Sport  Fishing Institute of BC recently published a fact sheet with some statistics about the huge economic contribution provided by sport fishing in BC and the rest of Canada.
Some highlights include:

  • In BC in 2012, 400,000 anglers fished 3.8 million days and generated $936 million in direct revenue
  • Recreational fishing in Canada is worth nearly 5 times as much as the commercial fishery - $8.3 billion versus $1.7 billion.

For the full set of statistics, download the full SFI Fact Sheet at the follwing link:
Recreational Fishing Sector Statistics [PDF]

 

“Bighorns at the Junction” Gets Picked Up by CBC

Filmmaker Robert Moburg’s documentary “Bighorns at the Junction” has been picked up by the CBC.
From an article in the Williams Lake Tribune:
“Filmmaker Robert Moberg is thrilled to report that CBC has picked up his documentary film Bighorns at the Junction which premiered to a full house at the Gibraltar Room in Williams Lake on Feb. 20. He says he has a three-year contract with CBC for the film but is not sure yet when it will be aired.”
Read the full article at the following link:  
Bighorns at the Junction picked up by CBC  (WIlliams Lake Tribune)

 

2015 Conservation Stamp Unveiled by Wildlife Habitat Canada
 
Wildlife Habitat Canada recently unveiled the design of the 2015 Conservation Stamp. From a press release announcing the stamp:
"The painting of Salt Spring Island (BC) wildlife artist, W. Allan Hancock, titled “Blossoming – Mourning Doves,” has been unveiled as the image of the 2015 Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print.
The Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print are produced each year through unique partnerships among Wildlife Habitat Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service of Environment Canada, and Canadian wildlife artists."
To read the entire text of the press release and view this year`s stamp, click the following link:
Wildlife Habitat Canada Unveils 2015 Conservation Stamp [PDF]

 

Fishery Notice - Fisheries and Oceans Canada: Shellfish and Groundfish Closures in Subareas 28-6 to 28-9

Effective immediately and until further notice, the following portions of Area 28: Subareas 28-6 to 28-9 inclusive are closed to fishing for all shellfish and groundfish species.  This area includes those waters easterly of a line drawn between Point Grey to Point Atkinson to the westerly side of the Lions Gate Bridge.
This closure is in response to a fuel spill in English Bay on April 9, 2015 and is a precautionary measure.
Reminder: Recreational fishing between Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Bridge (also known as Second Narrows Bridge) is closed year around. In addition, the annual closure for all species of clam, oysters, mussels, scallops is in effect from April 1 to March 31 in the following Pacific Fishery Management Areas:
Subareas 28-6 to 29-9
VO# 2015-200 and 201


Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  
If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336 or the British Columbia’s toll-free RAPP line (Report All Poachers and Polluters) at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).
For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474).


For More Information
Contact the local DFO office in your area or Barbara Mueller, Resource Manager at 604-666-2370.
Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

BCWF Online Auctions - April 15th to 22nd, 2015


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include two great paintings from Andrew Kiss and Heidi Hehn. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!

Print # 1 -  Mom's Feather Bed by Denise Soule


 
Print # 2 - Home Sweet Home by Denis Mayer

 

 


To all our Nakusp Rod & Gun Club members, we are asking for your support this Sunday to vote for new targets and supplies for the Archery Range. CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas vote will be this Sunday April 12th from 12-4pm at the Nakusp Arena auditorium. Please come out and vote in support for these Archery Range inprovements.  Thank you very much,

If you have and questions please contact; 
Brent Wanstall
brent.the.filmer@gmail.com 

 


 

The March Rod and Gun meeting is postponed until Sunday April 1st

7:30pm downstairs in the Senior's Hall


The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is seriously concerned with the current status of fishing on Kootenay Lake and an apparent lack of concern by fisheries managers. Anglers are experiencing the worst fishing conditions in over fifty years as a result of a near total collapse of the main-lake kokanee population that has resulted in a dramatic decline in the size and number of Gerrard rainbow trout and bull trout populations. Both of these species and others such as threatened sturgeon and burbot rely almost exclusively on kokanee as their primary food source. In response to the successful fertilization program the predator numbers have significantly increased resulting in an unprecedented reduction in kokanee numbers since 1967.  The Meadow Creek system and spawning channel usually supports a range of 0.5-1.0 million kokanee spawners that produce ample numbers of juvenile kokanee to sustain an abundance of rainbow and bull trout. However, in the last three years Meadow Creek numbers have declined to less than 200,000. In the fall 2014 the numbers were a mere 60,000. Meadow Creek and Lardeau River kokanee production has not kept pace with the predators. Today the trout are showing the effects of such low kokanee numbers; they are small, skinny and in poor condition. Simply put, the predators have eaten far more prey than were available.
Fisheries managers appear to see this crisis as a temporary phenomenon that will balance out in a few years. Management action so far has only been to make some minor changes to the fishing regulations that will have little or no effect on the predators or prey. This stance is unacceptable and the public needs to be aware of the implications. The BCWF foresees recovery of the kokanee population will take at least a decade and even longer for the trout. The trout will continue to decline in numbers and size for at least a decade. BCWF appeals to the Ministry for action have gone unheard. It is apparent to the BCWF that the Ministry does not comprehend the seriousness of the problem and the long lasting impact the fishery decline will have on recreational fishing, tourism, real estate and the local economy. Kootenay Lake was world renowned for its ability to produce large size rainbow trout and local residents, tourists and non-resident anglers have long enjoyed productive trout fishing. The lake can no longer retain this desirable reputation.
The last time there was a crisis on Kootenay Lake occurred in the early 1980s when the lakes’ productivity declined and a public inquiry was undertaken to understand what could be done. One result was the highly successful lake fertilization program that continues to this day. The BCWF is calling upon the government to conduct an independent inquiry to determine if fisheries managers could have averted this current crisis and what measures can be undertaken to reverse the decline rather than simply waiting a decade for recovery. One measure that would help would be independence of the BC Hydro led Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) that funds most Kootenay Lake fisheries programs.  The BCWF has long called for this change.
The BCWF is disappointed with the local politicians and public’s apathy towards the drastic decline of the province’s best inland fishery. Local anglers know of the problem but evidently politicians, small businesses and non-anglers have been slow to recognize the problem. The 46,000 members of the BCWF do care and demand the government wake up to this unprecedented disaster. For anyone who does care write to Minister Thomson and Executive Director Paul Rasmussen and demand an inquiry and plan of action.


Kootenay Lake Factsheet

 


Nakusp Boat Ramp
Construction Update - March 20, 2015

BC Hydro and Columbia Power are pleased to provide an update on the Nakusp boat ramp replacement project. In late February the project contractor extended the ramp as far down as water levels at that time allowed resulting in construction of an additional 30 metres of new ramp down to an elevation of 426.3 meters (1,398.6 feet).

Next week, the project contractor will be returning to site to resume ramp construction. In order to complete the ramp to the lowest possible level for this year, a coffer dam will be installed from shore. This will allow for additional construction of the ramp to a lower elevation. Installation of the coffer dam will begin on Monday March 23 and be completed by Friday March 27. During this time, there may be a higher noise level than has previously been experienced with regular construction. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause and thank you for your patience and support while these improvements are completed.

We will continue to provide updates as the project progresses. For more information, please contact:

Mary Anne Coules
Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Lower Columbia
BC Hydro
Phone: 250-365-4565
Email: maryanne.coules@bchydro.com


 BC Hydro and Columbia Power are pleased to provide an update on the Nakusp boat ramp replacement project.

Click HERE to read!



BCWF Member Update - March 4th, 2015

 

Join Us at the B.C. Hunting Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford, 
March 6th to 8th


Don't miss the 2015 B.C. Hunting Show / B.C. Boat and Sportsmen's Show this weekend at TRADEX in Abbotsford. This year's show is shaping up to feature a ton of great deals on a wide range of hunting equipment from the industry's top manufacturers and retailers - join us!
BCWF Members Save $2.00 on the Price of Admission 
BCWF Members are eligible for a $2.00 discount on the price of admission. Tickets must be purchased online to receive the discount - simply click on the link below and enter the Promo Code "BCWF2015"
Click here to purchase tickets to the BC Hunting Show - Enter Promo Code "BCWF2015"


BCWF Booth

Drop by the BCWF booth for great deals on your favorite merchandise, Conservation Lottery and Rifle Raffle tickets, as well as free swag when you renew your membership! 
We will also be featuring a number of exciting new products including Moon Shine Camo, Youth Extreme Outdoors 3D Paintball Camo, and Authentic REALTREE footwear, which is not available anywhere else in Canada!
BCWF is located in booth #416 in the "Hunters Way" section of the show. Simply walk straight from the main entrance past the Food Court area and turn left - BCWF is located about two-thirds of the way down the aisle against the wall on the left.


Rifle Raffle: Win a Sako 85 Finnlight 270 WSM and Steiner Scope!
Get your ticket in this year's Rifle Raffle for your shot to win a Sako 85 Finnlight rifle and Steiner scope and a Canada in the Rough prize package worth over $2,000 that includes:

  • Sako 85 Finnlight 270WSM rifle and Steiner scope used during filming of an episode of Canada in the Rough
  • Autographed Canada in the Rough Season 10 DVD
  • Two Canada in the Rough hats

Raffle tickets are $10.00 each and will be available for purchase exclusively at the Hunting Show!


CORE Challenge

Once again this year, BCWF will be offering CORE Challenges right at the show. The CORE Challenge includes both the written and practical sides of the exam, and is administered by certified CORE instructors.
The following times are available:
Friday, March 6th - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 7th - 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 8th - 11:00 am and 2:00  pm
The CORE Challenge fee is $10.00 for the written exam and $10.00 for the practical exam. Spots are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis - reserve your spot today!
To register, download and return the following form:
2015 CORE Challenge Pre-Registration Form [PDF]
For more information, contact BCWF Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith at programs@bcwf.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext. 300

 

BCWF Wildlife Allocation Petition Presented to the Government of B.C. with 16,139 Signatures
BCWF Logo
The BCWF Wildlife Allocation Petition, which gathered signatured from a total of 16,139 resident hunters and regular citizens from across British Columbia concerned about wildlife allocation, was presented to the Government of B.C. in the Legislature on Monday, March 2nd.
BCWF issued a press release regarding the presentation of the petition - from the release:
“'This petition represents a significant block of voters who are extremely unhappy with recent changes to the Province’s Wildlife Allocation Policy, which gave a larger share of Limited-Entry Hunting permits to guide outfitting businesses at the expense of resident hunters,' said Al Martin, BCWF Director of Strategic Initiatives.  'We are sending a strong message to government that wildlife is an integral public resource that should not be treated as a mere commodity for sale to the highest bidder.'
 
The B.C. Wildlife Federation is asking the provincial government to fully repeal the changes to the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy announced December 10 and limit non-resident hunters and Guide Outfitters Association members to a maximum of 10 percent of the Wildlife Allocation Harvest for moose and elk, and 25 percent for sheep, bears and goats.  Most provinces and U.S. states limit foreign hunters to 5-10 percent of the wildlife allocation."
To read the full text of the news release, click here.
Thank you to everyone that added their name to the list and signed in support of resident hunters in B.C., and a special thanks to those that worked so hard to share the petition and spread the word about this important issue.

 

Wildlife Allocation in the News

Resident hunters gathered on the steps of the legislature in Victoria on Monday, March 2nd, to protest the Province of B.C.'s new wildlife allocation policy. Hunters from all over B.C. gathered to hear speakers that included MLA Dr. Andrew Weaver, who presented the BCWF Wildlife Allocation Petition and tabled a Private Member's Bill that included long overdue amendments to the Wildlife Act later in the afternoon in the Legislature.
The protest was covered extensively in the media, and BCWF spokespeople had a very busy day taking interview requests and questions from reporters.
A sample of the news coverage generated by the protest follows:
VIDEO: BC hunters gather to protest allocations for foreign hunters - Global BC
Smyth: Resident hunters' real target is the favouritism B.C. government is showing foreigners - The Province
B.C. Hunters gather in Victoria to protest quotas given to non-residents - Globe and Mail
Hunters’ protest fails to move province to change allocation rules - Times Colonist (Victoria)
Government unmoved by hunter protest - Salmon Arm Observer
Hunters protest new laws at B.C. legislature - Canadian Press via Huffington Post
Hunters protest at legislature - Castanet (Kelowna)
Letter to the Editor: B.C.'s Wildlife is Not for Sale - Mike Langegger in the Terrace Standard
Vaughn Palmer: Bill Bennet off target with verbal assurances - Vancouver Sun


Letter: Mission & District Rod & Gun Club Writes to Minister Steve Thomson and Lower Mainland MLAs

The Mission Rod & Gun Club recently wrote a letter on behalf of its 3,000 members to Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson and Lower Mainland MLAs regarding their concerns with the recent changes to wildlife allocation policy.
To read the letter, click the link below:
Letter from the Mission Rod & Gun Club to Minister Steve Thomson [PDF]

 

MLA Dr. Andrew Weaver Introduces Bill to Restrict Practices of Foreign Trophy Hunters in B.C.

MLA Dr. Andrew Weaver (Oak Bay - Gordon Head) tabled a Private Member's Bill on Monday, March 2nd that will restrict the practices of foreign hunters coming to B.C. by removing grizzly bears from meat harvesting regulations and ensuring all edible portions of big game are taken directly to the hunters residence. MLA Weaver explained the purpose of the bill in a post on his website:
"The proposed changes remove grizzly bears from the list of animals exempt from meat harvesting regulations and ensure all edible portions of game animals killed in B.C. are taken directly to the hunter’s residence.
For local sustenance hunters – the vast majority of hunters in B.C. – this bill merely echoes what they are already doing; harvesting wild game to bring the meat home to feed themselves and their families. For non-resident trophy hunters coming to B.C. to bag an animal for its hide, skull, or antlers this poses a larger logistical challenge of exporting large quantities of meat."
To read the full text of the statement, visit MLA Weaver's website.


Amendments to Wildlife Act Long Overdue, Says B.C. Wildlife Federation
BCWF issued a news release expressing support for the bill. From the release:
"'Amendments to the Wildlife Act to ensure edible portions of animals hunted in B.C. are used for food purposes are long overdue,' said Al Martin, BCWF Director of Strategic Initiatives.  'Up until now, there has been no requirement to make use of the edible portions of wildlife.  Requiring that harvested animals be used for food is a responsible use of wildlife and good stewardship.'
Martin believes that proposed amendments to the Wildlife Act will help promote more sustainable hunting in the province. Hunters visiting B.C. will be required to either retrieve the edible portion of animals for personal use or donate it to charity to support the local community."
To read the text of the news release, click here

 

 

BCWF Representatives Meet with the NDP Caucus

BCWF representatives met with the NDP Caucus in Victoria earlier this week. BCWF Director of Srategic Initiatives Al Martin gave a presentation that educated the MLAs about the activities of the Federation and highlighted the conservation issues that are most pressing for our members.
BCWF Director of Strategic Initiatives Cheryl Johnson and Treasurer John Shepherd were also in attendance.

 

BC Outdoors: Now the Official Magazine of the B.C. Wildlife Federation

Starting with the March / April 2015 issue, BCWF Members will receive their BCWF content in BC Outdoors magazine instead of the Outdoor Edge, which has been discontinued.
BC Outdoors has been B.C.'s hunting and fishing authority for more than 70 years, and as an organization we are very excited to be partnering with such an iconic magazine. BCWF Members can look forward to seeing great content – including many more B.C.-specific articles - in the new BC Outdoors, and we are confident that you will be pleased with the results.
Visit the BC Outdoors website to see what the magazine is all about!

 

BCWF Member Clubs Raise Money for Conservation

Several BCWF Clubs held very successful fundraisers recently that raised a significant amount of money for conservation programs and initiatives.
The Revelstoke Rod & Gun Club's recent Banquet and Dance took in over $16,000.
The Oceola Fish and Game Club in Kelowna raised more than $30,000 at their recent event.
Finally, the North Peace Rod & Gun Club in Fort St. John was able to raise an astonishing $220,000 at their annual fundraiser.
Congratulations to all three Clubs and thank you to all the volunteers whose hard work made these events a success.

 

LAST CHANCE FOR NOMINATIONS!
2014 BCWF Awards: Deadline Friday, March 6th 


B.C. conservation icon Mark Angelo (right) accepts the Barsby Trophy for Conservationist of the 
Year from BCWF Past President Bill Bosch at the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Do you know someone that you feel should be honoured for their contribution to conservation in B.C.? If so, why not nominate him or her for a BCWF Award?!
This is your LAST CHANCE to get your nominations in for the 2014 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the BCWF AGM & Convention in Fernie, B.C., April 23rd through 25th.
The deadline for nominations is this coming Friday, March 6th, 2015.
BCWF Awards Nomination Forms [PDF]

 

2016 BCWF Artist of the Year: Deadline for Submissions 
March 15th, 2015

The deadline for submissions to the 2016 BCWF Artist of the Year competition is March 15th, 2015.
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 MARCH 15TH, 2015
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 Fernie, B.C., April 23 to 25, 2015 as well as online. Some conditions apply.  
Click here for contest rules, timelines, and other details, call toll free in B.C. 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300, or contact us via e-mail at programs@bcwf.bc.ca
Download a poster advertising the 2016 Artist of the Year competition at the following link: 2016 Artist of the Year Poster [PDF]

 

2015 BCWF AGM & Convention: "Ours Today, Theirs Tomorrow"

The 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention will be held April 23rd to 25th, 2015, in Fernie, B.C., and will be hosted by the Fernie Rod & Gun Club. The theme of this year's event reflects the Fernie Rod & Gun Club's focus on youth -  "Ours Today, Theirs Tomorrow".
This year’s AGM will see several changes that will help the event be more efficient and cost effective. In addition to the AGM being one full day shorter, the 2015 BCWF Conservation Fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the AGM & Convention but as a separate event.
The locations of the various AGM activities are as follows:

  • AGM Plenary and Business Sessions: Fernie Community Centre - 901 6th Ave.
  • Annual Gala Awards Dinner: Holy Family Catholic Hall – 521 4th Ave.
  • 2015 Conservation Fundraiser: Fernie Memorial Arena – 991 6th Ave.

Keynote Speaker - Gray Thornton, President & CEO, Wild Sheep Foundation

BCWF is excited to announce that Gray Thornton of the Wildlife Sheep Socety will be delivering the keynote address at the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Gray N. Thornton serves as President and Chief Executive of the Wild Sheep Foundation, the premier sheep and mountain game conservation organization in the world dedicated to “Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain.”  As a public speaker he has been invited to present keynote addresses on wildlife conservation and hunting and angling ethics internationally to diverse audiences ranging from civic and sportsmen’s groups, to international associations, the Serbian Parliament and former Presidents of the United States of America, France and South Africa.
Biography - Gray Thornton, President & CEO, Wild Sheep Foundation [PDF]


AGM Registration Forms
Registration Forms for the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available – delegates that register before March 1st, 2015 receive an Early Bird Discount of $50, so get your registrations in! 
2015 BCWF AGM - Information Package [PDF]
2015 BCWF AGM - Registration Form [PDF]
For more information, visit the AGM & Convention page.


Special Accommodation Rates
BCWF is pleased to offer special discount accommodation rates for AGM delegates at the Griz Inn and the Cornerstone Lodge at Fernie Alpine Resort. A number of different options and rates are available, and will include transportation to and from resort and AGM activities in Fernie (approximately a 10 minute ride).
These rates are available until March 20th, 2015.
Rooms will be booked through the BCWF office - for more information and available rates, download the following form:
BCWF 2015 AGM & Convention Accommodations [PDF] 


2015 Conservation Fundraiser and Banquet - Hosted by the Fernie Rod & Gun Club

A New Zealand Red Stag hunt courtesy of Spey Creek Trophy Hunting is just one of the fabulous prizes up for grabs at the 2015 Conservation Fundraiser!
The 2015 Conservation Fundraiser takes place Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at Fernie Memorial Arena, and will be hosted by the Fernie Rod & Gun Club.
In a departure from previous years, please note that tickets to the 2015 Conservation Fundraiser – which is being held in conjunction with the Fernie Rod & Gun Club – are optional and are not included as part of the registration fee for the 2015 AGM.
Auction and raffle items up for grabs include:

  • Kudu and African Plains Game hunt with Hunt the Sun, Mike Birch Safaris ($10,000 value) -  www.HuntTheSun.com
  • All-inclusive fishing trip for two to Duncanby Lodge ($9,000 value)  - www.duncanbylodgemarina.com 
  • New Zealand Red Stag hunt with “Spey Creek Trophy Hunting” -  www.sctrophyhunting.com
  • African Plains Game hunt with “African Barefoot Safaris”  - www.AfricanBarefootSafaris.co.za
  • Gunwerks LR100 Rifle Package (Custom Made) from Grouse River ($10,000 value)  - www.grouseriver.com
  • Trip for 2 to the BC Outdoors fishing derby at Shearwater Resort & Marina - includes an appearance on BC Outdoors Sport Fishing TV! ($6,000 value)
  • Trophy Alberta Mule Deer hunt with “Back Country Outfitting” 
  • Two day family fishing trip on Kootenay Lake ($1,200 value)  - www.bckootenaywild.com
  • Fernie Rod & Gun Club “Mystery Pack” auction, rifles, outdoor gear, and more!

Tickets are $30 for adults (17+) and $15 for youths (10-17) and are available for purchase as an add-on option on the AGM & Convention Registration Form [PDF]. 


Wild Fish & Game Donations
BCWF is now accepting donations of wild fish & game to serve at the 2015 BCWF Awards Gala and Dinner. If you had a successful hunting and/or angling season and would like to donate some wild fish or game, download and submit the following form:
Wild Fish & Game Donation Form [PDF]


For More Information
Keep an eye on the AGM page at www.bcwf.bc.ca for updates as more details on the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention become available. For more information, please contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-2293 or 604-882-9988, or by email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca

 

Largest private wetland restoration project in BC opens in Meadow Creek

From the Nelson Daily:
"Meadow Creek resident and environmentalist Terry Halleran recently completed five wetland ponds on his property in North Kootenay Lake Country.

This project carries a certain precedent considering the size of the project and that it is all happening on private land.

"No one owns land," said Halleran. "We have a title that allows us to do certain things on that property, yet when we pass on that land should be in better environmental standing than before."

Halleran's words echo the ethos of "Private Land Stewardship", the idea that private landowners have a responsibility to care for and enhance their land for the benefit of the environment and generations to come."
To read the full article, visit the Nelson Daily website

 

Hunting Film Tour - Prince George, March 10th - Sponsored by Wholesale Sports

Don't miss the 2015 Hunting Film Tour as it rolls through B.C.!
Prince George: March 10th at the Prince George Playhouse
Tickets are available at event sponsor Wholesale Sports for the discounted rate of $15.00 per person. Tickets are also available online for $18.00 per person. 
For more information, visit the Hunting Film Tour website.

 

Forest Practices Board Survey

The Forest Practices Board is seeking your feedback to improve their work as the public watchdog for forest and range practices in BC.    
Given our mandate and shared interest in this regard, we have agreed to circulate a link to their online survey.  Participation is voluntary but we encourage you to share your views via the following link:
Forest Practices Board Survey [Survey Monkey]
The survey is being conducted by a third party and the results shared on a collective basis only.  No email addresses or any responder information will be collected, you will simply be directed to a web page.  The survey should take about 10 minutes.

 

BCWF Tidal Fisheries Committee: Recreational Halibut Management for 2015


An update on the International Pacific Halibut Commission meetings from BCWF Tidal Water Fisheries Committee Member Ted Brookman:
"The consultations at the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) concluded in a very favourable way for us this year as recreational anglers. We maintained our quota and factored in new mortality rates to arrive at a Total Allowable Catch for the 2015 season.
Members of the BCWF Tidal Waters Fisheries Committee  attended the IPHC meetings and the SFAB Halibut committee spent a great deal of time discussing all the options. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our discussions."
Click the following link to download a copy of the Sports Fishing Advisory Board's report on 2015 halibut allocation:
Recreational Halibut Management for 2015 [PDF]

 

John B. Holdstock Scholarship: Applications Now Open

Applications for the 2015 John B. Holdstock Scholarship Award are now being accepted by the BC Conservation Foundation.
Scholarship Information

  • The Successful Applicant of this scholarship must be a BC-resident and a student attending university or college in the sciences or related outdoors field.
  • Only one scholarship will be awarded each year.
  • All application criteria must be met in order to qualify. (See the list of application criteria below prior to submitting an on-line application.)
  • The Application Submissions Process is available on-line only. 
  • The Scholarship Amount is $1,000.00.
  • The Application Submissions deadline for this year's scholarship is May 29th, 2015, 15:00 (Pacific Time).
  • The final decision will be made and the Successful Recipient notified by the August 4th, 2015

For more information on the scholarship and John B. Holdstock, visit the BC Conservation Foundation Website

 

 BCWF Online Auctions - March 4th to March 11th, 2015


This week's exclusive Limited Edition BCWF Art Prints are now up for bid and include two great paintings from Andrew Kiss. Don't miss out on a great deal - the reserve price is only $25!
 
Print # 1 - Long Way Home 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 - Snowbound by Andrew Kiss

 

 


Meeting Reminder!

When: Wednesday February 24th at 7:30pm

Where: Downstairs in the Senior's Hall

See you there!


 


B.C. wolf cull will likely last 5 years, assistant deputy minister says

Click HERE to read.


Update on the KL fishery and concerns which the Fisheries committee is addressing.

Click HERE to read.


Here is a good summary By Andy Pezderic who lives in the EK and was involved with Wildlife Allocation discussions going back a number of years.

Rather than fighting over changes in % allocation between guides and residents the push by the BCWF membership must focus on the privatization of the resource and management of a shrinking inventory.

Expect a lot of discussion on this subject in the future as the BCWF established a position and strategy.

Click HERE to read.


Here is a letter sent to the Province and all MLA of New Democratic Party.

Click HERE to read.



BCWF Member Update - February 11th, 2015

 

Wildlife Allocation Update / Last Chance to Sign the Petition!

Time is running out to add your signature to BCWF's Wildlife Allocation Petition - if you have not already done so, please sign today! 
The petition - which has now been signed by more than 15,000 people - is scheduled to be presented to the Province of B.C. in the legislative assembly in Victoria in the coming days. Thank you to everyone that has added their name to the list and spoken out in support of resident hunters in B.C.!
Please continue to share the petition as widely as possible with your family and friends, including those that do not hunt themselves! Many non-hunters are willing to sign the petition to oppose the privatization of a public resource relied upon by many British Columbians.
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.
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.


Update: Province of B.C. Revises Wildlife Allocation Policy
On February 6th, 2015, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced revisions to B.C.'s new Wildlife Allocation Policy in response to concerns raised by resident hunters. The Province of B.C. issued a news release outlining the revisions, which is available at the following link: Harvest allocations ensure certainty for hunting sector.

BCWF issued a news release in response to these revisions. From the release:

"George Wilson, President of the B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF), today said he’s disappointed the government did not rescind the December 2014 amendments to the Wildlife Allocation Policy and revert back to wildlife allocation splits agreed to by B.C. resident hunters and guide outfitters in the 2007 policy. However, he commended the B.C. government for listening to the concerns of resident hunters and modifying the Wildlife Allocation Policy. 

'Today’s amendments to the Wildlife Allocation Policy do not  go far enough in providing an equitable balance between the rights of B.C. resident hunters to access wild game and the business needs of guide-outfitters, who service foreign trophy hunters' said Wilson. 'Nevertheless, the B.C Wildlife Federation remains committed to working with government on all levels in regards to wildlife issues.'”

To read the full text of BCWF's news release, click here: B.C.'s revised allocation poliocy a step in the right direction but still falls short, according to B.C. Wildlife Federation

The changes to the policy included revisions to allocation for a number of species and regions. For details, download the following FAQ docuiment published by the Province of B.C.: Frequently Asked Questions - B.C. Wildlife Allocation Policy 


Make Your Voice Heard on Wildlife Allocation in B.C.
Have you written a letter to the editor of your community newspaper? Have you called and written your local MLA?
BCWF is only as strong as its membership, and while many have stood up for resident hunters, we need more concerned members to speak out and join the chorus.
Contact Your Local MLA
The best way to directly 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.
MLAs from across B.C. have heard you, but they need to keep hearing from concerned citizens that oppose the new policy. We have put together some guidelines for writing effective letters to your MLA - click the link below to download.
Guidelines for Writing to Your Member of the Legislative Assembly [PDF]
To find the MLA for your area, click here.

Letters to the Editor

Another effective way to 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!
Thank you to everyone that has written letters so far - there have been many great ones printed in publications across B.C. in the past few weeks. Keep them coming!
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]

Social Media, Forums, and Blogging
As we continue to gain momentum in publicizing the unfairness of the revised Wildlife Allocation Policy, we would like to remind hunters to maintain a constructive and professional tone in social media posts and when speaking publically about the policy. Some recent public statements and blog postings have bordered on personal attacks against individual MLAs and the Province of B.C.
While we appreciate that hunters are passionate about this issue, please bear in mind that no matter what the outcome of our advocacy campaign, the B.C. Wildlife Federation still has to work with the provincial government. We do not want to jeopardize our long-term working relationship with government because of a handful of inappropriate statements.  
At the end of the day, we believe that hunters can gain more public support through factual arguments explaining the inequities of the new policy and emotive personal stories than by personally criticizing individual politicians.
As always, we appreciate your support in helping move this important issue forward.


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, visit the Wildlife Allocation page at the BCWF website.

 

2015 Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw February 27th:
Win a $500 GIft Card to Wholesale Sports!


Time is running out to get your 2015 Conservation Lottery tickets in time for this year's Early Bird Prize - a $500 Gift Card to Wholesale Sports! Purchase your tickets prior to February 26th, 2015 to be eligible to win:
Tickets are available by clicking on the link below or by contacting the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) or 604-882-9988. 
To purchase tickets, click the following link: 2015 BCWF Conservation Lottery tickets

 

Wildlife Allocation in the News



VIDEO: BC Government Backtracks, Takes Another Shot at Wildlife Allocation
BCWF President George Wilson joined Global BC1 on Friday evening to discuss the revisions to Wildlife Allocation Policy announced by the Province of B.C:
"British Columbia is taking a second shot at setting hunting allocation numbers after admitting its initial attempt at quotas for resident and non-resident hunters missed the target.
Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson says he’s revising the 2015 harvest numbers made available for guide outfitters and B.C. resident hunters for elk, moose, bison, Bighorn sheep and grizzly bear."
Watch the video and read the full story at the Global BC website


AUDIO: BCWF Wildlife Committee Co-Chair Jesse Zeman Discusses Wildlife Allocation on CFAX 1070's Ian Jessop Show
BCWF's Jesse Zeman was a guest on the Ian Jessop Show on CFAX 1070 in Victoria on Monday afternoon to discuss Wildlife Allocation Policy.
Click here to listen to the podcast - the segment starts at 5:30 and runs until the 29:00 mark.


Other News Stories
B.C. Government backtracks on hunting allocations - Globe and Mail
Hunting allocations for resident, foregin hunters revised after uproar - CBC News
Neither hunters nor guides appeased as B.C. adjusts hunting rules - Times Colonist
Change to hunting policies: Minister Steve Thomson revising allocation split - EnergeticCity.ca (Fort St. John)
B.C. takes second shot at hunting allocations after triggering uproar - CTV News

 

2014 BCWF Awards: Deadline February 15th - Last Chance to Get Your Nominations In!

B.C. conservation icon Mark Angelo (right) accepts the Barsby Trophy for Conservationist of the 
Year from BCWF Past President Bill Bosch at the 2014 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Do you know someone that you feel should be honoured for their contribution to conservation in B.C.? If so, why not nominate him or her for a BCWF Award?!
Time is running out to get your nominations in for the 2014 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the BCWF AGM & Convention in Fernie, B.C., April 23rd through 25th.
The deadline for nominations is February 15th, 2015 - see below for a complete list. Click here to download a full set of nomination forms.


BCWF AWARDS: DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 15th
Ted Barsby Trophy - Conservationist of the Year

  • This trophy honours Ted Barsby of Nanaimo, who was the first president of the B.C. Wildlife Federation as we know it today and is the greatest honour the Federation can bestow on any individual for an outstanding contribution to conservation over many years. Candidates for the Barsby Trophy do not to be members of the BCWF.

Art Downs Memorial Award

  • The award is for writing that is factual, accurate, well researched and focused on the real issues where governments, private or public companies need to be taken to task on environmental infractions. Priority consideration for winning this award will be given to the author who has managed to bring about change with his/her writing in a significant and positive way.

Bill Otway Award for Most Effective Regional Chair

  • The Bill Otway Award is given to the regional chair that has the most impact.
  • The jury for this award will be comprised of the BCWF Executive for the Current Year and three Designated Past-Presidents, chosen by the current President. Judgment will be based on the testimony of the person or group nominating the candidate and balanced by the actions and provable results of the nominee.

 Lee Straight Fishing Award

  • The B.C. Wildlife Federation's Lee Straight Fishing Award, which is sponsored by the Pfleiderer Family, is given in memory of BCWF avid fisherman, Lee Straight. This award was instituted in 2004 to give the member anglers of the Federation an equivalent to the Bert Palmer Award and is dedicated to all members "who love to fish".
  • Rules: must be a fish caught in British Columbia; must be caught in the 2014 calendar year; must have picture of fish and angler; must have name and birth date of entrant; must have species, weight, date caught, and name of lake, stream or ocean; must be witnessed.

 Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Project

  • This prestigious award recognizes the accomplishments of a club whose recently completed conservation project, benefiting fish, wildlife or habitat, is deemed most worthy.

For More Information
For more information on the BCWF Awards and a complete set of nomination forms, click here.

 

Join Us at the B.C. Hunting Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford - March 6th to 8th

BCWF will be at the 2015 B.C. Hunting Show at TRADEX in Abbotsford, March 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2015. This year's show is shaping up to feature a ton of great deals on a wide range of hunting equipment from the industry's top manufacturers and retailers - don't miss it!
BCWF Members Save $2.00 on the Price of Admission 
BCWF Members are eligible for a $2.00 discount on tickets to the BC Hunting Show. Tickets must be purchased online to receive the discount - simply click on the link below and enter the Promo Code "BCWF2015"
Click here to purchase tickets to the BC Hunting Show - Enter Promo Code "BCWF2015"


BCWF Booth
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!
We will also be raffling off a Canada in the Rough prize package worth over $2,000 that includes:

  • Sako 85 Finnlight 270WSM rifle used during filming of an episode of Canada in the Rough
  • Canada in the Rough Season 10 DVD
  • Autographed photo
  • Two Canada in the Rough hats


Raffle tickets are $10.00 each and will be available for purchase exclusively at the Hunting Show!


CORE Challenge

Once again this year, BCWF will be offering CORE Challenges right at the show. The CORE Challenge includes both the written and practical sides of the exam, and is administered by certified CORE instructors.
The following times are available:
Friday, March 6th - 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 7th - 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Sunday, March 8th - 11:00 am and 2:00  pm
The CORE Challenge fee is $10.00 for the written exam and $10.00 for the practical exam. Spots are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis - reserve your spot today!
To register, download and return the following form:
2015 CORE Challenge Pre-Registration Form [PDF]
For more information, contact BCWF Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith at programs@bcwf.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext. 300


Volunteers Needed
We are currently looking for volunteers interested in helping out at this year's B.C. Hunting Show. Volunteers are reimbursed for their meals and mileage.
If you would like to lend a hand at the show this year, contact BCWF Marketing and Communications Coordinator Curtis Ketter at 604-882-9988 ext. 233 or by email at marketing@bcwf.bc.ca

 

2015 BCWF AGM & Convention: "Ours Today, Theirs Tomorrow"

The 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention will be held April 23rd to 25th, 2015, in Fernie, B.C., and will be hosted by the Fernie Rod & Gun Club. The theme of this year's event  focuses on our youth and is "Ours Today, Theirs Tomorrow".
This year’s AGM will see several changes that will help the event be more efficient and cost effective. In addition to the AGM being one full day shorter, the 2015 BCWF Conservation Fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the AGM & Convention but as a separate event.
The locations of the various AGM activities are as follows:

  • AGM Plenary and Business Sessions: Fernie Community Centre - 901 6th Ave.
  • Annual Gala Awards Dinner: Holy Family Catholic Hall – 521 4th Ave.
  • 2015 Conservation Fundraiser: Fernie Memorial Arena – 991 6th Ave.

AGM Registration Forms
Registration Forms for the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention are now available – delegates that register before March 1st, 2015 receive an Early Bird Discount of $50, so get your registrations in! 
2015 BCWF AGM - Information [PDF]
2015 BCWF AGM - Registration Form [PDF]
For more information, visit the AGM & Convention page.


Special Accommodation Rates
BCWF is pleased to offer special discount accommodation rates for AGM delegates at the Griz Inn and the Cornerstone Lodge at Fernie Alpine Resort. A number of different options and rates are available, and will include transportation to and from resort and AGM activities in Fernie (approximately a 10 minute ride).
These rates are available until March 20th, 2015.
Rooms will be booked through the BCWF office - for more information and available rates, download the following form:
BCWF 2015 AGM & Convention Accommodations [PDF] 


2015 Conservation Fundraiser
In a departure from previous years, please note that tickets to the 2015 Conservation Fundraiser – which is being held in conjunction with the Fernie Rod & Gun Club – are optional and are not included as part of the registration fee for the 2015 AGM.
Auction and raffle items up for grabs include:

  • Kudu and African Plains Game hunt with "Hunt the Sun, Mike Birch Safaris" www.HuntTheSun.com

  • Trip for 2 to the BC Outdoors fishing derby at Shearwater Resort & Marina - includes an appearance on BC Outdoors Sportsfishing TV!
  • New Zealand Red Stag hunt with "Spey Creek Trophy Hunting" www.sctrophyhunting.com

  • African Plains Game hunt with "African Barefoot Safaris" www.AfricanBarefootSafaris.co.za

  • Trophy Alberta Mule Deer hunt with "Back Country Outfitting"
  • Fernie Rod & Gun Club "Mystery Pack" auction, rifles and outdoor gear!

Tickets are $30 for adults (17+) and $15 for youths (10-17) and are available for purchase as an add-on option on the AGM & Convention Registration Form


For More Information
Keep an eye on the AGM page at www.bcwf.bc.ca for updates as more details on the 2015 BCWF AGM & Convention become available. For more information, please contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-2293 or 604-882-9988, or by email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca

 

Notice to Off-Road Vehicle Owners Regarding Provincial Sales Tax

When registering your ORV, please note that you are not required to pay the Provincial Sales Tax if you purchased the vehicle in BC before July 1, 2010. There has been confusion over this issue, and the BCWF Access Committee has recently had the matter clarified.
If the insurance broker informs you that you are required to pay PST on your ORV, and it was purchased prior to July 1st, 2010, request that him or her call the ICBC Hot Line and the broker will receive confirmation that PST payment is not required.
For more information on registering your ORV, visit the BCWF Access Committee page.

 

UDPATE - Mount Polley Mine Disaster: Panel Report Says Design Failure to Blame for Tailings Dam Breach

An expert panel has concluded that the Mount Polley tailings breach was caused by a design flaw. From the Globe and Mail:
"The design of the tailings pond dam at the Mount Polley mine that collapsed catastrophically last summer failed to address the unstable foundation on which it sits, a flaw that was compounded over the many years that the dam was repeatedly raised to accommodate a growing lake of toxic waste.

“It was a loaded gun, because the design of the dam was incorrect,” Mines Minister Bill Bennett said on Friday after an expert panel released a report saying the structure collapsed because it was built on a foundation underlain with glacial silt."
Read the full article at the Globe and Mail website.


Mount Polley spill: Search warrants executed at Imperial Metals
"The B.C. Conservation Service executed search warrants at the Mount Polley mine and the Vancouver offices of its owner Imperial Metals Tuesday night, in relation to the spill of 25 million cubic metres of waste from the mine's tailings pond last August.
Insp. Chris Doyle with the conservation service said the search warrants were issued to support a joint investigation by the B.C. Conservation Service, the RCMP, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada."
Read the full article at the CBC website.


Engineering firm AMEC searched in Mount Polley mine spill probe
"Engineering firm AMEC says one of its offices was served with a search warrant as part of the investigation into the Mount Polley mine spill.
Lauren Gallagher, a company spokeswoman, wrote in an e-mail that AMEC’s office in Prince George, B.C., was the target of the warrant. AMEC is the engineer of record for the Mount Polley tailings dam, the site of the spill last summer. She said the company is co-operating fully with authorities.
B.C.'s Conservation Officer Service, a government agency that focuses on natural resource law enforcement and human-wildlife conflicts, is leading the investigation."
Read the full article at the Globe and Mail website


Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett Discusses Mount Polley with CBC News
B.C. Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett joined CBC News to answer questions regarding the Mount Polley Mine disaster:
Watch the interview at the CBC website

 

BCWF Online Auctions - February 11th to February 18th, 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 -  Above Tree Line by Arnie Fisk (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 -  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.

 

A Life Outdoors - Essays on Hunting, Gathering and Country Living in the 21st Century by Robert D. Sopuck

The 21st Century is a time of profound and wrenching change. The phrase “stop the world, I want to get off” never seemed more appropriate.
Robert Sopuck caught his first fish at age 4 in the presence of his father. That fish set off a lifetime of exploration of the natural world. He and his bride, the inestimable Caroline, live on 480 acres of wild land south of Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park. This book is about their way of life as modern country people who have developed a profound relationship with the land, wildlife, and the ecosystem that supports them. This book describes a way of living with Nature via detailed, funny, informative, and sometimes poignant essays.
The first essay, “It All Started with This Fish,” describes the beginning of this journey while the second last, “Hunting with Dad” describes his emotions while speaking at his father’s funeral about their shared outdoor experiences that made him who he is. In between there are hunting stories, “how to” essays on wild food preparation, and descriptions of unique wildlife experiences. “A Life Outdoors” will show the reader that there is a way of life “out there” that is authentic, joyous, and profound.
Robert D. Sopuck is also a Conservative MP and Chair of the Conservative Hunting and Angling Caucus.
"A Life Outdoors" is available for purchase online through Friesen Press.

 

Remington Recall Notice: Model 700 and Model Seven Rifles

PRODUCTS: Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.
DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge. A Remington investigation has determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process. While Remington has the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, it is undertaking this recall in the interest of consumer safety to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process. 
For more information and how to determine if your firearm is a part of the recall, visit the Remington website: Remington Safety Warning and Recall Notice