2016 MESSAGE ARCHIVE

 

  BCWF MEMBER UPDATE DECEMBER 28, 2016

 

 

 

The BCWF Disappointed by Wildlife Harvest Allocation Numbers for 2017-21
New wildlife harvest allocations for 2017 reduce resident hunter opportunities for Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) species by 16% overall. View the allocation impact assessment tables detailing region and species here.
The BCWF is extremely concerned that British Columbia’s wildlife resources are dwindling. In 2017, the BCWF expects governments and stakeholders to work together to reverse this trend. The BCWF calls for increased investment and resources targeted at achieving species population restoration and enhancement objectives.
View the BCWF response and recommendations here.  

 

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Between October 19 and November 30, 2016, we heard from British Columbians about innovative ways to better protect species at risk in B.C. Fruitful discussions occurred about the Principles for the Protection of Species at Risk. We heard your thoughts on how to increase protection of species at risk on private lands. Ideas were also shared about innovative funding options to support activities such as monitoring, research and stewardship programs for species at risk.
A more detailed summary of what we heard can be viewed here.
The engagement website will remain online until March 2017.
The Ministry of Environment will use the input received to inform options for new policy and programs in the months and years ahead as part of B.C.’s Five-Year Plan for Species at Risk.
The Five-Year Plan for Species at Risk in British Columbia, released in 2014, committed the Province of British Columbia to work together and consult with all levels of government, First Nations, conservation partners, industry and stakeholders to ensure the successful protection of species at risk. Species at risk recovery is a shared responsibility and we all need to cooperate to ensure that we are working towards effective protection and recovery of species at risk in British Columbia.
Please visit the BC Species & Ecosystems at Risk website for further information and updates.
Thank you for helping us improve species at risk protection in British Columbia.
Together, we can ensure our province’s native plants and animals remain part of B.C.’s extraordinary natural heritage for generations to come.

 

 
The 61st BC Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting & Convention will be held in Nelson, B.C, from May 4 - 6, 2017 and will be hosted by The Nelson District & Gun Club & Conservation Society.
This year's theme is "Conservation through Collaboration"

Registration is now OPEN.  See below for registration forms. 

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Package

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Form

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Information Sheet

BCWF 2017 AGM Spousal Program Registration Form

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:
Accommodations are not included with registration.  AGM Delegates may arrange their own accommodation or take advantage of SPECIAL BCWF ROOM RATES at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre and the Prestige Inn Nelson.
Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation
Booking and Special Rate deadline: March 24th, 2017
Rooms and rates are based on availability.
Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443

Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre, 701 Lakeside Road

Or for those wishing to book a room off site, just a short walk away from the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

Presige Inn Nelson, 1301 Front Street

Please contact the BCWF office for further information at 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300

 

                           
2017 RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2016 in order to be considered for debate at the 2017 AGM. Resolutions are to be submitted in accordance with the Resolutions Manual.
To view, please click Resolutions Manual.
Please send Draft Resolutions to:
Attn: Resolutions Committee
BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, B.C.V4N 3M2 
If you have any further questions regarding the resolutions, please contact the BCWF Chair, Jared Wilkison via email (jaredwilkison@gmail.com) or call the BCWF office at 1-888-881 BCWF (2293) or email (projects@bcwf.bc.ca).

 

2016 BCWF AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention.
For more information on the 2016 BCWF Awards, contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988, or via email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca.
For a complete set of nomination forms, click on the following link: 2016 BCWF Awards - Nomination Forms

 

BCWF DIRECT MEMBERS'S NOTICE
BCWF Direct Members (those that are not Members of a Fish & Game Club), are entitled to send voting delegates to represent the Direct Members’ Club at the 2016 BCWF AGM & Convention, in accordance with section 7.2 of the BCWF Constitution & Bylaws (see below).
The BCWF Executive Committee will review applicants from the Direct Members and select delegates up to the eligible number as set out in the voting entitlement in section 7.2 of the Bylaws. These delegates will become representatives of the Direct Members’ Club and each shall be allowed one vote in the deliberations of the Annual General Meeting.
Direct Member delegates chosen will be expected to represent the diverse interests of the Direct Members and speak on their behalf at the AGM. In addition to their participation at the event, the Direct Member delegates are required to submit a written report on the AGM & Convention that will be circulated through BC Outdoors after the event.
How to Apply
In addition to completing the standard Registration Form, Direct Members that are interested in attending the 60th BCWF AGM & Convention as a Direct Member Delegate are also required to submit a short letter outlining their reasons for wanting to attend the event.
Please note on the envelope / in the email subject line “Direct Member Delegate Application”. Applications must be received by or before February 15th, 2016.

Applications may be submitted by mail to:
Direct Members Club
℅ BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
Or by email to: projects@bcwf.bc.ca 

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS NEEDED!

We want to hear from YOU!
Got a favorite picture of you and your family enjoying the outdoors? Send it along to us and if its featured, you will have a chance to win some cool BCWF swag!
Send your submissions to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca

 

 


 

 

CHAIR MESSAGE

As 2016 draws to a close, we at the Board have been looking back to see what the trends and issues have been this year. Probably the most significant trend to note is that the Board has received double the normal number of public complaints and concerns with forest management and practices this year. (Public concerns are the first step towards a complaint investigation.) We will see if this trend continues into 2017. READ MORE...

 

 

IN THIS ISSUE

  • STEWARDSHIP
  • AUDIT SEASON UPDATE
  • FOREST APPEALS COMMISSION DECISION ON VISUAL MANAGEMENT
  • 2016 COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC
  • RECENT MEETINGS AND PRESENTATIONS
  • RESPONSES TO BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS
  • NEW COMPLAINTS FROM THE PUBLIC
  • SPECIAL PROJECTS UNDERWAY
  • PEOPLE

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Mark Your Calendars!!
January 14, 2017: Learn to Ice Fish Event for Young Families!
Come on out and fish with a great group of people and enjoy a free BBQ hot dog lunch!
The event will be held at Shannon Lake in West Kelowna. (dependent on ice conditions)
Stayed tuned here for updated ice and event location updates or check out BCFishn.com.
 See you there!!!

Presented by:
Go Fish BC Oceola Fish and Game Club BC Wildlife Federation Mack's Lure Pro-Cure Bait Scents Castanet Kelowna, British Columbia

 

 
Tickets can be purchased at Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters 

 

 

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
CO's from Atlin who are the closest BC CO to the North Pole reported seeing these guys and gals.  They sure seem excited.
In many countries, these animals are called Reindeer as I’m sure you’ve guessed. In BC we call them caribou.
The CO has noticed that some of them seem to be getting ready for a long journey. Hope they came your way.
                           


Attention Snowmobilers

BC CO’s will be conducting enforcement patrols this winter to protect mountain caribou. The high country of B.C.’s Interior Wet Belt provides treed areas amongst large open areas, which are ideal for Mountain Caribou as well as various types of snowmobiling and backcountry recreation. The presence of snowmobilers affects Mountain Caribou, as it may cause caribou to move into less suitable habitat where foraging is not as efficient or where steeper terrain may cause avalanche hazards. The unnecessary movement of caribou may also deplete their energy reserves during critical times. Packed trails may provide easier access for predators to move into caribou areas. Approximately one million hectares of crown land has been closed to snowmobile use to support Mountain Caribou recovery in the Thompson, Kootenay, Cariboo, Omineca and Peace Regions. The COS will be conducting patrols to ensure snowmobiles are not being used in closed areas. Operators of snowmobiles in closed can face fines under the BC Wildlife Act of up to $50,000 upon conviction. Information on Mountain Caribou closures can be found at http://www.snowmobile.gov.bc.ca/ 


             Violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline
1-877-952-RAPP (7277), Cellular Dial - #7277

 

 

 

IN THE NEWS       
Dozens of eagles electrocuted while perched on power poles     
 
Dozens of bald eagles that have flocked to British Columbia's Lower Mainland this year have been killed after they perched on power poles instead of trees.
A wildlife rescue group is sounding the alarm about the electrocution deaths and is suggesting a solution
Read the full story from CTV News.


 

 


 

      MEMBER UPDATE DECEMBER 21, 2016

 

  


 

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A recently released paper "Sustainability of the grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia, Canada" investigates claims made by other academics and organizations that grizzly bear hunting is unsustainable.
A 2013 paper "Confronting Uncertainty in Wildlife Management: Performance of Grizzly Bear Management" suggested BC's approach to managing grizzly bears could lead to over-mortality and possible population declines.  
The most recent paper finds grizzly bear hunting is sustainable.
Sustainability of the grizzly bear hunt in British Columbia, Canada abstract: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com /doi/10.1002/jwmg.21189/abstra ct
Confronting Uncertainty in Wildlife Management: Performance of Grizzly Bear Management: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0078041 

 

 

 

On February 29, 2016, the provincial government brought the Water Sustainability Act into force along with the first phase of regulations. The Water Sustainability Act updates and replaces the old Water Act and delivers on an important government commitment to ensure our water stays healthy and secure.
The new laws include licensing requirements for non-domestic groundwater users, e.g., irrigation, waterworks, industrial, or power purpose. An application for an authorization (licence or use approval) for non-domestic use of groundwater must be submitted on or before March 1st, 2019 to be in compliance with the law. To encourage users to apply early, the application fee waiver period for existing non-domestic groundwater users has been extended to December 31st, 2017
The Province is also extending the temporary exemption to the end of 2017 for water use for mineral exploration and placer mining activities (see Blog Post #20). Policy work on this exemption has taken longer than anticipated and a permanent amendment is being proposed for decision in 2017.
There are benefits to getting your groundwater licence application in early. By submitting an application for existing non-domestic groundwater use, government will have the knowledge of your use and be able to consider it during water scarcity, when reviewing other applications, and to provide notice when other applications may affect the security of your water.
Domestic groundwater use is exempt from licensing and fees. A domestic groundwater user has a well and uses that water for household purposes, such as drinking, washing, watering a garden, or providing water for domestic animals and poultry. Domestic well owners are encouraged to register their well to make their water use known so it can be protected. Submit a well registration form to Groundwater@gov.bc.ca. Not sure if your well is already registered? Contact FrontCounter BC.
More information about the Water Sustainability Act and the new regulations can be found here on the Province’s water website. For specific direction and guidance on how to apply for a groundwater licence, please visit FrontCounter BC.
With the size and complexity of the WSA and the number of required regulations, government is implementing the new Act using a phased approach. Work on the next phase of regulations and policies has been initiated on measuring and reporting, livestock watering, water objectives, planning and governance. Check out the latest blog post on the WSA Engagement site where we will continue to post updates as the work progresses. 

 

 

2017 AGM & CONVENTION NOTICE

The 61st BC Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting & Convention will be held in Nelson, B.C, from May 4 - 6, 2017 and will be hosted by The Nelson District & Gun Club & Conservation Society.

This year's theme is "Conservation through Collaboration" 
Registration is now open.  See below for registration forms.
BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Package
BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Information Sheet
BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Form
BCWF 2017 AGM Spousal Program Registration Form 


ACCOMMODATIONS:
Accommodations are not included with registration.  AGM Delegates may arrange their own accommodation or take advantage of SPECIAL BCWF ROOM RATES at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre and the Prestige Inn Nelson.
Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation
Booking and Special Rate deadline: March 24th, 2017
Rooms and rates are based on availability.
Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre:
701 Lakeside Road, Nelson BC
Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443 
Or for those wishing to book a room off site, just a short walk away from the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre
Prestige Inn Nelson:
1301 Front Street, Nelson BC
Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443 
Please contact the BCWF office for further information at 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300

 

                           
2017 RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2017 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2016 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. Resolutions are to be submitted in accordance with the Resolutions Manual.
To view, please click Resolutions Manual.
Please send Draft Resolutions to:
Attn: Resolutions Committee
BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, B.C.V4N 3M2 
If you have any further questions regarding the resolutions, please contact the BCWF Chair, Jared Wilkison via email (jaredwilkison@gmail.com) or call the BCWF office at 1-888-881 BCWF (2293) or email (projects@bcwf.bc.ca).

 

2016 BCWF AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention.
For more information on the 2016 BCWF Awards, contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988, or via email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca.
For a complete set of nomination forms, click on the following link: 2016 BCWF Awards - Nomination Forms

 

BCWF DIRECT MEMBERS'S NOTICE
BCWF Direct Members (those that are not Members of a Fish & Game Club), are entitled to send voting delegates to represent the Direct Members’ Club at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention, in accordance with section 7.2 of the BCWF Constitution & Bylaws (see below).
The BCWF Executive Committee will review applicants from the Direct Members and select delegates up to the eligible number as set out in the voting entitlement in section 7.2 of the Bylaws. These delegates will become representatives of the Direct Members’ Club and each shall be allowed one vote in the deliberations of the Annual General Meeting.
Direct Member delegates chosen will be expected to represent the diverse interests of the Direct Members and speak on their behalf at the AGM. In addition to their participation at the event, the Direct Member delegates are required to submit a written report on the AGM & Convention that will be circulated through BC Outdoors after the event.
How to Apply
In addition to completing the standard Registration Form, Direct Members that are interested in attending the 60th BCWF AGM & Convention as a Direct Member Delegate are also required to submit a short letter outlining their reasons for wanting to attend the event. Please note on the envelope / in the email subject line “Direct Member Delegate Application”. Applications must be received by or before February 15th, 2017.
Applications may be submitted by mail to:
Direct Members Club
℅ B.C. Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
Or by email to: officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca

 

Canada in the Rough™ will be back on "over-the-air" Television!

Canada in the Rough™ is coming back to where it belongs and that is on a Tier-One, "over-the-air" Canadian Television network that is reaching 88% of Canadians! Canada in the Rough™ is proud to be airing on City™ and airing the show in all major Canadian markets. The show will air on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am for a full 52 weeks per year starting in January 2017.

 

 
Tickets can be purchased at Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters 

 

 

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Interested in a great summer job for 2017?
                            
Inspector positions for the 2017 season of the Invasive Mussel Defense Program have now been posted on the BC Government job site. 
These positions form BC’s Invasive Mussel Defence Program, with the aim to intercept watercraft carrying invasive zebra and quagga mussels from entering the province.
A central component of the job is to conduct mandatory roadside boat inspections and to liaise with, survey, and deliver outreach materials to the public.
Locations for these jobs are in Chilliwack, Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Golden, Invermere, Nelson, Penticton and Valemount. 
Follow the links below to learn more.
Compliance and Enforcement Officer Posting (multiple positions available): 
Compliance and Enforcement Officer Field Coordinator Position (one position available):


Orphan Bear Cub
This little one was rescued by PG COS in -24 degree weather. The cub will be transfer today to the Northern Lights Wildlife Society facility. Thanks to all the volunteers involved. #princegeorge#Smithers
                     
                       Violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline
1-877-952-RAPP (7277), Cellular Dial - #7277

 

IN THE NEWS             
Bald eagle rescued from Revelstoke recovering in Kamloops
A juvenile bald eagle was found near a river in Revelstoke on Friday, unable to fly with a broken wing.
With the help of locals and a pair of RCMP officers, however, the eagle was saved and transported to the BC Wildlife Park where it's getting the care it needs to recover.
Read the full story here from CJFC Today.

 


2 Moose found frozen mid-fight near remote Alaska village
Two moose were recently discovered frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska's unforgiving western coast.

 

 


The British Columbia Freshwater Fishing Regulations are published every two years, the next edition will be effective from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019.  In advance of publication the regulations are reviewed to ensure appropriate management of the fishery and the resource.

There are 50 proposed changes to angling regulations for 2017 to 2019. These proposals have all been posted to the Angling, Hunting, and Trapping Public Engagement Website for public information and feedback. The public is encouraged to review these proposed changes and provide feedback to fisheries managers. Instructions on how to use the website are available in the “how to guide” at http://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/how-to. Background information on the public engagement website is available at  http://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/content/frequently-asked-questions.

Note that angling regulations are subject to change in-season. In-season angling regulation changes can be found online at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#Inseason


BCWF MEMBER UPDATE DECEMBER 14, 2016

 

                 
A number of questions have arisen in response to the BC NDP press release regarding trophy grizzly bear hunting in British Columbia.  
As a result, the BCWF contacted BC NDP Leader John Horgan and asked for clarification on their grizzly bear policy.
To read his answers, click Here.

 

The BC Green Party responds to the BCWF election questions
In preparation for the next provincial general election on May 9, 2017, the BC Wildlife Federation asked the major provincial political parties to answer 5 questions about issues facing fish, wildlife and their habitats.
See the Green Party response Here. 

 

On the Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me....
A brand new BCWF jacket!
This year, give the gift of supporting Conservation.
Enter your BCWF membership number as the promo code for a discount!
Free shipping on orders over $50, excludes CORE & Canadian Firearms Manual orders.
Check out our online store for ideas.
 #christmas #conservation #jinglebells #reindeer 

 

                    
Non Perishable food donations to the Surrey Food Bank will be accepted at the BCWF Head Office, located at  101-9706 188th Street, Surrey, BC 

Donations can be dropped off until December 21st during office hours, Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm

Click Here to see the most needed items.
Click Here for Food Bank locations in British Columbia.
If you wish to donate, and cannot make it into the office, please consider a direct drop off to your nearest location.
Thank you from the BCWF Staff for your Generosity.

 

                                             
The 2017 BCWF Conservation Lottery Tickets are now on Sale!
You can purchase your tickets by calling the office 1-888-881-2293 or  thru your local club.
If your Club is interested in selling tickets, please download a copy of the Club Ticket Order Form Here and return the order form ASAP to the BCWF Office or via email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca.
Tickets are $10.00 each.
This year's Grand Prize is a 2017 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec EPS Camo Side X Side
 
For a full list of prizes please visit our website www.bcwf.bc.ca 

 

2017 AGM & CONVENTION NOTICE

The 61st BC Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting & Convention will be held in Nelson, B.C, from May 4 - 6, 2017 and will be hosted by The Nelson District & Gun Club.  
This year's theme is "Conservation through Collaboration" 
Registration is now open.  See below for registration forms.

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Package

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Information Sheet

BCWF 2017 AGM Registration Form

BCWF 2017 AGM Spousal Program Registration Form


 GENERAL INFORMATION:
The 2017 AGM & Convention is guaranteed to be informative, exciting and action packed with a variety of guest speakers and presenters. Keep an eye on our website for agenda updates as we receive confirmations from our invited guests. www.bcwf.bc.ca.
Early Bird Registration: Will be accepted up to March 10th, 2017 by all methods of delivery with full payment
Registration Deadline: is April 14th, 2017.  Confirmation of payment will be sent upon receipt of registration form.
Cancellation Policy: If written cancellation of registration is received by the BCWF office 45 days prior to AGM and Convention date, a full refund will be issued.  Cancellation received 15 – 45 days prior will have a $35.00 administration fee deducted from the refund.  No refund will be issued less than 15 days prior to the AGM except in the case of a proven emergency.  Registrants who do not attend and have not cancelled 15 days in advance will forfeit the full registration fee.
Evening Events this Year:
Thursday – Meet & Greet Reception
Friday – Club Night, Hosted by and at Nelson District Rod Gun Club and Conservation Society
Saturday - Awards Gala Dinner @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre
On-Site Conference Registration Desk Hours:
Thursday, May 4th: 2:00pm–6:00pm @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre
Friday, May 5th: 7:30am–5:00pm @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre
Saturday, May 6th: 7:30am–12:00 noon @ Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre 


ACCOMMODATIONS:
Accommodations are not included with registration.  AGM Delegates may arrange their own accommodation or take advantage of SPECIAL BCWF ROOM RATES at the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre and the Prestige Inn Nelson.

Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre:
701 Lakeside Road, Nelson BC

Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation
Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443 - mention “BC Wildlife Federation” 
Hotel Direct Line: 1-250-352-7222
Booking and Special Rates deadline: March 24th, 2017
Rooms and rates are based on availability.
Or for those wishing to book a room off site, just a short walk away from the Prestige Lakeside Resort & Convention Centre

Prestige Inn Nelson:
1301 Front Street, Nelson BC

Group Name:  BC Wildlife Federation
Call Toll Free: 1-877-737-8443 mention “BC Wildlife Conference” 
Hotel Direct Line: 1-250-352-3595
Booking and Special Rate deadline: March 24th, 2017
Rooms and rates are based on availability.
Please contact the BCWF office for further information at 1-888-881-2293 ext. 300.

 

2016 BCWF AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention.
For more information on the 2016 BCWF Awards, contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988, or via email at officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca.
For a complete set of nomination forms, click on the following link: 2016 BCWF Awards - Nomination Forms

 

BCWF DIRECT MEMBERS'S NOTICE
BCWF Direct Members (those that are not Members of a Fish & Game Club), are entitled to send voting delegates to represent the Direct Members’ Club at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention, in accordance with section 7.2 of the BCWF Constitution & Bylaws (see below).
The BCWF Executive Committee will review applicants from the Direct Members and select delegates up to the eligible number as set out in the voting entitlement in section 7.2 of the Bylaws. These delegates will become representatives of the Direct Members’ Club and each shall be allowed one vote in the deliberations of the Annual General Meeting.
Direct Member delegates chosen will be expected to represent the diverse interests of the Direct Members and speak on their behalf at the AGM. In addition to their participation at the event, the Direct Member delegates are required to submit a written report on the AGM & Convention that will be circulated through BC Outdoors after the event.
How to Apply
In addition to completing the standard Registration Form, Direct Members that are interested in attending the 61st BCWF AGM & Convention as a Direct Member Delegate are also required to submit a short letter outlining their reasons for wanting to attend the event. Please note on the envelope / in the email subject line “Direct Member Delegate Application”. Applications must be received by or before February 15th, 2017.
Applications may be submitted by mail to:
Direct Members Club
℅ B.C. Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
Or by email to: projects@bcwf.bc.ca

 

                           
2017 RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2017 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2016 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. Resolutions are to be submitted in accordance with the Resolutions Manual.
To view, please click Resolutions Manual.
Please send Draft Resolutions to:
Attn: Resolutions Committee
BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, B.C.V4N 3M2 
If you have any further questions regarding the resolutions, please contact the BCWF Chair, Jared Wilkison via email (jaredwilkison@gmail.com) or call the BCWF office at 1-888-881 BCWF (2293) or email (projects@bcwf.bc.ca).

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This week's submission is from Sid Nielsen.
He writes "This is the FN Class at the Gold River Gun Club of which I am a member, and all went very well. This was 4-day course with 2 failures out of 12 students."

We love seeing your pictures!
Keep your submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca 

 

CLUB NEWS


If you are interested in hosting a Hunting Film Tour stop, click the banner above for more details.

 

Help Us Find Canada’s Local Environmental Heroes!

Earth Day Canada is happy to announce we are once again seeking nominations to help us find and recognize Canada’s leaders in sustainability for our Hometown Heroes Award Program -- and we're excited to announce a brand new category this year, the Teacher Award! In total, there are five categories for 2017: Youth, Individual, Group, Small Business and Teacher. If you know anyone who you believe fosters meaningful, long-term community awareness and action, nominate them (or yourself) now!
Winners will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and be celebrated by Earth Day Canada and its partners at an awards ceremony in Toronto.
For more information and to download the nomination packages, please visit earthday.ca/hometown.

Help us spread the word about the Hometown Heroes Award Program by sharing this information with your network!
If you have any questions, please contact us at heroes@earthday.ca.   

 

 ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Artist of the Year competition.
The BC Wildlife Federation’s Artist of the Year Program was developed in 1992 with the goal of celebrating a B.C. artist whose works exhibits the beauty of B.C.’s fish, wildlife and habitat. The Artist of the Year Program supports the conservation work of the BCWF through the sale of limited edition wildlife art prints and at the same time recognizes the talent of B.C.’s artists.
Artists are selected a year in advance to allow time for quality production of the artwork for sale and the ongoing promotion of the artist and their work. The selection process includes an internal Art Selection Jury who will determine three finalists to be voted on.
For more information, visit www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

 
Someone you know deserves to be nominated!
Sure it’s an honour to be nominated, but winning is AWESOME!
The 2017 CWF Conservation Awards nomination process is underway, a time to celebrate those individuals and organizations leading us toward a brighter future for wildlife and the Canadian habitats they call home. CWF invites YOU to tell us about a deserving citizen or group making a difference for wildlife, habitat or conservation in Canada.
Awards in eight categories will recognize and honour nominees who may have made wildlife & conservation their professional career, the focus of their volunteer work or perhaps dedicated their lives to teaching and inspiring conservation ethic in others. From students to scientists, we want to know who's making the difference for Canadian wildlife! 
By submitting a nomination, you’ll be doing more than recognizing someone for their hard work. You will also be giving them opportunity to receive their award at our CWF Conservation Awards banquet celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary this June in Montreal, AND be the subject of a feature write-up in CWF’s national magazine Canadian Wildlife!
The deadline for the Conservation Achievement Awards nominations is January 31, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

 

 

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Fish Seized on the Thompson River as part of Fishing Closure Investigation: Charges Pending

Merritt CO's recently seized 26 rainbow trout as part of an investigation into two men who are alleged to have fished during a closed time on the Thompson River.
None of the fish were over 50cm which would have put the fish into the steelhead category. 
CO's were patrolling as part of a Fresh Water Fisheries 
Society of BC Project enforcing the Thompson River angling closure.
The fishing closure is in place to protect steelhead.


Wolf Attacks Dog on Ski Trail, COS Investigating
On December 7th. Smithers CO's received a report from the Bulkley alley Cross Country Ski Club that a wolf attacked and killed a skier’s dog. The skier was then followed out on the trail by one of the wolves. CO’s are on site and are investigating the incident today. The skier was not injured during this incident. The Pine Creek and dog trails will be closed Thursday Dec 8 while the conservation officers investigate. Please do not ski any of the Pine Creek or Pooch Paradise trails until further notice. 
                       Violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline
1-877-952-RAPP (7277), Cellular Dial - #7277

 

IN THE NEWS
Warning about moose licking vehicles in Kananaskis: Alberta Parks

Alberta Parks have issued a warning at the Chester Lake and Burstall Pass trailhead parking lots, of a moose approaching vehicles to lick salt. Click here or on the picture above to watch the video from Global News.

 

                              
Are you passionate about fish, wildlife, habitat and conservation?
Are you a proven self-starter with a drive for success?
If yes, we want to hear from you!
We are looking to hire a Manager- Programs and Operations.
Click the link HERE for more details.

 

 


The Rod and Gun Meeting scheduled for December 2nd has been cancelled.

The December meeting has been rescheduled for December 14th at 7:30 pm.

After the meeting there will be appetizers and refreshments, so bring the family!

Happy Holidays everyone!


The BCWF has launched a new app to track poachers and polluters.

Click HERE to read.


The November Rod and Gun Meeting will be postponed until December 2nd.

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


   MEMBER UPDATE NOVEMBER 23, 2016

 

 
Public input sought on fishing regulations
Proposed changes to fishing regulations for the 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis are now available for public comment and feedback. A complete list and description of the proposed regulations can be viewed online here www.apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca 

 

                     
The BC Wildlife Wetlands Education Program provided Outreach to 3 classes, 60 children last Thursday, November 17th, on the Value of Wetlands and Introduction to interactions of wildlife. 
 

 

2017 AGM & CONVENTION NOTICE

The 61st BC Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting & Convention will be held in Nelson, B.C, from May 4th through 6th,, 2017 and will be hosted by The Nelson District & Gun Club.  


2016 BCWF AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Awards are listed below:
Art Downs Memorial Award
Ted Barsby Trophy - Conservationist of the Year
Bill Otway Award for Most Effective Regional President
Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Trophy
Lee Straight Fishing Award
Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Project
Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award
Wildsheep Foundation Awards

  • Biggest Sheep Taken in BC
  • Biggest Trophy Other than Sheep Taken in BC
  • Youth Outstanding Big Game Award

Youth Fishing Award
Youth Big Game Award
For more information on the 2016 BCWF Awards, contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988 or email officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca
For a complete set of nomination forms, click on the following link: 2016 BCWF Awards - Nomination Forms

 

2017 RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2017 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2016 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. Resolutions are to be submitted in accordance with the following notices: 
Please send Draft Resolutions to:
Attn: Resolutions Committee
BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, B.C.V4N 3M2 
If you have any further questions regarding the resolutions, please contact the BCWF Chair, Jared Wilkison via email (jaredwilkison@gmail.com) or call the BCWF office at 1-888-881 BCWF (2293) or email (projects@bcwf.bc.ca).

 

DIRECT MEMBERS' NOTICE
BCWF Direct Members (those that are not Members of a Fish & Game Club), are entitled to send voting delegates to represent the Direct Members’ Club at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention, in accordance with section 7.2 of the BCWF Constitution & Bylaws.
The BCWF Executive Committee will review applicants from the Direct Members and select delegates up to the eligible number as set out in the voting entitlement in section 7.2 of the Bylaws. These delegates will become representatives of the Direct Members’ Club and each shall be allowed one vote in the deliberations of the Annual General Meeting.
Direct Member delegates chosen will be expected to represent the diverse interests of the Direct Members and speak on their behalf at the AGM. In addition to their participation at the event, the Direct Member delegates are required to submit a written report on the AGM & Convention that will be circulated through BC Outdoors after the event.
How to Apply
In addition to completing the standard Registration Form, Direct Members that are interested in attending the 61st BCWF AGM & Convention as a Direct Member Delegate are also required to submit a short letter outlining their reasons for wanting to attend the event. Please note on the envelope / in the email subject line “Direct Member Delegate Application”. Applications must be received by or before February 15th, 2017.
Applications may be submitted by mail to:
Direct Members Club
℅ B.C. Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
Or by email to: projects@bcwf.bc.ca

 

2018 ARTIST OF THE YEAR                                
           
                   "Busted" - Valeri Rogers 2016 Artist of the Year
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Artist of the Year competition.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Artist of the Year Program was developed in 1992 with the goal of celebrating a B.C. artist whose works exhibits the beauty of B.C.’s fish, wildlife and habitat. The Artist of the Year Program supports the conservation work of the BCWF through the sale of limited edition wildlife art prints and at the same time recognizes the talent of B.C.’s artists.
Artists are selected a year in advance to allow time for quality production of the artwork for sale and the ongoing promotion of the artist and their work. The selection process includes an internal Art Selection Jury who will determine three finalists to be voted on.
For more information, visit www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This week's submission is from Frank Scarpino.
He writes "I am a BCWF proud member. First moose made it in BC records book."                     . 

We love seeing your pictures!
Keep your submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca

 

 

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS   
Keremeos-Cawston Sportsmen Association Indoor Turkey Shoot and Money Trap Shoot


 Okanagan Research Forum 2016 
 
* Registration includes access to all events as well as food and beverages.
For more information, please contact Carolina Restrepo at carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca 

 

2016 Annual Policy Conference & Big Splash Gala Fundraiser                 
                                          
The Annual Policy Conference will be held the afternoon of Friday, November 25, 2016 at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC and will feature panel discussions, presentations from federal and provincial politicians, key governement staff and other industry related representatives.
For more than 18 years, the Sport Fishing Institute's annual conference has been the key forum to discuss and hear perspectives on issues facing the recreational fishing community.  
Please join them to participate, and mingle with friends and associates at these important industry events.
                                 
The 18th Annual Big Splash Gala Fundraiser will follow the Policy Conference that evening and consist of delicious food, followed by live and silent auctions and raffles.  Items will include fishing trips, artwork, giftware, jewelry and many other unique items.  The Big Splash has become an extremely exciting and successful event, selling out for the past 4 years!
Have questions about the 2016 SFI Annual Policy Conference and Big Splash Gala Fundraiser? Contact Sport Fishing Institute of BC. (604) 946-0734 or (250) 591-0734.   

 

 
Someone you know deserves to be nominated!
Sure it’s an honour to be nominated, but winning is AWESOME!
The 2017 CWF Conservation Awards nomination process is underway, a time to celebrate those individuals and organizations leading us toward a brighter future for wildlife and the Canadian habitats they call home. CWF invites YOU to tell us about a deserving citizen or group making a difference for wildlife, habitat or conservation in Canada.
Awards in eight categories will recognize and honour nominees who may have made wildlife & conservation their professional career, the focus of their volunteer work or perhaps dedicated their lives to teaching and inspiring conservation ethic in others. From students to scientists, we want to know who's making the difference for Canadian wildlife! 
By submitting a nomination, you’ll be doing more than recognizing someone for their hard work. You will also be giving them opportunity to receive their award at our CWF Conservation Awards banquet celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary this June in Montreal, AND be the subject of a feature write-up in CWF’s national magazine Canadian Wildlife!
The deadline for the Conservation Achievement Awards nominations is January 31, 2017 at 11:59pm ET.

 

 WSSBC Wild Sheep Raffles Release
The WSSBC is pleased to release the “WILD SHEEP RAFFLES” for 2016/2017 (formerly the Hunt of a Lifetime)! Over the past 2 years they have asked members what they wanted to see and overwhelmingly were told, “More hunts”. So, this year they have expanded their lineup to include a Desert Sheep Hunt in addition to their BC Roosevelt Elk hunt.
The Desert Sheep hunt is not just any hunt, they decided to purchase the absolute best tag that they could find! This hunt was recommended by WSF National, retails for $65,000 USD, and it is completely fair chase (recognized by Boone and Crockett Club) with no high fences. The sheep herds on La Pamosa were originally transplanted from famed Tiburon Island and the genetics here are phenomenal with many rams taken in the 170’s and 180’s! Not only is the hunting great, the accommodations are second to none. Travel is included with this package.
Another change you will notice is that tickets are now sold online, the process will be simpler, faster, even more secure and your purchased tickets will be emailed to you immediately.
In the past 2 years these raffles have generated over $50,000 that are being directed to habitat enhancement projects around the province. They have also created great opportunities for members and supporters to enjoy an experience they normally wouldn’t as well as some great gear!  A special thank you to this year's donors, without which this wouldn’t be possible, Emilio Espino, La Pamosa Ranch,Sitka Gear, Italian Sporting Goods, Vancouver, Brad Lister, Coastal Inlet Adventures, Perry Criddle, Deluxe Wall Tents, Cabelas Canada.
For more information on the hunts and gear and to purchase tickets please visit at www.wildsheepsociety.com
With your continued support they will work to provide world-class opportunities and they will grow this program.

 

 
The Forest Enhancement Society of BC have signed a Letter of Agreement regarding funding of wildlife projects in forested habitats with the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. This one-year agreement will result in increased funding available for wildlife habitat projects, as FESBC is prepared to contribute up to half a million dollars to augment the two to three million dollars that HCTF grants to wildlife projects annually.
To view this letter, click HERE.

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Public Safety
Golden CO's were busy on November 20th intercepting 3 separate individuals discharging firearms on a busy road for the purpose of hunting.
The 3 hunters were charged. A rifle was also seized from a man that was prohibited for life to possess firearms.
     


A Calgary man has been fined nearly $15K and banned from hunting for 1 year for importing bear carcass, read the full story from cbc.ca
      


Compliance and Enforcement
 
The high volume of deer hunters in the Kamloops area during the November long week-end got the local CO’s attention. Officers ran a 3 day project to ensure compliance with regulations to protect wildlife and public safety.
More than 400 hundred recreational users were inspected. 
27 violation tickets and 23 warnings were issued. The majority of the offences were firearm safety related.
Thumbs up to the Thompson Fraser CO’s for delivering on the COS's mandate of environmental compliance and enforcement, shared stewardship and public safety. 


CO's in Lillooet are concerned about a number of 2 and 3 point (photo below) mule deer being shot and left during the 4 point or greater buck only season in region 3. Hunters are reminded to be sure sure they are identifying a 4 point buck correctly. More information can be found in the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis. If an animal is harvested in error, the species licence must be cancelled and the incident must be self reported immediately or as soon as possible.

Violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline  

 

IN THE NEWS
Biologist hopes to draw birds, reptiles, fish to Shuswap Lake with new habitat.  Read the story from cbc.ca
 

 

 

 


   MEMBER UPDATE NOVEMBER 16, 2016

 

    
The $1.5 Billion Dollar National Oceans Protection Plan announced in Vancouver on November the 7th by Prime Minister Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc Garneau is welcomed by the BC Wildlife Federation. 
It is a significant step forward for Canada to improve the marine safety system. It will increase regional capacity to prevent and improve response to marine pollution incidents here on the west coast.
For more details on this announcement, click HERE.

 

  Bearing hail and rain, BCWF Staff members were on site at Dewdney Elementary to assist students, teachers and volunteers with a wetlands restoration project. If it was dry out, it wouldn’t be called a wetland, would it? All joking aside, this wetland was carefully and thoughtfully planned out to serve as an outdoor classroom where students will be able to play and learn in the natural world while blocking invasive species to create a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Interested in getting involved with wetlands enhancement or restoration work in your area?  Contact our Wetlands Team at wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca or learn more HERE!

 

2017 AGM & CONVENTION NOTICE
The 61st BC Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting & Convention will be held in Nelson, B.C, May 4th through 6th,, 2017 and will be hosted by The Nelson District & Gun Club


2017 RESOLUTIONS
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2017 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2016 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. Resolutions are to be submitted in accordance with the following notices: 
Please send Draft Resolutions to:
Attn: Resolutions Committee
BC Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, B.C.V4N 3M2 
If you have any further questions regarding the resolutions, please contact the BCWF Chair, Jared Wilkison via email (jaredwilkison@gmail.com) or call the BCWF office at 1-888-881 BCWF (2293) or email (projects@bcwf.bc.ca).


DIRECT MEMBERS' NOTICE
BCWF Direct Members (those that are not Members of a Fish & Game Club), are entitled to send voting delegates to represent the Direct Members’ Club at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention, in accordance with section 7.2 of the BCWF Constitution & Bylaws (see below).
The BCWF Executive Committee will review applicants from the Direct Members and select delegates up to the eligible number as set out in the voting entitlement in section 7.2 of the Bylaws. These delegates will become representatives of the Direct Members’ Club and each shall be allowed one vote in the deliberations of the Annual General Meeting.
Direct Member delegates chosen will be expected to represent the diverse interests of the Direct Members and speak on their behalf at the AGM. In addition to their participation at the event, the Direct Member delegates are required to submit a written report on the AGM & Convention that will be circulated through BC Outdoors after the event.
How to Apply
In addition to completing the standard Registration Form, Direct Members that are interested in attending the 61st BCWF AGM & Convention as a Direct Member Delegate are also required to submit a short letter outlining their reasons for wanting to attend the event. Please note on the envelope / in the email subject line “Direct Member Delegate Application”. Applications must be received by or before February 15th, 2017.
Applications may be submitted by mail to:
Direct Members Club
℅ B.C. Wildlife Federation
101-9706 188th Street
Surrey, BC V4N 3M2
Or by email to: projects@bcwf.bc.ca

 

2016 BCWF AWARDS
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2017 BCWF AGM & Convention.
Below are the links to the forms for each award:
Art Downs Memorial Award

Ted Barsby Trophy - Conservationist of the Year

Bill Otway Award for Most Effective Regional President

Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Trophy

Lee Straight Fishing Award

Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Award - Completed Project

Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award

Wildsheep Foundation Awards

  • Biggest Sheep Taken in BC
  • Biggest Trophy Other than Sheep Taken in BC
  • Youth Outstanding Big Game Award

Youth Big Game Award

Youth Fishing Award

For more information on the 2016 BCWF Awards, contact the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) / 604-882-9988 or email officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca
For a complete set of nomination forms, click on the following link: 2016 BCWF Awards - Nomination Forms

 

2018 ARTIST OF THE YEAR
             
 "Busted" - Valeri Rogers 2016 Artist of the Year
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 Artist of the Year competition.
The B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Artist of the Year Program was developed in 1992 with the goal of celebrating a B.C. artist whose works exhibits the beauty of B.C.’s fish, wildlife and habitat. The Artist of the Year Program supports the conservation work of the BCWF through the sale of limited edition wildlife art prints and at the same time recognizes the talent of B.C.’s artists.
Artists are selected a year in advance to allow time for quality production of the artwork for sale and the ongoing promotion of the artist and their work. The selection process includes an internal Art Selection Jury who will determine three finalists to be voted on.
For more information, visit www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This week's submission is from Matthew Benz. 
His fist Mule Deer Buck taken on October 22nd, 2016 with hunting partner James Burslem in an open slash in Barriere.
   
We love seeing your pictures!

Keep your submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca

 

        

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS   
   
On Sunday 30 October Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club hosted 25 Simon Fraser University students in another Introductory 3-Gun Shoot. 
Ridgedale R&G has offered this 3-Gun Shoot for the past 16 years, and many students, faculty, and staff from SFU and Fraser Valley University have been taught how to shoot handguns, rifles, and shotguns safely. 
Professor emeritus Gary Mauser opened the day with a brief talk on the history of firearms, during which he emphasized the privileges and responsibilities of civilian firearms ownership. After his talk, participants learned how to shoot trap, as well as 22 cal handguns and rifles. Everyone enjoyed the experience. 
Thank you to all of the Ridgedale members who volunteered to help out, particularly, Dave Graham, Shotgun Chair, Dennis Weeks, coordinator extraordinare, Ian Marshall, Pistol Chair, Mark Lewis, Rifle Chair, and Miles McCarthy, who prepared a fantastic lunch for everyone.  


 Okanagan Research Forum 2016     

Building a Resilient Okanagan Landscape
The Forum will encourage knowledge sharing and dialogue between UBC Okanagan Researchers and the broader community, including government and local organizations.
This year's theme  is resilience, a particularly relevant topic for the Okanagan region considering the pressures we face due to climate change, population growth, and changes in land use.
Date: Monday, December 5, 2016
Time: 9:00AM to 5:00 PM
Keynote Presentation:  6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Venue:  Kelowna Yacht Club Banquet Room
Registration: Required for the event, cost for registration is estimated as follows:
 · Organizers and Volunteers: Free
· Students presenting posters: Free
· Students: $10 dollars*
· General Public: $20 *
 * Registration includes access to all events as well as food and beverages.
For more information, please contact Carolina Restrepo at carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca 

 

   

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Haida Gwaii Enforcement Patrols
   
CO's recently conducted enforcement patrols on Haida Gwaii to ensure compliance with the Wildlife Act and other environmental legislation. As a result of the 4 day operation, charges are pending against 2 individuals for hunting with the use of a light. Charges are also pending against 1 individual for hunting without a licence. 14 violation ticket. s were issued for offences under the Wildlife Act, Liquor Control Act, Motor Vehicle Act, Firearms Act and the Environmental Management Act. 2 impaired drivers were apprehended. 3 rifles, 2 spot lights and 1 deer were seized. 


  
East Kootenay CO's assisted biologists with the capture of this grizzly bear. A GPS tracking collar was affixed to the bear. The grizzly was released without incident. Bears are still active in many areas of BC. Please secure attractants to prevent conflicts with wildlife.


CONVICTED
Firearms Offence
On October 27, 2016, a Fraser Lake, BC resident pled guilty in Burns Lake Provincial Court to one count under section 95(2) of the Criminal Code for the offence of possess restricted firearm with ammunition. The plea stemmed from a hunting check conducted by the COS on October 23, 2014. During the check the CO found a handgun and a loaded firearm in a vehicle. The male was sentenced to a $2,000 fine, a $600 victim surcharge and a 10 year firearms prohibition – the handgun was also forfeited.         


CHARGED
Two males have been charged after a COS investigation into the possession and trafficking of bear parts. Nine counts have been laid against a Langley resident for alleged offences that occurred in Langley and Surrey between September 2015 and September 2016. The first court appearance is scheduled for November 17th in Surrey.
Nine counts have also been laid against a 100 Mile House resident for alleged offences that occurred in 100 Mile House and Cache Creek between October 2015 and September 2016. 
The first court appearance date is scheduled for November 24th in Kamloops.
The BCWF has no knowledge of the accused names- all questions regarding these cases should be directed to the Conservation Officer Service. 

 

IN THE NEWS
   
Central Saanich Police want to find out who dumped around 150 to 200 salmon in the 8200 block of Thompson Place, off Mount Newton Cross Road.
The salmon were discovered today - they look fairly fresh, but police say they may have been dumped sometime over the weekend. 
Anyone with information can call Central Saanich Police (250- 652-4441) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477 )  


Spruce City Wildlife revives salmon hatchery in Prince George
  
If you went to school in Prince George in the 1990s, you might have memories of salmon in your classroom. For years, Spruce City Wildlife gave fish eggs to local schools to help teach kids about the life cycles of the salmon. That practice stopped about a decade ago... but it could be coming back. Andrew Kurjata met Spruce City Wildlife president Steve Hamilton at their River Road facility, and took a tour.  Watch the video HERE.

 

 

 

 


 

  MEMBER UPDATE, NOVEMBER 2, 2016

 

BCWF IN OTTAWA
The BCWF was in Ottawa this week meeting with a range of stakeholders to discuss wildlife and habitat. A comprehensive backgrounder was created for the BCWF representatives to use in speaking on federal issues with Members of Parliament and Canadian Wildlife Federation representatives.
      
Cheryl Johnson and MP Wayne Stetski pictured at the 3rd Annual Parliamentary Wild Game & Fish Reception. 

 

CARIBOO RESIDENTS, HAVE YOUR SAY!        
On Thursday, November 3rd,   BC NDP MLA Katrine Conroy, Official Opposition spokesperson for hunting and wildlife, will be in Quesnel at the Best Western Tower Inn Quesnel, 500 Reid Street from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm  to discuss hunting, wildlife and habitat conservation in BC.
This is an excellent opportunity to discuss issues about hunting, habitat and conservation in British Columbia. 

Are you happy with LEH, open season, or conservation of wildlife in your Region?  What's working, what's not and your solutions to fix it. 
Learn about the Bill she tabled in the legislature to ensure wildlife, habitat, and conservation once again becomes a key part of resource planning in BC.
You will have a chance to give your input! 

Show up early, seating is limited.

 

                            
Silverdale Creek Wetlands Planting Day!
Want to give frogs and birds a new home? Come help us plant at a newly restored wetland with BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Education Program and Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition. Bring a planting shovel, gumboots/waders, and dress for the weather! See you rain or shine. Families welcome. You'll find us about 600 meter along the path from the trailhead to Silverdale Creek Wetlands off of Silverdale Avenue (Mission, BC).
When: 10 AM – 4 PM, Saturday November 5, 2016
Where: Silverdale Creek Wetlands (Approximately 600 m along the trail)
What to bring: Boots/waders, Planting Shovel, Change of Clothes, Dress for Weather, Bottle of Water.
Thanks to District of Mission, Ducks Unlimited, Stave Valley Salmonid Enhancement Society, Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition, and BC Wildlife Federation Members/Clubs for making this happen!
With Funding from: Environment Canada’s National Wetland Conservation Fund, Wildlife Habitat Canada, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and Government of BC.

 

BCWF JACKETS
   
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or download the order forms below.
BCWF Soft Shell Jacket Order Form

BCWF Melton Bomber Jacket Order Form

For more information, please visit:  www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This week's submission is from Greig Hull.
He writes " Last day of our moose hunt, the snow stopped, the clouds cleared, and we flew home in this beautiful weather."
     
Keep the submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca

 

 

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS


FPB Director of Investigations - Job Posting

The Forest Practices Board serves the public interest as the independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices in British Columbia.
We are recruiting a key individual to lead the independent investigation of public complaints and special investigations of forest and range practice issues affecting stewardship of Crown lands in British Columbia. Please visit EMPLOYMENT page on our website at www.bcfpb.ca to find out more about this opportunity.


2016 Annual Policy Conference & Big Splash Gala Fundraiser  
         
On Friday, November 25th, 2016 the Sport Fishing Institute will hold its Annual Industry Policy Conference at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.  
This event has become a key forum where elected officials, public servants and those in the sport fishing industry can meet, share their perspectives on the issues facing the recreational fishery and receive updates on preliminary expectations for the forthcoming season.
The conference begins with the serving of lunch at 11:30am and finishes just in time to enjoy the Big Splash Gala that evening! Early bird tickets are on sale now for a limited time through Eventbrite or by calling the office directly at either (604) 946-0734 or (250) 591-0734.  

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Freshwater Fishery Enforcement
Despite a rainy October hundreds of enthusiastic anglers enjoyed the fishing opportunity on the Stave River.
COS has been conducting multiple compliance checks. Recently 2 individuals were charged for fishing without licences. The salmon in the picture were seized from the accused.
     


Convicted
$5,000.00 Fine
In October 2014 the Fort St. John COS responded to a report of an illegal moose shot north of Fort St. John. The COS attended and identified 2 males from the lower mainland. In the course of investigating the illegal moose, the COS became aware that a grizzly bear had also been illegally harvested by the same 2 males without a limited entry hunting authorization. With assistance from the Williams Lake COS office, the 2 males were located in the Williams Lake area and the grizzly bear was seized.

The COS submitted a report to crown counsel in 2015 and were successful in receiving charge approval for 3 counts under the BC Wildlife Act against both males for the illegal harvest of the grizzly bear. 

On October 27, 2016, 1 male accused in the investigation plead guilty in New Westminister court. The accused was convicted for killing wildlife not within open season and fined $5,000.00. The convicted party must pay $4000.00 of the fine to the Habitat Trust Foundation.
The second male accused in the investigation currently has a warrant for his arrest for failing to appear in court.

At the time of this release, no names of the convicted have been released.

All  questions regarding the accused can be directed to the Conservation Officer Service.

Poaching and other environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline - 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). 


Skeena Region Enforcement
BCCO's from the Skeena Region recently conducted patrols and road checks related to a 7 day bull-moose open hunting season. As a result of these patrols 67 charges and 19 warnings were issued. 1 moose and 1 deer were seized. 6 investigations into the illegal killing of moose and deer are ongoing. Of the charges laid, 28 were for loaded firearms in vehicles 17 were for possessing open liquor in a motor vehicle and 10 were for hunting licence violations. Other enforcment actions were issued for various violations of the Wildlife Act, Off-Road Vehilce Act and Motor Vehicle Act. 

Environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline - 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).
      


Bovine Tuberculosis and Chronic Wasting Disease
Conservation Officers helped Biologist to get samples from harvested game in Cherryville and Lumby are. The goal was to monitor the area for Bovine Tuberculosis and Chronic Wasting Disease. The COS would like to remind everyone who harvests deer, elk or moose from region 8-23 to submit the heads for sampling. 
      
                                

 

IN THE NEWS
Whirling Disease Alert
Whirling disease is caused by a parasite that burrows into the head and spine of salmonids – salmon, trout, whitefish and char – making them vulnerable to predators.
Provincial biologists are calling on B.C. anglers to take extra precautions since fish with whirling disease were found in Johnson Lake in Banff National Park – the first case of this disease in the country.
Anglers can help contain whirling diseases by cleaning their boats and fishing equipment before and after entering lakes or rivers, and by properly disposing of caught fish and body parts.
Anglers should follow protocols set out in the "Clean, Drain, Dry"
program operated by the Invasive Species Council of BC in partnership with the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the BC Wildlife Federation, lakeside stewardship groups and regional invasive species committees. Details can be found at this link:
www.for.gov.bc.ca/hra/invasive-species/cleandraindry
Download the fact sheet about whirling disease, what it is, how it affects fish and which fish species are at risk at: 

www.inspection.gc.ca/animals/aquatic-animals/diseases 


Bull elk horns in on cattle community in the heart of Fraser Valley
A bull Roosevelt elk is thought to have crossed the Fraser River from the Stave watershed near Mission.  It has been sighted with cattle near Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford.
       
Image credit: Helmi MacGregor
Read the full story HERE!


Kokanee numbers continue to climb in Wood Lake tributary
      
Great work by one of our affiliate Clubs in the area to assist in this success story!
Oceola Fish and Game Club volunteers were a part of this study.  

More than 36,0000 Wood Lake Kokanee entered Middle Vernon Creek to spawn this fall, pointing to a continued rebound of the kokanee fishery in the lake.

Read the sucess story HERE.

 

 


    MEMBER UPDATE, OCTOBER 26, 2016

 

NEWS RELEASE
 
BCWF Welcomes Grizzly Bear Management Recommendations
The BCWF welcomes the release of recommendations from the Scientific Review of Grizzly Bear Harvest Management System in British Columbia. The independent review commissioned by the Province concludes that hunting is not a threat to the sustainability of grizzly bears, but offered a number of suggestions to improve harvest management procedures, data collection and transparency of decisions related to hunting down to the Grizzly Bear Population Unit Level. 
In B.C., grizzly bears are listed as S3 (Vulnerable) by the Conservation Data Centre (www.env.gov.bc.ca/cdc). The  expert review commissioned by the province  noted  concerns  about  the naturally low reproductive rates of grizzly bears, increasing pressures of resource extraction and cumulative impacts affecting the longer-term status of the species without adequate attention to conservation concerns.
The BCWF is encouraged that the Province has incorporated many of the review's recommendations into their planning and notes that it is critically important to ensure adequate funding is in place for wildlife inventories, harvest monitoring, and other supporting services.
For all the details please read the BCWF statement HERE!



6th Round of Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program now accepting applications for critical habitat restoration projects
The Government of Canada is partnering with Indigenous groups, fishing groups and conservation organizations, to rehabilitate critical fisheries habitat across Canada.    
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, today announced that approximately $18 million is available through this latest round of funding under the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program (RFCPP).
“The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program brings Canadians together to help conserve and protect the future of recreational fishing,” said Minister LeBlanc. “With this sixth round now open, I encourage all groups with the shared goal of habitat restoration and conservation to work together, and to submit their project proposals to access this funding.”
The program, which funds community-based activities that directly restore recreational fisheries habitat across Canada, is accepting applications for funding from October 17, 2016 to December 9, 2016.
                                   www.dfo-mpo.bc.ca 


 
Consultations on an updated Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan
Public open houses are being held in November around the province about Wild Salmon Policy. Please see the letter linked below for information about upcoming WSP consultation. The open houses are for stakeholders and the public (First Nations sessions are also being held). Open house locations, dates and contact information can all be found on the letter if you have any questions about how to get engaged with the development of the Wild Salmon Implementation Plan.
To read the full letter cick HERE.

 

PAST EVENTS
     
BCWF BOW Coordinator Joann Bosch and Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith promoted the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) at the 16th Annual West Coast Women's Show this past weekend at the Tradex in Abbotsford, BC.


                              

WHOLESALE SPORTS CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY
BCWF Staff were on hand at the Wholesale Sports Langley Customer Apprecation day, Saturday, Oct. 22.
Thank you to those who donated and purchased memberships.
A big thanks to Wholesale Sports, Paul Burgoyne for donating great prizes for customers and members, BCWF Member Paul Juoksu and BCWF Regional Presidents, Phillip Milligan and Dennis Popplestone for all their help at this event.
 


BCWF's Wetlands Education Program held a free Map Our Marshes workshop in Squamish on Saturday, October 22. Participants learned how to map wetlands with GPS receivers, Google Earth and the federation’s new community mapping tool.  
For more information, visit www.bcwf.bc.ca                             
     


BCWF Region 8 was a sponsor at the 2016 Okanagan Lake Fishing Derby on Sunday, October 23, 2016.                           
   
    
 Official Final Results
 1st Prize - $2000 - Drew Brooks 30"
2nd Prize - $1000 - Chad Ivan 26 1/2"
3rd Prize - $500 - Dylan Barton 25"
A big Thanks to Rick Simpson and Gael for donating a registration to the youngest participant.  
 www.kelownafishingderby.com

 

BCWF ONLINE AUCTIONS 
OCTOBER 24 - 30, 2016
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. 

 

   

 

    EXCLUSIVE VANCOUVER GIANTS TICKET OFFER!
                
BCWF has teamed with PacificSport Langley to provide preferred pricing for the upcoming Vancouver Giants vs Prince Albert Raiders game on November 16, 2016 @7:00PM at the Langley Events Centre. Tickets are $18.00 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to KidSport Langley and PacificSport Langley.  
Purchase tickets today by contacting James Palframan, Director of Development, PacificSport at jpalframan@pacificsport.com .
More information on PacificSport.com 

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This week's submission is from Ryan Wakelam.
He writes "11 yr old junior member Ryan Wakelam, got his first Junior Hunting license and first center fire rifle in the summer of 2016, a Ruger American Compact in 7MM 08. Ryan spent several days at the local Nanaimo Fish and Game rifle range till he was confident and ready to hunt.  On a shared bull moose hunt, Ryan's grandpa Tom called the bull in to 11 yards, but it presented no ethical shot and finally it winded him and ran away. His grandpa got the bull to stay around and finally Ryan was able to place one shot at 120 yds into the vitals."        
    
Keep the submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS
If you are in the East Kootenay region, please join the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council (EKISC) for a general meeting to discuss 2016 program successes, and provide input for 2017 operations. 
The keynote speaker is BCWF Director Mark Hall, discussing the impacts of invasive species on wildlife forage/habitat on Thursday Oct 27th 3-5pm at the Heritage Inn, Cranbrook. 
For more info, call Todd at 250-919-7826 or todd@ekisc.com  or
http://www.ekisc.com
  


2016 Annual Policy Conference & Big Splash Gala Fundraiser  
         
On Friday, November 25th, 2016 the Sport Fishing Institute will hold its Annual Industry Policy Conference at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond.  
This event has become a key forum where elected officials, public servants and those in the sport fishing industry can meet, share their perspectives on the issues facing the recreational fishery and receive updates on preliminary expectations for the forthcoming season.
The conference begins with the serving of lunch at 11:30am and finishes just in time to enjoy the Big Splash Gala that evening! Early bird tickets are on sale now for a limited time through Eventbrite or by calling the office directly at either (604) 946-0734 or (250) 591-0734.  

 

   

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Grizzly Bears Captured
North Okanagan CO's captured and relocated a sow grizzly bear and her two cubs from Cherryville, B.C.
Over the past month these bears were attracted by un-secure food sources in residential areas and were becoming a public safety concern.
Even if the capture and relocation of this family is successful, proactive management of attractants is necessary to prevent further conflicts.
Help the COS and the bears by learning more about bear smart practices at www.wildsafebc.com  


 To the Rescue....
During mating season bucks increase their display of dominance by thrashing bushes with their antlers. This buck unfortunately substituted a volleyball net for a bush.
Kelowna Conservation Officers tranquilized and removed the net from his antlers yesterday. The buck was marked and released with success.
COS would like to remind hunters that marked deer are not safe for human consumption.
  


Convicted
A Vancouver Island man was convicted and fined $230 today in Nanaimo court for harassing nesting eagles with an aerial drone. The violations occurred in a waterfront city park in Nanaimo in May 2015. A concerned nature photographer observed the drone operating in close proximity to a nest occupied by adult and baby bald eagles and reported the incident to the COS. The eagles were extremely agitated by the drone and at one point a flightless baby climbed out the nest and sat on the edge where it was at risk of falling.
Drone operators and other vehicle operators are reminded that it is illegal to harass wildlife with a vehicle or other mechanical device. Harassment includes causing any adverse reaction or behaviour in wildlife. 
 


The BCWF offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information provided to the COS RAPP line that leads to a conviction.
Conflicts with wildlife can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline - 1-877-952-(RAPP) 7277.
                                

 

    

 

IN THE NEWS
Okanagan project aims to preserve and restore Garnet Valley
On Oct. 24 staff and members of the Penticton Indian Band, BC Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations and the Okanagan Region of the B.C. Wildlife Federation celebrated a new project that recognizes the value and need for habitat and cultural enhancement in the Garnet Valley.
Read the full story HERE.
  
Image credit: Submitted to the Penticton Western News 


How a moose tax can help B.C. wildlife conservation
  
Faced with declining game populations and the increasing complexities of wildlife management, people are starting to look at new funding models. BCWF wants all licence fees to go directly to fish and wildlife management and has been researching what is successful in other jurisdictions.
Read the full story HERE!


Bringing back the Brunette’s salmon
  
Conservationists are celebrating the dramatic rehabilitation of a Metro Vancouver salmon stream. As Linda Alyesworth reports, it was once in very bad shape, ravaged by civilization.
Watch the full video on globalnews.ca  

 

 


 

Hi Everyone

The BCTA has recently received funds (15k) from government to put on an advanced wolf trapping course for BCTA members only, this past weekend we had almost all of the trapping instructors together in Lac La Hash for a field day trial and it went over very well and the instructors are ready to put on the course to any locals that wish to have this advanced training. We hope to train in excess of 300 members.

The purpose of this course is the help trappers be more effective in their wolf harvest as we are the only ones who are able to harvest wolves with very little if any public outcry and are also the most cost effective measure for government and hopefully with an increase harvest more funding will fallow. One can only imagine the state of our ungulate populations if we were not harvesting wolves to the numbers that we are. Trappers and our efforts in the recovery of ungulate populations have been mentioned in various reports that have come out recently both with respect to our ability, compensation or incentives.

These courses will be put on free of charge to the membership but we ask that you ask for donations for the course and the program. This course is ONLY FOR BCTA MEMBERS and attached is the most current BCTA membership list and it is up to you as chair persons to check this list to make sure that everyone is a member of the BCTA who is taking this course. The instructors will also be checking the list. If you have members of your local who are not members of the BCTA why aren’t they? There must be at least 10 students or more for each course and these courses are only a one time course for each local. If the local fails to have more than 10 students attending the cost of the instructors will be the responsibility of the local.

A certificate will be given out to everyone who takes this course and the funds for this program are to be used up no later than March 1st/2017. Hopefully you can all arrange to have this training as soon as possible so that our members can put these new techniques to use for this year’s trapping season and increase their wolf harvest.

Alana will be sending out the certificates in advance so if you can please let her know how many you need beforehand, that will help her out greatly and please not at the last minute.  A report must be submitted back to Alana with all of the names of the students who attended the course as a report is also required by government as part of this funding agreement which will be completed by Alana and myself.

If anyone has any questions please give me a call at 1-250-578-8338 or my cell at 1-250-371-7735.
Safe trapping everyone.

Respectfully:

Brian Dack
President of the BCTA


The October Rod and Gun Meeting will be held on Wednesday October 26th

@ 7:30pm, downstairs in the Senior's Hall

See you all there!


       MEMBER UPDATE, OCTOBER 19, 2016

 

NEWS RELEASE

Government of Canada launches public consultation on changes to the Fisheries Act 
Thriving fish populations and healthy fish habitat are vital to the well-being of Canadian society.
The Government of Canada is inviting Canadians to join in a conversation about the protections needed to ensure our fish have a healthy environment to live, feed and reproduce, and healthy corridors to migrate between these places. 
Share your views and ideas on the best way to restore lost protections into the Fisheries Act and how to incorporate modern safeguards by completing the survey.
www.letstalkfishhabitat.ca 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS
     
BCWF BOW Coordinator Joann Bosch and Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith will be promoting Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) at the 16th Annual West Coast Women's Show this weekend, Friday Oct. 21 to Sunday Oct.23 at the Tradex in Abbotsford, BC
For more information on the BOW program, please visit www.bcwf.bc.ca. 


                               

WHOLESALE SPORTS CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY, OCT. 21 & 22.
Please join us on Saturday, October 22 for the Wholesale Sports Customer Appreciation Day in Langley.
We will have a designated BCWF booth in the heart of all the action featuring general information, membership sales and renewals, and our spin wheel with some fun BCWF giveaways!
Event times:
•  Saturday, October 22, 9am-4pm
Location:
20175 Langley Bypass, Langley, B.C. V3K 6K9 


                                 
BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Education Program is coming to Squamish on Saturday, October 22 for a free Map Our Marshes workshop. Participants will learn how to map wetlands with GPS receivers, Google Earth and the federation’s new community mapping tool.
For more information please visit www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

                         WANTED
  
BCWF Club to co-host a Wild Kidz Camp in your community!
BCWF is now approaching its eighth year of offering the highly successful Wild Kidz Camp.  We are currently looking for a host community and BCWF Member Club that would like to host an event in the Summer of 2017.
Wild Kidz Camps are week-long day camps with a purpose to connect children to nature and introduce them and their families to hunting, angling, outdoor appreciation, your Club and the B.C. Wildlife Federation. 
The camp is absolutely FREE for participants, and is a great opportunity to get children from your community outdoors and exploring BC’s natural environment, wildlife and recreational opportunities. 
BCWF’s role is to secure funding, help organize, and deliver the camp, and two BCWF employees are present throughout the entire week to supervise the children. BCWF’s role is to take children on various field trips where they are exposed to a wide spectrum of outdoor experiences (Please see the 2015 Wild Kidz Camp Report on our website for a sample of possible activities www.bcwf.bc.ca). 
Although BCWF can take care of most of the organizational work, we require some volunteer help from the Club and any in-kind support that is available.   Here are some of the ways you can help us deliver an exceptional Wild Kidz Camp program to your community:

  • Put us in contact with members of your club that would be interested in leading one or two activities throughout the week (e.g. building bird houses, archery, shooting, preparing fur hides etc.),
  • Donate your clubhouse or help us secure a community hall where we can set up a base-camp
  • Act as a local liaison to help us with programming and make contacts with other local outdoor enthusiasts
  • Identify local activities that may be suitable such as a field trip to a local fish hatchery, a local waterfall, hiking area or fishing spot

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact BCWF Wetlands Education Manager, Neil Fletcher via email at wetlands@bcwf.bc.ca or call 1-888-881-2293.   With your support, we look forward to creating a great experience and encouraging a new generation of conservationists!

 

WETLANDS INSTITUTE           
   
BCWF Wetlands Program Manager, Neil Fletcher and Wetlands Program Coordinator, Jason Jobin returned to Dewdney Elementary this week to plant over 1,000 plants with the help of 120 students. They also presented to the Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club in the evening to thank them for their contribution and support for this project.

 

 Become a Life Member of the BCWF Today!
 
As a Life Member, you will not only enjoy regular BCWF Member benefits for your lifetime, but you will also receive a limited edition art print “Next Generation” by Andrew Kiss, a certificate and a pin, plus access to Life Member exclusive events and more! Click here to join now and select “Life Member with The BC Outdoors Magazine” or call us at 1.888.881.2293 option 2.
Included in your Life Membership are the following benefits: 

  • A voice in the largest and longest standing conservation group in BC, over 50 years as the BCWF and 100 years as a collective Fish & Game Association
  • $2,000,000 excess third party liability insurance including ATV use for hunting or fishing
  • Reduced rates at major hotels & other special pricing discounts
  • Six issues of BC Outdoors magazine annually; informative and insightful reading
  • Special pricing on quality merchandise and limited edition prints
  • Complimentary BCWF vehicle decal

 

BCWF Soft Shell and Melton Bomber Jackets
       
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or download the order forms below.
BCWF Soft Shell Jacket Order Form

BCWF Melton Bomber Jacket Order Form

For more information, please visit: www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
This week's submission is from John Irving.

He writes "Moose hunting the old way in the motor vehicle restricted zone with 82 year old Abe Phillips and his four horse team."

Keep the submissions coming to feedback@bcwf.bc.ca
        

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS
BCWF Region 2 Lower Mainland Director Larri Woodrow had a letter to the editor published Friday Oct 14 edition of Vancouver Sun regarding an earlier report about the University of Victoria’s sound monitoring program being installed in our busy shipping lanes.
Woodrow notes that letters to the editor must be concise or they’ll fail to get to print.
Read the letter to the editor about how noise levels might impact our precious dwindling Fraser salmon and marine mammals.
http://vancouversun.com/opinion/letters/oct-14-nurses-marine-noise-government-service


                    
Book the WILD Migration Giant Floor Map for Your Class 
The 2016-17 WILD Migration floor map tour has officially begun!
We’re currently booking our WILD Migration giant floor maps that will circulate in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal throughout the school year.
Students K-12 in these cities can have the opportunity to walk on this giant floor map and learn all about migratory wildlife and geography.
If you know of a school in one of these areas that would benefit from a map visit, please inquire at education@cwf-fcf.org.

 

The WSSBC is pleased to release the "Wild Sheep Raffles" for 2016-2017, check out wildsheepsociety.com for more information. 
 

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE NEWS
Family of grizzly bears killed and dumped in Granisle, BC
  
The COS is currently investigating the illegal shooting of three grizzly bears near the community of Granisle.
CO's were alerted to the location of the three dead bears on October 16th, 2016. Upon further investigation, CO's determined that a sow and two cubs had been shot and dumped at the site.
The COS is asking anyone with information about this incident to call the COS hotline at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277). 
The BCWF offers rewards of up to $2,000 for information provided to the COS RAPP line that leads to a conviction.

More info HERE


Enforcement

Conservation Officers were kept busy over the Thanksgiving weekend conducting patrols, road checks and other operations. The focus of the work was to promote and verify compliance with the Wildlife Act and other environmental legislation. A multi-day roadcheck was conducted in Cache Creek BC while other roadchecks and patrols were carried out across the province. While the majority of those checked were in compliance, CO's issued over 100 charges and over 150 warnings. Wildlife seized includes 1 elk, 4 deer, 1 bear, 6 moose, 59 fish, 8 grouse and 5 waterfowl. 5 firearms were also seized. Several violations remain under investigation.  
Conflicts with wildlife can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline - 1-877-952-(RAPP) 7277.
                                

 

IN THE NEWS

MiningWatch Canada Files Charges Against B.C. Government and Mount Polley Mine for 2014 Tailings Pond Disaster
MiningWatch Canada today filed a private prosecution against the B.C. government and the Mount Polley Mining Corporation for violations of the federal Fisheries Act in connection with the largest mine waste disaster in Canadian history.  
Read the full story HERE. 


Elk slain by poacher may have tranquilizer in its system, officials warn
 
The elk was one of two spotted wandering around Youbou, B.C. with mesh and clothing lines wrapped around its antlers.
Read the full story on vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca


The rebirth of the River Jordan in B.C. is a victory for biological activism
  
 Polluted and long given up for dead, a water body on Vancouver Island provides optimism and a model for streams across the Province.
Read the full story by Mark Hume in the globeandmail.com
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Hunters warned after pile of dead Canada geese found  at side of road
 
Conservation officer Kevin Van Damme says geese were legally hunted but improperly disposed of.  
Read the full story on cbc.ca

 

 


      MEMBER UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

 

     
BC Wildlife Federation is excited to be partnering with Bass Pro as one of their Partners in Conservation!
Please join BCWF at the new Bass Pro store in Tsawwassen, BC for a very special Evening for Conservation on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, starting at 6:00pm.
For complete details, click www.basspro.com
During the Evening for Conservation on October 4th, For every $1 spent, 50 cents will be donated to The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC; BC Wildlife Federation; Ducks Unlimited Canada, BC; and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium.
So please plan to attend and spend, spend, spend !!!
    

 

Simpcw First Nations Raft River Outdoor School Program
The team hosted an activity table for elementary school students from Sept 21st-22nd. 288 students rotated through the WEP station, which introduced the concept of the food web using new wetland animal masks.
     


Celebrating Rivers' Day
September 24th was Rivers' Day and the WEP hosted a photo booth at the Rivers Fest at the New Westminster Quay. Hundreds of people checked out the BCWF display of healthy and non-healthy.
                                    Funded By:
        

 

Please Join Us For:
A presentation and discussion about mule deer ecology in southern British Columbia.         
Date:   Monday, October 3, 2016
Time:   7:00pm
Location:   Room 1151, Engineering, Management & Education Building
                  University of British Columbia Okanagan
                  3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC
See website for directions:  www.ok.ubc.ca
The Boundary Region once hosted one of B.C.'s most productive mule deer herds, but mule deer populations have declined in recent years for unknown reasons. We are proposing an innovative research program to understand the drivers of mule deer population growth in the Boundary Region and to identify management strategies that can bolster their numbers.
During this presentation and discussion, we will provide a brief overview of mule deer management in western North America and discuss recent changes to the landscape in B.C. that may affect mule deer populations. We will then outline our research proposal, which compares mule deer dynamics in recently burned areas to those in unburned areas. After these brief presentations, the research team would then like to hear from the audience, and welcomes any knowledge they have to offer, ideas on the challenges facing mule deer populations in B.C., and suggested improvements to our study design.
Currently, partners in the proposal include: the BC Wildlife Federation, Okanagan Nation Alliance, University of Idaho, University of BC-Okanagan, The Wildlife Stewardship Council, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, government agencies, industry, and local stakeholder groups. We are also open to further collaboration.
Come out and be a part of the future of mule deer in the Boundary
For more information contact:
Dr. Adam Ford adam.ford@ubc.ca / www.atford.weebly.com
Jesse Zeman  jessezeman@gmail.com / www.bcwf.bc.ca

Al Peatt  apeatt@syilx.org / www.syilx.org
Brent Froehlich brent@froehlich.ca /  www.bcwf.bc.ca

Dr. Sophie Gilbert  sophie.gilbert@uidaho.edu / www.gilbertresearch.org

 

BCWF Joins the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC
           
The BCWF has joined the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC as a provincial organization member. The ORC represents the interests of the public outdoor recreation community and promotes and advocates access to and responsible use of B.C.'s outdoors for public recreation by fostering the responsible use of B.C.’s outdoors and building bridges between outdoor recreation groups
The BCWF has appointed Doug Janz represent our membership with the ORC. Janz said, ““Public access and improved funding models for the responsible management of our fish and wildlife resources and associated recreation opportunities including parks are priority issues for the BCWF, and we look forward to working with members of the ORC on these issues.”
For more information, visit the website at: www.orcbc.ca

 

CONSERVATION MONTH
    
Conservation month was a big success this year, with Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters raising $12,683.04 for the BCWF.  Sales of the "Keepin' It Wild" decal were donated directly to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives.  We appreciate the support of our community partners and were honored to be the recipients of this year's fundraiser.

 

 

VOTE FOR THE 2017 ARTIST OF THE YEAR!
 
We want your vote - have your say in the 2017 BCWF Artist of the Year competition!
 
BCWF Members once again have a chance to cast their vote by September 30th, and help choose the 2017 BCWF Artist of the Year.
 
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than twenty submissions, and include works by Barb Butchart, Greta Kamp, and Denis Mayer Jr:
 
"Little Bighorn" by Barb Butchart
 
      

"The Bear" by Greta Kamp

      

"Piercing Spectacle" by Denis Mayer Jr.

      
             Cast your vote for the 2017 Artist of the Year! 

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE
Grizzly Sighting:
       
Although grizzly sightings are uncommon in Sechelt, Sunshine Coast CO's have confirmed the presence of a grizzly bear in the area.
To date, the bear has not displayed any aggressive behaviour to people.
Conservation Officers have set live traps in the area in an effort to prevent conflicts with the bear.
CO's are also reminding residents to secure attractants such as garbage and fruit that may attract black or grizzly bears.


Grizzly Bears Captured:
   
2 grizzly bears that are believed to be siblings were captured on Cormorant Island near Alert Bay. Cormorant Island is a small populated island with little natural food available to bears. The capture of the bears was a proactive measure to prevent habituation and human food conditioning which could lead to a public safety incident. Westward movement of sub-adult grizzly bears from the mainland is not unique – occasional records of male grizzly bears on Vancouver Island date back to the 1970’s.
Up to 15 bears have been recorded reaching Vancouver Island since this time. BCCOS relocated the 2 bears by helicopter to what is believed to be their natural home range on the BC mainland.
Conflicts with wildlife can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline - 1-877-952-(RAPP) 7277.

 

   

 

                                  
An Inquiry has been launched by the newly formed Grizzly Bear Foundation to hear from residents and organizations in British Columbia about their views on the importance, long‑term survival, and wellbeing of the grizzly bear population of BC.
The Inquiry will review the most current government policies and procedures to protect the grizzly bear population, and it will analyze the most up-to-date scientific information on this population
All persons and organizations interested in British Columbia’s grizzly bears are invited to submit written presentations to the Board of Inquiry. In addition, any person or organization wishing to present and speak at one of the public meetings is invited to register.
Inquiry submissions can be made by mail or email or you may register to present at one of the following scheduled meetings (locations to be confirmed):
INQUIRY DATES:

  • September 28, 2016 Prince George, BC — Ramada Plaza Hotel
  • September 29, 2016 Fort Nelson, BC — Woodland Inn
  • October 18, 2016 Vancouver, BC
  • October 19, 2016 Prince Rupert, BC
  • October 20, 2016 Victoria, BC

Registration: 6:30pm
Meeting: 7:00pm
For More Information, please visit: www.grizzlybearfoundation.com or contact 
 cshah@grizzlybearfoundation.com

 

  MEMBER SUBMISSIONS
It's people like you who make up our membership base of the BCWF - from all walks of life, from all areas of the Province- you all have one thing in common.
You care about wildlife, habitat and the conservation of it all.
We are starting a new member-driven section of the weekly Member Update and need your help.
Please submit pictures of you and your family enjoying our great outdoors in British Columbia- you will have the chance to have your photos featured here, and perhaps win some cool BCWF swag!

This weeks submission is from Victor Plotnikow.
He writes "Here is a photo of the elk I shot this year. My 2 grandsons were on our trip and enjoyed every minute!"
    
Congratulations to all of you!
We love seeing these pictures, so keep them coming!
Please submit your pictures to: feedback@bcwf.bc.ca 

 

To celebrate the BCWF's 60th Anniversary, Terrier Blades has designed a custom hand made Limited Edition Hunters Knife.                                                                                                                                                                                                     
20% of proceeds are donated back to BCWF.    
Only a Few Left, order today!

 

CLUB NEWS
Grizzly Bear Presentations
          
BCWF Director Mark Hall attended the Grizzly Bear Foundation inquiry held in Cranbrook on September 27, 2016. Hall reports that inquiry board asked good questions after his 10 minute presentation and were receptive to hearing facts and recommendations.
Hall said, “The common message that came across was we all want grizzly bears and we all must work together on landscape planning and conservation. The 40 participants agreed that habitat and human conflict are the greatest threats to grizzly bear population and need balanced management and that hunting is not a conservation issue.”
Gerry Paille, President of Region 7B Peace, is presenting to the inquiry board in Fort Nelson on Thursday night. Paille will focus on the North Eastern B.C. grizzly population, which is a conservatively estimated 2,100 that is stable or increasing.
Paille said one of the biggest challenges to grizzly bear research in the North East is that it is extremely expensive and is hindered by the size and remoteness of the landscape. “In 2015, the North Peace Rod and Gun Club applied for funding from BC Hydro’s Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program to expand a mountain goat inventory program to include grizzly bear but the application was dismissed mainly because the FWCP board considered this to be “core” government work.”
The BCWF is calling for an increase in funding for grizzly bear management to shift the focus from research to on-the-ground projects aimed at measurable objectives for grizzly bear populations. 


Provincial Budget Consultation
The provincial all party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services kicked off its budget consultation in Cranbrook on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
Jeff Berdusco, President of the East Kootenay Wildlife Association, attended the consultation and called for increased funding for fish and wildlife management. Berdusco’s submission on behalf of BCWF affiliated fish and wildlife clubs in the East Kootenay region recommended that the government dedicate all hunting and angling license and fee revenue back to the resource.
Submissions to the province are being taken until October 14, 2016.
The province-wide schedule of hearings is on-line:
https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees/40thparliament-5thsession-fgs/calendar
Quick facts:
In 2015, 111,711 basic resident hunter licences were sold – a 20-year record high.
Total 2015 licence revenue from hunting = $14.7 M.
($11.2M from resident hunters and $3.5M from non-resident hunters) 

 

IN THE NEWS
Too many grizzly bears seeking berries dying in British Columbia: study
A study suggests hungry grizzly bears drawn to bountiful berry crops in southeastern British Columbia are dying in disturbing numbers.
Read more about this story on www.edmontonjournal.com
          

 

 

 


The Rod and Gun Meeting for Wednesday September 28th is cancelled.

See you all next month!

 


 

                      BCWF MEMBER UPDATE - September 21, 2016

 

                              
An Inquiry has been launched by the newly formed Grizzly Bear Foundation to hear from residents and organizations in British Columbia about their views on the importance, long‑term survival, and wellbeing of the grizzly bear population of BC.
The Inquiry will review the most current government policies and procedures to protect the grizzly bear population, and it will analyze the most up-to-date scientific information on this population
All persons and organizations interested in British Columbia’s grizzly bears are invited to submit written presentations to the Board of Inquiry. In addition, any person or organization wishing to present and speak at one of the public meetings is invited to register.
Inquiry submissions can be made by mail or email or you may register to present at one of the following scheduled meetings (locations to be confirmed):
INQUIRY DATES:

  • September 27, 2016 Cranbrook, BC — Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort
  • September 28, 2016 Prince George, BC — Ramada Plaza Hotel
  • September 29, 2016 Fort Nelson, BC — Woodland Inn
  • October 18, 2016 Vancouver, BC
  • October 19, 2016 Prince Rupert, BC
  • October 20, 2016 Victoria, BC

Registration: 6:30pm
Meeting: 7:00pm
For More Information, please visit: www.grizzlybearfoundation.com or contact 
cshah@grizzlybearfoundation.com

 

 BLOCKADE PROTOCOLS
            
Any hunters who encounter a blockade are advised to follow these steps:
1. Stay calm, be safe and do not do anything aggressive or try to “run” the blockade.
If you are safely able to do so:
2. Ask: Are you preventing me from using the road?Why are you preventing me? Who are you and who do you represent?
3. Photograph and video the location and interaction, if it can be done safely.  Any vehicle, structure, or gate blocking the road should be photographed.
4. Take notes of the interaction directly after it is over.  Note the location, the individuals (with numbers, descriptions or identities, if known, license plates etc), and the content of the conversation.  Also note any impacts of being prevented from accessing the area and the number of people affected.
5. On a map, mark the location of the blockade and the location of the activities prevented from being undertaken.
6. Provide copies of documents which describe legal rights being interfered with such as permits, grants, licences, contracts, including copies of documents.
7. Contact the BC Wildlife Federation Office @ 1-888-881-2293, file a complaint with the RCMP and Conservation Officer Service at your earliest convenience.

 

Vote for the 2017 Artist of the Year      
 
We want your vote - have your say in the 2017 BCWF Artist of the Year competition!
 
BCWF Members once again have a chance to cast their vote by September 30th, and help choose the 2017 BCWF Artist of the Year.
 
This year's worthy finalists were selected from more than twenty submissions, and include works by Barb Butchart, Greta Kamp, and Denis Mayer Jr:
 
"Little Bighorn" by Barb Butchart
Barb Butchart was born and raised in Nelson, BC and has had an interest in art since childhood.  For the past few years, she has been working with a variety of techniques using acrylics, oils, pastels and watercolours.  She has attended workshops with wildlife artists Terry Isaac, John Banovich, John Seerey-Lester, Dan Smith and son Adam.  She particularly enjoys painting BC wildlife, old buildings, pet portraits, and painting on slate.
           
 
"The Bear" by Greta Kamp
Greta Kamp was born in Blairemore, Alberta, but now resides in the Okanagan Valley.  She majored in art at the University of Calgary and also studied advanced oil painting at the Alberta College of Art & Design.  Her works have been published in the Calgary Albertan and she has won prestigious art awards such as the McAra Award in 2000.  Greta's works are regularly accepted into the Calgary Stampede Western Art Auction and she has most recently finished a commission of 12 paintings for the Liquidity Wines in Okanagan Falls in 2014.

            
"Piercing Spectacle" by Denis Mayer Jr.
Canadian artist Denis Mayer Jr. has earned international acclaim for his unique style of wildlife painting that offers not only remarkably realistic representations but also images infused with energy, vitality and warmth.
A native of Quebec City, Denis knew from childhood that he would be an artist.  He initially worked with his father, a commercial sign painter.  This training served as a foundation as he privately explored drawing in charcoal, bringing his talent for capturing detail to depictions of both still lifes and built structures.  He then worked for many years creating accurate and appealing architectural renderings as well as commercial illustrations for advertising.  
A dedicated conservationist and member of the international organization, Artists of Conservation, Denis has contributed to fundraising for organizations that include World Wildlife Federation Canada, Quebec Wildlife Federation, and the Art of Nature.  His work was selected for the Art Portfolio through Ducks Unlimited in 2007-2013.  Artist of the Year 2011 by BC Wildlife Federation and Artist of the Year 2012 by Ducks Unlimited.
Denis lives in Vancouver, BC with his wife and three children and loves to walk the area's woodland trails with his kids.  A favourite pastime for Denis is singing classical music for various events.
            
          Click here to cast your vote for the 2017 Artist of the Year! 

 

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 CONSERVATION MONTH
          
Conservation month was a big success this year, with Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters raising $12,683.04 for the BCWF.  Sales of the "Keepin' It Wild" decal were donated directly to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives.  We appreciate the support of our community partners and were honored to be the recipients of this year's fundraiser.

 

HUNTING, WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION?
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT!                                                                                           
                             
A new interactive tool is allowing British Columbians to help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts.  Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today.
The B.C. Moose Tracker app, available thru iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in teh wild directly to an online database.  The data will help the Province monitor moose populations by alerting staff to emerging issues.
The app also includes a digital version of the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, a searchable, interactive summary of hunting regulations throughout British Columbia.
The app supports the Province's ongoing efforts to strengthen its moose management strategy through the modernization of licensing, inventory and research methods.
The Province developed B.C. Moose Tracker in consulation with the BC Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.
 Check out the official press release HERE
And DOWNLOAD the app HERE

 

BC CONSERVATION OFFICER SERVICE
         

BE BEAR AWARE!
With less food available at higher elevations in the late summer and fall, many bears move to lower elevations to find food.  Bears are driven to gain as much weight as possible prior to hibernation.  Unfortunately bears come into conflict with people.
To reduce conflict:

Please be careful when hunting, hiking or camping this fall.  
·    Keep your camps clean to reduce food smells.
·    Store human food and garbage in bear-proof containers.
·    Remove any harvested big game as quickly as possible from your  camp
     and bring to a meat processing facility in town.
·    Do not leave harvested game overnight in the field. 
·    Be careful using “cow elk calls” as bears have been called in.
·    Always have bear spray accessible when using elk calls.
 ·   Carry bear spray even with a firearm
·    Be extra vigilant - listen and watch for bears

Also, please bear-proof your home and property:
           ·    Store garbage indoors until collection day.
·    Ensure compost bins and other potential food sources are secured  in
     airtight containers.
·     Wash barbecue grills after each use. Cover and store   
     barbecues securely.
·    Store pet food securely indoors.
·    Don’t put fresh meat, fish or animal parts in compost bins
·    Pick fruit and store properly or dispose of at transfer stations.

It is unlawful for hunters or campers to shoot grizzly bears unless they are posing an immediate threat to a person’s life.

Grizzly bears that are destroying property or claiming harvested game cannot be shot unless this has been advised by a Conservation Officer.

Problem bear incidents should be reported to the RAPP hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

WildsafeBC website (https://wildsafebc.com) contains the Wildlife Alert Reporting Program (WARP) where users can track the locations of bears, cougars and other wildlife. 

Wildlife location data is obtained from the COS RAPP line and entered into this program.


CHARGES PENDING
On September 16th 2016, Cranbrook CO's responded to a complaint of a dead deer in a residential area. CO's investigated the complaint and determined the buck was illegally killed by a crossbow at night, from a vehicle and in a closed area. CO's were able to identify 2 male suspects and charges are now pending. Poaching and other environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline - 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).
              

 
Environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the  COS Hotline at
1-877-952-7277 (RAPP)

 

SPECIAL OFFER TO BCWF MEMBERS & FAMILIES!
               
The BC Wildlife Federation and Vancouver Whitecaps FC are pleased to offer specially priced tickets to all BC Wildlife Federation Members, family and friends for the following games:
Sunday, October 23rd @ 1:00PM vs Portland Timbers
Tickets starting at $30 http://bit.ly/2aZvsrv
* discount is applied once seats are selected
* when prompted for promo code, please use BCWF
For questions or concerns please contact: Jennifer Wills jwills@whitecapsfc.com


The BC Wildlife Federation and BC Lions are pleased to offer specially priced tickets to all BC Wildlife Federation Members, family and friends for the following games:
Friday, October 14th @ 7:00PM vs Winnipeg Bluebombers
Saturday, October 22nd @ 4:00PM vs Edmonton Eskimos
Saturday, November 5th @ 4:00PM vs Saskatchewan Roughriders                     

 

    

 

MEMBER SUBMISSIONS

Its people like you who make up our membership base of the BCWF - from all walks of life, from all areas of the Province- you all have one thing in common.
You care about wildlife, habitat and the conservation of it all.
We are starting a new member-driven section of the weekly Member Update and need your help.
Please submit pictures of you and your family enjoying our great outdoors in British Columbia- you will have the chance to have your photos featured here, and perhaps win some cool BCWF swag!

This weeks submission is from Louis Vaccaro.

His son Josiah called this bull elk in, and they now have some amazing memories to share for the rest of their lives! 

Nice work guys!
We love seeing these pictures, so keep them coming!

Please submit your pictures to: feedback@bcwf.bc.ca
           

 

 

 

CLUB NEWS
Provincial Budget Consultation
The provincial all party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services kicked off its budget consultation in Cranbrook on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.
Jeff Berdusco, President of the East Kootenay Wildlife Association, attended the consultation and called for increased funding for fish and wildlife management. Berdusco’s submission on behalf of BCWF affiliated fish and wildlife clubs in the East Kootenay region recommended that the government dedicate all hunting and angling license and fee revenue back to the resource.
Submissions to the province are being taken until October 14, 2016.
The province-wide schedule of hearings is on-line:
https://www.leg.bc.ca/parliamentary-business/committees/40thparliament-5thsession-fgs/calendar
Quick facts:
In 2015, 111,711 basic resident hunter licences were sold – a 20-year record high.
Total 2015 licence revenue from hunting = $14.7 M.
($11.2M from resident hunters and $3.5M from non-resident hunters) 


Club Builds New Fishing Platform
The West Arm Outdoors Club completed construction of a fishing platform on the West Arm of Kootenay Lake this summer. The project was years in the making and was spearheaded by club president Gord Grunerud.
Some of the larger contributors included the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, Freshwater Fisheries Society, Fraser Basin Council, RDCK Rec 10 Grants, Nelco Marine and Pennco Engineering with many other smaller contributors. Local businesses provided huge in-kind assistance such as an excavator, back hoe, gravel and other materials.
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has taken over responsibility for the wharf and the club can now relax and enjoy the benefits of all their hard work and be especially proud to see the public enjoy the use of their project.
          

 

TRUE NORTH, STRONG AND GREEN
      
Sept. 18-25, 2016, is National Forest Week in Canada – a time to celebrate Canada’s forests and the benefits they provide to Canadians. The theme this year is True North, Strong and Green. 
For more info: Read Report Online 

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF "RIVER BLUE" AT VIFF
             RiverBlue will have its world premier at the opening of the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) on Saturday, October 1st in Vancouver, British Columbia at the beautiful Goldcorp Center for the Arts.
Nominated for the Festival’s prestigious Impact Award, RiverBlue chronicles an unprecedented around-the-world river adventure, led by paddler and river conservationist, Mark Angelo, who ends up uncovering and documenting the dark side of the global fashion industry; one of the planet’s most notorious polluters of waterways.
RiverBlue sets out to change an industry in an important effort to make it more sustainable and ethical.
The film, narrated by actor, director and long time water supporter, Jason Priestley, will travel to a host of festivals in the future, including the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit in St. Petersburg in November.
http://riverbluethemovie.com/trailers/
https://www.sfu.ca/…/faci…/goldcorp-centre-for-the-arts.html
https://viff.org/Online/default.asp
#riverblue #river #water #filmfestival  #conservation      

 

IN THE NEWS
Entangled elk dubbed ‘Monster Mesh’ and ‘Line Dancer’ roam B.C. town
          
The Valley Fish and Game Club’s Denis Martel was out on patrol with Wilderness Watch looking for two elk wandering the streets of Youbou with their antlers entangled in garden mesh and clothes line.
Watch the story at: www.ctvnews.ca


Seasons of the Invader
            
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Here is an interesting and informative article about the impacts of invasive plants in the East Kootenay.
Read the full story on bclocalnews.com

 

BCWF 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Knife
                  
To celebrate the BCWF's 60th Anniversary, Terrier Blades has designed a custom hand made Limited Edition Hunters Knife.

The Specs:
- Arbutus handle 
- Brass bolster
- S35VN stainless steel blade
- Genuine leather sheath with the BCWF 60th Anniversary logo embossed. 
- Gold plated inlay with a 3D rams head in the handle.
- Inscription on blade "Celebrating 60 Years, BC Wildlife Federation"
- 20% of the proceeds donated back to the BCWF!    
Only a Few Left, order today!

 

                  
                  

 

 


                             BCWF Member Update - August 24, 2016

 

Hunting, Wildlife and Conservation?
There's an app for that!

          

A new interactive tool is allowing British Columbians to help wildlife biologists monitor moose populations and inform conservation efforts, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson announced today.
The B.C. Moose Tracker app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to an online database. The data will the help the Province monitor moose populations by alerting staff to emerging issues.
The app also includes a digital version of 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, a searchable, interactive summary of hunting regulations throughout British Columbia. 
The app supports the Province’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its moose management strategy through the modernization of licensing, inventory and research methods.
The Province developed B.C. Moose Tracker in consultation with the B.C. Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Check out the official press release HERE
And DOWNLOAD the app HERE

 

                       TAHLTAN NATION INFORMATION
                       
Please click HERE for more information on hunting in their territory.

 

 JURASSIC CLASSIC STURGEON FISHING TOURNAMENT   
The First Annual fishing tournament was held this past weekend in Chilliwack.
The biggest fish was a 9'3" dinosaur of a fish!!! What a true giant with a 1hr 45min fight to land it.
Thanks to all participants, sponsors, guides, volunteers, and all other supporters to this event.  
                            

 

                              Go Wild! Mission Camp!
      
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation wrapped up this past Sunday in Mission. Thank you to the Mission & District Rod & Gun Club for hosting this year's camp.
I am happy to say that it ran smoothly and was once again a great success. We had a great bunch of youth join us throughout the week and partake in a lot of fun outdoor activities, while learning to be environmental stewards in their community.
We had a blast learning about endangered species in the area and going on a hike led by conservation biologist Pamela Zevit. We learnt to filet fish with the British Columbia Federation Of Drift Fishers, before heading to a fishing lesson at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. The group reasoned out how to deal with environmental, ethical dilemmas and came up with new ways to reduce waste. Working with Mission Adopt-a-block, we cleaned up a section of Dewdney Trunk Road near the Mission Rod and Gun Club.  A favorite day of the group was our trip to Harrison Lake, as well as the day on the ranges trying out archery and various firearms. 
Thank you to everyone who participated, and volunteered their time and expertise!
If you are interested in a Go Wild! workshop being held in your area, please let your local member club know and have them contact us for more information.  
        

 

                                            Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27 - Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/ 

 

                        Next BOW Course in Abbotsford, Sept 9-11!
     Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
Registrations are now closed.

 

 Victoria Golden Rods and Reels Fishing and Social Club
      
Photo Credit: District of Saanich
Victoria Golden Rods and Reels Fishing and Social Club was honoured on Monday, June 13th, 2016 when it received a Saanich Environmental award. It was one of 7 awards given out at the Saanich Council meeting. The club was recognized in the Volunteer Organization category for its work on water quality research and stewardship at Elk/Beaver Lake. Over the last 3 years the club has raised $30,000 for scientific studies of water quality issues and remediation options. Working closely with an Intergovernmental Steering Committee (Provincial, Capital Regional District, and District of Saanich) the club managed a dedicated group of volunteers from the fishing and rowing communities who have contributed over 2,000 hours of volunteer labour and supplied boats to support scientific work on the lake.
The club’s efforts have also included hosting a Lake Stewardship Course, a public forum at UVic’s Environmental Law Centre, and successfully working with the CRD towards a Project Coordinator position and new weed harvester. The long-term effects of their efforts and the increased health of the lake will benefit recreational activities as well as the aquatic ecosystems of Elk/Beaver Lake. Club members also volunteer at the Goldstream fish hatchery. The Goldstream Volunteer Salmonid Enhancement Association also received an award in the Sustainability category.
Full article by Mick Collins here: www.bclss.org
For more information about the Victoria Golden Rods and Reels Fishing and Social Club, please visit: www.goldenrodsandreels.com
Read the research publications regarding Beaver/Elk Lake at: http://colquitzcoalition.com/publications-and-data/ 

 

                                                                
Bustup at Boomtown 
You and your family are invited to watch some exciting cowboy action shooting at the 2016 SASS Canadian National Championship around the Labour Day weekend at the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association. The Valley Regulators are pleased to be hosting this annual event after a four-year hiatus.
More than a hundred cowgirl and cowboy competitors of all ages will don colourful old-west apparel and try to shoot their way to a championship title. Black-powder and smokeless powder shooters alike will strap on their six-guns, grab their rifles and shotguns, and head into Boomtown for some noise, smoke, fun and friendly competition.
Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) members share an interest in preserving the history of the Old West and competitive target shooting. Every SASS member selects a shooting alias based on a character or profession from the Old West or western films. Another requirement is to adopt a shooting costume and most shooters develop a western wardrobe for day and evening wear. Buckskins, Victorian ball gowns, period military uniforms, saloon girls and gamblers in their finery are all part of the fun. This year, we are also putting on the first-ever Canadian Wild Bunch Championship, which uses costumes and guns made popular in the movie "The Wild Bunch".
Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into the ongoing construction of "Boomtown" and we want to show it off. We now have 19 permanent structures, making Boomtown the most impressive Cowboy Action range anywhere in North America. Our newest buildings include a train station and trestle in addition to the bank and barbershop, livery, mine shaft, several saloons, general store, jail, fort, and house. When the smoke and dust settles, count on witnessing some great shooting from competitors from all across Canada and USA. Not surprisingly, some of the best (and youngest!) shooters in Canada come from our very own Comox Valley.
Admission is free and the spectators are invited on Wednesday and Thursday August 31 and September 1 from 9am to noon to see the Canadian Wild Bunch Championship. Then Saturday and Sunday September 3 and 4 from 9:00 am to noon spectators will watch the full SASS competition with ten action-packed and historically accurate old-west stages. Contact Phil Peterson at 250-334-3479 or keanauto@shaw.ca for more information. 

 

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The Peachland Sportsmen are building a 400 foot wharf with the help of the Peachland Lions Club and the Peachland Rotary 
This is a $325,000 project and is handicap accessable built on Okanagan Lake in downtown Peachland in Heritage Park. It will allow persons with difficulties to be on the lake for fishing and enjoying the outdoors like everyone else.
We have over $90,000 already committed to the project and would appreciate any help we can get.
See website  at  http://www.peachlandpier.com/ or YouTube at youtube.com

 

                                          
The BC Wildlife Federation and Vancouver Whitecaps FC are pleased to offer specially priced tickets to all BC Wildlife Federation Members, family and friends for the following games:
Saturday, September 24th @ 4:00PM vs Colorado Rapids
Sunday, October 23rd @ 1:00PM vs Portland Timbers

Tickets starting at $30 http://bit.ly/2aZvsrv
* discount is applied once seats are selected
* when prompted for promo code, please use BCWF
For questions or concerns please contact: Jennifer Wills jwills@whitecapsfc.com

 

IN THE NEWS
Pipeline called threat to B.C.'s tourism industry

British Columbia's $1.5-billion toursim industry will be vulnerable if plans to triple a pipeline sending oil from Alberta to B.C.'s coast is approved... Read the full story on the Times Colonist.   

 

BC WILDFIRE SERVICE

Fire Bans and Restrictions
With weather varying across B.C. and fire restrictions changing, we urge you to visit bcfireinfo for more on this story and links to regulations in your area. 
                    

 

            
August is Hunting Safety Awareness Month at Wholesale Sports!
With hunting season around the corner, and in an effort to bring safety to the front of mind of all outdoor enthusiasts, we are proud to announce we're partnering with Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters to promote hunter safety.
The goal is to promote hunter education and deliver a clear and consistent message of safety to all outdoors men, women and youth.
Refresh your memory with tests, shop safety gear, and check out our partners who offer courses, camps, workshops, and more.
Help by becoming a safety advocate and sharing this message with friends and family and stay tuned each week as they feature specific areas of focus.
For details visit: www.wholesalesports.com

 

              

 

           
                               Visit our website for full contest details

 

 


 

                             BCWF Member Update - August 17, 2016

 

BCWF Resident Priority Program Manager Jesse Zeman on CBC Radio Program BC Alamanac today to talk about Grizzly Bear Hunting.
Begins at the 19 minute mark, to listen click here

 

DFO Shutting down all salmon sports fishing on Lower Fraser to protect sockeye
                                     
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has taken the extraordinary measure of shutting down all sports salmon fishing on the Lower Fraser River because of a lower-than-anticipated return of sockeye.  Read the full story here.
Please check out the DFO website for more information on these and other notices: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca 


B.C. Anglers concered sport being targeted despite measures to save Fraser River sockeye.  Read the full story here.

 

Congratulations to Dave Carleton as the New Region 8 President.  You can contact him at davecarleton@shaw.ca or click bcwf.bc.ca
Thank you to Brent Froehlich for his service as Region 8 President for the last year and half.  His contribution and dedication is most appreciated and we look forward to his continued leadership as Vice President at BCWF.

 

                   Go Wild! Mission Camp happening now!
      
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 12 – 17, introducing them to fish and 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.    

 

                                  Wild Kidz in Smithers
 wildkidz     wildkidz2  On August 8th-12th, the BCWF's Wild Kidz hosted a camp in Smithers B.C. Ages 9-12 signed up for a week of fun in the outdoors. 
Wild Kidz camps offer great opportunities during the summer for children to connect with nature and enjoy fishing, paddling and firearms training from professionals.

 

                       BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought. They are a source of food, water and habitat and provide a stopover area for migrating birds.  They act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife.
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.  
These workshops are free but you must register to join. 


                                                    Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/ 

 

                        Next BOW Course in Abbotsford, Sept 9-11!
     Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
Registrations are now closed.

 

                 Grand Forks Save Wild Sheep Town Hall Tomorrow!
When wild sheep come into contact with domestic sheep, wild sheep die.  For nearly a century wild sheep in B.C., and all across North America, have experienced massive die-offs due to interactions between domestic and wild sheep.  Domestic sheep, goats and even lamas carry pathogens which they are immune to, but are deadly to wild sheep.
Domestic sheep no longer graze on Crown Lands, which historically was a major cause of bighorn sheep population die-offs.  Currently most interactions happen on farms adjacent to bighorn sheep range in the Fall when wild sheep rut.  Parts of B.C., such as the Cariboo, East Kootenay, Okanagan, and the Thompson are all areas of high risk.  In Northern B.C., Thinhorn sheep are naive to the pathogen, never having been exposed - the risk of widespread population die-offs is extreme.
The BC Wildlife Federation, Grand Forks Wildlife Association, The Wildlife Stewardship Council, Granby Guide-Outfitters, and the Wild Sheep Society of BC are hosting a Town Hall in Grand Forks to educate the public on the risks to wild sheep.  Subject matter experts are being brought in to hsare the history, science and experiences in regards to wild-domestic sheep separation.
Where:   Seniors Center Branch 68
               565 - 71st Avenue, Grand Forks, BC
When:    August 18, 2016, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Background:
Once a wild sheep contracts the bacteria from domestic sheep, they often die within days, but not before passing the bacteria onto other sheep in the population. This can have a cascading effect through adjacent populations which results in wide-scale die-offs.  In 1999 - 2000, a die-off killed approximately 65% of bighorn sheep in the South Okanagan.  It often takes a decade or more for sheep populations to recover; some populations never recover.
We need your help to protect our local sheep herds, join us and become part of the solution!
Contact:
Jesse Zeman, Resident Priority Program Manager, BC Wildlife Federation @ (250) 878-3799 or jessezeman@gmail.com
Chris Barker, Director, Wild Sheep Society of BC @ (250) 883-3112 or chrisbarker@shaw.ca        

 

                                                                
Bustup at Boomtown 
You and your family are invited to watch some exciting cowboy action shooting at the 2016 SASS Canadian National Championship around the Labour Day weekend at the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association. The Valley Regulators are pleased to be hosting this annual event after a four-year hiatus.
More than a hundred cowgirl and cowboy competitors of all ages will don colourful old-west apparel and try to shoot their way to a championship title. Black-powder and smokeless powder shooters alike will strap on their six-guns, grab their rifles and shotguns, and head into Boomtown for some noise, smoke, fun and friendly competition.
Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) members share an interest in preserving the history of the Old West and competitive target shooting. Every SASS member selects a shooting alias based on a character or profession from the Old West or western films. Another requirement is to adopt a shooting costume and most shooters develop a western wardrobe for day and evening wear. Buckskins, Victorian ball gowns, period military uniforms, saloon girls and gamblers in their finery are all part of the fun. This year, we are also putting on the first-ever Canadian Wild Bunch Championship, which uses costumes and guns made popular in the movie "The Wild Bunch".
Thousands of volunteer hours have gone into the ongoing construction of "Boomtown" and we want to show it off. We now have 19 permanent structures, making Boomtown the most impressive Cowboy Action range anywhere in North America. Our newest buildings include a train station and trestle in addition to the bank and barbershop, livery, mine shaft, several saloons, general store, jail, fort, and house. When the smoke and dust settles, count on witnessing some great shooting from competitors from all across Canada and USA. Not surprisingly, some of the best (and youngest!) shooters in Canada come from our very own Comox Valley.
Admission is free and the spectators are invited on Wednesday and Thursday August 31 and September 1 from 9am to noon to see the Canadian Wild Bunch Championship. Then Saturday and Sunday September 3 and 4 from 9:00 am to noon spectators will watch the full SASS competition with ten action-packed and historically accurate old-west stages. Contact Phil Peterson at 250-334-3479 or keanauto@shaw.ca for more information. 

 

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The Peachland Sportsmen are building a 400 foot wharf with the help of the Peachland Lions Club and the Peachland Rotary 
This is a $325,000 project and is handicap accessable built on Okanagan Lake in downtown Peachland in Heritage Park. It will allow persons with difficulties to be on the lake for fishing and enjoying the outdoors like everyone else.
We have over $90,000 already committed to the project and would appreciate any help we can get.
See website  at  http://www.peachlandpier.com/ or YouTube at youtube.com

 

                                          
The BC Wildlife Federation and Vancouver Whitecaps FC are pleased to offer specially priced tickets to all BC Wildlife Federation Members, family and friends for the following games:
Saturday, September 24th @ 4:00PM vs Colorado Rapids
Sunday, October 23rd @ 1:00PM vs Portland Timbers

Tickets starting at $30 http://bit.ly/2aZvsrv
* discount is applied once seats are selected
* when prompted for promo code, please use BCWF
For questions or concerns please contact: Jennifer Wills jwills@whitecapsfc.com

 

IN THE NEWS
URGENT: Last week a BC Wildfire Service weather compound station was broken into and vandalized in Bowser, B.C. The vandal hopped a five-foot fence into the weather station compound and broke into the cabinet by bending the door up. They then proceeded to remove the power supply by ripping it out of its wiring. Repairs will cost roughly $1,000, but the biggest issue here is the safety of fire crews and the public that has been compromised by the site being offline. These sites provide data that is used to calculate indices and fire danger ratings, allowing for crew positioning, public advisories on fire danger, and industry shut downs. This station even has a sign on it describing its purpose.
Anyone who has information about the vandalism that occurred in Bowser, B.C. is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800 -222-TIPS
        


Spruce City Wildlife Association President Steve Hamilton donated 100 pounds of hatchery raised Rainbow Trout and 50 pounds of apples to the Northern Lights Wildlife Societies Shawn Landry.  Read the full story here.


Generation Wild: 29 Kids Explain Why They Love the Outdoors
Read the full story here

 

BC WILDFIRE SERVICE
Water skimming airtankers and helicopters are on site at the Cinnabar Creek wildfire on Okanagan Lake. Boaters in the area - please stay out of the wayduring fire operations.  An Evacuation has been placed by the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre.
Info here: www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca


Fire Bans and Restrictions
With weather varying across B.C. and fire restrictions changing, we urge you to visit bcfireinfo for more on this story and links to regulations in your area. 
                    

 

                                #GreatCanadianCampout
                         
Are you an epic fire builder? Proud of your tent construction abilities? Maybe people tell you that your cooking skills over an open fire are second to none. 
If you think you have what it takes, you should join the Great Canadian Campout's Ultimate Camper contest, brought to you by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
You can win a weekend getaway, along with other great prizes. It runs all summer long, but check it out now and get the jump on the competition!
To enter, and for details, visit the CWF webpage 

 

              

 

           
                               Visit our website for full contest details

 

 


BCWF Member Update - August 10, 2016

 

DFO Announcement on Cohen Recommendations   
                             
On August 9th, the BC Wildlife Federation attended the announcement regarding Fisheries and Oceans' past and future work in implementing the Cohen recommendations at the DFO West Vancouver Laboratory by Canada's Minister of Fisheries, Dominic LeBlanc on the implementation of the Cohen Commission recommendations. The Minister says the government is taking action in a "rigorous and robust" way to restore the Fraser River's sockeye salmon run after nearly four years of silence following a federal inquiry into the decline of the iconic species.
Ottawa is committed to the 75 recommendations that came out of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry in October 2012. Implementation of the recommendation was a key component of the Prime Minister’s mandate letter to the Minister of Department of Fisheries and Oceans. DFO as part of the process has posted progress made by the department on the Justice Cohen recommendations at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/cohen/index-eng.htm.
The importance of transparency and accountability was underlined by the Minister as was the increased investment in the budget for DFO to provide the capacity to implement the Wild Salmon Policy and conduct the science and monitoring required to implement Cohen’s recommendations and discharge the fundamental priority of wild salmon conservation and management. The BC Wildlife Federation congratulates the Minister on the leadership, transparency and accountability with respect to implementation of the Cohen Recommendations.  Given the range of recommendations, there are individual recommendations that we will be pursuing further with the Minister. It was also acknowledged by the Minister the changes by the previous government to the Federal Fisheries Act that need to be addressed.
Many if the issues raised by Cohen were directed at the province that largely accepted the recommendations, but have not been able to implement actions required to maintain functioning watersheds through the Water Sustainability Act or other initiatives including addressing cumulative effects.
https://news.gov.bc.ca/stories/bc-responds-to-cohen-commission-recommendations
Jim Glaicar, President of the BCWF states” This announcement made by the Federal Minister is a major step forward to collaboration between the Federal Provincial First Nations governments and organizations that share the vision of watershed and salmon sustainability on the West Coast. It is now time to translate the vision in to action to maintain and enhance this iconic resource.”

 

  
FISHERY NOTICE: AUGUST 10, 2016
Category(s):
RECREATIONAL - Salmon
Subject:
FN0837-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Region 2 Non-Tidal Fraser River: Mission Bridge to Alexandra Bridge - Immediate Closure of all Salmon Fishing
Effective dates: one hour after sunset on Thursday, August 11, 2016 until further notice.


FN0838-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Area 29 - Fraser River Mouth: Subareas 29-6, 29-7, 29-9 and 29-10 - Immediate Closure of all Salmon Fishing
Effective dates: 23:59 hours on Thursday, August 11, 2016 until further notice.


FN0839-RECREATIONAL - Salmon: Area 29 - Tidal Waters of the Fraser River - Immediate Closure of all Salmon Fishing
Effective dates: one hour after sunset on Thursday, August 11, 2016 until further notice.
Please check out the DFO website for more information on these and other notices:
www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

 

                               Go Wild! Mission Camp Almost Full!    
                      
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17, introducing them to fish and 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. Some of the activities this year include a trip to Harrison Lake, a day at the Mission Rod and Gun Club’s ranges, shelter building, a fish fry, and more!
Go Wild! features two registration options this year.
Next Go Wild! Camp: August 13th to 20th in MissionB.C. Act now to avoid disappointment.
Option #1 includes the full Go Wild! workshop as well as the C.O.R.E course and firearms training, and is 8 full days beginning August 13th.
Option #2 includes the full Go Wild! workshop and is 5 full days beginning in the afternoon of August 15th.
Both options include lunch each day. 
Registration details: Go Wild! Mission http://youthforconservation.ca/         

 

                             Wild Kidz Heading to Smithers
                      
From August 8th-12th, the BCWF's Wild Kidz will be hosting a camp in Smithers B.C., with the maximum 25 children.  Ages 9-12 have signed up for a week of fun in the outdoors. Watch this space next week for details of their activities. 
Wild Kidz camps offer great opportunities during the summer for children to connect with nature and enjoy fishing, paddling and firearms training from professionals.

 

                          BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought.  They are a source of food, water and habitat and provide a stopover area for migrating birds.  They act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife.
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.  
These workshops are free but you must register to join.

 

                                                            Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
               

 

                                                     Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/

 

                                 Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
     Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in Abbotsford, September 9 - 11.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available. 

 

                             Grand Forks Save Wild Sheep Town Hall
When wild sheep come into contact with domestic sheep, wild sheep die.  For nearly a century wild sheep in B.C., and all across North America, have experienced massive die-offs due to interactions between domestic and wild sheep.  Domestic sheep, goats and even lamas carry pathogens which they are immune to, but are deadly to wild sheep.
Domestic sheep no longer graze on Crown Lands, which historically was a major cause of bighorn sheep population die-offs.  Currently most interactions happen on farms adjacent to bighorn sheep range in the Fall when wild sheep rut.  Parts of B.C., such as the Cariboo, East Kootenay, Okanagan, and the Thompson are all areas of high risk.  In Northern B.C., Thinhorn sheep are naive to the pathogen, never having been exposed - the risk of widespread population die-offs is extreme.
The BC Wildlife Federation, Grand Forks Wildlife Association, The Wildlife Stewardship Council, Granby Guide-Outfitters, and the Wild Sheep Society of BC are hosting a Town Hall in Grand Forks to educate the public on the risks to wild sheep.  Subject matter experts are being brought in to hsare the history, science and experiences in regards to wild-domestic sheep separation.
Town Hall Meeting: Save Wild Sheep from Deadly Domestic Sheep Pathogens
Where:   Seniors Center Branch 68
               565 - 71st Avenue, Grand Forks, BC
When:    August 18, 2016, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Background:
Once a wild sheep contracts the bacteria from domestic sheep, they often die within days, but not before passing the bacteria onto other sheep in the population.  This can have a cascading effect through adjacent populations which results in wide-scale die-offs.  In 1999 - 2000, a die-off killed approximately 65% of bighorn sheep in the South Okanagan.  It often takes a decade or more for sheep populations to recover; some populations never recover.
We need your help to protect our local sheep herds, join us and become part of the solution!
Contact:
Jesse Zeman, Resident Priority Program Manager, BC Wildlife Federation @ (250) 878-3799 or jessezeman@gmail.com
Chris Barker, Director, Wild Sheep Society of BC @ (250) 883-3112 or chrisbarker@shaw.ca        

 

                                                 Slide1
The Peachland Sportsmen are building a 400 foot wharf with the help of the Peachland Lions Club and the Peachland Rotary 
This is a $325,000 project and is handicap accessable built on Okanagan Lake in downtown Peachland in Heritage Park. It will allow persons with difficulties to be on the lake for fishing and enjoying the outdoors like everyone else.
We have over $90,000 already committed to the project and would appreciate any help we can get.
See website  at  http://www.peachlandpier.com/ or YouTube at youtube.com

 

                       Wildlife Mismanaged in B.C. Says Cariboo Rancher
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Quesnel, B.C. – One Cariboo rancher says he is being thrown to the wolves when it comes to wildlife management in British Columbia.
Mike Gilson operates a ranch in the Gravelle Ferry area southeast of Quesnel and says wolf predation is taking its toll on his business. Read the full story here           

 

                              Young Hunters Stalk Sustainability
                                     
Ethical sourcing of meat leads new generation - including women - into the hunting grounds. Women make up nearly one-third of young people training to hunit wild game in BC.  Read the full story here 

 

                                  Conservation Officer Services
          
Over the BC Day long weekend, Peace Region CO's conducted a multi-day outreach and enforcement operation associated to angling and boat use on the Peace River.  The operation focused on compliance with the Wildlife Act, Fisheries Act and teh Canada Shipping Act.  CO's patrolled by boat and also conducted a road check with the Invasive Mussels Defense Program.  
Over the weekend, CO's issued 20 charges under the Wildlife Act, Fisheries Act, Firearms Act and Motor Vehicle Act.  
41 warnings were issued under the Wildlife Act, Fisheries Act, Canada Shipping Act and Off-Road Vehicle Act.  
26 fish and 1 jet boat were seized.  
A 24 hour driver's licence suspension was also issued.  
Environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS Hotline - 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP) 

 

                                   Don't Forget to Put Out Your Fire!
                       
The B.C. Wildfire Service is cautioning people out enjoying the wilderness to put out their campfires after dozens of them were found still smoldering over the long weekend.
Fire wardens extinguished roughly 58 abandoned campfires across the province over the past three days - 32 in the Southeast Fire Centre area alone!
The public is being urged to be more careful with fire use to help reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.
 Abandoned campfires can easily spark wildfires. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires.
With weather varying across B.C. and fire restrictions changing, we urge you to visit gov.bc.ca for more on this story and links to regulations in your area. 

 

                                #GreatCanadianCampout
                         
Are you an epic fire builder? Proud of your tent construction abilities? Maybe people tell you that your cooking skills over an open fire are second to none. 
If you think you have what it takes, you should join the Great Canadian Campout's Ultimate Camper contest, brought to you by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
You can win a weekend getaway, along with other great prizes. It runs all summer long, but check it out now and get the jump on the competition!
To enter, and for details, visit the CWF webpage 

 

              

 

           
                               Visit our website for full contest details

 

                                  
August is Hunting Safety Awareness Month at Wholesale Sports!
With hunting season around the corner, and in an effort to bring safety to the front of mind of all outdoor enthusiasts, we are proud to announce we're partnering with Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters to promote hunter safety.
The goal is to promote hunter education and deliver a clear and consistent message of safety to all outdoors men, women and youth.
Refresh your memory with tests, shop safety gear, and check out our partners who offer courses, camps, workshops, and more.
Help by becoming a safety advocate and sharing this message with friends and family and stay tuned each week as they feature specific areas of focus.
For details, visit http://www.wholesalesports.com/store/hunting-safety-awareness-month 

 

 


 BCWF Member Update - Aug 3, 2016

 

 

            The BCWF Speaks at Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings
                                 
 The BCWF will continue to speak up for fish, wildlife and the habitat that supports them and is an active participant in hearings going on now regarding Kinder Morgan's oil pipeline expansion plan.
Kinder Morgan has received approval from the National Energy Board (NEB) to proceed with its proposed 1,180 kilometer Trans Mountain (TMX) pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, subject to 157 terms and conditions. The federal government has appointed a three-person TMX Ministerial Panel to advise whether there is any additional input that could be relevant to the government’s final decision. 
The panel is holding a series of meetings in communities along the TMX pipeline and marine corridors this summer, with a November 2016 deadline to submit its report to the Minister of Natural Resources.
Last week, BCWF Region 2 Lower Mainland President Phillip Milligan and Director Larri Woodrow participated in hearings in Langley, expressing concerns about the risks to sensitive watercourses and wetlands in Surrey, Langley, Coquitlam and Burnaby should there be any kind of leak or spill.
Woodrow pointed out, “When it comes to TMX it appears that we, the public, will bear most of the risks with oil spills as there are concerns with efficacy of any response to a tanker accident in the Salish Sea or a pipeline break along hundreds of stream crossings.”
                              
                                     
Milligan said, “It has the potential, in a worse-case scenario, to create an unmitigated disaster, destroying ocean foreshores and river estuaries. At risk are kelp beds, clam and oyster beds, and many of the sea creatures and animals that live in, above and around the sea.”  Milligan and Woodrow point out that many of the traditional food sources of the First Nations, which are shared by hunters and anglers, are no longer abundant or safe to eat because of contamination from a variety of sources.
The BCWF is concerned that the NEB process is not able to deal with cumulative impacts because the Board is only considering one project, which allows unintended impacts to accumulate over  time. We'll make that issue the focus of our next presentation in Victoria on August 23rd. 
The schedule for Trans Mountain Pipeline hearings can be seen at this Federal Government Webpage.

 

                        Go Wild! Mission Camp Almost Full!    
                      

Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17, introducing them to fish and 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. Some of the activities this year include a trip to Harrison Lake, a day at the Mission Rod and Gun Club’s ranges, shelter building, a fish fry, and more!
Go Wild! features two registration options this year.
Next Go Wild! Camp: August 13th to 20th in MissionB.C. Act now to avoid disappointment.
 Option #1 includes the full Go Wild! workshop as well as the C.O.R.E course and firearms training, and is 8 full days beginning August 13th.
 Option #2 includes the full Go Wild! workshop and is 5 full days beginning in the afternoon of August 15th.
 Both options include lunch each day. 
 Registration details: Go Wild! Mission http://youthforconservation.ca/         

 

                             Wild Kidz Heading to Smithers
                      
From August 8th-12th, the BCWF's Wild Kidz will be hosting a camp in Smithers B.C., with the maximum 25 children, ages 9-12, signed up for a week of fun in the outdoors. Watch this space next week for details of their activities. 
The Barriere camp, held three weeks ago, drew 23 kids, including a number from the Simpcw First Nation. The youngsters got involved in a wide range of activities, including hikes around Wells Grey Provincial Park, fishing and paddling at Lake Latermouille, and shooting .22s at the North Thompson Fish and Game Society’s gun range.
An adventure-filled week that left the kids with memories that will last a lifetime!
Wild Kidz camps offer great opportunities during the summer for children to connect with nature and enjoy fishing, paddling and firearms training from professionals. 
                         Wild Kids in Wells Grey Provincial Park                 
                     

 

                     BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought, are a source of food, water and habitat, provide a stopover areas for migrating birds, act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife. 
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.
Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
                


                                       Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/

 

            Wetlands Institute 2015 - Curly Frog Farm Update
                    
An update now on Curly Frog Farm in the Okanagan, where BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program team went last summer to host a Wetlands Institute course. The farm had been plagued by floods that periodically cover the farmland, reducing the size of the farm’s usable land. By building two ponds and piling soil beside them, the project created new wetlands areas and the higher ground became drier and better for crops.
Native plants, rocks and old tree stumps were placed around the ponds to create habitat for birds, turtles and other wildlife.
Brenda Dureault grows black walnuts, chestnuts, mulberries and other tree varieties like dogwood, willow and cottonwood but she wishes farmers like herself could benefit more from using their land for public benefit.
For more on the story, see this article in The Western Producer

 

                              Fishing Forever in Peachland's Heritage Park   
                        
On Saturday, July 23rd, more than 40 disabled persons and seniors joined Fishing Forever's Peachland event. If you include volunteers, club members, health care workers and family and friends of participants, more than 100 people took part.
Lots of fish were caught, trophies and prizes were awarded and lunch was provided for everyone at the BBQ that followed and every disabled person received a shirt, hat, and gift bag from the club.
A special thank you goes out to the local IGA for supplying the food for the BBQ and the Lions Club for their help. Of course, the great event was only made possible through massive volunteer work by the Peachland Sportsmen's Association.
For more on Peachland's Fishing Forever event, read this Blog by Judie Steeves.
The BCWF wants to help spread the message that if you have a disability you can still get out and enjoy nature. 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, not just endured.
Everyone wins: the clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation, contributing sponsors, and the client group of people with disabilities. Everybody learns something about disabilities, something about abilities and something about the resource that can provide positive outcomes. The picture tells the story!
                         

Meantime, the Osoyoos Wildlife Federation has produced a wonderful short video showing what it means to people involved in the program - one the BCWF is proud to support. Here you can watch the Fishing Forever Video
For details: Al Springer 250-767-2287 cell  250-870-1976 aspringer@telus.net

 

                                             Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
                  

Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in Mission September 9th-11th.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available.

 

                      More Live Invasive Mussels Found in B.C.
                     
                       
Inspection stations along B.C.’s borders have stopped nine boats carrying invasive mussels from entering the province over a six-week period. We’re not sure if that’s good news – that the dangerous invasive mussels are being intercepted – or if it’s a sign that a lot of boats are carrying the creatures and that they’ll eventually make their way into B.C. waters.
The stops were made at the province’s mussel inspection stations, which began operating April 1 amid concerns that invasive zebra or quagga mussels might spread by clinging to visiting boats.
Quagga and zebra mussels pose a serious threat to B.C.'s aquatic ecosystems, salmon populations, hydro stations and other infrastructure. The persistent species can clog pipes, cause ecological and economic damage, displace native aquatic plants and wildlife, degrade the environment and affect drinking water quality.
According to Chris Doyle, the department chief of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, close to 13,000 water craft have been inspected.
The Okanagan Water Board has called for more protection at B.C.’s borders, asking the province to expand inspection station hours and hire more conservation officers – something the BCWF is also urging.
Through the Invasive Mussel Defence Program, 32 mussel inspectors are working seven days a week at eight permanent inspection stations along the province's borders.
There's more on the story in the Kelowna Now

 

                 Drones Grounded Before They Really Took Off
                       

The Government of B.C. has strengthened regulations prohibiting the use of drones for hunting. An ammendment to the Wildlife Act makes it illegal for people to operate or possess a drone, or use data obtained by a drone, while on a hunting or trapping expedition. It is also now illegal for a third party to use a drone to help a hunter or trapper. 
Before the change, Section 27 of the Wildlife Act made it illegal to use a helicopter to hunt in British Columbia, although the Province contended that drones were a kind of helicopter. The minimum fine for hunting with a helicopter or drone is $2,500 – although a first conviction could cost a hunter $250,000 and up to two years in jail.  
BCWF agrees with the government action, although there is little evidence many hunters have been using the devices.
"Using drones to help track your prey just isn’t part of the hunting culture in British Columbia," said Al Martin, BCWF's Strategic Initiatives Director.  "Hunters are, by and large, respectful of wildlife and their habitat and very supportive of the steps government is taking to prevent hunters and trappers from using drones.”
Al and BCWF President Jim Glaicar have both appeared in numerous news articles regarding this story, including CBC Radio West, The Georgia Strait, Kamloops News, Castanet, Prince George Now and here in the Boundary Sentinel.
The B.C. Trappers Association and Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. also support the change.
For more, read the Government News Release

 

                                               Don't Forget to Put Out Your Fire!
                       
The B.C. Wildfire Service is cautioning people out enjoying the wilderness to put out their campfires after dozens of them were found still smoldering over the long weekend.
Fire wardens extinguished roughly 58 abandoned campfires across the province over the past three days - 32 in the Southeast Fire Centre area alone!
The public is being urged to be more careful with fire use to help reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires.
 Abandoned campfires can easily spark wildfires. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires.
With weather varying across B.C. and fire restrictions changing, we urge you to visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/11668 for more on this story and links to regulations in your area.

 

                                   #GreatCanadianCampout
                      
 Are you an epic fire builder? Proud of your tent construction abilities? Maybe people tell you that your cooking skills over an open fire are second to none. 
If you think you have what it takes, you should join the Great Canadian Campout's Ultimate Camper contest, brought to you by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
You can win a weekend getaway, along with other great prizes. It runs all summer long, but check it out now and get the jump on the competition!
To enter, and for details, visit the CWF webpage

 

                      Putting B.C. Rivers on the Electoral Map                               
                               
The BCWF was joined by the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC), the Drift Fishers of BC and Watershed Watch for a meeting with Environment Minister Mary Polak to talk about B.C. rivers and streams.
As B.C.'s largest conservation and recreation groups, who collectively represent more than 200,000 British Columbians, they're urging all provincial political parties to include rivers in their respective platforms for the upcoming election, expected in May, 2017.
They also created a fabulous video showing the value of B.C. streams and how important they are to British Columbians: https://youtu.be/yFuBtjzUJWo 

 

                       Sockeye Opening in Osoyoos Lake!              
                      

The North Basin portion of Osoyoos Lake is now open for sockeye fishing. Starting on July 29th, the area of the lake north of the bridge at Highway No. 3, anglers can fish during daylight hours and retain two sockeye per day.
This is great news, after the recreational sockeye salmon fishery in Osoyoos Lake – and all rivers and lakes in the South Okanagan – was cancelled last year due to an extended drought and warm water that killed hundreds of thousands of fish.
A review of in season information on sockeye abundance and environmental conditions in Osoyoos Lake will be conducted on August 10 or sooner to determine how long the fishery can continue.
Remember, single, barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in non-tidal waters of British Columbia.
For details, see the DFO notice in the Osoyoos Times

 

                     Okanagan Lake Kokanee Spawning Early
                                       
Meantime, Kokanee salmon in Okanagan Lake are spawning nearly a month earlier than expected this year, surprising both biologists and tourism officials.
The land-locked sockeye salmon don't usually spawn until the first week of September, but Okanagan Nation Alliance fish biologist Howie Wright told CBC news there are already hundreds of kokanee pairing off in the creek at Peachland's Hardy Falls Regional Park.
"We saw about four or five dead kokanee in there, which means they are just starting their peak spawning," he said.
"There were reds being being developed and very noticeable."
While no one knows what’s causing the early spawn, there is speculation it might be due to lower water temperatures in the Okanagan this year.
The early spawn has caused the Central Okanagan Regional District to move its Kokanee Salmon Festival and summer interpretive programs ahead three weeks.
For details and links to related stories, see this CBC Report

 

                        Catch and Release or Catch and Keep?
                           
Kokanee are second only to rainbow trout as the most popular game fish in British Columbia. The fishery continues to gain popularity for its abundant, trophy-sized Kokanee and fish in the 2 to 4 pound range are becoming more common.
It also raises a question anglers have long debated: Is it always better to catch and release, or might it make more sense to catch and keep, at least in some instances?
Read bcfishn.com for more.

 

              

 


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 August is Hunting Safety Awareness Month at Wholesale Sports!
With hunting season around the corner, and in an effort to bring safety to the front of mind of all outdoor enthusiasts, we are proud to announce we're partnering with Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters to promote hunter safety.
The goal is to promote hunter education and deliver a clear and consistent message of safety to all outdoors men, women and youth.
Refresh your memory with tests, shop safety gear, and check out our partners who offer courses, camps, workshops, and more.
Help by becoming a safety advocate and sharing this message with friends and family and stay tuned each week as they feature specific areas of focus.
For details, visit http://www.wholesalesports.com/store/hunting-safety-awareness-month 

 

 


New radio protocols on track for Selkirk resource roads

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 BCWF Member Update - July 27th, 2016

 

 

                      The BCWF and Trans Mountain Pipeline Hearings
                         

The federal government’s tri-panel review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline Application is underway and the BCWF will be speaking up, giving voice to the province’s fish and wildlife and their habitat.
These hearings are open to the public, with the panel taking responses back to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his cabinet ministers and Members of Parliament for their final decision, due this fall.
Check the schedule and attend if you can.
 Region 2 President Phillip Milligan is presenting in Langley on Wednesday, July 27th. The BCWF will also be presenting in Victoria on August 23rd.
 The schedule for Trans Mountain Pipeline hearings can be seen at this Federal Government Webpage.

 

                  Drones Grounded Before They Really Took Off
                       

The Government of B.C. has strengthened regulations prohibiting the use of drones for hunting. An ammendment to the Wildlife Act makes it illegal for people to operate or possess a drone, or use data obtained by a drone, while on a hunting or trapping expedition. It is also now illegal for a third party to use a drone to help a hunter or trapper. 
Before the change, Section 27 of the Wildlife Act made it illegal to use a helicopter to hunt in British Columbia, although the Province contended that drones were a kind of helicopter. The minimum fine for hunting with a helicopter or drone is $2,500 – although a first conviction could cost a hunter $250,000 and up to two years in jail.  
BCWF agrees with the government action, although there is little evidence many hunters have been using the devices.
"Using drones to help track your prey just isn’t part of the hunting culture in British Columbia," said Al Martin, BCWF's Strategic Initiatives Director.  "Hunters are, by and large, respectful of wildlife and their habitat and very supportive of the steps government is taking to prevent hunters and trappers from using drones.”
Al and BCWF President Jim Glaicar have both appeared in numerous news articles regarding this story, including CBC Radio West, The Georgia Strait, Kamloops News, Castanet, Prince George Now and here in the Boundary Sentinel.
The B.C. Trappers Association and Guide Outfitters Association of B.C. also support the change.
For more, read the Government News Release

 

             Meet BCWF's New Membership Coordinator                                  
                                     

Good news members! We now have a membership coodinator to help you with all your membership needs. Originally from Williams Lake, Adrienne Greeley grew up in the Lower Mainland's Tri-Cities area. 
She graduated from UBC with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Animal Biology and has carried her interest in animals into her career - as a dog trainer, working in a vet clinic and volunteering at the Vancouver Aquarium and SPCA.
Adrienne has the travel bug, having recently visited Peru and Cuba, and she's planning her next adventure to include Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. When not at work, or travelling, she can be found wandering around Buntzen Lake with her dog.
If you have questions or comments for your new Membership Coordinator, contact Adrienne at 604-882-9988 ext 222 or email her at  membership@bcwf.bc.ca

 

                                 Wild Kidz Camp in Barriere
                     
The Barriere camp from July 11th to 15th was spectacular, with 23 kids, including from the Simpcw First Nation, participating. The youngsters got involved in a wide range of activities, which included hikes around Wells Grey Provincial Park, fishing and paddling at Lake Latermouille, and shooting .22s at the North Thompson Fish and Game Society’s gun range.
An adventure-filled week that left the kids with memories that will last a lifetime!
Wild Kidz camps offer great opportunities during the summer for children ages 9-12 to connect with nature and enjoy fishing, paddling and firearms training from professionals. 
Smithers camp: August 8th to 12th 
                                       Volunteers wanted!
The BCWF is looking for help with the Smithers camp.
Volunteers are ideally able to commit to the entire week. 
Contact Kasey at 604-882-9988 ext. 229 

 

                                 Changes to Go Wild! Camps     
                      
                         
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17, introducing them to fish and 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.
New: 
Go Wild! now features two registration options!
Option #1 includes the full Go Wild! workshop as well as the C.O.R.E course and firearms training, and is 8 full days.
Option #2 includes the full Go Wild! workshop and is 5 full days.
Both options include lunch each day.  
Next Go Wild! Camp: August 16th to 19th in Mission, B.C. Act now to avoid disappointment.
Registration details: Go Wild! Mission

 

                     BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought, are a source of food, water and habitat, provide a stopover areas for migrating birds, act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife. 
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.
Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
                


                                       Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/

 

            Wetlands Institute 2015 - Curly Frog Farm Update
                    
An update now on Curly Frog Farm in the Okanagan, where BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program team went last summer to host a Wetlands Institute course. The farm had been plagued by floods that periodically cover the farmland, reducing the size of the farm’s usable land. By building two ponds and piling soil beside them, the project created new wetlands areas and the higher ground became drier and better for crops.
Native plants, rocks and old tree stumps were placed around the ponds to create habitat for birds, turtles and other wildlife.
Brenda Dureault grows black walnuts, chestnuts, mulberries and other tree varieties like dogwood, willow and cottonwood but she wishes farmers like herself could benefit more from using their land for public benefit.
For more on the story, see this article in The Western Producer

 

                              Fishing Forever in Peachland's Heritage Park   
                        
On Saturday, July 23rd, more than 40 disabled persons and seniors joined Fishing Forever's Peachland event. If you include volunteers, club members, health care workers and family and friends of participants, more than 100 people took part.
Lots of fish were caught, trophies and prizes were awarded and lunch was provided for everyone at the BBQ that followed and every disabled person received a shirt, hat, and gift bag from the club.
A special thank you goes out to the local IGA for supplying the food for the BBQ and the Lions Club for their help. Of course, the great event was only made possible through massive volunteer work by the Peachland Sportsmen's Association.
For more on Peachland's Fishing Forever event, read this Blog by Judie Steeves.
The BCWF wants to help spread the message that if you have a disability you can still get out and enjoy nature. 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, not just endured.
Everyone wins: the clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation, contributing sponsors, and the client group of people with disabilities. Everybody learns something about disabilities, something about abilities and something about the resource that can provide positive outcomes. The picture tells the story!
                         

Meantime, the Osoyoos Wildlife Federation has produced a wonderful short video showing what it means to people involved in the program - one the BCWF is proud to support. Here you can watch the Fishing Forever Video
For details: Al Springer 250-767-2287 cell  250-870-1976 aspringer@telus.net

 

                                             Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
                  

Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in Mission September 9th-11th.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available.

 

                                   #GreatCanadianCampout
               
 Are you an epic fire builder? Proud of your tent construction abilities? Maybe people tell you that your cooking skills over an open fire are second to none. 
If you think you have what it takes, you should join the Great Canadian Campout's Ultimate Camper contest, brought to you by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
You can win a weekend getaway, along with other great prizes. It runs all summer long, but check it out now and get the jump on the competition!
To enter, and for details, visit the CWF webpage

 

                   Conflicts with Bears, Cougars Down
                  
B.C.'s Conservation Officer Service is reporting that human-wildlife conflicts with bears and cougars are down from previous years, with June having some of the fewest conflicts since they began being tracked.
The number of cougars killed in B.C. is also the lowest ever recorded and numbers for both black and grizzly bears were near the bottom of the range.
The number of reported sightings for black and grizzly bears and cougars are low across the province and the number of animals destroyed is even lower.
Only a single cougar was killed by conservation officers in June, while four B.C. grizzlies and 51 black bears also lost their lives.
It's thought that recent weather has played a role, with moist conditions allowing vegetation to flourish and berries to ripen at their normal rate.
For more, see this news story in the Prince George Now
Here you can read about how to Stay safe with bears

 

                      Putting B.C. Rivers on the Electoral Map                               
                               
The BCWF was joined by the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC), the Drift Fishers of BC and Watershed Watch for a meeting with Environment Minister Mary Polak to talk about B.C. rivers and streams.
As B.C.'s largest conservation and recreation groups, who collectively represent more than 200,000 British Columbians, they're urging all provincial political parties to include rivers in their respective platforms for the upcoming election, expected in May, 2017.
They also created a fabulous video showing the value of B.C. streams and how important they are to British Columbians: https://youtu.be/yFuBtjzUJWo 

 

                       Experienced Sockeye Anglers Wanted                
                      
The Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative and the Okanagan Native Alliance (ONA) are asking for experienced and interested anglers to participate in a fishery on Osoyoos Lake in early August. Anglers will able to keep a minimum of two fish per day while accumulating vital data on the viability of a sockeye fishery on the lake.
Applicant requirements – partial list:

  • Knowledgeable of the Osoyoos fishery and have sockeye angling experience
  • Have their own trolling gear and be able to commit to a minimum of 1 day angling, from 8 am to 1 pm
  • Be willing to record data and communicate all information with ONA and fellow project volunteers
  • Have pleasure craft operators’ license and freshwater fishing license with non-tidal salmon tag
  • Be able to incur all associated costs and attend training program
  • Be registered by noon, July 29th 

For more information or to register, visit http://www.syilx.org/?page_id=3943
You can also email program manager Howie Wright at HWright@syilx.org

 

                         Kokanee Die-off in Okanagan Lake
                                      
Recent windstorms or a viral outbreak are potential causes of an ongoing kokanee die off in Okanagan Lake that has seen more than 1,000 fish carcasses wash up so far since July 14th. 
Biologists have yet to pinpoint the cause, but previous kills in Okanagan Lake and elsewhere have been associated with strong winds that can send warm surface water deeper into the lake. Sudden changes to water temperature can be deadly to kokanee.Tissue samples are being analyzed to find out if disease was a factor in the most recent deaths. 
The die-off is not considered severe enough to have a big impact on the lake's overall kokanee population, with more than 336,000 spawning fish counted last year.

 

                                Catch Counts: Keep a Log!
                      
There has been a  change in DFO's chinook management measures on the west coast of Vancouver Island and it outlines the importance of keeping a detailed log of what you catch.
Effective July 15 through October 15, 2016, DFO has significantly modified the rules that have been in place for almost a decade and a half and will allow recreational angles to move to full chinook retention limits in most areas. This is a significant change to regulations that haven't been seen since the closures first went into effect.
While this change will likely not be permanent, it nonetheless demonstrates that DFO is prepared to expand areas of chinook full retention if fisheries managers have access to scale samples and DNA data to support such decisions.
 
Fisheries has made this decision because recreational anglers have provided them with the data they needed to make good decisions. It is incumbent on all of us to continue providing DFO with this much-needed information.

 

                         Wanted: Photos of Lynx and Bobcat  
                                        
 A bobcat/lynx Masters of Science study is under way at the University of BC Okanagan, in partnership with B.C.'s Ministry of Environment, and they’re looking for your help. They’re seeking photos of bobcats and lynx captured by trail cameras, or conventional cameras, from all corners of the province and from all time periods, to help determine the provincial distribution of each species.
The photos do not have to be great  - they just have to show a bobcat or a lynx, or even just a part of one. Photos can be blurry or dark and don't even have to clearly show which cat species is present. Photos will not be published or shared with anyone without permission, and photographers will retain ownership of their photos. The results of this study will be gladly shared with all those who are interested.
Please send photos, along with the date and location of each photo, to TJ Gooliaff at tj.gooliaff@ubc.ca
Thank you!

 

              

 

                                                       
We would like to welcome our new Associate Partner, Big Reds Firearms! Based in Mission, B.C., the blog site is looking for your opinion, comments and input of all kinds to help then keep growing.
Mainly discussing firearms and shooting range issues, they provide space for open forums on related subjects while offering a directory for gun shops and related stores in your area.
Add your voice and you could win a prize!
Visit the  BigRedsFirearms website for more.

 


                               Visit our website for full contest details

 

                                      
                Discounts for Merritt's Rockin' River Fest 2016!
 The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and Rockin River Productions are pleased to announce their partnership for Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, B.C. will continue for this year’s event, July 28-31.
The partnership will provide BCWF members with an exclusive discount on tickets to the festival. BCWF members are eligible to receive a special rate that provides savings of up to $60.00 per ticket!
 Visit the Festival Tickets link, select your purchases, type in the code below into the promo code box at checkout and receive the discount. 
Promo Code: BCWF2016MRRFwolfden

 

                                          

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters has partnered with the BC Wildlife Federation to support conservation of B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat through its annual Conservation Month public awareness campaign.
Each year during the month of July, Wholesale Sports partners with a conservation-related organization to be the beneficiary of the promotion. A special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at all five Wholesale Sports locations across B.C., with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. Last year, sales of the decal raised more than $16,000 for BCWF conservation programs.
BCWF is proud to have been selected as the beneficiary again in 2016! 
With 13 retail locations in western Canada, Wholesale Sports is a multi-channel retailer dedicated to the sportsmen and women who have a passion for hunting, camping and fishing and a love of the great outdoors. 

 

 


 BCWF Member Update - July 20th, 2016

 

 

                                 Wild Kidz Camp in Barrier
                     
The Barriere camp from July  11th to 15th was spectacular, with 23 kids, including from the Simpcw First Nation, participating. The youngsters got involved in a wide range of activities, which included hikes around Wells Grey Provincial Park, fishing and paddling at Lake Latermouille, and shooting .22s at the North Thompson Fish and Game Society’s gun range.
An adventure-filled week that left the kids with memories that will last a lifetime!
Wild Kidz camps offer great opportunities during the summer for children ages 9-12 to connect with nature and enjoy fishing, paddling and firearms training from professionals. 
Smithers camp: August 8th to 12th 
                                       Volunteers wanted!
The BCWF is looking for help with the Smithers camp.
Volunteers are ideally able to commit to the entire week. 
Contact Kasey at 604-882-9988 ext. 229 

 

                                 Changes to Go Wild! Camps     
                      
                         
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17, introducing them to fish and 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.
New: 
Go Wild! now features two registration options!
Option #1 includes the full Go Wild! workshop as well as the C.O.R.E course and firearms training, and is 8 full days.
Option #2 includes the full Go Wild! workshop and is 5 full days.
Both options include lunch each day.  
Next Go Wild! Camp: August 16th to 19th in Mission, B.C. Act now to avoid disappointment.
Registration details: Go Wild! Mission

 

                     BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought, are a source of food, water and habitat, provide a stopover areas for migrating birds, act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife. 
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.
Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
                


                                       Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/

 

             BC Parks Campgrounds - For British Columbians First
                         
British Columbians are being squeezed out of the very campgrounds that they pay for with their taxes. The B.C. government's online reservation system is being taken advantage of by people who reserve spots at provincial campgrounds, then resell them, often to people from out of province, or even from other countries. That often leaves local residents looking for campsites out in the cold.
BCWF Habitat and Sustainability (North), Access Chair Troy Halliday wrote an opinion editorial saying BC Parks should be for all British Columbians, not just the wealthy. It was published recently in the Vancouver Sun.

 

                            #GreatCanadianCampout
               
 Are you an epic fire builder? Proud of your tent construction abilities? Maybe people tell you that your cooking skills over an open fire are second to none. 
If you think you have what it takes, you should join the Great Canadian Campout's Ultimate Camper contest, brought to you by the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
You can win a weekend getaway, along with other great prizes. It runs all summer long, but check it out now and get the jump on the competition!
To enter, and for details, visit the CWF webpage

 

                     Elk Numbers Falling in East Kootenays                       
                                    
Hunters in British Columbia’s East Kootenay region are warning that there has been a dramatic drop in the number of elk in the southeastern corner of the province.
The president of the East Kootenay Hunters Association, Larry Hall, says the province must do more to protect elk and moose. He says elk populations in particular have declined by almost 75 per cent in less than 50 years.
Hall does not support a ban on hunting, saying hunters are very conscious of the problem and don’t believe a ban would help replenish stocks.Instead, he calls on Cranbrook-area hunters to join a club to add clout to organizations demanding change.
The BCWF position is that the declines are not isolated to the East Kootenay and that mule deer and moose populations are also in decline in parts of the province.  This is reflected through hunting regulations by 'fail-safe' seasons.  The problem stems from a lack of investment in wildlife management.  Without a properly funded, sustainable wildlife management model and supporting policies that set objectives for habitat and wildlife, we can expect some wildlife populations to continue to decline.

 

                   Conflicts with Bears, Cougars Down
                  
B.C.'s Conservation Officer Service is reporting that human-wildlife conflicts with bears and cougars are down from previous years, with June having some of the fewest conflicts since they began being tracked.
The number of cougars killed in B.C. is also the lowest ever recorded and numbers for both black and grizzly bears were near the bottom of the range.
The number of reported sightings for black and grizzly bears and cougars are low across the province and the number of animals destroyed is even lower.
Only a single cougar was killed by conservation officers in June, while four B.C. grizzlies and 51 black bears also lost their lives.
It's thought that recent weather has played a role, with moist conditions allowing vegetation to flourish and berries to ripen at their normal rate.
For more, see this news story in the Prince George Now
Here you can read about how to Stay safe with bears

 

New BC Parks/CO Service pilot project for the Bella Coola Valley
                                                                    
The Conservation Officer Service and BC Parks have begun a pilot project where BC Parks Area Supervisor Steven Hodgson has been officially appointed as a BC Conservation Officer.
Hodgson graduated at the top of his class from the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy (WCLEA) in Hinton AB, December, 2014.
The Conservation Officer Service has given Hodgson Special Constable Status to respond not only to human wildlife conflicts but also enforcement related complaints that are generally handled from the Williams Lake Conservation Office.
The Conservation Officer Service recognized the importance of having a qualified representative in the Bella Coola Valley and in discussions with BC Parks, this pilot project was created.
For the full story, read Coast Mountain News.

 

                       Fishing Forever - Great New Video!
The Osoyoos Wildlife Federation has produced a wonderful short video showing what it means to people involved in the program - one the BCWF is proud to support. You can watch the Fishing Forever Video, then see below for their next event, this Saturday!
               

Fishing Forever began in 1989 with a broadcast journalist named Walt Liimatainen who wanted to create a program for people with disabilities who could learn to, or continue to, fish and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing Forever wants all of the B.C. clubs to recognize that there are people in their community who could benefit from a day out fishing, if they could only get there. 
The BCWF also wants to help spread the message that if  you have a disability you can still get out and enjoy nature. 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, not just endured.
Everyone wins: the clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation, contributing sponsors, and the client group of people with disabilities. Everybody learns something about disabilities, something about abilities and something about the resource that can provide positive outcomes.
 Fishing Forever's next event: Heritage Park, downtown Peachland 
11AM to 2PM, Saturday July 23th 2016
Event includes a BBQ, trophies and prizes - everything is supplied!
For details: Al Springer 250-767-2287 cell  250-870-1976 aspringer@telus.net
Further information: Fishing Forever

 

                      Putting B.C. Rivers on the Electoral Map                               
                               
The BCWF was joined by the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC), the Drift Fishers of BC and Watershed Watch for a meeting with Environment Minister Mary Polak to talk about B.C. rivers and streams.
As B.C.'s largest conservation and recreation groups, who collectively represent more than 200,000 British Columbians, they're urging all provincial political parties to include rivers in their respective platforms for the upcoming election, expected in May, 2017.
They also created a fabulous video showing the value of B.C. streams and how important they are to British Columbians: https://youtu.be/yFuBtjzUJWo 

 

                       Experienced Sockeye Anglers Wanted                
                      
The Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative and the Okanagan Native Alliance (ONA) are asking for experienced and interested anglers to participate in a fishery on Osoyoos Lake in early August. Anglers will able to keep a minimum of two fish per day while accumulating vital data on the viability of a sockeye fishery on the lake.
Applicant requirements – partial list:

  • Knowledgeable of the Osoyoos fishery and have sockeye angling experience
  • Have their own trolling gear and be able to commit to a minimum of 1 day angling, from 8 am to 1 pm
  • Be willing to record data and communicate all information with ONA and fellow project volunteers
  • Have pleasure craft operators’ license and freshwater fishing license with non-tidal salmon tag
  • Be able to incur all associated costs and attend training program
  • Be registered by noon, July 29th 

For more information or to register, visit http://www.syilx.org/?page_id=3943
You can also email program manager Howie Wright at HWright@syilx.org

 

                         Kokanee Die-off in Okanagan Lake
                                      
Recent windstorms or a viral outbreak are potential causes of an ongoing kokanee die off in Okanagan Lake that has seen more than 1,000 fish carcasses wash up so far since July 14th. 
Biologists have yet to pinpoint the cause, but previous kills in Okanagan Lake and elsewhere have been associated with strong winds that can send warm surface water deeper into the lake. Sudden changes to water temperature can be deadly to kokanee.Tissue samples are being analyzed to find out if disease was a factor in the most recent deaths. 
The die-off is not considered severe enough to have a big impact on the lake's overall kokanee population, with more than 336,000 spawning fish counted last year.

 

                                Catch Counts: Keep a Log!
                      
There has been a  change in DFO's chinook management measures on the west coast of Vancouver Island and it outlines the importance of keeping a detailed log of what you catch.
Effective July 15 through October 15, 2016, DFO has significantly modified the rules that have been in place for almost a decade and a half and will allow recreational angles to move to full chinook retention limits in most areas. This is a significant change to regulations that haven't been seen since the closures first went into effect.
While this change will likely not be permanent, it nonetheless demonstrates that DFO is prepared to expand areas of chinook full retention if fisheries managers have access to scale samples and DNA data to support such decisions.
 
Fisheries has made this decision because recreational anglers have provided them with the data they needed to make good decisions. It is incumbent on all of us to continue providing DFO with this much-needed information.

 

        Have Your Say on Government Climate Change Website
                  
The Government of Canada has launched a new interactive website to gather input from the public on how to address climate change and promote clean growth.
Ottawa hopes the new tool will help Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, to be part of a national conversation on climate change. 
To gather as many ideas as possible, they're encouraging you to participate in the conversation on climate change. Your ideas will be captured and read by people across Canada who will have the opportunity to provide comments and further add to this important dialogue.
Participation is being encouraged between now and the fall to ensure as many views as possible are taken into account in the development of the pan-Canadian framework. 

 

                         Wanted: Photos of Lynx and Bobcat  
                                        
 A bobcat/lynx Masters of Science study is under way at the University of BC Okanagan, in partnership with B.C.'s Ministry of Environment, and they’re looking for your help. They’re seeking photos of bobcats and lynx captured by trail cameras, or conventional cameras, from all corners of the province and from all time periods, to help determine the provincial distribution of each species.
The photos do not have to be great  - they just have to show a bobcat or a lynx, or even just a part of one. Photos can be blurry or dark and don't even have to clearly show which cat species is present. Photos will not be published or shared with anyone without permission, and photographers will retain ownership of their photos. The results of this study will be gladly shared with all those who are interested.
Please send photos, along with the date and location of each photo, to TJ Gooliaff at tj.gooliaff@ubc.ca
Thank you!

 

              

 

                                             Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
                 

Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in Mission September 9th-11th.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available.

 

                                                       
We would like to welcome our new Affinity Partner, Big Reds Firearms! Based in Mission, B.C., the blog site is looking for your opinion, comments and input of all kinds to help then keep growing.
Mainly discussing firearms and shooting range issues, they provide space for open forums on related subjects while offering a directory for gun shops and related stores in your area.
Add your voice and you could win a prize!
Visit the  BigRedsFirearms website for more.

 


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                Discounts for Merritt's Rockin' River Fest 2016!
 The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and Rockin River Productions are pleased to announce their partnership for Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, B.C. will continue for this year’s event, July 28-31.
The partnership will provide BCWF members with an exclusive discount on tickets to the festival. BCWF members are eligible to receive a special rate that provides savings of up to $60.00 per ticket!
 Visit the Festival Tickets link, select your purchases, type in the code below into the promo code box at checkout and receive the discount. 
Promo Code: BCWF2016MRRFwolfden

 

                                          

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters has partnered with the BC Wildlife Federation to support conservation of B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat through its annual Conservation Month public awareness campaign.
Each year during the month of July, Wholesale Sports partners with a conservation-related organization to be the beneficiary of the promotion. A special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at all five Wholesale Sports locations across B.C., with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. Last year, sales of the decal raised more than $16,000 for BCWF conservation programs.
BCWF is proud to have been selected as the beneficiary again in 2016! 
With 13 retail locations in western Canada, Wholesale Sports is a multi-channel retailer dedicated to the sportsmen and women who have a passion for hunting, camping and fishing and a love of the great outdoors. 

 

 


 BCWF Member Update - July 13th, 2016

 

 

             BC Parks Campgrounds - For British Columbians First
                         
British Columbians are being squeezed out of the very campgrounds that they pay for with their taxes. The B.C. government's online reservation system is being taken advantage of by people who reserve spots at provincial campgrounds, then resell them, often to people from out of province, or even from other countries. That often leaves local residents looking for campsites out in the cold.
BCWF Habitat and Sustainability (North), Access Chair Troy Halliday wrote an opinion editorial saying BC Parks should be for all British Columbians, not just the wealthy. It was published in the July 9th in the Vancouver Sun.

 

                     Elk Numbers Falling in East Kootenays                       
                                    
Hunters in British Columbia’s East Kootenay region are warning that there has been a dramatic drop in the number of elk in the southeastern corner of the province.
The president of the East Kootenay Hunters Association, Larry Hall, says the province must do more to protect elk and moose. He says elk populations in particular have declined by almost 75 per cent in less than 50 years.
Hall does not support a ban on hunting, saying hunters are very conscious of the problem and don’t believe a ban would help replenish stocks.Instead, he calls on Cranbrook-area hunters to join a club to add clout to organizations demanding change.
The BCWF position is that the declines are not isolated to the East Kootenay and that mule deer and moose populations are also in decline in parts of the province.  This is reflected through hunting regulations by 'fail-safe' seasons.  The problem stems from a lack of investment in wildlife management.  Without a properly funded, sustainable wildlife management model and supporting policies that set objectives for habitat and wildlife, we can expect some wildlife populations to continue to decline.

 

New BC Parks/CO Service pilot project for the Bella Coola Valley
                                                                    
The Conservation Officer Service and BC Parks have begun a pilot project where BC Parks Area Supervisor Steven Hodgson has been officially appointed as a BC Conservation Officer.
Hodgson graduated at the top of his class from the Western Conservation Law Enforcement Academy (WCLEA) in Hinton AB, December, 2014.
The Conservation Officer Service has given Hodgson Special Constable Status to respond not only to human wildlife conflicts but also enforcement related complaints that are generally handled from the Williams Lake Conservation Office.
The Conservation Officer Service recognized the importance of having a qualified representative in the Bella Coola Valley and in discussions with BC Parks, this pilot project was created.
For the full story, read Coast Mountain News.

 

                            Changes to Go Wild! Camps     
                      
                         
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17, introducing them to fish and 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.
New:
Go Wild! now features two registration options!
Option #1 includes the full Go Wild! workshop as well as the C.O.R.E course and firearms training, and is 8 full days.
Option #2 includes the full Go Wild! workshop and is 5 full days.
Both options include lunch each day.  
Next Go Wild! Camp: August 16th to 19th in Mission, B.C. Act now to avoid disappointment.
Registration details: Go Wild! Mission

 

       Wild Kidz Camps - Helping B.C. Kids Connect with Nature
                      
Wild Kidz camps offer great opportunities during the summer for children ages 9-12 to connect with nature. Children are invited to attend one of two camps for fishing, paddling and even firearms training from professionals! There are two camps this summer, with the Barriere camp already underway (July 11th to 15th). 
Next up: August 8th to 12th in Smithers, B.C
                                       Volunteers wanted!
The BCWF is looking for help with the Smithers camp.
Volunteers are ideally able to commit to the entire week. 
Contact Kasey at 604-882-9988 ext 229 for more information, or if you are interested!

 

                          BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought, are a source of food, water and habitat, provide a stopover areas for migrating birds, act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife. 
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.
Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
                


                                       Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
 The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/

 

                       Fishing Forever - Great New Video!
The Osoyoos Wildlife Federation has produced a wonderful short video showing what it means to people involved in the program - one the BCWF is proud to support. You can watch the Fishing Forever Video, then see below for their next event!
               

Fishing Forever began in 1989 with a broadcast journalist named Walt Liimatainen who wanted to create a program for people with disabilities who could learn to, or continue to, fish and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing Forever wants all of the B.C. clubs to recognize that there are people in their community who could benefit from a day out fishing, if they could only get there. 
The BCWF also wants to help spread the message that if  you have a disability you can still get out and enjoy nature. 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, not just endured.
Everyone wins: the clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation, contributing sponsors, and the client group of people with disabilities. Everybody learns something about disabilities, something about abilities and something about the resource that can provide positive outcomes.
 Fishing Forever's next event: Heritage Park, downtown Peachland 
11AM to 2PM, Saturday July 23th 2016
Event includes a BBQ, trophies and prizes - everything is supplied!
For details: Al Springer 250-767-2287 cell  250-870-1976 aspringer@telus.net
Further information: Fishing Forever

 

                       Experienced Sockeye Anglers Wanted                
                      
The Okanagan Salmon Community Initiative and the Okanagan Native Alliance (ONA) are asking for experienced and interested anglers to participate in a fishery on Osoyoos Lake in early August. Anglers will able to keep a minimum of two fish per day while accumulating vital data on the viability of a sockeye fishery on the lake.
Applicant requirements – partial list

  • Knowledgeable of the Osoyoos fishery and have sockeye angling experience
  • Have their own trolling gear and be able to commit to a minimum of 1 day angling, from 8 am to 1 pm
  • Be willing to record data and communicate all information with ONA and fellow project volunteers
  • Have pleasure craft operators’ license and freshwater fishing license with non-tidal salmon tag
  • Be able to incur all associated costs and attend training program
  • Be registered by noon, July 29th 

For more information or to register, visit http://www.syilx.org/?page_id=3943
You can also email program manager Howie Wright at HWright@syilx.org

 

                              Southern Vancouver Island Fishing Closures
In response to low rainfall and record high temperatures across southern and eastern Vancouver Island, the province is putting residents on the highest drought alert and closing most streams and rivers to angling, as of July 1st.
Drought conditions in the region are at Level 4 – extremely dry – and all water users – including residents, industry, farmers and municipalities – are urged to reduce water consumption as much as possible. The area covered by Level 4 extends from north of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands down the east coast of Vancouver Island, and include Victoria, Sooke and Port Renfrew.
Areas north of Campbell River and along the west coast of Vancouver Island remain at a Level 3 drought rating, which means the conditions are very dry and water users should continue to limit their water use.
The fishing closures will remain in place until drought conditions improve significantly.
For details visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/11391
                          
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                                     Haida Gwaii Drought
Because of dropping stream and groundwater levels, the province is urging everyone on Haida Gwaii to voluntarily reduce water use by 30%.
Haida Gwaii is currently experiencing level 3 hydrological drought conditions, which call for voluntary water use reductions of 30% from all surface water and groundwater users, including municipal, agricultural and industrial users. Impacts from recent precipitation were short-lived, and stream and groundwater levels are expected to continue to drop.
Residential, agricultural and industrial users within municipalities and the regional district are encouraged to observe local water conservation bylaws.
Water users are also encouraged to ensure that water intakes are screened to prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels drop. Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures.
Further reductions in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, agriculture, industry and fish stocks.. Should conditions continue to deteriorate, provincial water managers may exercise their authority to temporarily suspend authorized water usage in affected watersheds and aquifers.
For more:Conservation tips and drought information
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                                   Seymour River Closure
The province has closed another large section of Seymour River and its tributaries to sports fishing, effectively shutting down the entire river in support of steelhead conservation.
The latest closure extends from the slide area, approximately 400 metres downstream of the old “Twin Bridges” site, to the top of Pool 91, located immediately downstream of the Pipeline Bridge. There will be no fishing allowed on this section of the river until at least March 31, 2017.
A December 2014, landslide has cut steelhead and other salmon off from spawning and rearing habitats in the upper portions of the river. In January, the province shut down angling on the Seymour from the top of Pool 91 downstream to the tidal boundary, through to Jan. 31, 2017.
The actions mirror Fisheries and Oceans Canada closure on salmon fishing on the river. For a map of the closure and more details, visit  https://news.gov.bc.ca/11427

 

        Have Your Say on Government Climate Change Website
                  
The Government of Canada has launched a new interactive website to gather input from the public on how to address climate change and promote clean growth.
Ottawa hopes the new tool will help Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, to be part of a national conversation on climate change. 
To gather as many ideas as possible, they're encouraging you to participate in the conversation on climate change. Your ideas will be captured and read by people across Canada who will have the opportunity to provide comments and further add to this important dialogue.
Participation is being encouraged between now and the fall to ensure as many views as possible are taken into account in the development of the pan-Canadian framework. 

 

                         Wanted: Photos of Lynx and Bobcat  
                                        
 A bobcat/lynx Masters of Science study is under way at the University of BC Okanagan, in partnership with B.C.'s Ministry of Environment, and they’re looking for your help. They’re seeking photos of bobcats and lynx captured by trail cameras, or conventional cameras, from all corners of the province and from all time periods, to help determine the provincial distribution of each species.
The photos do not have to be great  - they just have to show a bobcat or a lynx, or even just a part of one. Photos can be blurry or dark and don't even have to clearly show which cat species is present. Photos will not be published or shared with anyone without permission, and photographers will retain ownership of their photos. The results of this study will be gladly shared with all those who are interested.
Please send photos, along with the date and location of each photo, to TJ Gooliaff at tj.gooliaff@ubc.ca
Thank you!

 

              

 

                                             Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
                 

Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in Mission September 9th-11th.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available.

 


                               Visit our website for full contest details

 

                                      
                Discounts for Merritt's Rockin' River Fest 2016!
 The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and Rockin River Productions are pleased to announce their partnership for Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, B.C. will continue for this year’s event, July 28-31.
The partnership will provide BCWF members with an exclusive discount on tickets to the festival. BCWF members are eligible to receive a special rate that provides savings of up to $60.00 per ticket!
 Visit the Festival Tickets link, select your purchases, type in the code below into the promo code box at checkout and receive the discount. 
Promo Code: BCWF2016MRRFwolfden

 

                                          

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters has partnered with the BC Wildlife Federation to support conservation of B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat through its annual Conservation Month public awareness campaign.
Each year during the month of July, Wholesale Sports partners with a conservation-related organization to be the beneficiary of the promotion. A special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at all five Wholesale Sports locations across B.C., with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. Last year, sales of the decal raised more than $16,000 for BCWF conservation programs.
BCWF is proud to have been selected as the beneficiary again in 2016! 
With 13 retail locations in western Canada, Wholesale Sports is a multi-channel retailer dedicated to the sportsmen and women who have a passion for hunting, camping and fishing and a love of the great outdoors. 

 

 


 BCWF Member Update - July 6th, 2016

 

 

                           Potential Strike at Canada Post
                         
 Notice: There is a potential labour disruption at Canada Post that could occur as early as Friday, which could affect your dealings with the BCWF.  

  • If you normally mail in your membership renewal, you may want to renew it on-line: renew membership here
  • For Clubs who are sending in cheques for new members, you may send it via courier (ie: UPS or Purolator). 
  • For individuals who are sending in donations, you can also send it via courier (ie: UPS or Purolator) – or donate online

 

             BC Parks Campgrounds - For British Columbians First
                         
British Columbians are being squeezed out of the very campgrounds that they pay for with their taxes. The B.C. government's online reservation system is being taken advantage of by people who reserve spots at provincial campgrounds, then resell them, often to people from out of province, or even from other countries. That often leaves local residents looking for campsites out in the cold.
BCWF Resident Priority Program Manager Jesse Zeman says changes should be made to the online booking system, so British Columbians are first in line for this precious resource. Here's Jesse speaking with radio talk show host Phil Johnson: Jesse Zeman on Radio 1150

 

                            Changes to Go Wild! Camps     
                      
                            
Go Wild! Youth for Conservation is a leadership workshop for youth ages 13 – 17. The program introduces youth to fish and 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.
New:
Go Wild! now features two registration options!
Option #1 includes the full Go Wild! workshop as well as the C.O.R.E course and firearms training, and is 8 full days.
Option #2 includes the full Go Wild! workshop and is 5 full days.
Both options include lunch each day.  
Next Go Wild! Camp: August 16th to 19th in Mission, B.C. Act now to avoid disappointment.
Registration details: Go Wild! Mission

 

       Wild Kidz Camps - Helping B.C. Kids Connect with Nature
                      
Wild Kidz camps offer great opportunities during the summer for children ages 9-12 to connect with nature. Children are invited to attend one of two camps for fishing, paddling and even firearms training from professionals! There are two camps this summer:
July 11th to 15th in Barriere, B.C. 
August 8th to 12th in Smithers, B.C
                                       Volunteers wanted!
The BCWF is looking for help with the Smithers camp.
Volunteers are ideally able to commit to the entire week. 
Contact Kasey at 604-882-9988 ext 229 for more information, or if you are interested!

 

                             BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought, are a source of food, water and habitat, provide a stopover areas for migrating birds, act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife. 
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.
Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
Wetlands Mapping Workshop - Penticton July 7th, 2016
For details: https://MoMPenticton.eventbrite.ca 


                


                                       Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
 The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held in Mission, August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/

 

           Hunting and Trapping Regulations changed  July 1
                        
  The Province has released the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, detailing up-to-date rules and regulations for hunters throughout British Columbia, in effect from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
The synopsis is available online and in hard copy at sports stores, outfitters and other hunting licence vendors throughout B.C.

 

                                                       Invasive Mussel Update
                                       

Efforts to stop invasive mussels from contaminating B.C. waterways are continuing as risks also continue to rise. Over 6,000 watercraft have been inspected so far this year, with 240 identified as coming from a high-risk jurisdiction and eight confirmed to be carrying adult invasive mussels. A total of 45 decontamination orders were issued, of which 35 had quarantine periods to meet the 30-day required drying time.
In June 2016, B.C. signed the Western Canada Invasive Species Agreement, partnering with Alberta, Yukon, Manitoba and Saskatchewan in a co-ordinated regional defence against invasive quagga and zebra mussels.
Meantime, the Okanagan Basin Water Board has joined the BCWF in asking containment efforts be increased to reduce the growing threat. 
The BC Wildlife Federation has written to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, asking for stronger enforcement to ensure B.C. waterways stay clear of these shellfish, which can badly damage local ecosystems.
The provincial government says British Columbia remains free of invasive mussels.

 

                    Fishing Forever Event in Peachland July 23
              

Fishing Forever began in 1989 with a broadcast journalist named Walt Liimatainen who wanted to create a program for people with disabilities who could learn to, or continue to, fish and enjoy the outdoors. Fishing Forever wants all of the B.C. clubs to recognize that there are people in their community who could benefit from a day out fishing, if they could only get there. 
The BCWF also wants to help spread the message that if  you have a disability you can still get out and enjoy nature. 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, not just endured.
Everyone wins: the clubs, the BC Wildlife Federation, contributing sponsors, and the client group of people with disabilities. Everybody learns something about disabilities, something about abilities and something about the resource that can provide positive outcomes.
 Fishing Forever's next event: Heritage Park, downtown Peachland 
11AM to 2PM, Saturday July 23th 2016
Event includes a BBQ, trophies and prizes - everything is supplied!
For details: Al Springer 250-767-2287 cell  250-870-1976 aspringer@telus.net
Further information: Fishing Forever

 

                              Southern Vancouver Island Fishing Closures
In response to low rainfall and record high temperatures across southern and eastern Vancouver Island, the province is putting residents on the highest drought alert and closing most streams and rivers to angling, effective July 1st.
Drought conditions in the region are at Level 4 – extremely dry – and all water users – including residents, industry, farmers and municipalities – are urged to reduce water consumption as much as possible. The area covered by Level 4 extends from north of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands down the east coast of Vancouver Island, and include Victoria, Sooke and Port Renfrew.
Areas north of Campbell River and along the west coast of Vancouver Island remain at a Level 3 drought rating, which means the conditions are very dry and water users should continue to limit their water use.
The fishing closures will remain in place until drought conditions improve significantly.
For details visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/11391
                          
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                                     Haida Gwaii Drought
Because of dropping stream and groundwater levels, the province is urging everyone on Haida Gwaii to voluntarily reduce water use by 30%.
Haida Gwaii is currently experiencing level 3 hydrological drought conditions, which call for voluntary water use reductions of 30% from all surface water and groundwater users, including municipal, agricultural and industrial users. Impacts from recent precipitation were short-lived, and stream and groundwater levels are expected to continue to drop.
Residential, agricultural and industrial users within municipalities and the regional district are encouraged to observe local water conservation bylaws.
Water users are also encouraged to ensure that water intakes are screened to prevent fish from being pulled into water systems as water levels drop. Low water levels can impede the passage of salmon to spawning grounds, increase susceptibility to disease, or cause stranding or death due to low oxygen and high water temperatures.
Further reductions in stream, lake and aquifer levels could lead to water shortages and affect people, agriculture, industry and fish stocks.. Should conditions continue to deteriorate, provincial water managers may exercise their authority to temporarily suspend authorized water usage in affected watersheds and aquifers.
For more:Conservation tips and drought information
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                                   Seymour River Closure
The province has closed another large section of Seymour River and its tributaries to sports fishing, effectively shutting down the entire river in support of steelhead conservation.
The latest closure extends from the slide area, approximately 400 metres downstream of the old “Twin Bridges” site, to the top of Pool 91, located immediately downstream of the Pipeline Bridge. There will be no fishing allowed on this section of the river until at least March 31, 2017.
A December 2014, landslide has cut steelhead and other salmon off from spawning and rearing habitats in the upper portions of the river. In January, the province shut down angling on the Seymour from the top of Pool 91 downstream to the tidal boundary, through to Jan. 31, 2017.
The actions mirror Fisheries and Oceans Canada closure on salmon fishing on the river. For a map of the closure and more details, visit  https://news.gov.bc.ca/11427

 

        Have Your Say on Government Climate Change Website
                  
The Government of Canada has launched a new interactive website to gather input from the public on how to address climate change and promote clean growth.
Ottawa hopes the new tool will help Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, to be part of a national conversation on climate change. 
To gather as many ideas as possible, they're encouraging you to participate in the conversation on climate change. Your ideas will be captured and read by people across Canada who will have the opportunity to provide comments and further add to this important dialogue.
Participation is being encouraged between now and the fall to ensure as many views as possible are taken into account in the development of the pan-Canadian framework. 

 

                  Meet New BCWF Staffer Kathleen Hofstad 
                                                                      
Meet the BCWF’s new Membership and Development Assistant Kathleen Hofstad. Born and raised in Quebec, where many of her family members were avid hunters, Kathleen has hunted ducks, done volunteer work and been on staff of another non-profit. She looks forward to finishing her post-secondary education, specializing in fundraising. When not busy with work or her three kids, Kathleen enjoys archery, skiing and being in the great outdoors.
Welcome Kathleen!

 

                         Wanted: Photos of Lynx and Bobcat  
                                        
 A bobcat/lynx Masters of Science study is under way at the University of BC Okanagan, in partnership with B.C.'s Ministry of Environment, and they’re looking for your help. They’re seeking photos of bobcats and lynx captured by trail cameras, or conventional cameras, from all corners of the province and from all time periods, to help determine the provincial distribution of each species.
The photos do not have to be great  - they just have to show a bobcat or a lynx, or even just a part of one. Photos can be blurry or dark and don't even have to clearly show which cat species is present. Photos will not be published or shared with anyone without permission, and photographers will retain ownership of their photos. The results of this study will be gladly shared with all those who are interested.
Please send photos, along with the date and location of each photo, to TJ Gooliaff at tj.gooliaff@ubc.ca
Thank you!

 

              

 

                                             Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
                 

Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in the Lower Mainland September 9th-11th.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available.

 


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                Discounts for Merritt's Rockin' River Fest 2016!
 The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and Rockin River Productions are pleased to announce their partnership for Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, B.C. will continue for this year’s event, July 28-31.
The partnership will provide BCWF members with an exclusive discount on tickets to the festival. BCWF members are eligible to receive a special rate that provides savings of up to $60.00 per ticket!
 Visit the Festival Tickets link, select your purchases, type in the code below into the promo code box at checkout and receive the discount. 
Promo Code: BCWF2016MRRFwolfden

 

                                          

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters has partnered with the BC Wildlife Federation to support conservation of B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat through its annual Conservation Month public awareness campaign.
Each year during the month of July, Wholesale Sports partners with a conservation-related organization to be the beneficiary of the promotion. A special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at all five Wholesale Sports locations across B.C., with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. Last year, sales of the decal raised more than $16,000 for BCWF conservation programs.
BCWF is proud to have been selected as the beneficiary again in 2016! 
With 13 retail locations in western Canada, Wholesale Sports is a multi-channel retailer dedicated to the sportsmen and women who have a passion for hunting, camping and fishing and a love of the great outdoors. 

 

     In the News: Disabled Access for Parks in Northern B.C.
                      
The B.C. government has announced the launch of a partnership with Spinal Cord Injury BC that should help disabled people access northern B.C. parks more easily.
 Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour Shirley Bond announced the project on July 4, where more than 150 provincial and regional parks, trail systems and roadside heritage attractions in the north will be profiled and rated on their ease of accessibility by 16 EI-eligible project participants looking to gain employment skills. Parks in eight different regional districts will be included.
The data collected through the 27-week “Access North” project will be used to develop an interactive website to increase awareness of accessibility at northern parks for people with disabilities. Throughout the project, participants will also promote accessibility in northern B.C.’s parks through eight Access Awareness Days events as well as with information booths set up at several events.
For more about the plan visit:  https://t.co/kkXULcb5uj

 

 



Support BCWF at Wholesale Sports Stores Across BC During the Month of July!

 

 

 


Support BCWF this July at Wholesale Sports stores across B.C. during their annual Conservation Month / Keepin' It WILD promotion! 
During the month of July, a special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at Wholesale Sports locations across BC, with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. 
The decal 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 support the BC Wildlife Federation!


Special Bonus - BCWF Members Receive a Discount in July!

In addition to the Keepin' it WILD! campaign, BCWF Members are eligible for a 5% discount on firearms, ammunition and electronics and a 10% discount on all other regularly priced items and cannot be combined with any other offer.
Visit the Wholesale Sports website to find a location near you

 

 

 


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for the benefit of present and future generations.

Visit www.bcwf.bc.ca for more information.
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 BCWF Member Update - June 29th, 2016

 

 

                             Limited Entry Hunt Lottery
                       
The Fall 2016 Limited Entry Draw is now complete. The B.C. Hunting Service has had some difficulties with traffic volume due to the extremely high number of users checking the site. If you have trouble accessing the online service, please try again later at the BC Government Website.

 

           Hunting and Trapping Regulations changing July 1
                        
  The Province has released the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, detailing up-to-date rules and regulations for hunters throughout British Columbia, in effect from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
The synopsis is available online and in hard copy at sports stores, outfitters and other hunting licence vendors throughout B.C.

 

                  Moose and Elk Restrictions in North Peace
                       
 A shortened moose season in the North Peace and new restrictions on hunting near Moberly Lake are among the hunting and trapping regulation changes B.C. will roll out July 1. 
B.C.'s forestry ministry is implementing six major changes to hunting rules for the Peace Region, affecting the moose and elk hunts in specific management areas in Northeast B.C.  
 They include:

  • Season dates are being shifted for 6 point bull elk in the Kechika wilderness area
  • Transferring the Tuchodi anterless elk general open season to limited entry hunting
  • Shortened any bull moose seasons in the North Peace
  • A no-shooting prohibition within 400 metres of the East Moberly Indian Reserve (Saulteau First Nations)
  • Moose hunting restrictions in parts of Management Unit 7-31 and 7-32 (Peace-Moberly Tract)
  • Compulsory inspection requirements for moose in Management Unit 7-52 

 

                             Mount Polley Reopening                                 
                       

The Mount Polley gold and copper mine is reopening nearly two years after its tailings pond collapsed, setting off an environmental disaster. In August 2014, a massive breach at the mine’s earthen dam sent 24 million cubic meters of waste and water into nearby rivers and lakes.
B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett has authorized the mine to go back into full production, one year after it was approved for restricted operations.
In January 2015, an independent engineering investigation report concluded the dam failed because the strength and location of a layer of clay under the dam wasn't taken into account during the design process.
For more, read the Vancouver Sun report on Mount Polley allowed to return to full production.
                                          Have Your Say 
You have 30-days to comment on Mount Polley Mining Corporation’s Post Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report (PEEIAR). As a requirement of the pollution abatement order, Mount Polley Mining Corporation must submit a report to the ministry outlining the environmental impact caused by the breach of the tailings storage facility and assess physical, chemical and biological information collected from the spill.
Public feedback will help inform the company’s long-term environmental remediation and restoration plan.
This is the second version of the PEEIAR being released for public comment. The first report was posted last June and has since been updated with new information gathered over the past year.
Final comments to the ministry are due on July 21, 2016. Visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/11328

 

                                                       Invasive Mussel Update
                                       
There are renewed calls for more inspections of boats in B.C. to check for invasive mussels, as well as for enhanced powers for auxiliary Conservation Officers to ensure zebra and quagga mussels don’t infest the province’s lakes.
The Okanagan Basin Water Board has joined the BCWF in asking that hours be extended for inspection stations, after officials at stations along B.C. borders with Alberta and Washington found 124 vessels at high risk for carrying invasive mussels and six of which were transporting adult mussels, some of which may have been alive.
The BC Wildlife Federation has written to the B.C. Ministry of Environment, asking for stronger enforcement to ensure B.C. waterways stay clear of these shellfish, which can badly damage local ecosystems.
The provincial government says British Columbia remains free of invasive mussels, thanks to ongoing efforts that have seen more than 6,100 watercraft inspected so far this year.

 

                                  Southern Vancouver Island River Closures
                          
In response to low rainfall and record high temperatures across southern and eastern Vancouver Island, the province is putting residents on the highest drought alert and closing most streams and rivers to angling, starting July 1st.
Drought conditions in the region are at Level 4 – extremely dry – and all water users – including residents, industry, farmers and municipalities – are urged to reduce water consumption as much as possible. The area covered by Level 4 extends from north of Campbell River and the Discovery Islands down the east coast of Vancouver Island, and include Victoria, Sooke and Port Renfrew.
Areas north of Campbell River and along the west coast of Vancouver Island remain at a Level 3 drought rating, which means the conditions are very dry and water users should continue to limit their water use.
The fishing closures will remain in place until drought conditions improve significantly.
For details visit https://news.gov.bc.ca/11391
                              Seymouor River Closure

Meantime, the province has closed another large section of Seymour River and its tributaries to sports fishing, effectively shutting down the entire river in support of steelhead conservation.
The latest closure extends from the slide area, approximately 400 metres downstream of the old “Twin Bridges” site, to the top of Pool 91, located immediately downstream of the Pipeline Bridge. There will be no fishing allowed on this section of the river until at least March 31, 2017.
A December 2014, landslide has cut steelhead and other salmon off from spawning and rearing habitats in the upper portions of the river. In January, the province shut down angling on the Seymour from the top of Pool 91 downstream to the tidal boundary, through to Jan. 31, 2017.
The actions mirror Fisheries and Oceans Canada closure on salmon fishing on the river. For a map of the closure and more details, visit  https://news.gov.bc.ca/11427

 

                                      Chinook Update
                      
While the evidence is that Fraser River chinook numbers are low, the threat of a salmon fishing closure in Juan De Fuca Strait during the 2016 season has been averted.  As a result, from June 18th to July 15th, anglers will be permitted to retain 2 unmarked chinook per day smaller than 85 cm and larger than 45 cm. Anglers may retain any marked, hatchery chinook larger than 45 cm.
 Despite the best efforts of anglers and their associated lobby groups, however, DFO has decided, without consultation, to significantly expand the geographic scope of these regulations from previous years by including PFMA Area 20-4.  This area extension now includes Sherringham Point all the way to Sombrio Point, a move that will have a significant negative effect on the Sooke guide and charter fishery.
 Work will continue  to ensure that these moves are not imposed in future years unless fisheries managers can demonstrate that they are required for chinook conservation purposes.

 

 

Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year - BCWF's Neil Fletcher! 
                            
The BCWF's Wetlands Education Program (WEP) manager Neil Fletcher was in Ottawa last weekend to accept the Stan Hodgkiss Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year award. Given in recognition of his demonstrated and active commitment to conservation, Neil is a worthy winner of this prestigious award. 
He would like to thank everyone who took the time to write a letter of support and especially Wetlands Education Program Coordinator Jason Jobin, who nominated Neil. 
Steadily growing, the WEP team presented 28 workshops and outreach events in 2015, educating 581 participants on wetlands while reaching another 1,000 people through WEP's work. See below for some of his team's ongoing activities.
Congratulations Neil!

 

                                        BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought, are a source of food, water and habitat, provide a stopover areas for migrating birds, act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife.
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.
Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
Wetlands Mapping Workshop - Penticton July 7th, 2016
For details: https://MoMPenticton.eventbrite.ca 


                


 Wild Kidz Camps - Helping B.C. Kids Connect with Nature
                       
The WEP offers great opportunities during the summer for children ages 9-12 to connect with nature. Children are invited to attend one of three camps for fishing, paddling, and even firearms training from professionals!
July 11th to 15th in Barriere, B.C. 
August 8th to 12th in Smithers, B.C
August 16th to 19th in Mission, B.C.
                                       Volunteers wanted!
The BCWF is looking for help at all 3 locations.
Volunteers are ideally able to commit to the entire week, as well as have a class 4 (if not an air brake certified bus driver’s) license.
Contact Kasey at 604-882-9988 ext 229 for more information, or if you are interested!


                                            Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute, is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
 The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/ 

 

              

 

                                             Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
                 

Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in the Lower Mainland September 9th-11th.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available.

 


                               Visit our website for full contest details

 

                                                       
                                    
BCWF staff were on hand for fun and games at Cabela's grand opening for its 10th Canadian store in Abbotsford, B.C., June 23rd and 24th.  Folks tried their aim at BCWF'S Laser Shot and won swag at the spinning wheel, while other games included archery, bb gun target shooting and a kid's scavenger hunt. Inside, bargain hunters filled their boots with specials, discounts and prizes.  
We would like to thank our volunteers who helped make this event such a success. Being a volunteer-driven organization, the BCWF would not be able to participate in events like this without your help!

 

                                      
                Discounts for Merritt's Rockin' River Fest 2016!

The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) and Rockin River Productions are pleased to announce their partnership for Rockin River Music Festival in Merritt, B.C. will continue for this year’s event, July 28-31.
The partnership will provide BCWF members with an exclusive discount on tickets to the festival. BCWF members are eligible to receive a special rate that provides savings of up to $60.00 per ticket!

Visit the Festival Tickets link, select your purchases, type in the code below into the promo code box at checkout and receive the discount. 
Promo Code: BCWF2016MRRFwolfden

 

                                          

Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters has partnered with the BC Wildlife Federation to support conservation of B.C.’s fish, wildlife, and habitat through its annual Conservation Month public awareness campaign.
Each year during the month of July, Wholesale Sports partners with a conservation-related organization to be the beneficiary of the promotion. A special “Keepin' it Wild” decal will be available for donations of $2 or more at all five Wholesale Sports locations across B.C., with all funds going directly back to BCWF conservation programs and initiatives. Last year, sales of the decal raised more than $16,000 for BCWF conservation programs.
BCWF is proud to have been selected as the beneficiary again in 2016! 
With 13 retail locations in western Canada, Wholesale Sports is a multi-channel retailer dedicated to the sportsmen and women who have a passion for hunting, camping and fishing and a love of the great outdoors. 

 

 

                       BCWF Regional Fishing Forever Events
             
Fishing Forever provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to fish and enjoy the outdoors - free! Contact your local region or club to volunteer and get involved in this fun and rewarding event. For more information: Fishing Forever

 

 

 


The Rod and Gun meeting for June will be on Wednesday June 29th at 7:30pm

downstairs in the Senior's Hall

See you there!

 


     
     

 BCWF Member Update - June 15th, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           Hunting and Trapping Regulations changing July 1
                       
  The Province has released the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, detailing the most up-to-date rules and regulations for hunters throughout British Columbia.
The synopsis is updated every two years in response to the most current scientific information about wildlife populations and sustainable use. The new rules are in effect from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018.
There are more than 100,000 resident hunters in the province, contributing over $350 million each year to B.C.’s economy
The synopsis is available online and in hard copy at sports stores, outfitters and other hunting licence vendors throughout B.C.

 

 

 

 

 

                           Backcountry Access Under Threat   
                               
The BCWF and its members know how important public access to the wilderness is. Allowing more people into the backcountry helps protect it from poachers and vandals but increasingly, outdoor enthusiasts are finding gates across roads that used to be open.
That's why the BC Wildlife Federation has launched a campaign to press landlowners and government to restore public access to our shrinking wild spaces.
What is called "Right to Roam" is enshrined in many northern European nations,. but in Canada, only Nova Scotia protects the right of people to cross uncultivated private land to reach fishing lakes and streams. 
A white paper prepared by the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Victoria. Public Access to Privately Owned Wild Lands is calling for the B.C. government to take action. Meantime, for a good example of the challenges facing backcountry hikers, read Vancouver Sun's coverage of Spine Trail and public access

 

 

 

 

 

Kootenay Lake Action Plan Presented June 16th in Balfour, B.C.
                                             
Following reports of a high survival rate for kokanee eggs planted into the Kootenay Lake spawning channel at Meadow creek and additional fry releases, the Province has launched a comprehensive action plan to guide the ongoing recovery of decimated local kokanee stocks.
Provincial biologists released more than half a million kokanee fry this spring and more than 90% of the eggs planted into the Meadow Creek spawning channel in the fall  have now emerged as fry and entered Kootenay Lake. Meanwhile, the Province has released the Kootenay Lake Action Plan, which calls for enhanced monitoring, aggressive restocking, ongoing angling closures and an expansion of the nutrient restoration program.
The plan – which will be presented at a public meeting in Balfour on Thursday, June 16th – was developed under the direction of an expert advisory panel, and with the support of local First Nations, the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and the BC Wildlife Federation.

 

 

 

 

 

Mission Creek Sockeye Fry Release

The Okanagan Nation Alliance’s (ONA) kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ Hatchery supplied sockeye fry for a release into Mission Creek last Friday, June 10th as part of the Syilx peoples’ continuing effort to bring sockeye salmon back to the Okanagan, and in particular, now to Okanagan Lake.
The BCWF supports the initiative and has been collaborating with ONA for the long term benefit of recreational anglers as well as local First Nations. Members of BCWF Region 8 are key members of the Okanagan Lake Salmon Community Initiative.
Read Kelowna's Capital News coverage here

 

 

 

 

 

          New B.C. Societies Act: What You Need to Know
There are important changes coming for non-profits under the B.C. Societies Act, which provides rules for governance and guidance for thousands of charities across the province, including the BCWF. To help spell out what changes we’ll see when the new Societies Act comes into effect in November, 2016, lawyer Martha Rans is conducting workshops to inform non-profits on what they need to know to make the transition.
Upcoming Workshops:
June 15, Williams Lake, hosted by the Cariboo Chilcotin Aboriginal Training Employment Centre
June 22, Penticton, B.C., hosted by the Penticton Arts Council
June 27, Gabriola Island, B.C.
July 6, Vancouver, B.C.
For more information visit: Societies Act and Non Profits  

 

 

 

 

 

                                        BCWF Wetlands Education Program (WEP)
                           
Wetlands enrich our regions by filtering water, mitigating against flood and drought, are a source of food, water and habitat, provide a stopover areas for migrating birds, act as carbon sinks, cycle nutrients and provide spawning and nesting grounds for wildlife.
WEP has a number of conservation workshops planned for 2016. Keep an eye on our website for more details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.
Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local communities. One past participant has gone  on to build 13 wetlands and counting, while others have formed stewardship groups within their communities and started large initiatives to map and conserve their local wetlands.        
Duncan June 11th - Wetlands Mapping
The BCWF’S second Map our Marshes workshop of 2016 was held at Duncan’s Island Savings Centre on June 11th. Held in partnership with the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, the 18 participants learned about wetlands, invasive species and wetland mapping and why wetlands are important and need to be protected. 
Next up: Penticton July 7th, 2016
For details: https://MoMPenticton.eventbrite.ca 


                


 Wild Kidz Camps - Helping B.C. Kids Connect with Nature
                       
The WEP offers great opportunities during the summer for children ages 9-12 to connect with nature. Children will be able to go fishing, paddling, and even get firearms training from professionals at our camps!
July 11th to 15th in Barriere, B.C. Register Here
August 8th to 12th in Smithers, B.C.RegisterHere


                                            Wetlands Institute
One of the three pillars of the Wetlands Education Program, the Wetlands Institute is a week long course attended by landowners, land-managers, government and non-government staff, community volunteers, educators and First Nations. The objective of this course is to provide theoretical and practical training to value, identify, monitor, map, construct, and restore wetlands. As a result of participating in the Institute, individuals can implement wetland stewardship activities in their own communities.
 The next Wetlands Institute is scheduled for the Lower Mainland, to be held August 27-Sept 2, 2016.
For more information: https://wi2016.eventbrite.ca/ 

 

 

 

 

 

              

 

 

 

 

 

                                             Next BOW Course in Lower Mainland
                 

Becoming an Outdoor Woman (BOW) is an international course, offered in B.C. since 1997 through the sponsorship of the BCWF and with the support and assistance of local BCWF member clubs.
The weekend course is designed to offer women over 19 years of age the opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere. The all-inclusive weekend covers accommodations (dorm style), meals and four courses of their choice.
The most popular course options include ATV riding, .22 Marksmanship, Trap Shooting, Axe and Chainsaw Handling, Archery, Introduction to Trapping and Hunting and Game Care (Field Dressing), Canoe and Kayaking.
The next BOW workshop will be in the Lower Mainland September 9th-11th.
For more information, keep an eye on our website: www.bcwf.bc.ca/programs for details as they become available.

 

 

 

 

 

                                         Species at Risk
The Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans will be posting several federal Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategies, Action Plans and Management Plans on the Species at Risk Public Registry in the coming days.  
Link to public registry page: http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=24F7211B-1

   Abbotsford Farmers Market Hosts CWS Species at Risk Booth
 Did you know there are hundreds of species at risk in B.C.?  If you would like to learn about many of the endangered, threatened, and special concern birds, plants and other wildlife in your area and what you can do to help them, Environment and Climate Change Canada will be at farmers’ markets to provide information, answer questions, and learn about your experiences with these species. 
The Canadian Wildlife Service is inviting you to see their display on species at risk recovery this Saturday, June 18th in Abbotsford. For details, contact Jennie Friesen of the Species at Risk Recovery Conservation Planning Unit. Email: Jennie.Friesen@Canada.ca / Tel: 604.350.1964

 

 

 

 

 


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             Kids Day in Vernon Hooks Youngsters on Fishing
             
The Vernon Fish and Game Club brought 16 children out to Pinaus Lake last Saturday, June 11th – most of whom had never caught a fish or even been in a boat. Between the ages of seven and 13, every child caught at least one fish. Some even caught their limit of five!
Along with learning how to tie a hook, clean a fish and learn about the outdoors, every kid went home with a brand new rod and tackle box.
As a proud sponsor of the event, the BCWF would like to thank the Vernon club, volunteers and all the other sponsors who help make this annual event a great success!

 

 

 

 

 

                          Family Fishing Events Father’s Day Weekend

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. is hosting a number of events across the province during the Father’s Day Weekend, including a Saturday event at its Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery.  Get out with the whole family, and fish for free!
On June 19th, 20th and 21st, Canadians can try angling within the rules in freshwater using the 3-day FREE licence compliments of the B.C. provincial government. You do not have to buy or carry a basic freshwater licence unless you plan to fish for a special fish such as Shuswap Trout or fish on classified waters. In those cases, the basic licence is still free but must be accompanied by the appropriate purchased validation stamp.
The BCWF is a proud partner of the Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. and the Family Fishing Weekend. For more, see this feature story in Okanagan Life Magazine 
For details on events in your area, go to:  http://bcfamilyfishing.com/events/index.htm

 

 

 

 

 

                       BCWF Regional Fishing Forever Events
             
Fishing Forever provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to fish and enjoy the outdoors - free! Contact your local region or club to volunteer and get involved in this fun and rewarding event. 


 Club / City

 Event Date

 Location

 Courtenay

June (Multiple Dates)

Comox Lake
Courtenay Fish & Game Club

Nelson

June 18th, 2016

Nelson District Rod & Gun Club

Vanderhoof

June 18th, 2016

Nulki Lake - Sai'kuz Campground

Williams Lake

June 19th, 2016

Biff's Pond

Peachland

July 23rd, 2016

Heritage Park

 

 

 

 

 

BC Park Use Permit Consultation
BC Parks has posted a draft Public Notification and Engagement Policy for park use permits on their website. The draft policy focuses on modernizing advertisement of permit applications and how and when the public will be informed of permit applications and decisions.
The draft policy will be posted on the BC Parks’ website for 90 days with feedback requested by June 22nd, 2016.

 

 

                                           
                       
Cabela's is excited to announce that the grand opening for its10th Canadian store in Abbotsford, B.C. will be June 23! Enter now for your chance to be one of the first to see and shop the store with a $1,000 shopping spree. Enter here to win a prize, given weekly.
                               BCWF Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for a few Region 2 volunteers interested in supporting the BCWF booth at the opening of the new Cabela's in Abbostford.
We will have a designated BCWF booth in the heart of all the action featuring general information, membership sales and renewals, and our spin wheel with some fun BCWF giveaways!
Event times:
•             Saturday, June 25 - 11-3pm
•             Sunday, June 26 - 11-3pm
Location:
Cabela's Abbotsford: 1818 McCallum Road, Abbotsford, B.C. V2S 0H9
As a thank you for volunteering your time at the event, you are entitled to the STAFF DISCOUNT on all Cabela's merchandise up until 4pm on the day of your shift.
If you would like to confirm your 4-hour shift as a volunteer or would like more information, please contact Michelle Galang at projects@bcwf.bc.ca or 1-888-881-BCWF ext. 224.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News
                Spill Response Plan - Public Input Sought
 B.C. residents and organizations are invited to give their thoughts on proposed legislative and regulatory changes to the province’s spill response plans by June 30th.  For more about proposed changes and how to give input, visit the Government of B.C. website page Spill Response Engagement.

 

 

 

                       Some Open Fires Allowed in Prince George Fire Centre
Effective at noon, June 15, Category 3 open fires will once again be allowed throughout the Prince George Fire Centre's jurisdiction although Category 2 open burning is still prohibited.
Lower temperatures and precipitation in the region have reduced wildfire risks and allowed the Category 3 burning prohibition to be lifted.
For more information, or if you plan to conduct a Category 3 burn, visit the BC Wildfire Service website at: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions

 

 

 

 

The BCWF is British Columbia's largest and oldest conservation organization with over 50,000 Members passionately committed to protecting, enhancing, and promoting the wise use of the environment
for the benefit of present and future generations.
You are receiving this email because you are an active BCWF member or Affiliated Club member, or opted in at an outreach event.
Visit www.bcwf.bc.ca for more information.
    


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There will be a work bee up at the Rifle Range on Saturday May 28th starting at 9am.

Bring your weed whacker!

 


Here is an interesting article on the effects of fire on Mule Deer populations:

Click HERE to read

 


ARCHERY RANGE OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, June 4
Time:  10 am – 1pm

 At the Nakusp Rod and Gun Club Rifle Range
(3km north of Nakusp on Hwy 23)

All ages and abilities welcome!

Experienced archers to give some advice and techniques

3D archery range shoot

Showcasing the CBT Community Initiatives funding

BBQ by donation


 

BCWF Member Update - May 25th, 2016

 

 


NEB Considers BCWF Suggestions in Conditionally Approving Kinder Morgan Pipeline

On May 19th, the National Energy Board approved Kinder Morgan’s application to twin its Trans Mountain Pipeline, subject to 157 conditions for the 1,180 kilometer pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby.
The BCWF participated as an intervenor in the NEB process throughout 2015 and 2016, making multiple recommendations and comments on the terms and conditions for any approval of the pipeline expansion project. The NEB has incorporated many of our suggestions into their final approval process, including:

  • Requirements to address the cumulative impacts of the pipeline: The Board did not accept Trans Mountain’s position that the NEB only has to assess the percentage of the project’s contribution to cumulative effects. The Board’s condition says that “any cumulative assessment must be based on total cumulative effects that may be created from all physical facilities and activities considered in combination with the proposed project.”
  • Requirements for trench crossing of all water courses: The Board agrees with participants that finalized, site-specific information is needed to make an accurate serious harm determination for higher risk crossings.

There are still more consultations required on the project before Ottawa makes its final decision as well as a provincial Environmental Assessment requirement that can add further conditions. The BCWF will continue to provide constructive advice to maintain fish and wildlife populations and the habitats that support them.

 

 


The BCWF Wetlands Education Program has many conservation workshops planned for 2016. Here are some dates and registration details for workshops scheduled in your community. Keep an eye on our website for more workshops and details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.


Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local region.
Duncan June 11th, 2016
https://MoMDuncan2016.eventbrite.ca
With special guest speaker  Ernie Sellestin of the Coastal Invasive Species Committee
Penticton July 7th, 2016
https://MoMPenticton.eventbrite.ca


                


World Oceans Day Celebration 
In celebration of World Oceans Day, the WEP team will join the City of Surrey as part of its Environmental Extravaganza, hosting a booth to educate peopel about how our watersheds impact the ocean. This year's theme: Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.
Where: Blackie Spit Park (3136 McBride Ave, Surrey, B.C.)
When: June 5th 2016
Time: 11AM to 3PM


Blue Waters Project
Meantime, the always busy Wetlands Education Program will be reaching out to the public in Chilliwack on June 2nd as part of RBC's Blue Waters Project to spread the word about the importance of fresh water. Education is the first step to appreciating this natural resource!
Where: Unit 23-6014 Vedder Rd, Chilliwack, B.C.
When: June 2nd 2016
Time: 9:30AM to 3:30PM
For more information visit:  www.rbc.com/community sustainability


Wild Kidz Camps - Helping B.C. Kids Connect with Nature

The WEP offers great opportunities during the summer for children ages 9-12 to connect with nature. Children will be able to go fishing, paddling, and even get firearms training from professionals at our camps!
July 11th to 15th in Barriere, B.C. Register Here
August 8th to 12th in Smithers, B.C. Register Here

 

Watershed Sustainability

There’s still time to register for Friday’s workshop Advancing Watershed Sustainability in B.C., hosted by the BCWF and the Fraser Basin Council. Its goal is to educate British Columbians on the importance of watershed conservation and sustainability and to protect B.C.’s diverse and unique aquatic resources, many of which are threatened by development.  Anyone interested in the Vancouver workshop is invited to sign up and help identify opportunities and discuss what action can be taken to protect our waterways – a key to a sustainable future.
Workshop Objectives:

  • To present the key findings and recommendations from the watershed sustainability project and other watershed initiatives.
  • To facilitate dialogue and input on the key findings and recommendations.
  • To facilitate opportunities for networking and shareing knowledge and experiences.

Friday, May 27th, 2016
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1420-1430, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
9:45 AM - 3:30 PM  Click here to register for the workshop

 


The BCWF Conservation Lottery is now officially SOLD OUT!
This year’s lucky winners will be drawn at 12:00 pm on Friday May 27th, at the BCWF office in Surrey. Join us for a BBQ and refreshments:
Conservation Lottery Draw & BBQ
Where: BCWF Head Office
Address: 101-9706 188th St, Surrey BC
When: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Draw at 12:00 pm sharp! 

 


Visit our website for full contest details

 

                       BCWF Regional Fishing Forever Events
             
Fishing Forever provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to fish and enjoy the outdoors, no costs involved. Contact your local Region or Club to volunteer and get involved in this fun and rewarding event.


 Club / City

 Event Date

 Location

 Osoyoos

May 28th, 2016

Strohmans Pond

 Courtenay

June (Multiple Dates)

Comox Lake
Courtenay Fish & Game Club

Lower Mainland

June 4th & 5th, 2016

Fraser Valley Hatchery - Abbotsford

Bulkley

June 10th, 2016

Bulkley Valley Fish & Game Club

Nelson

June 18th, 2016

Nelson District Rod & Gun Club

Vanderhoof

June 18th, 2016

Nulki Lake - Sai'kuz Campground

Williams Lake

June 19th, 2016

Biff's Pond

Peachland

July 23rd, 2016

Heritage Park

 

BCWF Soft Shell and Melton Bomber Jackets


NEW!  BC Wildlife Federation Soft Shell and Melton Bomber Jackets.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or download the order forms below.
BCWF Soft Shell Jacket Order Form

BCWF Melton Bomber Jacket Order Form

For more information, please visit: www.bcwf.bc.ca

 



We are excited to finally announce that the grand opening for our 10th Canadian store in Abbotsford, B.C. will be June 23! Enter now for your chance to be one of the first to see and shop the store with a $1,000 shopping spree. We'll also be giving away weekly prizes. Enter here

 

 
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia invites you to a Learn to Fish Event in your local community.
Lower Mainland Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Vancouver Island Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Okanagan Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Thompson-Nicola Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration

 

BCWF Online Auctions - May 25th to June 1st, 2016
Now listed in CAD due to the current exchange rate


Print # 1 - Snowbound by Andrew Kiss (42 x 25.5)
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 - Black Brant: On the Way North by Mark Hobson (13 x 26)
Mark Hobson lives in Tofino, B.C. Canada on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, where he has painted professionally for over twenty-five years. Drawing almost every day in his early years he gradually taught himself skills in watercolour, oils, and acrylics. Mark is best known for his passionate portrayals of the wildlife and landscapes of the Canadian Pacific coast.

 

 BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife  
  
In the summer of 2013, the late Rick Mayor, BCWF Vice President at the time, got together with knife maker Peter Demmer from Terrier Blades, and they worked together to design a new knife model which Rick thought should be the BCWF exclusive Hunter's Knife. Rick’s idea was that the BCWF should have their own exclusive hunting knife, an icon for the avid B.C. hunter, made from high quality materials with a very unique design. Rick’s experience as an avid outdoors man and hunter was incorporated into the design. Unfortunately events in Rick’s life prevented him from finishing this project, as he passed away February 2014.
To celebrate the BC Wildlife Federations 60th Anniversary, and to honour Rick's memory, we have created two editions of the BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife based on Rick and Peter's vision, the Limited Edition and the Hunter Edition.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or visit our website for more information and download an order form.

 

                        

 

                       

 



Conservation Officer of the Year
Congratulations to B.C. Conservation Officer Service (COS) Sgt. Josh Lockwood for being named the 2015 Outstanding Officer of the Year. Known for his passion, dedication, leadership and years of experience, Lockwood has spearheaded several programs for the COS. In 2015, he represented the COS in its role with the province’s new Invasive Mussel Defence Program, which helps ensure B.C. waterways remain free of invasive mussels. In 2011, he helped create the critical incident stress management team for COS officers who may need extra support.
Well respected by many First Nations throughout the province, the relationships Lockwood has developed help positively represent the COS in First Nation communities.
He is the 24th recipient of the Outstanding Officer of the Year Award, given to a Conservation Officer who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
For more information about the Conservation Officer Service, visit: www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/

 

Online Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Application System Launched
Effective April 25, 2016, the Province has launched a new online portal that makes it easy for hunters to access a range of e-services, including applications for limited entry hunting (LEH) draws.  The B.C. hunting portal gives hunters instant access to apply for their resident hunting credentials and the new Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID), which replaces the old hunter identification number. 

Hunters without Internet Access can still visit a Service BC, FrontCounter BC or an authorized vendor to apply in person for the Fish and Wildlife ID or an LEH draw.
To see the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations News Release, please click here

 

BC Park Use Permit Consultation
BC Parks has posted a draft Public Notification and Engagement Policy for park use permits on their website. The draft policy focuses on modernizing advertisement of permit applications and how and when the public will be informed of permit applications and decisions.
The draft policy will be posted on the BC Parks’ website for 90 days with feedback requested by June 22nd, 2016.

 

Canadian Wildlife Act
Comments on Environmental Enforcement
The 60-day comment period has opened for the proposed Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act) Regulations. The Department of the Environment proposed Regulations would designate provisions of regulations made under the Canada Wildlife Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 which, upon conviction, will attract minimum fines and an increased range of fines.
These regulations are to implement the fine regime introduced by the Environmental Enforcement Act and designate regulatory offences.
Link to the regulation changes
Email comments by June 8, 2016

 

 


The Rifle Range will be in use by the NSS Outdoor Class on Thursday May 26th from 9am to 1pm

Thanks for you cooperation!

 


May's Rod and Gun Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 25th

7:30pm downstairs in the Senior's Hall

See you there!


 

 

BCWF Member Update - May 18th, 2016

 

 

Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Winfield Workshop

56 women learned outdoors skills at the BOW weekend workshop in Winfield B.C. May 14th and 15th. Watch the Global TV coverage here
Thanks to our fabulous club hosts, Oceola Fish and Game Club for all their support and volunteers.
If you missed this workshop, keep an eye on our website for details on the upcoming BOW workshop which will be held in the Lower Mainland Sept 9-11th, 2016.

 

 Kootenay Groups Learn Wetlands Conservation Skills
 
During the week of May 19-15th, BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program hit the road, traveling across the Kootenays, from Grand Forks to Golden. In Grand Forks, Neil Fletcher presented to city council, explaining the importance of conserving wetlands. Members of the Fernie and District Rod and Gun Club were joined by participants from the Sparwood Fish and Wildlife Association at the Elk River workshop to discuss the status of inventory mapping related to riparian and wetland conservation.

 

 


The BCWF Wetlands Education Program has many conservation workshops planned for 2016. Here are some dates and registration details for workshops scheduled in your community. Keep an eye on our website for more workshops and details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join.


Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local region.
Duncan June 11th, 2016
https://MoMDuncan2016.eventbrite.ca
With special guest speaker  Ernie Sellestin of the Coastal Invasive Species Committee
Penticton July 7th, 2016
https://MoMPenticton.eventbrite.ca


                  

 

Help Save B.C. Watersheds
 
The BCWF and the Fraser Basin Council are asking you to help protect our watersheds, many of which are threatened by development.  Anyone interested is invited to join a day long workshop called “Advancing Watershed Sustainability in B.C.” to identify opportunities and discuss what action can be taken to protect our waterways – a key to a sustainable future.
Friday, May 27th, 2016
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 1420-1430, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
9:45 AM - 3:30 PM  Click here to register for the workshop

 

 


The BCWF Conservation Lottery is now officially SOLD OUT!
This year’s lucky winners will be drawn at 12:00 pm on Friday May 27th, at the BCWF office in Surrey. Join us for a BBQ and refreshments:
Conservation Lottery Draw & BBQ
Where: BCWF Head Office
Address: 101-9706 188th St, Surrey BC
When: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Draw at 12:00 pm sharp! 

 


Visit our website for full contest details

 

BCWF Regional Fishing Forever Events
             
Fishing Forever provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to fish and enjoy the outdoors, no costs involved. Contact your local Region or Club to volunteer and get involved in this fun and rewarding event.


 Club / City

 Event Date

 Location

 Osoyoos

May 28th, 2016

Strohmans Pond

 Courtenay

June (Multiple Dates)

Comox Lake
Courtenay Fish & Game Club

Lower Mainland

June 4th & 5th, 2016

Fraser Valley Hatchery - Abbotsford

Bulkley

June 10th, 2016

Bulkley Valley Fish & Game Club

Nelson

June 18th, 2016

Nelson District Rod & Gun Club

Vanderhoof

June 18th, 2016

Nulki Lake - Sai'kuz Campground

Williams Lake

June 19th, 2016

Biff's Pond

Peachland

July 23rd, 2016

Heritage Park

 

 

BCWF Soft Shell and Melton Bomber Jackets


NEW!  BC Wildlife Federation Soft Shell and Melton Bomber Jackets.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or download the order forms below.
BCWF Soft Shell Jacket Order Form

BCWF Melton Bomber Jacket Order Form

For more information, please visit: www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

 Saving Wild Sheep - Education is the Key

Wild sheep have been in decline for nearly 100 years due to pathogens that domestic sheep, goats, and even llamas can transmit to them. Those pathogens don't affect the farmed animals, but are deadly to wild sheep. Areas of high risk include northern B.C., the Cariboo, Okanagan and Thompson.
The BCWF and the Wild Sheep Society of B.C. have joined forces to save the sheep since there is a solution -- total separation of the wild and domestic stocks. A town hall meeting in Oliver last week brought farmers, hunters and conservationists together to share information, since educating people is what we can do to save these beautiful animals.
Global Television also attended, and you can see their coverage here globalnews.ca

 

 

                                
We are excited to finally announce that the grand opening for our 10th Canadian store in Abbotsford, B.C. will be June 23! Enter now for your chance to be one of the first to see and shop the store with a $1,000 shopping spree. We'll also be giving away weekly prizes. Enter here

 

 

 
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia invites you to a Learn to Fish Event in your local community.
Lower Mainland Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Vancouver Island Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Okanagan Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Thompson-Nicola Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration

 

Get Ready for Angling Season

Your current 2015/2016 Freshwater Fishing Licence expired on March 31.
2016/2017 NEW season licences are available for purchase.

Click here for licence information
2015/2016 current season licences will still be available for purchase during the month of March. Be sure to select the 2016/2017 following season for each of your new Basic Licence, Conservation Surcharge Stamps and Classified Waters Licence products valid for the April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 licence year. All licence sales are final so please double check that you have the correct season prior to completing your purchase.

 

BCWF Online Auctions - May 18th to May 25th, 2016
Now listed in CAD due to the current exchange rate


Print # 1 - Thunderstruck by Andrew Kiss (32 x 19)
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 - A Quiet Repose by Laura Levitsky (18 x 23)
Laura Levitsky is quickly gaining a solid reputation as a recommended emerging artist to watch.  She is a nature artist, inspired by British Columbia’s landscape, wildlife and landmarks.  There is a great amount of time and energy invested in each painting as Laura, in no way neglects the smallest of detail.  Laura is an outdoor enthusiast, and never goes anywhere without her sketch book and camera equipment.  Whether it’s the research of her subjects that take her on her outdoor excursions, or her outdoor excursions that take her to her subjects, Laura’s field studies allow her to recreate the natural settings of her subjects.

 

BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife  
 
In the summer of 2013, the late Rick Mayor, BCWF Vice President at the time, got together with knife maker Peter Demmer from Terrier Blades, and they worked together to design a new knife model which Rick thought should be the BCWF exclusive Hunter's Knife. Rick’s idea was that the BCWF should have their own exclusive hunting knife, an icon for the avid B.C. hunter, made from high quality materials with a very unique design. Rick’s experience as an avid outdoors man and hunter was incorporated into the design. Unfortunately events in Rick’s life prevented him from finishing this project, as he passed away February 2014.
To celebrate the BC Wildlife Federations 60th Anniversary, and to honour Rick's memory, we have created two editions of the BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife based on Rick and Peter's vision, the Limited Edition and the Hunter Edition.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or visit our website for more information and download an order form.

 

                        

 

                       

 

Conservation Officer Service
CONVICTED - $27,600 in Fines and Orders
In October 2014, the COS entered into a 6 month investigation involving the illegal trafficking of bear parts. The subjects of the investigation, two unrelated females from Burnaby, were investigated for several alleged violations under the BC Wildlife Act. Upon completion of the COS investigation, the two females were charged for several violations including unlawful possession of wildlife, trafficking in bear parts (gall bladders and paws) and trafficking in wildlife meat. The two females were recently convicted of several violations in provincial court and ordered to pay a combined total of $27,600 in fines and Orders.
Poaching and other environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the COS hotline – 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).


Conservation Officer Recognized

CO Ryan Gordon was recently recognized by the Commanding Officer of E Division RCMP in Prince George.  He was recognized by the RCMP for his assistance in a standoff with an axe/machete wielding man on Highway 16 in 2014. 
Ryan received “A Commanding Officer's Certificate of Appreciation”, acknowledging his outstanding service during negotiations with an armed, suicidal male in May of 2014 near New Hazelton. Ryan was the only non-RCMP officer recognized by the National Police Force at this ceremony and this marks the second year in a row that a CO has been nominated and recognized by and from within RCMP ranks for outstanding service.

 

Be Safe While Driving!    

 

Online Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Application System Launched
Effective April 25, 2016, the Province has launched a new online portal that makes it easy for hunters to access a range of e-services, including applications for limited entry hunting (LEH) draws.  The B.C. hunting portal gives hunters instant access to apply for their resident hunting credentials and the new Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID), which replaces the old hunter identification number. 

Hunters without Internet Access can still visit a Service BC, FrontCounter BC or an authorized vendor to apply in person for the Fish and Wildlife ID or an LEH draw.
To see the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations News Release, please click here

 

BC Park Use Permit Consultation
BC Parks has posted a draft Public Notification and Engagement Policy for park use permits on their website. The draft policy focuses on modernizing advertisement of permit applications and how and when the public will be informed of permit applications and decisions.
The draft policy will be posted on the BC Parks’ website for 90 days with feedback requested by June 22nd, 2016.

 

Canadian Wildlife Act
Comments on Environmental Enforcement
The 60-day comment period has opened for the proposed Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act) Regulations. The Department of the Environment proposed Regulations would designate provisions of regulations made under the Canada Wildlife Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 which, upon conviction, will attract minimum fines and an increased range of fines.
These regulations are to implement the fine regime introduced by the Environmental Enforcement Act and designate regulatory offences.
Link to the regulation changes
Email comments by June 8, 2016

 

In the News - Okanagan
Three important events
2016 Syilx Sockeye Fry Release Poster

Celebrating Osoyoos Lake

Kelowna Fishing Derby Event

 

 



BCWF Member Update - May 11, 2016

 

 

Fundraiser for Sheep Habitat Enhancement
 
Woody’s Pub in Lake Country, B.C. hosted a successful Sheep Hunting Seminar on May 5, with proceeds to the BCWF and sheep habitat enhancement in the Okanagan. Thanks to Clay Lancaster, Sako, Wild Sheep Society of BC and all the participants.

 

Congratulations Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year!
 
Neil Fletcher, Manager of the BCWF Wetlands Education Program, has
won the prestigious Canadian Outdoorsperson of the Year Award from the Canadian Wildlife Federation.
This award is in recognition of Canadian outdoorspeople who have demonstrated an active commitment to conservation.


Congratulations to BCWF Roderick Haig-Brown Conservation Winners
 
Completed Project 1st to the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association for their Tranquille River Project.
Completed Project 2nd to the Summerland Sportsmen's Association for their Ritchie Lake Wetland Restoration


BCWF May 2016 Newsletter
Read all about the awards in the May BCWF Newsletter:

  • Meet the new Board of Directors
  • Conservation Leadership Award Recipients
  • Spring/Summer Calendar of Events

BCWF May Newsletter

 

 Bill C-246 Debated in the House of Commons
Private members Bill C-246 Modernizing Animal Protections Act was debated May 9, 2016 and will be debated again in the fall when MPs vote whether to send it to committee.
Mr. Bill Blair (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Lib.) recognized some of the limitations organizations like the BCWF have identified, summarizing:
"The first concern that has come to my attention is in regard to conflicts and exemptions within the bill. Bill C-246 does not have a list of exemptions for specific lawful activities such as ranching, hunting, fishing, trapping, medical research, etc. The bill may inadvertently create a conflict of law, making existing legally regulated activities illegal by the very nature of their existence.
In addition, the bill raises concerns regarding constitutional issues in that it may effectively render hunting, fishing, trapping, ranching, and other heritage and indigenous activities illegal because they may be deemed to be brutal or vicious, or they may have an inherent reckless level of activity as part of their very nature."
The BC Wildlife Federation submitted response regarding Bill C-246 when it was first introduced into Parliament on February 26, 2016 to amend a number of acts.  Read the Full Response Here

 

 

 

Conservation Officer Service Reports
Tips wanted- suspected arson in Peace Region wildfires

BC Wildfire Service investigators and Natural Resource Officers have found evidence to suggest at least 10 separate wildfires, in three distinct areas, have been deliberately set.

The public is encouraged to report any suspicious activity, or information related to these fires, to the Report All Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at . All tips can remain anonymous.
news.gov.bc.ca


Unlawful Bear Feeding near Tofino


The COS is investigating a report of unlawful bear feeding  after a video was posted that appears to depict a person hand feeding a bear on Highway 4 near Tofino.  
Feeding bears is illegal under the BC Wildlife Act and is extremely dangerous for the public and the bear.  The animal in this photo may hurt someone else trying to get more unnatural food or by causing a traffic accident. The bear is also at risk of getting hit by a vehicle as it approaches or crosses the highway for a food reward   Feeding bears also results in them getting food conditioned and habituated leading to further conflict. 


Detained for Aquatic Invasive Species

On April 28th, a vehicle transporting a watercraft from Ontario  failed to stop at a watercraft inspection station near Elko. The incident was reported to the COS who intercepted the vehicle and escorted it to the station for proper inspection. Invasive mussels were found during inspection and a complete decontamination of the watercraft was performed. The operator of the vehicle was issued a violation ticket for failing to stop at an inspection station. This case is an excellent example of the importance of stopping at watercraft inspection stations to protect B.C.’s waters from invasive zebra and quagga mussels.



Environmental violations can be reported 24/7 to the  COS Hotline at
1-877-952-7277 (RAPP)

 

View the new BCWF video Celebrating 60 Years of Conservation Leadership on Youtube! 
Celebrating 60 Years of Conservation Video: Youtube
The video features members, past presidents and community members such as; Rick Hansen, CEO Rick Hansen Foundation, FLNRO Minister Steve Thomson and Grand Chief Steward Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs.

 


Visit our website for full contest details

 

 


The 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 Friday May 27th, at the BCWF office in Surrey. Join us for a BBQ and refreshments:
Conservation Lottery Draw & BBQ
Where: BCWF Head Office
Address: 101-9706 188th St, Surrey BC
When: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm – Draw at 12:00 pm sharp! 

 

Online Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Application System Launched
Effective April 25, 2016, the Province has launched a new online portal that makes it easy for hunters to access a range of e-services, including applications for limited entry hunting (LEH) draws.  The B.C. hunting portal gives hunters instant access to apply for their resident hunting credentials and the new Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID), which replaces the old hunter identification number. 

Hunters without Internet Access can still visit a Service BC, FrontCounter BC or an authorized vendor to apply in person for the Fish and Wildlife ID or an LEH draw.
To see the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations News Release, please click here

 

BCWF Regional Fishing Forever Events
             
Fishing Forever provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to fish and enjoy the outdoors, no costs involved. Contact your local Region or Club to volunteer and get involved in this fun and rewarding event.

 Club / City

 Event Date

 Location

 Osoyoos

May 28th, 2016

Strohmans Pond

 Courtenay

June (Multiple Dates)

Comox Lake
Courtenay Fish & Game Club

Lower Mainland

June 4th & 5th, 2016

Fraser Valley Hatchery - Abbotsford

Bulkley

June 10th, 2016

Bulkley Valley Fish & Game Club

Nelson

June 18th, 2016

Nelson District Rod & Gun Club

Vanderhoof

June 18th, 2016

Nulki Lake - Sai'kuz Campground

Williams Lake

June 19th, 2016

Biff's Pond

Peachland

July 20th, 2016

Heritage Park

 

BC Fishn's Community Survey  - BC Interior Freshwater Fishing 
BC Fishn' would like the community's feedback and want to provide the best experience possible for all anglers that want to enhance their angling skills! Please take their survey here.

 

 

 
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of British Columbia invites you to a Learn to  Fish Event in your local community.
Lower Mainland Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Vancouver Island Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Okanagan Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration
Thompson-Nicola Learn to Fish Program calendar and registration

 

Get Ready for Angling Season

Your current 2015/2016 Freshwater Fishing Licence expired on March 31.
2016/2017 NEW season licences are available for purchase.

Click here for licence information
2015/2016 current season licences will still be available for purchase during the month of March. Be sure to select the 2016/2017 following season for each of your new Basic Licence, Conservation Surcharge Stamps and Classified Waters Licence products valid for the April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 licence year. All licence sales are final so please double check that you have the correct season prior to completing your purchase.

 

 
A joint team of Sport Fishing Institute, BCWF and Sport Fishing Advisory Board leaders recently spent four productive days in Ottawa.
The B.C. sport fishing team met with Fisheries Minister Hunter Tootoo, the Deputy Minister and most of her senior staff. The group also had one-on-one sessions with B.C. MP’s Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Mel Arnold, Elizabeth May, Mark Strahl, Ken Hardie, Gord Johns, Jati Sidhu, Larry Bagnall, as well as Fisheries Parliamentary Secretary Serge Cormier and B.C. Senator Larry Campbell.
Primary topics of discussion included:

  • An overview of the social and economic values of the sport fishery;
  • An introduction to the Vision Implementation Program and its benefits including; 
  • The significance of the looming Fraser River Chinook decision on not only Juan de Fuca rec fisheries but the precedent that it would set for all fisheries.
  • Improved Catch Monitoring;
  • Collaborative work on items including the Fishing App;
  • Measures to protect and improve funding for the SFAB process.

 

BCWF Soft Shell and Melton Bomber Jackets


NEW!  BC Wildlife Federation Soft Shell and Melton Bomber Jackets.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or download the order forms below.
BCWF Soft Shell Jacket Order Form

BCWF Melton Bomber Jacket Order Form

For more information, please visit: www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

BCWF Online Auctions - May 11th to May 18th, 2016
Now listed in CAD due to the current exchange rate


Print # 1 - 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.



Print # 2 - 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. 

 

 


The BCWF Wetlands Education Program has many great workshops planned for 2016. Here are some dates and registration details for workshops scheduled in your community. Keep an eye on our website for more workshops and details as they become available.
These workshops are free but you must register to join!


Map our Marshes
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local region.
Duncan June 11, 2016
https://MoMDuncan2016.eventbrite.ca
With special guest speaker  Ernie Sellestin of the Coastal Invasive Species Committee
Penticton July 7, 2016
https://MoMPenticton.eventbrite.ca


Wetlandkeepers Courses
Two-and-a-half-day workshop that teaches participants how to steward their own wetlands through wetland mapping, wetland hydrology, amphibian, plant and animal identification, and soil sampling
Golden | May 13-15, 2016  Click here for more information
When: May 13-15, 2016 (Fri: 5:30 pm - 9 pm, Sat: 9:00 am - 5pm, Sun: 9 am - 5 pm)
Where: Lion's Club, 819 Park Dr, Golden, BC V0A 1H2
                  

 

 

                        

 

BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife  
 
In the summer of 2013, the late Rick Mayor, BCWF Vice President at the time, got together with knife maker Peter Demmer from Terrier Blades, and they worked together to design a new knife model which Rick thought should be the BCWF exclusive Hunter's Knife. Rick’s idea was that the BCWF should have their own exclusive hunting knife, an icon for the avid B.C. hunter, made from high quality materials with a very unique design. Rick’s experience as an avid outdoors man and hunter was incorporated into the design. Unfortunately events in Rick’s life prevented him from finishing this project, as he passed away February 2014.
To celebrate the BC Wildlife Federations 60th Anniversary, and to honour Rick's memory, we have created two editions of the BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife based on Rick and Peter's vision, the Limited Edition and the Hunter Edition.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or visit our website for more information and download an order form.

 

Be Safe While Driving!    

 

BC Park Use Permit Consultation
BC Parks has posted a draft Public Notification and Engagement Policy for park use permits on their website. The draft policy focuses on modernizing advertisement of permit applications and how and when the public will be informed of permit applications and decisions.
The draft policy will be posted on the BC Parks’ website for 90 days with feedback requested by June 22nd, 2016.

 

 Canadian Wildlife Act
Comments on Environmental Enforcement
The 60-day comment period has opened for the proposed Designation of Regulatory Provisions for Purposes of Enforcement (Canada Wildlife Act) Regulations. The Department of the Environment proposed Regulations would designate provisions of regulations made under the Canada Wildlife Act and the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994 which, upon conviction, will attract minimum fines and an increased range of fines.
These regulations are to implement the fine regime introduced by the Environmental Enforcement Act and designate regulatory offences.
Link to the regulation changes
Email comments by June 8, 2016

 

 


April's Rod and Gun meeting will be held at 7:30pm on April 27th.

As always, see you downstairs at the Senior's Hall!

 


First Nations Appeal Site C Water Licences to Environmental Appeal Board

FORT ST. JOHN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 31, 2016) - The West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation have filed an appeal of the main water licences for the Site C Project with the Environmental Appeal Board.
The water licences authorize the diversion and storage of water behind the proposed Site C dam, including the creation of an 83 km-long reservoir. The water licences were issued on February 26, 2016, following a written hearing process conducted by the Deputy Comptroller of Water Rights.
"Site C is an infringement of our Treaty. We have serious concerns about the effects of the flooding on groundwater, erosion, the impacts on Treaty rights, fish and wildlife habitat and safety," said West Moberly Chief Roland Willson. "All of our concerns were dismissed or diminished. There was there no urgency to issue these approvals, given that none of the power from Site C is needed at all."
The First Nations also requested that they be involved in ongoing management and mitigation of the impacts of Site C through a direct decision-making role in BC Hydro's Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program or a similar program. The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is responsible for carrying out research and supporting recovery efforts to deal with the severe environmental effects of BC's hydroelectric dams. It is run by BC Hydro, with limited input from First Nations.
"The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program doesn't reflect the needs and interests of the First Nations people who are most affected by hydroelectric development," said Prophet River Chief Lynette Tsakoza. "We asked to be more directly involved in the program for Site C, but that request was ignored."
The Environmental Appeal Board is an independent tribunal that hears appeals on decisions under various environmental legislation in British Columbia. A hearing date has not yet been set.

Click HERE to go to the website for full article

 


Information regarding Moose tick tracking and survey

Click HERE and HERE to view


The impacts of predation on elk populations in the East Kootenay

Presentation by Bob Jamieson

Click HERE to download


 

Hello everyone!

The Rod and Gun Club's March meeting will be on Wednesday March 30th.

7:30pm downstairs in the Senior's Hall

See you there!


Rifle Range Notice!

Starting on Friday March 4th, crews from the BCFS will be continuing with their clean-up at the range.

There will be a local crew as well as possible crews from Revelstoke and Castlegar.

Burning should commence the following week as weather permits.

Please note that if the local crew is on site, they can be asked to suspend operations temporarily if a member needs to use the range.

However, it is less desirable to ask an out of town crew to suspend their work please.

If there are any complaints or concerns, please forward them to:

info@nakusprodandgunclub.com

 



BCWF Member Update - March 2nd, 2016

 

 


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 use promo code "BCWF2016"
Click here to purchase tickets - use promo code "BCWF2016"


BCWF Booth
Drop by our 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 sponsored prize package worth over $2,400 that includes:

  • Sako 85 Bavarian 300 WSM sponsored by Canada in the Rough
  • Scorpion Optics Venom Hi Grade 4x40IR Hunting Scope

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


CORE Challenges Onsite

The CORE Challenge is back by popular demand - new hunters are able to challenge the written and/or practical section of CORE right at the show.
Please note: pre-registration is required, and space is limited.
Available times:
Friday March 4th, 2016: 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm                     
Saturday March 5th, 2016: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm             
Sunday March 6th, 2016: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Click here to download the CORE Challenge registration form
For more information, contact BCWF Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith at programs@bcwf.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext 300

 

New! Member Survey

Please take a few moments of time to give us feedback about BCWF’s programs. Your input will assist in future program development and ensure that BCWF members and stakeholders will receive value in its existing programs.
The first 25 members who submit a completed survey will receive an additional 10% off the Member price on items in the BCWF online store. Plus a BCWF Merchandise Gift Bag will be awarded to one participant drawn at the close the survey.
Thank you for filling in the BCWF Program Survey
The BCWF is committed to safeguarding the personal information entrusted to us by our members, donors, and volunteers.  Read the BC Wildlife Federation Privacy Policy

 

 

New Water Act in Force

On February 29, 2016, the provincial government brought the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) into force along with the first phase of regulations. The Water Sustainability Act updates and replaces the old Water Act.
Key changes include new licensing requirements for non-domestic groundwater use such as irrigation, industrial purposes, water bottling and community water systems.  For existing groundwater users, the regulations provide a three-year transition period in which to apply for a licence; application fees will be waived for the first 12 months the WSA is in force. 
BCWF is looking forward to the development of environmental flows and watershed objectives and plans to support watershed sustainability. We will be participating in a series of teleconferences with the province during March 2016.
More information about the Water Sustainability Act and the new regulations can be found here on the Province’s water website

 

Town Hall Meeting in Quesnel
 
The long-term slide in funding, science, and public access to fish and wildlife resources was discussed by the nearly 100  Quesnel residents who attended the recent BCWF Town Hall.  While most North American jurisdictions are investing heavily in fish, wildlife and habitat conservation, the trend in British Columbia is headed in the opposite direction.
British Columbians who live in Quesnel have seen long-term declines in moose, mule deer, caribou and sheep populations with no support for positive change to reverse the trend.  Local access issues such as elimination of public boat launches for angling and hunting on the Fraser River were also discussed.
It was clear that resident hunters and anglers are growing increasingly frustrated with government's lack of funding and objectives in terms of fish and wildlife management.  Carving up a shrinking pie seems to be government's approach instead of sustainably funding and managing fish and wildlife, while including everyone in the process.
Several attendees from the meeting have become engaged with local and provincial issues.  Future generations of hunters and anglers need the current generation to represent their interests.  The BCWF is actively looking for more community advocates and leaders who are willing to stand up for public access to public resources, and fish, wildlife, and habitat conservation.

 

Fort St John Town Hall Meeting
The North Peace Rod and Gun Club members are hosting a public forum at 7 PM on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Pomeroy Hotel.
The forum is entitled “Can You Rely on Your B.C. Government” and the discussion will focus on, “Is the government giving away your right to hunt, fish, hike, snowmobile and otherwise recreate in the backcountry?”
For more information please visit:  nprg.ca

 

 


Congratulations to Jerry Ozero from Nanoose Bay!
Ozera won the Early Bird $500 gift certificate from Italian Sporting Goods
                                               


We have a fantastic selection of prizes up for grabs in the 2016 Conservation Lottery - get your tickets today and support BCWF!

Grand Prize: 2016 Yamaha Wolverine R-Spec EPS Camo Side X Side 

2nd Prize: $3,000 CASH
3rd Prize: Roundtrip Airfare for 2 to Anywhere Pacific Coastal Airlines Flies* 
4th Prize: $1,000 Cabela's Gift Card
5th Prize: $1,000 Wholesale Sports Gift Card
6th Prize: Yamaha PW 3028 Pressure Washer 
7th Prize: Bradley Original Smoker & Apple Bisquesttes 
8th Prize: BCWF Framed Artist of the Year Print: Remarked Edition
*excluding seaplane service

 

  

 

 

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshops (BOW)

Hands-on BOW workshops are designed to build confidence and independence in women wanting to develop outdoor skills. Whether you are interested in sourcing healthy food for the table, or learning to kayak and camp, BOW workshops offer variety and choice. Learn in a supportive environment conducive to learning, making friends, and having fun. No experience is necessary and BOW is for women of all fitness levels ages 19 and up.
2016 BOW Workshops
May 13-15 – Winfield (near Kelowna)
June 10-12 – Blue Lake Camp (near Canal Flats in the Kootenay Region)
September 9-11 – Lower Mainland (location TBD)
For more information, please contact BOW Provincial Coordinator, Joann Bosch email: jojo05@telus.net

 

 


The BCWF Wetlands Education Program has many great workshops planned for 2016. Here are some dates and registration details for workshops scheduled in your community. Keep an eye on our website for more workshop details as they become available.
Wetlandkeepers Courses
Two-and-a-half-day workshop that teaches participants how to steward their own wetlands through wetland mapping, wetland hydrology, amphibian, plant and animal identification, and soil sampling
· Parksville | April 22-24, 2016| Click here for more information
· Golden | May 13-15, 2016
Wetlands Institute
An intensive seven-day workshop that educates participants about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction
· Lower Mainland | Aug 27- Sept 2, 2016
Wild Kidz Camps
Provides children with a hands-on opportunity to connect with nature through activities such as bug catching and identification, nature walks and fishing lessons
· Barrier |  July 13-17, 2016 
· Smithers | August 8-12, 2016
Map our Marshes Workshops
Provides community members with the technical and field skills they need to map small wetlands in their local region
· Langley | April 10, 2016| Click here for more information

 

Notice of Direct Membership Dues Increase

Please Note:  As per the Resolution passed at the 2014 BCWF Annual General Meeting in Kelowna, dues for both Clubs and Direct Members are to increase in 2016 (Member Dues Increase Resolution)
The last Direct Member dues increase was in 2010.  As it stands, BCWF membership has grown nearly 50% since the last dues increase and current fees are not covering inflation and the costs associated with servicing our membership.
As such, please be advised that dues for Direct Memberships will increase as follows, effective April 1, 2016:

  • Individual Direct Membership – from $45.00 to $49.00 (increase of $4.00; same as Club Individual membership dues increase)
  • Family Direct Membership – from $65.00 to $74.00 (increase of $9.00; same as Club Family membership dues increase) 

The 2016 dues adjustment will allow the BCWF to comply with our Strategic Goal of conducting strategic, effective and efficient business practices to ensure the BCWF is operationally and financially healthy to serve its members.  
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Irene Chieng, Acting Membership Coordinator, at membership@bcwf.bc.ca or 1-888-881-2293 (ext. 222)
We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

 

New BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife 
    
In the summer of 2013, the late Rick Mayor, BCWF Vice President at the time, got together with knife maker Peter Demmer from Terrier Blades, and they worked together to design a new knife model which Rick thought should be the BCWF exclusive Hunter's Knife. Rick’s idea was that the BCWF should have their own exclusive hunting knife, an icon for the avid B.C. hunter, made from high quality materials with a very unique design. Rick’s experience as an avid outdoors man and hunter was incorporated into the design. Unfortunately events in Rick’s life prevented him from finishing this project, as he passed away February 2014.
To celebrate the BC Wildlife Federations 60th Anniversary, and to honour Rick's memory, we have created two editions of the BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Hunter's Knife based on Rick and Peters vision, the Limited Edition and the Hunter Edition.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or visit our website for more information and download an order form.

 

 

Conservation Officer Services

Fined
A Moberly Lake man has been ordered to pay $4,500 in fines after illegally killing a stone sheep near Smithers—the head of which has allegedly been stolen.
Last week, a judge in Dawson Creek Provincial Court convicted Jordan Patrick Garbitt of hunting without a valid limited entry hunting authorization in Spatsizi Provincial Park in 2012.
Garbitt claimed he took the animal on Treaty 8 territory, where member First Nations people are allowed to hunt with few restrictions.
However, Conservation Officers (COs) found the animal was taken in Spatsizi Provincial Park based on a pin embedded by a wildlife biologist during a compulsory inspection of the animal's body. The park is the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nations, and is not Treaty 8 territory.
Garbitt has been barred from hunting anywhere outside Treaty 8 territory for one year, and was ordered to pay $3,500 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund, and another $1,000 in fines.
See more at: alaskahighwaynews.ca


Two men have pleaded guilty to charges related to a poaching incident from 2014.
Shawn Earl and Dustin Zuffa, both from Fernie, pleaded guilty to a count of illegal transportation of an animal and possession of deceased wildlife. Earl pleaded guilty to an additional charge of restricting or obstructing a conservation officer from doing their duty.
Earl was required to pay $4,000 in fines and is prohibited from hunting or trapping for five years. He is also prohibited from being in the company of anyone who is hunting in that time.
Zuffa was required to pay a fine of $3,000 and is prohibited from hunting or being in the presence of someone who is hunting for five years. He is allowed to trap animals, under the condition that he does not carry a firearm above a .22 caliber while trapping.
Read the full story at: thefreepress.ca

 

Updates to the Species at Risk Public Registry
The Species at Risk Recovery Unit is asking for feedback on recovery strategies and management plans until April 17, 2016 for the following species:
The Lewis's Woodpecker is a bird found in the southern half of B.C.'s interior. 
Recovery Strategy
The Spalding’s Campion is a plant found in southeastern B.C. 
Recovery Strategy
The Great Blue Heron fannini is a subspecies of heron found in the lower Fraser River valley, along the coast, and on most islands of B.C.
Management Plan
The Oldgrowth Specklebelly is a lichen found on the coast and islands of B.C.
Management Plan

 

Migratory Bird Regulations

Environment Canada is consulting with the public on 2015 proposals to amend the Canadian migratory birds regulations for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 hunting seasons.
The public consultation period is from January 28 through February 28, 2016. During this period, you are invited to submit your comments on the proposed amendments to the migratory game birds hunting regulations by email

 

Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program Launched

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club (NPRG) is asking hunters to contribute to the 2016 B.C. Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program. Help from wildlife professionals and the public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province is needed.  The surveillance program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.
For all the details, and to participate in the survey, please visit the NPRG website.

 

In the News

WASILLA — Alaska farmers and hunters are butting heads over a proposed new regulation designed to protect Dall sheep.
The regulation — Proposal 90 — will be debated and voted on at the Alaska Board of Game meeting March 18-28 in Fairbanks. If it passes, it would force sheep and goat farmers to obtain a permit from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. It would also force anyone raising sheep or goats within 15 miles of wild sheep habitat to have their animals contained in a department-approved facility (such as a double fence) and tested for disease once such tests are available for free. Farmers outside the 15-mile zone could obtain a permit online with no fencing or testing requirements.
Read the full story at: frontiersman.com

 

BCWF Online Auctions - March 2nd to March 9th, 2016
Now listed in CAD due to the current exchange rate

 


Print # 1 - Home Sweet Home by Denis Mayer Jr. (16 x 24)

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



Print # 2 - 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.

 

BCWF Feb/Mar Newsletter
In the BCWF Newsletter On-line:

  • Protecting Wild Sheep from Domestic Sheep Bacteria
  • Fishing Events and News
  • Recreational Sports Shooting Committee Report
  • Fundraising Events
  • AGM and Convention Update
  • Moose hunting restrictions 

 

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.
The BCWF is partnering with the Coast Bastion Hotel and the Best Western Dorchester Hotel for conference rates. Save money with Early Bird discounts by registering before the March 11th deadline.
We need wild game donations for the Awards Banquet on Saturday night! Please contact us at the office if you can donate any wild game for delegates and guests to enjoy. 
We have secured some great prizes for the fundraising components of the AGM this year. Here are some of the prizes that will be up for auction/raffle:
    

  • Cabela's Hunting, Fishing & Camping packages, Limited Edition Islander Reel
  • Wholesale Sports Raffle package            
  • Bass Pro Shop gift certificates
  • One night stay at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort 
  • and much more!

Don't forget to register for the AGM before the early bird deadline March 11th to save $$!


Transportation/Shuttle Service
If you require a shuttle from the Nanaimo Airport, we recommend the Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service, they can be reached at 1-778-441-2133.
As the official AGM transportation sponsor Budget Rent-A-Car is offering delegates a discounted rate for car rentals during the AGM & Convention:
BCWF Members can book online at Budget.com or call 1-888-368-7368. The discount code for online/phone bookings: Z859870
Special Rates:
$41.00/day Compact Car
$43.00/day Mid-Size Car
$46.00/day Full Size Car 
For more information visit the BCWF website for all the delegate and registration details.

 

Wildsheep Society of BC Fundraiser!

The Wildsheep Society of BC is hosting a fundraiser on March 12, 2016 at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre.
Please click on the PDF link below to view the items and details for the fundraiser.
WSSBC Fundraiser Donation Items and Details

www.wildsheepsociety.com

 

Hunting Film Tour Fundraising Opportunity


About the Hunting Film Tour
The Hunting Film Tour 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! It is an evening out cinematic experience showcasing a world class show reel, a social during intermission where friendships are forged and attendees enjoy cool gear giveaway compliments of the industry leading Tour Partners.
Anyone interested in obtaining additional information can visit www.huntingfilmtour.com for additional information. Please call the Hunting Film Tour management and discuss the opportunity for your club or region to host a show at 403 968-0748.

 

Pemberton Wildlife Association Annual Spring Trap Shoot
The Pemberton Wildlife Association invites you to their:
Annual Spring Trap Shoot @ Pemberton Wildlife Club Range

  • Where: Beautiful Pemberton B.C.
  • When: Sat April 23th and Sunday 24th
  • Start times: 10 AM Sat & Sunday

Lots of Prizes!
Triple Buddy Pig Shoot Sat night under the lights
Camping on site or stay in Pemberton or nearby Whistler
All proceeds go to support club activities (fisheries, range, trail work, wildlife etc.)
More info on the shoot: www.pembertonwildlifeassociation
Phone: 1-604-907-2550 or 1-604-966-1545

Travel and Accommodations:www.tourismpembertonbc.com

 

 


 


February's Rod and Gun meeting will be on Wednesday February 24th at 7:30pm

Downstairs in the Senior's Hall

See you there!


 

Here is an interesting read about the Wolf Cull:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wolf-cull-save-elk-moose-1.3450522

Especially the comments at the bottom!


 


BCWF Member Update - February 17, 2016

 

 


The BCWF Wetlands Education Program are asking British Columbians to weigh in on a simple question:
Does B.C. need a policy that specifically supports wetlands?  Yes or No.
Have your say today and encourage others to vote too: Go to the Poll 
For a rationale on why BC could benefit from a wetland policy please visit this post on our Bog Blog
Your participation will enter you to win one of four BCWF Wetlands long-sleeve shirts with a graphic of a charismatic beaver. How you vote won’t affect your chances.
Poll will end on February 28th 2016.
Thank you for your time.

 

 

RIP Wade Luzny

Canadian Wildlife Federation CEO Wade Luzny passed away this morning after a courageous battle with cancer. Wade was an extraordinary person who enjoyed life to the fullest and always had a positive outlook on any challenge he faced. We will all miss our dear friend. The Canadian Wildlife Federation has grown under his leadership and vision. Each of us grieves at the passing of a tremendous and creative individual. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Karen and daughter Olivia at this time.
Information on services or donations will be shared when becomes available. In the interim, CWF Executive Director Rick Bates will assume Wade’s responsibilities and along with senior staff will lead the Canadian Wildlife Federation through this transition.

 


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 use promo code "BCWF2016"
Click here to purchase tickets - use promo code "BCWF2016"


BCWF Booth
Drop by our 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 sponsored prize package worth over $2,400 that includes:

  • Sako 85 Bavarian 300 WSM sponsored by Canada in the Rough
  • Scorpion Optics Venom Hi Grade 4x40IR Hunting Scope

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


CORE Challenges Onsite

The CORE Challenge is back by popular demand - new hunters are able to challenge the written and/or practical section of CORE right at the show.
Please note: pre-registration is required, and space is limited.
Available times:
Friday March 4th, 2016: 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm                     
Saturday March 5th, 2016: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm             
Sunday March 6th, 2016: 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Click here to download the CORE Challenge registration form
For more information, contact BCWF Programs Coordinator Kerry Smith at programs@bcwf.bc.ca or 604-882-9988 ext 300 


Volunteers Needed
There are still spots open for anyone interested in helping out at the BCWF booth.
We will have a large display again this year and will be relying on our Members to give us a hand as we feature the BCWF Store, the annual rifle raffle, Conservation Lottery ticket sales, and Membership & Program information. 
Similar to past years, BCWF will reimburse all volunteers for the mileage, parking, and meal expenses incurred in the course of helping out at the show.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Without our dedicated Members that step up to volunteer their time, BCWF would simply not be able to participate in events like the BC Hunting Show.
 If you would like to volunteer, contact Suzie MacMillan at 604-882-9988 ext 223 or email  dev_coordinator@bcwf.bc.ca.

 

Moose Allocation Reductions for Cariboo Resident Hunters

The BCWF is concerned about a recent resident hunter allocation reduction of 30% for bull moose licences in the Cariboo Region. The reduction is part of a reconciliation agreement between the TSilhqot’in First Nations and the B.C. government.  According to government, the TSilhqot’in have agreed to shift their harvest from cows and calves to bull moose with the difference made up by reducing the number that resident hunters may utilize.   While shifting the harvest is a part of moose recovery, government has failed to consult the public or provide long-term funding and measurable objectives for moose recovery.
B.C. is one of the most biologically diverse jurisdictions in North America and at the same time one of the most under-funded.  Instead of investing to bringing our natural capital back, government has chosen to monitor a declining population, and attempt to create division between those who care about the resource. The BC Wildlife Federation has a history of working in collaboration with First Nations to sustainably conserve and enhance biodiversity.
The BCWF Wildlife Committee is calling for immediate creation of a moose recovery plan for the Cariboo region.  The BCWF sees a moose recovery program containing the following essential components: funding, science, objectives and collaboration.
Read the full release here

 

 Halibut in 2016 - International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)

Some of the Canadian delegation to the IPHC. Gerry Kristianson, Chuck Ashcroft, Owen Bird, Jim Lane, Martin Paish, Deryk Krefting Barron Carswell  (BC government) and Ted Brookman
At its meeting in Juneau, the staff at the IPHC suggested that halibut trends look encouraging particularly in the southern areas of the fishery.  Canada has been allocated 7.35 million pounds (of which federal government will allocate 1.1 million pounds to the recreational fishery).  The result of this allocation means that we anticipate having a full fishing season in 2016 with bag and possession limits similar to those seen last year.
As usual, the SFAB process will review the details and then recommend the management measures necessary to have a full fishing season in 2016.DFO will release the 2016 management measures that they choose to adopt soon - we will keep you posted as that process continues.

 

Successful 2016 Learn to Ice Fish Events

Boundary-Similkameen  MLA Linda Larson at Yellow Lake Ice Fishing Event February 7, 2016.

In 2015 the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC delivered 875 Learn to Fish programs/events province wide (at 92 different locations across the province). 

 

 

A FREE Gift from the BCWF!
 
We would like to thank you for your continued support by presenting our members with a free Sportsman's Rewards Membership. Sportsman's Rewards provides their members with a 10-25% discount at almost 4,000 hunting & fishing lodges, guides and outfitters, outdoor retailers, fishing charters and vacation rental properties across North America.
Simply click here to redeem your free gift
For more information about the Sportsman's Rewards program, visit their website at: sportmansrewards.com

 

SHOT Show Las Vegas

The 2016 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show held at the Sands Expo Center January 19th-22nd attracted a record number of buyers, sending a strong signal about the health of the firearms industry. The SHOT Show rang up its second highest attendance total ever, attracting more than 64,000 industry professionals during a four-day run.
This is the second year that BCWF has attended the SHOT Show to meet with manufacturers and negotiate special discounted pricing for BCWF members through our Affinity Program as well as confirm cash and in-kind support for our on-going conservation programs and initiatives.  As a result of BCWF’s attendance at the 2015 SHOT Show, the federation garnered over $20,000 thanks to the partnerships generated. 
Keep your eyes on the BCWF website for updates on new SHOT Show Affinity Partners offering exclusive member discounts.

 

BCWF Recreational Sport Shooting Committee Update and Report

Vic Skaarup,Chair of the BCWF Recreational Sports Shooting Committee (RSSC) provided an update on the Committee’s current areas of focus and plans for the future.  The RSSC looks forward to the opportunity of continued dialogue with members and clubs on issues related to recreational sport shooting in the coming year.
Read the full report below.
Recreational Sport Shooting Committee Update & Report

 

Herring Spawn Season

The Sunshine Coast Friends of Forage Fish volunteer group would like to remind the public — especially all those gardeners — that herring spawn season will soon be here. See more at: www.coastreporter.net

 

Have you bought your Conservation Lottery tickets yet?
Purchase your tickets before the early bird draw on February 26th! 
                                    
We have many fantastic prizes lined up this year, including roundtrip airfare for two anywhere Pacific Coastal flies!
                                     
Tickets are only $10, purchase your lottery tickets online, or call the BCWF office at 1-888-881-BCWF (2293) extension 221. For a list of prizes and Conservation Lottery rules please click here. Know your limit. Play within it. 19+ 

 

Notice of Direct Membership Dues Increase

Please Note:  As per the Resolution passed at the 2014 BCWF Annual General Meeting in Kelowna, dues for both Clubs and Direct Members are to increase in 2016 (Member Dues Increase Resolution)
The last Direct Member dues increase was in 2010.  As it stands, BCWF membership has grown nearly 50% since the last dues increase and current fees are not covering inflation and the costs associated with servicing our membership.
As such, please be advised that dues for Direct Memberships will increase as follows, effective April 1, 2016:

  • Individual Direct Membership – from $45.00 to $49.00 (increase of $4.00; same as Club Individual membership dues increase)
  • Family Direct Membership – from $65.00 to $74.00 (increase of $9.00; same as Club Family membership dues increase) 

The 2016 dues adjustment will allow the BCWF to comply with our Strategic Goal of conducting strategic, effective and efficient business practices to ensure the BCWF is operationally and financially healthy to serve its members.  
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Irene Chieng, Acting Membership Coordinator, at membership@bcwf.bc.ca or 1-888-881-2293 (ext. 222)
We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

 

New BCWF 60th Anniversary Hunting Knives  
    
In the summer of 2013, the late Rick Mayor, BCWF Vice President at the time, got together with knife maker Peter Demmer from Terrier Blades, and they worked together to design a new knife model which Rick thought should be the BCWF exclusive Hunters Knife. Rick’s idea was that the BCWF should have their own exclusive hunting knife, an icon for the avid B.C. hunter, made from high quality materials with a very unique design. Rick’s experience as an avid outdoors man and hunter was incorporated into the design. Unfortunately events in Rick’s life prevented him from finishing this project, as he passed away February 2014.
To celebrate the BC Wildlife Federations 60th Anniversary, and to honour Ricks memory, we have created two editions of the BCWF Hunters Knife based on Rick and Peters vision, the Limited Edition and the Hunter Edition.
Order online at the BCWF Online Store or visit our website for more information and download an order form.

 

 

Rewarded!
On December 17th 2015, an individual was convicted in court for killing a moose out of season and failing to retrieve it near Kamloops B.C. The Conservation Officer Service was alerted to the crime by two hunters that came across the suspect trying to load the animal in a vehicle. The witnesses passed on crucial information that allowed the COS to collect vital evidence on site and obtain a warrant to secure other crucial linkage evidence. The quick response of the witnesses to contact the RAPP line made it possible for the COS to charge the suspect when otherwise, the crime may have gone unchecked. As a result, the COS put in a request to the BCWF for a monetary reward to be given to the witnesses for their efforts in helping convict the suspect.

On February 10 the COS in Kamloops was proud to present a $500 reward to Kyle Carusi and a $500 reward to Charlie Carusi.
The BC Wildlife Federation pays rewards up to $2000 for information leading to the conviction of persons who have:
• violated laws related to the protection of fish, wildlife, or the environment, or
• damaged the property of companies or individuals who provide access to hunters and anglers.
Report poaching and other environmental violations to the COS hotline at 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP).

 

Kamloops forestry passes audit
VICTORIA – An audit of BC Timber Sales (BCTS) and timber sale licence holders (TSL holders) in the Kamloops business area found compliance with B.C.’s forestry legislation, according to a report released today. 

 

Input wanted on SARA listed species at risk
Environment Canada’s Species at Risk Recovery Team are asking for input on draft recovery documents for 13 SARA listed species at risk in B.C. This input is part of a three year work plan which includes completing recovery strategies and management plans for over 80 wildlife species at risk in B.C.
Visit the SARA registry to comment. 

 

Migratory Bird Regulations

Environment Canada is consulting with the public on 2015 proposals to amend the Canadian migratory birds regulations for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 hunting seasons.
The public consultation period is from January 28 through February 28, 2016. During this period, you are invited to submit your comments on the proposed amendments to the migratory game birds hunting regulations by email: 

 

Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program Launched

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club (NPRG) is asking hunters to contribute to the 2016 B.C. Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program. Help from wildlife professionals and the public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province is needed.  The surveillance program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.
For all the details, and to participate in the survey, please visit the NPRG website.

 

In the News
 B.C. government urged to stop spread of deadly diseases to wild bighorns
 
 B.C.’s wild bighorn sheep are facing a deadly threat from a pneumonia-causing bacterial disease spread by domestic sheep.
The Chasm herd of California bighorns north of Clinton has declined to just 28 animals from more than 110 since the fall of 2013, and the fear is that other wild populations across southern B.C., including those in the Okanagan, East Kootenays, and Thompson River drainage areas, could face a similar fate.
 Read the full story in the Vancouver Sun

 

 BCWF Online Auctions - February 17th to February 24th, 2016
Now listed in CAD due to the current exchange rate

 

 


Print # 1 - Great Grey Owl by Michael Jell (20 x 15)
Michael Jell is a professional artist from Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, also known as the Okanagan Valley. The beautiful mountains, sparkling lakes, sunny summers and snowy winters create an interesting and diverse landscape that Michael enjoys painting.



Print # 2 - Headwaters by Eric Renk (14 x 21)
Eric is a self-taught artist who began painting wildlife in 1978, but has been painting for more than 30 years. He now lives in the scenic area of New Denver, British Columbia, where he gets his inspiration from treks in the wild.

 

 

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.
We need wild game donations for the Awards Banquet on Saturday night! Please contact us at the office if you can donate any wild game for delegates and guests to enjoy. 
We have secured some great prizes for the fundraising components of the AGM this year. Here are some of the prizes that will be up for auction/raffle:
    

  • Cabela's Hunting, Fishing & Camping packages, Limited Edition Islander Reel
  • Wholesale Sports Raffle package            
  • Bass Pro Shop gift certificates
  • One night stay at the Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort 
  • and much more!

Don't forget to register for the AGM before the early bird deadline March 11th to save $$!
Transportation/Shuttle Service
If you require a shuttle from the Nanaimo Airport, we recommend the Nanaimo Airporter shuttle service, they can be reached at 1-778-441-2133.
As the official AGM transportation sponsor Budget Rent-A-Car is offering delegates a discounted rate for car rentals during the AGM & Convention:
BCWF Members can book online at Budget.com or call 1-888-368-7368. The discount code for online/phone bookings: Z859870
Special Rates:
$41.00/day Compact Car
$43.00/day Mid-Size Car
$46.00/day Full Size Car 
For more information visit the BCWF website for all the delegate and registration details.

 

Elkford Hunting Film Tour Huge Success

Photo by Walter Conibear
The Elkford Rod and Gun Club reports that their Hunting Film Tour was a success in all avenues.  Dylan Forsyth said" the turnout was better than expected, with a total head count of well over 300 people.   With it being our first time hosting an event like this in the venue, we were not sure what to expect, but everything went very smoothly, with overwhelmingly positive feedback.  We had a few great vendor displays for patrons to engage, several tables full of donated raffle items, and another couple tables with some fantastic donated silent auction items.  The community businesses, as well as a lot of regional, and even international companies, stepped up to really get behind the event. We also had draws for a few rifles, and also a youth/ladies bow package.  All of these items were youth/ladies friendly or focused, which seemed to make them a big hit.  Even with the tough economic times, the people in attendance stepped up to help us raise a lot of funds for upcoming programs and projects.
We promoted our event with three key focuses.  We wanted to engage and draw in new membership by hosting a fun and unique event that would inspire younger generations and "quiet" members of the outdoor community.  (A family friendly event was a requirement for us from the start).  We wanted to promote conservation and education in a social setting that inspired healthy conversations between avid outdoorsmen and women.  Finally, we wanted to  raise funds that will go towards new club programs, as well as habitat and wildlife projects within the region.  (We have recently started a youth archery program, an urban deer relocation project is coming up shortly, and an elk collaring study in the valley may need more funding as it progresses). 
The event went over so well because of the efforts and donations of many people and organizations.  We had a huge list of volunteers from our membership (a great mix of old and new members). The donations towards prizes were simply amazing. The support from the BCWF, the EKWA, WSSBC, and even the other clubs within the region, was instrumental.  Most importantly, Gary's Film Tour team made the hosting details a breeze.  The potential of the film tour hosting program is huge if clubs approach the opportunity with optimism and enthusiasm." 

 

Big Buck Contest
Join us for a day of hunting comradery! Exchange stories, get the official measurement of your 2015 harvest and enter to win prizes! With women and youth categories, there’s even more reason to bring the whole family down. Plus, the winner with the top score takes home a trophy (and bragging rights).
 
This free event is hosted at a location near you. Check the Wholesale Sports Webpage for event locations and details.
The Langley store will be holding their event on February 20th from 9am to 4pm, register your rack between 9am-2pm. Please contact the Langley Wholesale Sports for more information.
The BCWF will be onsite at Wholesale Langley with Conservation Lottery tickets & Membership information, don’t miss this great event!

 

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. 

View the new trailer for the event!

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

 

Pemberton Wildlife Association Annual Spring Trap Shoot
The Pemberton Wildlife Association invites you to their:
Annual Spring Trap Shoot @ Pemberton Wildlife Club Range

  • Where: Beautiful Pemberton B.C.
  • When: Sat April 23th and Sunday 24th
  • Start times: 10 AM Sat & Sunday

Lots of Prizes!
Triple Buddy Pig Shoot Sat night under the lights
Camping on site or stay in Pemberton or nearby Whistler
All proceeds go to support club activities (fisheries, range, trail work, wildlife etc.)
More info on the shoot: www.pembertonwildlifeassociation
Phone: 1-604-907-2550 or 1-604-966-1545
Travel and Accommodations: www.tourismpembertonbc.com

 

 



 BCWF Member Update - January 27th, 2016

 

 

Wildlife Groups Host Town Hall to Save Wild Sheep

When wild sheep come into contact with domestic sheep wild sheep die.  For nearly a century wild sheep in B.C., and all across North America, have experienced massive die-offs due to interactions between domestic and wild sheep.  Domestic sheep, goats and even lamas carry pathogens which they are immune to, but are deadly to wild sheep.
Wild and domestic sheep need to be separated
Domestic sheep no longer graze on crown lands, which historically was a major cause of bighorn sheep population die-offs.  Currently most interactions happen on farms adjacent to bighorn sheep range in the fall when wild sheep rut.  Parts of B.C. such as the Cariboo, East Kootenay, Okanagan, and Thompson are all areas of high risk.  In Northern B.C. Thinhorn sheep are naïve to the pathogen, never having been exposed – the risk of widespread population die-offs is extreme.
The BC Wildlife Federation, Clinton and District Outdoor Sportsman Association, guide-outfitters of the Thompson, the Wildlife Stewardship Council and the Wild Sheep Society of BC are hosting a town hall in Clinton to educate the public on the risks to wild sheep.  Subject matter experts are being brought in to share the history, science and experiences in regards to wild-domestic sheep separation.
Town Hall Meeting: Save Wild Sheep from Deadly Domestic Sheep Pathogens
Where: Clinton Memorial Hall, 306 Lebourdais Avenue, Clinton, BC
When:  February 7th, 2016  7pm – 9pm

 

                                          Website Notice
If you are experiencing any difficulties logging onto the www.bcwf.bc.ca, please try logging on via www.bcwf.net.  We are working to resolve the issue of our website compatibility with Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. In the meantime, please use Google Chrome browser if possible.  We apologize for any technical difficulties our members encountered this week.

 

                                Hunter Services Going On-line
                                    
In April 2016, the Province will introduce a new online system that will improve the overall efficiency of hunter services. Initially the online service will be for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) applications. In the future, the system will integrate a range of online services for hunters, including licensing.
To provide access to the new system, hunter numbers will be replaced with a new Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID). Hunters will have 24-hour online access to hunting services from any computer with an internet connection and will be able to view and track their Limited Entry Hunting applications online.
Hunters with an existing hunter number will be assigned a FWID (which will include their old hunter number) and a Resident Hunting Credential. New hunters will need to register and apply for their FWID and Resident Hunting Credential. Starting in April, the FWID can be obtained online from your home computer, or you can obtain it at Service BC or FrontCounter BC locations. If you already have a Hunter Number, you will also be able to obtain your FWID at a local vendor (hunting/fishing or sporting goods store). 

 

 Still Time to get your Feedback in to AHTE!
Due to technical difficulties with the province's Angling, Hunting and Trapping Engagement (AHTE) website, public feedback and comments are still being accepted on proposed changes to 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations 
Please 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 has been extended to January 31st, 2016.  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  

 


Notice of Direct Membership Dues Increase
Please Note:  As per the Resolution passed at the 2014 BCWF Annual General Meeting in Kelowna, dues for both Clubs and Direct Members are to increase in 2016 (Member Dues Increase Resolution)
The last Direct Member dues increase was in 2010.  As it stands, BCWF membership has grown nearly 50% since the last dues increase and current fees are not covering the costs associated with servicing our membership.
As such, please be advised that dues for Direct Memberships will increase as follows, effective April 1, 2016:

  • Individual Direct Membership – from $45.00 to $49.00 (increase of $4.00; same as Club Individual membership dues increase)
  • Family Direct Membership – from $65.00 to $74.00 (increase of $9.00; same as Club Family membership dues increase) 

The 2016 dues adjustment will allow the BCWF to comply with our Strategic Goal of conducting strategic, effective and efficient business practices to ensure the BCWF is operationally and financially healthy to serve its members.  
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Irene Chieng, Acting Membership Coordinator, at membership@bcwf.bc.ca or 1-888-881-2293 (ext. 222)
We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

 

Predator-prey dynamics: From Theory to Management Conference

The Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology has extended its call for presentations to the conference, which will be held at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, to January 31st, 2016. Early bird registration for the April 5th-7th conference is open now until February 19th, 2016.
 A “paradigm shift in ecology” is occurring concerning the preeminent role of predators in affecting everything from ecosystem dynamics to global biodiversity  Presenters are asked to refer their presentation back to the question: “How does this affect management of terrestrial predator-prey systems?
For information about the Predator-prey dynamics conference, please visit their event page:
www.cmiae.org

 

New BCWF 60th Anniversary Hunting Knives  

Terrier Blades worked with the BCWF's Rick Mayor to create a new knife model to celebrate the federation's 60th anniversary and also to honour Mayor, who passed away in 2013. We are offering BCWF members two editions of the BCWF Hunters Knife. The Outdoors Edition's handle is made of Dymond wood, which is suited for exposure to the elements.  The Limited Edition (there are only 25 available) is stainless steel and features a richly coloured Arbutus handle. Handmade with the highest quality materials, they represent the old hunter's idea of a knife that lasts a lifetime and can be passed down to future generations.
Order your own BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Knife online at:
www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

Conservation Lottery tickets are on sale and selling fast. Tickets are limited so don't miss out -- purchase them online at bcwf.bc.ca or call us at the office 1-888-881-2293. There are 9 Prizes donated for this conservation fundraiser.
A reminder to clubs selling Conservation Lottery Tickets that there are special Club incentives below:

  • 100 tickets (10 books)= $100.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • 150 tickets (15 books)= $175.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • 200 tickets (20 books)= $250.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • Clubs that sell the most tickets will receive a framed Limited Edition BCWF art print!

 

Learn to Ice Fish in the Okanagan

 

Experts from local BC Wildlife Federation fishing clubs will be on-hand to assist with fishing, along with staff from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Rapala ice fishing rods, augers, and bait will be available to borrow.Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid BC freshwater fishing licence. This is a free event in Region 8 Okanagan.
Ice fishing video with tips and tactics 

Penticton, Yellow Lake Saturday, February 6: 10am – 3pm 
    
For more info call:  604-514-4716 or email:  fraservalley@gofishbc.com

 

                               Migratory Bird Regulations
                              
Environment Canada is consulting with the public on 2015 proposals to amend the Canadian migratory birds regulations for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 hunting seasons.
The public consultation period is from January 28 through February 28, 2016. During this period, you are invited to submit your comments on the proposed amendments to the migratory game birds hunting regulations by email: miggamebirds.ec@canada.ca

 

Recreation Halibut Fishery to open February 1st, 2016!

Fisheries notice from DFO

 

 

Conservation Officer Service


The Conservation Officer Service is seeking the public's assistance in two separate cases involving the illegal harvest of elk.
The first incident occurred early in the morning on Jan. 10 sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. A large bull elk was illegally killed in a cut block off the Duncan Bay Mainline just south of Jackpot Main which is located between the Forbidden Plateau Rd and Strathcona Parkway, north of Courtenay. The antlers of the elk were originally left with the carcass, however sometime between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. they were removed.
A two-wheel drive, metallic blue, extended cab Chevrolet pickup, believed to be 1990-1996 body type was observed in the area the morning the elk was killed. The truck also had a grey or lighter blue coloured eight-to-10-inch stripe along the bottom of the body.
The COS is looking to identify and speak with the owner and occupants of the truck.
The second incident occurred on Jan. 23 sometime before 11 a.m. on Highway 19 approximately five kilometres north of Roberts Lake, between Campbell River and Sayward.
The COS received a report of a cow elk that had been killed and was laying in a cut block approximately a hundred metres from the highway. When the CO attended only the rear quarters had been removed and the rest of the cow elk was wasted.
The COS is requesting if anyone has any information that may be related to either of these incidents, or observed any suspicious vehicles in the areas during the times in question that they call the COS RAPP hotline at 1-877-952-7277.
Callers can remain anonymous and the BC Wildlife Federation offers rewards up to $2000 for information leading to the conviction of person(s) contravening the Wildlife Act.

 

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
BCWF submitted our final Written Argument-in-Chief regarding the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to the National Energy Board. Find the BCWF's 27 page submission on this Hearing Order at:
BCWF NEB Submission Document 
BCWF's final argument focused on cumulative effects to the environment due to construction and operation of the proposed pipeline, as well as provided comment on the NEB’s draft conditions for the project and requested that the NEB reject Trans Mountain’s request to begin construction work immediately.
We provided input to strengthen and protect key fish and wildlife habitats along the proposed pipeline corridor. We also requested the locations and identifications of all watercourse crossings for which Trans Mountain will apply to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Federation strongly believes it’s in the public interest to know how many watercourse crossings the pipeline will cross and where this takes place.
BCWF presented its oral argument to the NEB panel on the afternoon of January 26th, 2016. You can watch the hearings via live streaming at:
www.neb-one.gc.ca

 

In the News
Mission Creek Restoration

Construction of a new dike on Mission Creek
www.kelownacapnews.com
BCWF partner clubs Oceola Fish and Game will be donating $7,500 this year, plus 5% of their annual fundraising banquet proceeds for the next three years, towards the Mission Creek Restoration project and the  Peachland Sportsmen's Association is donating $5,000 towards this project as well.
Oceola Fish and Game  club is challenging all clubs across B.C. to donate to this initiative!

 

BCWF Online Auctions - January 27th to February 3rd, 2016

  

Print # 1 - Barn Blues by Heidi Hehn (16 x 12)
Painting is Heidi’s way of ‘talking’ about the beauty all around her and color is her favorite ‘expression’. She has traveled extensively throughout the northwest of North America by land and water, as well as in other parts of the world. As she travels she likes to soak up the colors and the moods of the land and sea and study the behavior of the wildlife and the people. Heidi then returns home loaded with inspiration, sketches and field studies of landscapes, abandoned trucks, old fences, and ‘wild’ life to populate her canvases.



Print # 2 - Busted by Valerie Rogers (24 x 24)

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. With her award winning artwork she shares her appreciation for nature. A Canadian painter she focuses on Canadian animals including bears, big horned rams, deer and moose. But she also paints simple natural things in her series "Stonescapes" that feature the beauty of rocks.

 

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. Visit the AGM page on our website for all the delegate and registration details.

 


BCWF Award Nominations

Is there an outstanding member of your club or community you think deserves to be recognized? Please nominate them for one of our 2015 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2016 BCWF AGM & Convention.


Award nominations due February 15, 2016
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

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

 

Rockin' River Country Music Festival
Tickets are now on sale for the Merrit Rockin' River Country Music Festival July 28-31st, 2016. For information on performers and campsites please visit: 

rockinriverfest.com

 

        

 

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. 

View the new trailer for the event!

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

 

The Elkford Rod and Gun Club Host The Hunting Film Tour Fundraiser

The Elkford Rod and Gun Club will be hosting The Hunting Film Tour on Saturday, February 13th as part of a fun filled fundraiser and social evening.  Aside from the inspiring outdoor film, patrons can also participate in the raffles, draws, the silent auction and giveaways.  It will also be a great opportunity to socialize with other outdoorsmen and women while checking out the variety of display booths.  The Elkford club invites all who enjoy outdoor pursuits to join them for this entertaining and prize filled evening.
Doors will open at 5:00 pm, with the films starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for ages 7-12, with kids 0-6 being free.  They are available locally at the Lamplighter Pub in Elkford, or online at www.huntingfilmtour.com. Snacks and beverages will be available during the event.  
BCWF clubs wishing to bring the Hunting Film Tour to your community are encouraged to call them directly and discuss the opportunity for your organization to host a show at 403-968-0748

 

 
A Special Message from Master Promotions Regarding the BC Hunting Show!
Master Promotions is endeavoring to make the annual March BC Hunting Show at the Tradex building in Abbotsford more exciting by encouraging more exhibitors to showcase their products for the general public and potential retailers.  Outside of Africa, BC has the most varied wildlife in the world, and we wish to have our show reflect that fact. 
If you, or someone you know, may be interested in promoting your hunting related product or business in front of over 33,000 potential customers, please contact Ken Sward at 1-250-599-9355.

 

CWF Conservation Awards
The 2016 Canadian Wildlife Federation Conservation Awards are now accepting nominations. 
This year, the team is very excited about our awards and the inclusion of a new category:
WILD Educator of the Year Award:  Recognizes an exceptional WILD Education Facilitator or instructor who utilizes CWF’s education program (Project WILD, Below Zero, WILD About Sports) and provides innovative and meaningful experiences for youth that focus on wildlife and the building of a conservation ethic.
In total, there are 9 award categories, including the Doug Clarke Memorial Award which recognizes any conservation project that was completed during the previous year by any Canadian Wildlife Federation affiliate, its clubs, or its members.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the nomination process. The deadline for submissions this year is January 31st, 2016.
To learn more, visit the CWF Conservation Awards website: cwf-fcf.org  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Holly Wilson hollyw@cwf-fcf.org or Cathy Hurd  cathyh@cwf-fcf.org  

 

 

 

 


 

The Rod and Gun January Meeting will be held on Wednesday January 27th.

See everyone downstairs in the Senior's Hall at 7:30pm

 


 


 BCWF Member Update - January 20th, 2016

 

 

RIP Ralph Shaw 1926-2016

Ralph Shaw dedicated his life to conservation work and sharing his passion for the outdoors. While working as a teacher and principal, Shaw helped establish the McQueen Lake Environmental Centre, which offers outdoor education for Kamloops Thompson School District students. Upon retirement, he wrote for the Comox Valley Record newspaper and The Island Fisherman and The Island Angler magazines.
In 1984, Ralph Shaw received the Order of Canada and the BCWF Ted Barsby Conservationist of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to conservation over many years. Shaw also received the BCWF President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement in 1990 for his work on salt water fisheries.

 

 Still Time to get your Feedback in to AHTE!
Due to technical difficulties with the province's Angling, Hunting and Trapping Engagement (AHTE) website, public feedback and comments are still being accepted on proposed changes to 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations 
Please 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 has been extended to January 31st, 2016.  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  

 

Predator-prey dynamics: From Theory to Management Conference

The Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology has extended its call for presentations to the conference, which will be held at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, to January 31st, 2016. Early bird registration for the April 5th-7th conference is open now until February 19th, 2016.
 A “paradigm shift in ecology” is occurring concerning the preeminent role of predators in affecting everything from ecosystem dynamics to global biodiversity  Presenters are asked to refer their presentation back to the question: “How does this affect management of terrestrial predator-prey systems?
For information about the Predator-prey dynamics conference, please visit their event page:
www.cmiae.org

 

New BCWF 60th Anniversary Hunting Knives  

Terrier Blades worked with the BCWF's Rick Mayor to create a new knife model to celebrate the federation's 60th anniversary and also to honour Mayor, who passed away in 2013. We are offering BCWF members two editions of the BCWF Hunters Knife. The Outdoors Edition's handle is made of Dymond wood, which is suited for exposure to the elements.  The Limited Edition (there are only 25 available) is stainless steel and features a richly coloured Arbutus handle. Handmade with the highest quality materials, they represent the old hunter's idea of a knife that lasts a lifetime and can be passed down to future generations.
Order your own BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Knife online at:
www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

2016 Artist of the Year Print!

"Busted" by Valerie Rogers is now availible in the BCWF online store, click here for details
For more information on Valerie Rogers and the Artist of the Year program, please click here

 

Conservation Lottery tickets are on sale and selling fast. Tickets are limited so don't miss out -- purchase them online at bcwf.bc.ca or call us at the office 1-888-881-2293. There are 9 Prizes donated for this conservation fundraiser.
A reminder to clubs selling Conservation Lottery Tickets that there are special Club incentives below:

  • 100 tickets (10 books)= $100.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • 150 tickets (15 books)= $175.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • 200 tickets (20 books)= $250.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • Clubs that sell the most tickets will receive a framed Limited Edition BCWF art print!

 

Learn to Ice Fish in the Okanagan

 

Experts from local BC Wildlife Federation fishing clubs will be on-hand to assist with fishing, along with staff from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Rapala ice fishing rods, augers, and bait will be available to borrow.Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid BC freshwater fishing licence. These are free events in Region 8 Okanagan communities.

  • Kamloops, Walloper Lake Sunday, January 24: 10am – 2pm 
  • Penticton, Yellow Lake Saturday, February 6: 10am – 3pm 

    For more info call:  604-514-4716 or email:  fraservalley@gofishbc.com

 

 Reception for South Vancouver Island Women
The Victoria Women Shooters are holding a reception and meet and greet on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 from 6pm - 9pm at the Comfort Inn on Blanshard Street.
The group is encouraging people to come out and meet like minded ladies to discuss the various shooting sports and disciplines with active shooters in each field, meet some of our local vendors and instructors, and sign up for courses and events. 
Please RSVP by January 20th to: womenshooters@gmail.com 

 

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

 

                                        Conservation Officer Service 
                        
CONVICTED
$3,500 in fines
2 year hunting prohibition
2 year weapons prohibition
2016-01-13 – Cyril Jones, a Fort St. John man, was convicted of two offences under the B.C. Wildlife Act in Fort St. John provincial court. 
The conviction follows a COS investigation into the illegal hunting of an elk on private property northwest of Fort S. John in September 2014. During the investigation, Jones resisted arrest and assaulted a Conservation Officer.
Jones pleaded guilty to the following offences:
1. Resisting or obstructing an officer – BC Wildlife Act
2. Possessing dead wildlife, or a part of any wildlife (a Cow Elk) without authorization under a licence or permit – BC Wildlife Act
3. Assaulting a peace officer – Criminal Code of Canada
Upon conviction for the Wildlife Act offences, Jones was ordered to pay a total of $3500 in fines and was given a 2 year hunting and weapon prohibition. Jones was granted a conditional discharge for the Criminal Code offence with several conditions including 1 year probation and 50 hours of community service. 

 


All new members who sign up for a direct membership in the BCWF in January and February will receive a beautiful 2016 BCWF Calendar  with their membership. If you want to purchase additional copies, they are available for sale in our online store. Please encourage others to join online or by calling 1-888-881-BCWF (2293).
Click here to order!
Join us at: www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project
BCWF submitted our final Written Argument-in-Chief regarding the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to the National Energy Board. Find the BCWF's 27 page submission on this Hearing Order at:
BCWF NEB Submission Document 
BCWF's final argument focused on cumulative effects to the environment due to construction and operation of the proposed pipeline, as well as provided comment on the NEB’s draft conditions for the project and requested that the NEB reject Trans Mountain’s request to begin construction work immediately.
We provided input to strengthen and protect key fish and wildlife habitats along the proposed pipeline corridor. We also requested the locations and identifications of all watercourse crossings for which Trans Mountain will apply to Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Federation strongly believes it’s in the public interest to know how many watercourse crossings the pipeline will cross and where this takes place.
BCWF presents its oral argument to the NEB panel on the afternoon of January 26th, 2016. You can watch the hearings via live streaming at:
www.neb-one.gc.ca

 

In the News
Coquitlam accupunturist faces fine ranging from $17.5K to 1.75M for trafficking in bear gall bladders.

www.cbc.ca

 

BCWF Online Auctions - January 20th to January 27th, 2016

  

Print # 1 - Snowbound by Andrew Kiss (42 x 25.5)
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 - A Quiet Repose by Laura Levitsky (18 x 23)
Laura Levitsky is quickly gaining a solid reputation as a recommended emerging artist to watch.  She is a nature artist, inspired by British Columbia’s landscape, wildlife and landmarks.  There is a great amount of time and energy invested in each painting as Laura, in no way neglects the smallest of detail.  Laura is an outdoor enthusiast, and never goes anywhere without her sketch book and camera equipment.  Whether it’s the research of her subjects that take her on her outdoor excursions, or her outdoor excursions that take her to her subjects, Laura’s field studies allow her to recreate the natural settings of her subjects.

 

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. Visit the AGM page on our website for all the delegate and registration details.

 


BCWF Award Nominations

Is there an outstanding member of your club or community you think deserves to be recognized? Please nominate them for one of our 2015 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2016 BCWF AGM & Convention.


Award nominations due February 15, 2016
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

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

 

 Kootenay Mule Deer Research Project Update
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Cranbrook have released a project update on Mule deer populations, a highly valued species in B.C. which have recently declined in the Kootenay Region.
The FLNRO initiated a 5-year project to monitor mule deer doe survival, fawn recruitment and cause of doe mortality in 4 populations that represent distinct habitat types occupied by Mule deer across the region. The long term objective of this project is to identify potential factors limiting population growth and provide recommendations to increase abundance. GPS collar data will be used to identify important seasonal habitats and migration routes for Ecosystem Restoration (ER) activities. This document provides a brief update on work completed up to November 2015 and next steps. 

Mule Deer Research Project Update

 

        

 

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

 

2016 Hunting Film Festival Tour

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.
Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters are hosting the Hunting Film Tour at the Landmark Cinemas in Surrey, B.C. on January 20th, 2016 at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at $18.00 each or at the store located at 20175 Langley Bypass in Langley B.C. for $15.00 each. Visit WholesaleSports.com for tickets and all the information about the Surrey event.
BCWF clubs wishing to bring the Hunting Film Tour to your community are encouraged to visit www.huntingfilmtour.com  The HFT management invites you to call them directly and discuss the opportunity for your organization to host a show at 403-968-0748. There are a number of tours planned for 2016 in your community so make sure to check them out and inquire about having a booth or promotional opportunity.

  • Nanaimo, 7 pm January 21st at the Landmark Cinemas in the Woodgrove Shopping Centre
  • Prince George, 7 pm January 23rd at the Prince George Playhouse, 2833 Recreation Place

 

 
A Special Message from Master Promotions Regarding the BC Hunting Show!
Master Promotions is endeavoring to make the annual March BC Hunting Show at the Tradex building in Abbotsford more exciting by encouraging more exhibitors to showcase their products for the general public and potential retailers.  Outside of Africa, BC has the most varied wildlife in the world, and we wish to have our show reflect that fact. 
If you, or someone you know, may be interested in promoting your hunting related product or business in front of over 33,000 potential customers, please contact Ken Sward at 1-250-599-9355.

 

CWF Conservation Awards
The 2016 Canadian Wildlife Federation Conservation Awards are now accepting nominations. 
This year, the team is very excited about our awards and the inclusion of a new category:
WILD Educator of the Year Award:  Recognizes an exceptional WILD Education Facilitator or instructor who utilizes CWF’s education program (Project WILD, Below Zero, WILD About Sports) and provides innovative and meaningful experiences for youth that focus on wildlife and the building of a conservation ethic.
In total, there are 9 award categories, including the Doug Clarke Memorial Award which recognizes any conservation project that was completed during the previous year by any Canadian Wildlife Federation affiliate, its clubs, or its members.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the nomination process. The deadline for submissions this year is January 31st, 2016.
To learn more, visit the CWF Conservation Awards website: cwf-fcf.org  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Holly Wilson hollyw@cwf-fcf.org or Cathy Hurd  cathyh@cwf-fcf.org  

 

 


 
 BCWF Member Update - January 13th, 2016

 

 

RIP Ralph Shaw 1926-2016

With deep sadness, we share the news that conservationist and outdoor educator Ralph Shaw passed away on January 7th, 2016.
Ralph Shaw dedicated his life to conservation work and sharing his passion for the outdoors. While working as a teacher and principal, Shaw helped establish the McQueen Lake Environmental Centre, which offers outdoor education for Kamloops Thompson School District students. Upon retirement, he wrote for the Comox Valley Record newspaper and The Island Fisherman and The Island Angler magazines.
In 1984, Ralph Shaw received the Order of Canada and the BCWF Ted Barsby Conservationist of the Year Award for his outstanding contribution to conservation over many years. Shaw also received the BCWF President’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Achievement in 1990 for his work on salt water fisheries.
A service for Shaw will be held on Saturday, January 16th at 2 p.m. at the Courtenay and District Fish & Game Protective Association clubhouse. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in Shaw's honour go to the Nature Trust of BC.

 

 Still Time to get your Feedback in to AHTE!
Due to technical difficulties with the province's Angling, Hunting and Trapping Engagement (AHTE) website, public feedback and comments are still being accepted on proposed changes to 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations 
Please 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 has been extended to January 31st, 2016.  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  

 

Predator-prey dynamics: From Theory to Management Conference

The Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology has extended its call for presentations to the conference, which will be held at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, to January 31st, 2016. Early bird registration for the April 5th-7th conference is open now until February 19th, 2016.
 A “paradigm shift in ecology” is occurring concerning the preeminent role of predators in affecting everything from ecosystem dynamics to global biodiversity  Presenters are asked to refer their presentation back to the question: “How does this affect management of terrestrial predator-prey systems?
For information about the Predator-prey dynamics conference, please visit their event page:
www.cmiae.org

 

 Exclusive new BCWF Hunting Knives  

Terrier Blades worked with the BCWF's Rick Mayor to create a new knife model to celebrate the federation's 60th anniversary and also to honour Mayor, who passed away in 2013. We are offering BCWF members two editions of the BCWF Hunters Knife. The Outdoors Edition's handle is made of Dymond wood, which is suited for exposure to the elements.  The Limited Edition is stainless steel and features a richly coloured Arbutus handle. Handmade with the highest quality materials, they represent the old hunter's idea of a knife that lasts a lifetime and can be passed down to future generations.
Order your own BCWF 60th Anniversary Commemorative Knife online at:
www.bcwf.bc.ca

 

The BCWF online store offers a range of clothing, head and footware and useful tools for your outdoor activities.  Please visit www.bcwf.bc.ca/onlinestore!
                       

 

2016 Artist of the Year Print!

"Busted" by Valerie Rogers is now availible in the BCWF online store, click here for details
For more information on Valerie Rogers and the Artist of the Year program, please click here

 

Conservation Lottery tickets are on sale and selling fast. Tickets are limited so don't miss out -- purchase them online at bcwf.bc.ca or call us at the office 1-888-881-2293. There are 9 Prizes donated for this conservation fundraiser.
Club incentives for those who are selling conservation lottery tickets to their members:

  • 100 tickets (10 books)= $100.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • 150 tickets (15 books)= $175.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • 200 tickets (20 books)= $250.00 BCWF Prize Pack
  • Clubs that sell the most tickets will receive a framed Limited Edition BCWF art print!

 

Learn to Ice Fish in the Okanagan

Experts from local BC Wildlife Federation fishing clubs will be on-hand to assist with fishing, along with staff from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. Rapala ice fishing rods, augers, and bait will be available to borrow.Anglers 16 years and older are required to have a valid BC freshwater fishing licence. These are free events in Region 8 Okanagan communities.

  • Merritt, Mamit Lake Sunday, January 17: 10am – 2pm 
  • Kamloops, Walloper Lake Sunday, January 24: 10am – 2pm 
  • Penticton, Yellow Lake Saturday, February 6: 10am – 3pm 

    For more info call:  604-514-4716 or email:  fraservalley@gofishbc.com

 

 Reception for South Vancouver Island Women
The Victoria Women Shooters are holding a reception and meet and greet on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 from 6pm - 9pm at the Comfort Inn on Blanshard Street.
The group is encouraging people to come out and meet like minded ladies to discuss the various shooting sports and disciplines with active shooters in each field, meet some of our local vendors and instructors, and sign up for courses and events. 
Please RSVP by January 20th to: womenshooters@gmail.com 

 

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

 

New Water Act for 2016
The provincial government intends to bring the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) into force in early 2016.  
The new Water Sustainability Act (Bill 18) received Royal Assent in May 2014 and will replace the existing Water Act.  Given the size and complexity of the legislation, the Province is using a phased approach to developing the associated regulations.  
Once the WSA and new regulations come into force, those who use groundwater for non-domestic purposes (e.g., irrigation, industrial purposes, water bottling, municipal water supply) will need to apply for a water licence. Surface water and non-domestic groundwater users will also be subject to the new fees and rentals announced in February 2015.  In response to public concerns around water pricing, government will also be further reviewing the fees and rentals as we implement the Water Sustainability Act.
More information will be provided when the Water Sustainability Act is brought into force in early 2016. At that time, specific direction on how to apply for a groundwater licence will also be available at FrontCounter BC.  If you have questions about the upcoming changes and/or timelines, please visit the Water Sustainability Act website or contact livingwatersmart@gov.bc.ca.

 

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

 


All new members who sign up for a direct membership in the BCWF in January and February will receive a beautiful 2016 BCWF Calendar  with their membership. If you want to purchase additional copies, they are available for sale in our online store. Please encourage others to join online or by calling 1-888-881-BCWF (2293).
Click here to order!
Join us at: https://bcwf.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=340

 

Pipelines In the News
Northern Gateway Project
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled today that the province cannot rely on the National Energy Board (NEB) for environmental approval and failed to consult First Nations on the Enbridge project. This means that Enbridge must apply for an environmental assessment certificate from the province of B.C. and that the province will need to consult First Nations. The Northern Gateway project is effectively stalled.
Read the full story at: www.vancouversun.com


Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion 
This week, the province of B.C. formally opposed the Kinder Morgan submission to the NEB to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline.  The $6.8 billion project would involve Kinder Morgan increasing its pipeline capacity by twinning the existing 1,150-kilometre pipeline from the Alberta oilsands to its terminal in Burnaby. Supertanker traffic would increase from five per month to 34 per month if the project was to be approved. Minister Polak says the proponent met none of the five conditions the province requires for support of all pipeline projects.
BCWF submitted our final Written Argument-in-Chief regarding the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to the NEB on January 12, 2016 and is scheduled to present our oral argument to the NEB panel on January 26th. Find the BCWF's 27 page submission on this Hearing Order at:
BCWF NEB Submission Document 

 

CONVICTED
$6000 in Fines, 2 Year Hunting Prohibition, Rifle Forfeited
2016-01-11 - Two males from Canal Flats were convicted of several BC Wildlife Act offences in Invermere Provincial Court. The conviction follows a COS investigation into the illegal killing of a cow elk near Canal Flats on March 16th, 2015. The elk was shot well after dark, using headlights from a vehicle. The elk was shot 30 metres from the road and within 80 metres of nearby houses. Justin GERTNER and Corey KOPP of Canal Flats were convicted of the following offences:
1. Hunt wildlife not within the open season.
2. Hunt without reasonable consideration for the lives, safety or property of other persons.
3. Discharge a firearm on or across the travelled portion of a highway.
Upon conviction, each male was ordered to pay a total of $3000 in fines and were given 2 year hunting prohibitions. A rifle seized by CO's was ordered forfeited.
Report poaching and other environmental violations 24/7 to the COS hotline - 1-877-952-7277 FREE (RAPP).

 

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 - January 13th to January 20th, 2016

  

Print # 1 - Masked Musketeers by Dianna Ponting (19x25)
"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.



Print # 2 - The Confidence Man by Arnie R. Fisk (24x17)
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.

 

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

 


BCWF Award Nominations

Is there an outstanding member of your club or community you think deserves to be recognized? Please nominate them for one of our 2015 BCWF Awards, which will be presented at the 2016 BCWF AGM & Convention.


Last call for award nominations due January 15, 2016
Below are the links to the forms for each awards:


Wildsheep Foundation Awards

Youth Big Game Award

Youth Fishing Award


Award nominations due February 15, 2016
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

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

 

 Kootenay Mule Deer Research Project Update
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Cranbrook have released a project update on Mule deer populations, a highly valued species in B.C. which have recently declined in the Kootenay Region.
The FLNRO initiated a 5-year project to monitor mule deer doe survival, fawn recruitment and cause of doe mortality in 4 populations that represent distinct habitat types occupied by Mule deer across the region. The long term objective of this project is to identify potential factors limiting population growth and provide recommendations to increase abundance. GPS collar data will be used to identify important seasonal habitats and migration routes for Ecosystem Restoration (ER) activities. This document provides a brief update on work completed up to November 2015 and next steps. 

Mule Deer Research Project Update

 

        

 

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

 

2016 Hunting Film Festival Tour

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.
Wholesale Sports Outdoor Outfitters are hosting the Hunting Film Tour at the Landmark Cinemas in Surrey, B.C. on January 20th, 2016 at 7 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at $18.00 each or at the store located at 20175 Langley Bypass in Langley B.C. for $15.00 each. Visit WholesaleSports.com for tickets and all the information about the Surrey event.
BCWF clubs wishing to bring the Hunting Film Tour to your community are encouraged to visit www.huntingfilmtour.com  The HFT management invites you to call them directly and discuss the opportunity for your organization to host a show at 403-968-0748. There are a number of tours planned for 2016 in your community so make sure to check them out and inquire about having a booth or promotional opportunity.

  • Kamloops, 7 pm January 18th at the Landmark Cinemas, 503 Victoria Street
  • Kelowna, 7 pm January 19th at the Landmark Cinemas, 948 McCurdy Road
  • Nanaimo, 7 pm January 21st at the Landmark Cinemas in the Woodgrove Shopping Centre
  • Prince George, 7 pm January 23rd at the Prince George Playhouse, 2833 Recreation Place

 

 
A Special Message from Master Promotions Regarding the BC Hunting Show!
Master Promotions is endeavoring to make the annual March BC Hunting Show at the Tradex building in Abbotsford more exciting by encouraging more exhibitors to showcase their products for the general public and potential retailers.  Outside of Africa, BC has the most varied wildlife in the world, and we wish to have our show reflect that fact. 
If you, or someone you know, may be interested in promoting your hunting related product or business in front of over 33,000 potential customers, please contact Ken Sward at 1-250-599-9355.

 

CWF Conservation Awards
The 2016 Canadian Wildlife Federation Conservation Awards are now accepting nominations. 
This year, the team is very excited about our awards and the inclusion of a new category:
WILD Educator of the Year Award:  Recognizes an exceptional WILD Education Facilitator or instructor who utilizes CWF’s education program (Project WILD, Below Zero, WILD About Sports) and provides innovative and meaningful experiences for youth that focus on wildlife and the building of a conservation ethic.
In total, there are 9 award categories, including the Doug Clarke Memorial Award which recognizes any conservation project that was completed during the previous year by any Canadian Wildlife Federation affiliate, its clubs, or its members.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the nomination process. The deadline for submissions this year is January 31st, 2016.
To learn more, visit the CWF Conservation Awards website: cwf-fcf.org  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Holly Wilson hollyw@cwf-fcf.org or Cathy Hurd  cathyh@cwf-fcf.org  

 

  
 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: www.capri.ca
and click on the Off Road option in the left menu bar.
Need more information? Call the Capri Insurance Off Road team at 1.888.818.5821. We are the Off Road Vehicle experts!