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BCWF PRESIDENT HARVEY ANDRUSAK STANDS UP FOR PUBLIC RIGHTS

The BCWF has written to the provincial Ministers of Forests and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation to request them to direct their senior staff to respect the public's right to access fish and wildlife in their management decisions and initiatives. The BCWF wants Guidelines to be provided to senior Ministry staff outlining that any agreements relative to fish and wildife must include principles for allocation between First Nations and the general public. 
The BCWF intervention in the recent Ahousaht Decision resulted in the BC Supreme Court decision in April 2018 requiring that the delineation of Indigenous fishing rights must include consideration of the rights and interests of all stakeholders. 
Visit our News & Updates page to read Harvey Andrusak's full letter to the Ministers of Forests and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation.
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WE NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEND THE HEART OF THE FRASER!
Defend the Heart of the Fraser
The Heart of the Fraser is in peril. This precious stretch of the river between Mission and Hope--only an hour’s drive from Vancouver--provides prime spawning habitat for salmon and white sturgeon.
Two large islands in the Heart of the Fraser are under imminent threat. Herrling and Carey Islands not only provide a large amount of vital fish habitat but are an important area for fishing and outdoor recreation.
Developers have applied to build bridges to these islands which, if approved, would lead to the destruction of critical fish habitat for agriculture or subdivisions. This could also increase flood risk in the surrounding communities. These bridges must not be approved!
WILL YOU STAND WITH US TO DEFEND THE HEART OF THE FRASER?
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BCWF RESPONSE TO WILDLIFE AND HABITAT ENGAGEMENT PROCESS
Resource Management
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has an active engagement process about Wildlife and Habitat, open for comment until July 31, 2018. Have your say now!
The BCWF has made a comprehensive submission to this process addressing eight challenges presented by the Ministry.
Click to read BCWF’s full submission.  
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THANK-YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

We’d like to put out another thank-you to all those who assisted our youth programs Coordinator, Chris Lim, and his team last week with the car accident. Thank-you Bob and Rhonda Everett of the OCEOLA club for letting Chris stay with you for a brief time. Thank-you Sam Badminton and Robert Gordon for going out and helping unload all our youth program equipment from the truck. We’d also like to thank Barb König and Pat Whittingham for checking on Chris and Derek while they were at the hospital. We’d also like to thank Dave Carleton for going out and grabbing the undamaged canopy from the truck.
Another thank-you goes out to Avis Car Rental and Budget Car Rental for their assistance, and all those who have sent your kind words and support. Thank-you!
“We’d like to say a special thanks to everyone who assisted us after our accident, especially Bob and Rhonda who gave Derek and I a place to stay last week while we were recovering from the accident.  We’d also like to thank the Kettle Wildlife Association who have brought in extra volunteers: Les Best, Julian Willsey, Scott Douglas, Jim, Rick, Ron and Mary to help with our Rock Creek Go Wild camp, as Derek and I continue to heal. The Rock Creek Camp is going well, the kids are having fun, and we couldn’t have done it without all the extra support. Derek and I want to also send out our sincerest apology for not being able to put on our Go Wild Camp in Lake Country. We know several boys and girls were looking forward to it and we are sorry we had to cancel the camp.” 
-Chris Lim, Youth Program Coordinator
Here is a picture of the kids at the Go Wild Camp in Rock Creek. 
Rock Creek Go Wild 2018

 

BCWF HAS A NEW ONLINE STORE
BCWF Online Store
Our new online store is finally up and running! 
We have blankets to keep you warm out in the boat or out in the bush. We have 6 oz flasks that come with a removable personalized BCWF camouflage sleeve. And let's not forget our Stormtech vests and shirts that'll keep you stylish and warm for almost every outdoor adventure!
Come check it out and see what other gear and swag we have!
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OUR VERY OWN DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS IS JUMPING FOR WILDLIFE!
Tina Coleman Jump For Wildife
"Although I am slightly terrified of this jump, I am willing to set my fears aside if it means I can make a difference for fish, wildlife and their habitat." - Tina Coleman, Director of Operations
Read more about Tina and why she is Jumping for Wildlife by going to her campaign page!
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Join us on September 29th at WildPlay Elements Park in Maple Ridge where we will be jumping off the What’s to Fear Jump, an unnerving plunge from 40ft, to raise funds and awareness for BC’s at risk and endangered fish and wildlife.

WHEN: September 29th, 2018
WHERE: WildPlay Elements Park, Maple Ridge

WHY SHOULD YOU JUMP? Did you know that British Columbia has the highest number of species at risk in all of Canada? We urgently need more British Columbians like you to stand-up for wildlife. The BC Wildlife Federation is only as strong as its supporters, and we need your support now more than ever. The funds you raise will be put to work immediately protecting and enhancing BC’s fragile wild spaces and species at risk. Plus, it will be a lot of fun and you will be left with a feeling of pride and accomplishment. As thanks to you for your fundraising efforts, your entry for WildPlay the WTF jump will be complimentary!!
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THE OKANAGAN FALL HUNTING SHOW IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
Okanagan Fall Hunting show
Come on out to Okanagan Fall Hunting Show, August 10th – 12th, 2018. We’ll be there! Stay tuned to hear about what awesome prize we’ll be raffling off during the three day event!
More volunteers are still needed for this event so if you are interested please contact Doug Smith at 778-754-7403. 
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WETLANDS INSTITUTE 2018 - SALTSPRING ISLAND
 Wetlands Institute
The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Institute, a 7-day environmental stewardship workshop, is coming to Salt Spring Island!

Register now and don't miss out on this opportunity to have a hands-on experience in Wetland restoration!
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NOTICE: PEACHLAND FISHING FOREVER EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO FIRE!

The Peachland Sportsmens' Association reports that their Fishing Forever event Saturday July 21st has been cancelled due to the fires and highway closures. The air pollution quality index indicates that people with breathing difficulties cannot go outside. The Club hopes to reschedule the event for August.


ROCK CREEK WILD KIDZ! YOUTH FOR CONSERVATION A GO!

The BCWF vehicle was involved in an accident on route to the Lake Country youth camp. While no one was badly hurt, we regret that we had to cancel the Lake Country program. Apologies go out from our team to all the youth who missed out on the experience and to their families for the inconvenience.
We are pleased to announce that we are able to deliver the camps scheduled over the next two weeks in Rock Creek (July 23 – 27) and then Dawson Creek (July 30 – August 3)! Thanks to Avis and Budget Car Rentals for their assistance and to our members for your support and understanding.

SOUTHERN INTERIOR MULE DEER UPDATE


Thanks to the Oceola Club Fish and Game Club for hosting a Southern Interior Mule Deer Update. Representatives from UBC Okanagan, the Fish and Wildlife Branch, BC Wildlife Federation and Okanagan Nation Alliance were in attendance. Many thanks to our sponsors, donors, collaborators -- this project would not be possible without you!

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B.C. Minister for Federal Fisheries

North Vancouver Member of Parliament Jonathan Wilkinson has been appointed as the federal  Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard. The BC Wildlife Federation is optimistic  that the cabinet shuffle has put a B.C. Minister in charge at this critical time. It has been  16 years since there has been a B.C. Fisheries Minister.
BCWF President Harvey Andrusak wrote to the new Minister, congratulating him on his new role, and inviting him to meet to address the challenges facing many of B.C.’s fish populations.
Visit the BCWF News & Updates to Read the Letter to the new Minister

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Jump for Wildlife

JUMP FOR WILDLIFE: FACE YOUR FEARS AND SUPPORT WILDLIFE

Join us on September 29th at WildPlay Elements Park in Maple Ridge where we will be jumping off the What’s to Fear Jump, an unnerving plunge from 40ft, to raise funds and awareness for BC’s at risk and endangered fish and wildlife.

WHEN: September 29th, 2018
WHERE: WildPlay Elements Park, Maple Ridge

WHY SHOULD YOU JUMP? Did you know that British Columbia has the highest number of species at risk in all of Canada? We urgently need more British Columbians like you to stand-up for wildlife. The BC Wildlife Federation is only as strong as its supporters, and we need your support now more than ever. The funds you raise will be put to work immediately protecting and enhancing BC’s fragile wild spaces and species at risk. Plus, it will be a lot of fun and you will be left with a feeling of pride and accomplishment. As thanks to you for your fundraising efforts, your entry for WildPlay the WTF jump will be complimentary!!

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NEW HUNTING & TRAPPING REGULATIONS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD

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RESOURCE ROADS AND GRIZZLY BEAR MANAGEMENT REPORT

A new research report "Resource Roads and Grizzly Bears in British Columbia and Alberta,Canada" outlines when and where motorized access management is likely to benefit grizzly bears.
The Province and Lil’wat Nation are closing two resource roads in the Upper Lillooet and Birkenhead River areas. The closures restrict motorized vehicle access into areas highly valued for spring forage in the Upper Lillooet area and summer/fall berry forage in the Birkenhead Lake/Tenquille area. The closures were recommended in the report “Motorized Access Management: Recommendations to Protect Grizzly Bears in the Upper Lillooet River Area.

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Core and Hunter Course Online

ONLINE HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE AND CORE

BCWF is excited to announce that new and prospective hunters in BC can now prepare to take their CORE exam by studying online via the new Online Hunter Education Course offered in partnership with HUNTERcourse.com!

Students are able to learn everything they need to know to complete their CORE exam through a series of online modules featuring custom narration, animations, and interactive learning. For more information on BC's new Online Hunter Education Course.
As well, our Programs Manager, Jack O'Halloran is working with a team to update the CORE Manual. If you would like to provide feedback, please contact Jack at

Jack.OHalloran@bcwf.bc.ca .

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 Venison Wontons

TASTY TUESDAY WITH SOSSY OUTDOORS

We are happy to announce a new project with Tammy Wood of Sossy Outdoors and Silvercore Training Inc. Every other Tuesday we will be posting a short video of different tasty recipes Tammy Wood creates with different meat and fish you can hunt and catch yourself! Check out our second Tasty Tuesday video and find the recipe for Coconut Thai Curry Mussels on our blog! 

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 Wetlands Institute

WETLANDS INSTITUTE 2018 - SALTSPRING ISLAND

The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Institute, a 7-day environmental stewardship workshop, is coming to Salt Spring Island!

Register now and don't miss out on this opportunity to have a hands-on experience in Wetland restoration!

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Jurassic Classic

JURASSIC CLASSIC 2018

The countdown is on for the 2018 Jurassic Classic Fishing Experience! This year, the event takes place August 17-20th, when sportsmen and women from across North America make their way to Chilliwack, BC to fish the Fraser River for white sturgeon, all while raising funds and awareness for wild sheep populations in British Columbia. This collaborative effort between the BC Wildlife Federation, the Guide Outfitter Association of BC, and the Wild Sheep Society of BC is an annual event that’s becoming a household name in wild sheep conservation across North America, and is being noted as a model for conservation minded groups working together in the name of wildlife.

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Peacekeepers

PEACEMAKERS AWARD

On July 4th the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, MP Terry Beech, gave the 2018 National Recreational Fisheries Award to members of the Fraser River Peacemakers, the recreational angling and local Stó:lō First Nations fishing communities for their exemplary work in developing peaceful relationships on the river. 
The British Columbia Wildlife Federation, a core member of the Peacemakers group, was represented by Dr. Marvin L. Rosenau.  The group has worked well over the years in developing good relationships between First Nations and sport fishers on the Fraser River and this has resulted in a collegial interaction between the two sectors not seen prior to its formation.  In this context, Peacemakers has started to receive international recognition as a model for defusing tensions amongst natural resources user groups where conflicts occur.

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Goat Molt Project

GOAT MOLT PROJECT 

Take a photo for science! Research is being done on the phenology of winter coat molt in the mountain goat in relation to a warming climate. A large component of this research is amassing photos of mountain goats across time and space from members of the public/citizen scientists. Next time you take a picture of a mountain goat send it to the Citizen Science web portal and know that you not only took a great picture, but you're helping with science. Photos can be submitted to the Goat Molt Project on citizen science web portal/CitSci or by e-mail to: mountaingoatmoltproject@gmail.com

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Jump for Wildlife

JUMP FOR WILDLIFE: FACE YOUR FEARS AND SUPPORT WILDLIFE

Join us on September 29th at WildPlay Elements Park in Maple Ridge where we will be jumping off the What’s to Fear Jump, an unnerving plunge from 40ft, to raise funds and awareness for BC’s at risk and endangered fish and wildlife.

WHEN: September 29th, 2018
WHERE: WildPlay Elements Park, Maple Ridge

WHY SHOULD YOU JUMP? Did you know that British Columbia has the highest number of species at risk in all of Canada? We urgently need more British Columbians like you to stand-up for wildlife. The BC Wildlife Federation is only as strong as its supporters, and we need your support now more than ever. The funds you raise will be put to work immediately protecting and enhancing BC’s fragile wild spaces and species at risk. Plus, it will be a lot of fun and you will be left with a feeling of pride and accomplishment. As thanks to you for your fundraising efforts, your entry for WildPlay the WTF jump will be complimentary!!

Register Now

 

Mule Deer 

DEERS, BEER AND PIZZA

Heads up! The Beers, Deer and Pizza event is happening this coming Monday at the OCEOLA Fish and Game Club! Come on out and enjoy a cold brew with free pizza and listen to an update on the Southern Interior Mule Deer Project.

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Core and Hunter Course Online

ONLINE HUNTER EDUCATION COURSE AND CORE

BCWF is excited to announce that new and prospective hunters in BC can now prepare to take their CORE exam by studying online via the new Online Hunter Education Course offered in partnership with HUNTERcourse.com!

Students are able to learn everything they need to know to complete their CORE exam through a series of online modules featuring custom narration, animations, and interactive learning. For more information on BC's new Online Hunter Education Course.
As well, our Programs Manager, Jack O'Halloran is working with a team to update the CORE Manual. If you would like to provide feedback, please contact Jack at

Jack.OHalloran@bcwf.bc.ca .

Learn More Now

 Venison Wontons

TASTY TUESDAY WITH SOSSY OUTDOORS

We are happy to announce a new project with Tammy Wood of Sossy Outdoors and Silvercore Training Inc. Every other Tuesday we will be posting a short video of different tasty recipes Tammy Wood creates with different meat and fish you can hunt and catch yourself! Check out our first Tasty Tuesday video and find the recipe for Venison Wontons on our blog! 
Stay tuned this coming Tuesday for our next tasty recipe!

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 Wetlands Institute

WETLANDS INSTITUTE 2018 - SALTSPRING ISLAND

The BC Wildlife Federation's Wetlands Institute, a 7-day environmental stewardship workshop, is coming to Salt Spring Island!

Register now and don't miss out on this opportunity to have a hands-on experience in Wetland restoration!

Register Now

 

 


 

THE JUNE R&GC MEETING IS POSTPONED.

IT WILL BE HELD AT A DATE TBD.

SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE!

 


 

Hi all!

Click HERE to read about Bill C-71.

It's long but has lots of info!


 

Hi everyone!

Check out this link:

http://fwcp.ca/app/uploads/2018/04/Columbia-Region-2018-2019-Project-List-Apr-19-2018.pdf

It should show you all the dollars being spent in the Columbia Region by the FWCP.

 


 

NOTICE TO CLUB MEMBERS

The Club's Constitution and Bylaws revision committee has given notice that revisions to the Nakusp Rod And Gun Club's Constitution and Bylaws in accordance with the Societies Act  Transition process have been made. These were reviewed at the April 25, 2018 general meeting.

    

If members wish to review the above before final acceptance of the same, they may contact Pat Judd 250 265 3800, or Hank Scown 250 265 4137. Final acceptance and submission of the Constitution and Bylaws will be made at the May 30, 2018 general meeting.

 


 

The April Rod and Gun meeting will be on Wednesday April 25th downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

See you all at 7:30pm!


 

Help Protect What Makes BC Special

This Earth Day, think local.
Help us protect what makes
British Columbia special.


Did you know?

Our Province is in a State of Environmental Crisis.

    • Over the past 5 years the population in BC has grown exponentially, doubling in size from 2.2 to over 4.8 million people.
    • In the past 20 years, over 20% of government jobs dedicated to natural resource management have been removed. While at the same time, funding for natural resource management was cut in half.
    • There are approximately 230 species at risk in BC including several iconic animals: central mountain caribou, sturgeon, mule deer, steelhead, and many more. This list continues to grow every year.
    • Today,only 45 steelhead remain in the Chilcotin river and only 144 steelhead in the Thompson. One of British Columbia's most iconic populations of steelhead is almost completely wiped-out forever.

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Game Over - Last Grey Ghost Cariboo herd is down to just three members, all female

 

What will happen if nothing changes?

BC's population is projected to grow by another 1 million people by 2022. Over 230 species may be lost forever in regions that were once thriving with iconic fish and wildlife. Our towering mountains, vast forests, and pristine lakes will no longer be the wild spaces they once were.
Our children and grandchildren will miss out on the remarkable right-of-passage experiences all BC children should have, like catching their first fish.
Save BC Wildlife For Our Future Generations

Donate to the BCWF Now

This Earth Day, think local and
help save BC's fish and wildlife.

"Your gift will be put to work immediately protecting and enhancing
BC's fragile wild spaces and species at risk."

Everyday the BCWF is working to advocate on behalf of British Columbia’s fish and wildlife. Some of the projects we are working include but are not limited to:

  • Combating devastating development on the Fraser River to protect sturgeon habitat.
  • Working to protect what’s left of the Chilcotin Steelhead by recognizing them as endangered species.
  • Learning how to restore mule deer populations in BC by studying how landscape change and the predator prey community are affecting our current populations.
  • Leading numerous wetlands activities that result in habitat restoration, enhancement and conservation projects.
  • Working with the BC Government and local communities to help increase the abundancy of fish and wildlife that presently continue to decline

Help be the voice of BC’s fish and wildlife and speak for those who can’t speak for themselves

We URGENTLY need more British Columbians like you to stand up for wildlife.


As BCWF continues to face funding cuts and BC’s population rises, we urgently need more British Columbians like you to stand up for wildlife. The BC Wildlife Federation is only as strong as its supporters, and we need your support now more than ever. Your gift will be put to work immediately protecting and enhancing BC’s fragile wild spaces and species at risk. 

You understand the value of our natural resources and know we must act fast to protect them. You want tomorrow’s youth to enjoy the outdoors today, and for years to come. You know we must stand up for the caribou, the mule deer, and the steelhead. Together we can bring back what makes BC special and carry our province out of this devastating environmental crisis!

Donate to the BCWF Now

 


 

The 2018 AGM will be held on Wednesday March 28th at 7:30pm.

The meeting will be held as usual, downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

Memberships will also be available!

See you there!


Some new regs will be coming into effect: news.gov.bc.ca/16683


 

BCWF Advocates for Hunters and Sport Shooters

Bill C-71 AMENDMENTS TO THE FIREARMS ACT

 

On March 20th, 2018, Minister Ralph Goodale tabled bill C-71 in the House of Commons proposing amendments to the Canadian Firearms Act.
Here is a brief overview of what Bill C-71 Amendments to the Canadian Firearms Act means to you:

  • Background checks for criminal violence and any mental illness will be conducted over the life of the individual, not the previous five year period.
  • Both business and private sales of all firearms are subject to computerized license verification. Non-Restricted firearms transfers will not have the information regarding the firearm recorded.
  • Businesses are required to keep records which will include the individual’s information and all information regarding the firearm(s) transferred. The business must keep the records for 20 years unless the business ceases to be a business. In that case all records must be surrendered to the authorities.
  • Authorizations to Transport have been gutted. The only permitted uses are to shooting ranges and Purchase-to-Home, but will still include “all ranges in province”. All currently held ATTs will be revoked on passage of Bill 71.
  • All of the Swiss Arms Classic series and all CZ-858s will be made 12(9) Prohibited. The owners of these rifles will be Grandfathered and permitted to transport to a range for the purposes of target shooting.
  • The power of the Governing Council to declare any firearm to be Non-Restricted has been revoked. The Governing Council may still be used to declare any firearms to be restricted or prohibited.
  • UN Firearms Marking will be issued in a Technical amendment

CLICK HERE TO READ THE BCWF'S COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS ON BILL C-71 >>

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HELP THE BCWF ADVOCATE FOR SPORT SHOOTING AND HUNTERS NOW

1) Download the template letter, format it, print off and mail to Minister Goodale
The Honourable Ralph Goodale,
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
2) Email your letter to Ralph Goodale at hon.ralph.goodale@canada.ca
3) Find your MP and Book a Meeting with them to talk about why you oppose Bill C-17

 


A new member, Robin Cooke will be giving a short introduction to the IPSC (International Practical Shooting Federation) during the Awards Ceremony.

Check out this Youtube video to get an idea of what it is!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmzyqaoWy0g&hd=1


 

The February Rod and Gun meeting is Wednesday February 28th at 7:30pm.

As always, the meeting is held downstairs in the Senior's Hall.


The January Rod and Gun meeting is on January 31st at 7:30pm.

See you all downstairs in the Senior's Hall!


Interesting study about roads and people and their effect on Grizzlies:

https://globalnews.ca/news/3953808/grizzly-bear-population-backcountry-roads-alberta-bc/


 

Everyone should read this:

http://hunterconservationist.ca/are-we-managing-wildlife-to-zero-in-british-columbia/


Here is an interesting read:

Understanding Winter Feeding of Wild Ungulates


 

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BC Wildlife Federation Response to the Decision to Proceed with Site C Dam Construction

The BC Wildlife Federation fully expects the government will direct BC Hydro to compensate for significant losses of fish, wildlife and their habitats as a result of construction of the Site C Dam project. The BCWF position is that the impacts have not been adequately mitigated or off set for upstream impoundments, let alone Site C. The public is reminded that BC Hydro never came close to adequately compensating for losses due to the Peace Dam which was far greater in size and impact than Site C. The existing Peace/Williston Compensation Program requires a complete overhaul and appointment of a BCWF representative on the Board.
Fish and Wildlife Compensation Programs, (FWCP) continue to be an issue for the BC Wildlife Federation. The mandate of the compensation programs to address fish and wildlife losses appears to be diluted in terms of larger cumulative effects in the Columbia and Peace Basins. These FWCP programs have lost their way—they are supposed to restore fish and wildlife habitat and populations impacted by hydro developments. Instead funds are being spent on non-impacted resources and funds are being used to promote BC Hydro’s image. The funds are administered by BC Hydro and this is akin to having the coyote look after the chicken coop.
It was the BCWF in the 1980s that was instrumental in formation of these programs yet BCWF continued to be denied representation on the three Boards. Recent meetings with BC Hydro have been unproductive and the government representatives sit in silence evidently supportive of BC Hydro’s dominance of Board decision making. For a decade the BCWF has advocated that the compensation funds should be held and administered by a third party to ensure transparency and openness.

Emergency Assessment for Interior Fraser Steelhead under COSEWIC

The federal Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has taken action in response to  BCWF concerns about steelhead, and is conducting an emergency assessment of British Columbia interior steelhead rainbow, which includes the Chilcotin/Thompson populations, with the expectation that they may be listed under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA). This follows the recently-released Committee’s status report on 10 populations of sockeye in the Fraser River watershed categorizing eight of them as Endangered and two of them as Threatened. The COSEWIC Assessment Committee will report out within two months on the status of the Interior steelhead trout.

The BC Wildlife Federation interprets the emergency assessment as a positive response from the minister and the parliamentary secretary from the West Coast. The BCWF and sports fishing partners, the BC Federation of Fly Fishers (BCFFF), BC Federation of Drift Fishers (BCFDF) and the Steelhead Society of BC (SSBC), are pleased to see this moving forward.
Read the BCWF News Release HERE

South Surrey-White Rock By Election

The Liberal Party of Canada successfully won three out of four seats in the December 11, 2017 federal by election. Liberal Gordie Hogg won the South Surrey-White Rock seat recently vacated by former Conservative MP Dianne Watts, who stepped down to run for the leadership of the BC Liberal Party. Hogg edged out Conservative candidate Kerry-Lynne Findlay to win the MP seat with 47.5 per cent of the vote to the Conservative’s 42.1 per cent.
Prior to the by election the BCWF sent out four questions to all 7 candidates vying for the South Surrey-White Rock seat. The BCWF received answers from three of the major parties, which were sent out to Lower Mainland Region 2 BCWF members prior to the vote.
To read their answers, and find out where their parties stand on issues facing fish, wildlife and habitat, please click HERE

Salmon Spawning Gravel Removal Needs to Stop on the Vedder River

The Vedder-Chilliwack River comprises the most important angling stream in regards to angler days in British Columbia. It is the cornerstone of the Lower Mainland’s salmon and steelhead fisheries. Nevertheless, it is a watershed that has suffered considerably in terms of human impacts to its habitat capacity. The BC Wildlife Federation is extremely concerned that ongoing gravel removal in the Vedder is damaging and a needless impact on the river system.
BCWF president Harvey Andrusak said, “Given our continuing collapse of salmon and steelhead stocks in the Fraser River and other parts of the Greater Georgia Basin, the BC Wildlife Federation stands firm against such damaging activities to our natural resources such as the unwarranted ongoing Vedder River and Canal gravel extractions". 
To read the BCWF News Release click HERE

Important Reminder for All Members

As we near the end of the year, you will notice that your certificate of liability is dated and is set to expire on December 31, 2017. However, as long as your membership remains active within the BCWF (either as a direct member or through an affiliated club*), you will carry the BCWF excess third party liability insurance until the date printed on your BCWF Membership card. We will be sending out a dedicated email with the new certificate for 2018 within the next two weeks so please ensure you keep an eye on your inbox. The certificate will also be available for download on the BCWF Member portal. You may either login or create a profile by clicking HERE.
Have you ever wondered why you have to download a new certificate every year? The BCWF insurance offered through Capri is a group policy that extends to our members and member clubs. The certificates are dated based on the policy term, but not your membership term. Still have questions about the certificate or anything else insurance related? Please contact the team at Capri Insurance:
Zach Schwingenschloegl 1.250.869.3987
Vanessa Davidsen 1.250.869.3891
 
To contact the office toll-free, please call Capri at 1.888.818.5821 and ask for either Zach or Vanessa.
*If your club has opted in to the BCWF Insurance Program

BCWF Office Closed for the Hoildays

The BC Wildlife Federation office will be closed for the holidays from Monday December 25th, 2017 until Monday January 1st, 2018.
From the BCWF family to yours we thank you for your dedication and passion for protecting BC's fish, wildlife and habitat, and we wish you the best and brightest for the holiday season.
See you in 2018!



Award Applications & Resolutions Being Accepted for 2018 AGM
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2018 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2017 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. The resolutions committee has created a flow chart to assist members to develop their resolutions
 View the BCWF Resolutions Flow Chart HERE
Since the flow chart is an appendix to the BCWF Resolutions Manual, we encourage members to view these two documents together.
Download a copy of the BCWF Resolutions Manual HERE
BCWF Award Applications Now being Accepted
The BCWF Awards honour individuals and member clubs for outstanding hunting, angling and conservation achievements in 2017. Awards will be presented at the BCWF's 62nd annual AGM & Convention in April 2018.
For a full list of BCWF Awards please visit our website HERE

BCWF Holiday Sale!

STAND WITH US: BCWF ACTION FUND

The Action Fund makes it possible for the BCWF to pursue legal advocacy to ensure all British Columbians continue to have access to the publicly owned fish, habitat and wildlife resources in our province.
Please Donate Today!

BCWF PHOTO CONTEST 

With the launch of the BCWF's Instagram account, BCWF has been hosting a weekly photo contest called #EnjoyWildlife where the winner's photo gets featured on all of our social media channels.
Congratulations to the winners!


@ne_meic
 

@dolfvermeulen

BCWF MEMBER PHOTO CLUB

Send BCWF YOUR Photos to be Featured!
Here's your does of wildlife photography courtesy of the BCWF Photo Club. We hope you have a great week, and save some time to #EnjoyWildlife.
Photo Submitted by:Les Lepine 
Please send your photos to marketing@bcwf.bc.ca

Thank You to Our 2018 Conservation Lottery Sponsor: KUIU

CLUB & AFFINITY PARTNER NEWS

Nominations Now being Accepted for CWF Conservation Achievement Awards
Who is making a difference in the conservation of our wildlife? Whose efforts are inspiring great strides in conservation education? Whose project will result in long term conservation benefits to a community? Who is using an artistic platform to stir passions about wildlife conservation? Which youth have taken it upon themselves to do something profoundly impactful for wildlife?
When you know someone who is contributing to conservation efforts in Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Federation invites you to nominate them for our Canadian Conservation Achievement Awards Program. Each year countless Canadians of all ages demonstrate their commitment to wildlife conservation through active involvement. Their actions contribute to the protection of our country’s natural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations. These are the people we hope to see nominated for an award.
For more information about the awards and how to vote, please click HERE


MEMBER OFFERS

FREE Digital Magazine
As a BCWF member, you also have digital access to a varity of Outdoor-related digital magazines. Read about BCWF's partnership with High Velocity Media here.
Click on the following Magazines titles to Read and Subscribe:
Western Woods and Waters
Canadian Outdoorsman
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Gun Club Can't Host Christmas Shoot
The beleaguered Pitt Meadows Gun Club won’t be hosting its annual Christmas shoot this year, as the club struggles with regulatory problems. “While the Pitt Meadows Gun Club moves forward in getting out permitting issues sorted out, we will not be able to have our annual Christmas meat shoot,” says a notice on the club website, posted Nov. 21. 
 Vic Skaarup of the BC Wildlife Federation said soil contamination does not have to be a deal breaker for shooting clubs, and his group is helping clubs to start management plans for lead shot. 
To read the full story click HERE


A Trip to Bella Coola Valley, Ground Zero for Debate on Coexistence of Grizzlies and Humans

On the near side of the river, half a dozen tourists from as far away as Germany crouch silently in the shadowy, humid rainforest, camera flashes turned off to minimize intrusion.
They’re here to catch a glimpse of BC’s most iconic animal — a source of power, beauty and vulnerability. The relationship between humans and grizzlies is a complex one that is often characterized by emotion rather than facts. Yet, everyone wants a piece of them, to photograph, to shoot, to profit from.
The NDP government plans to ban hunting for grizzlies in 2018 in the Great Bear Rainforest and to limit hunting of grizzlies elsewhere in BC to hunting for food only. The ban is a political decision based on widespread public opposition to trophy hunting strongly expressed during the provincial election.
To read the article click HERE

 
External Audit called for Following Claims too Much Gravel Removed from Chilliwack River

There’s no justification for excessive gravel removal under the guise of flood protection in the Vedder River, says a local biologist.
Too much gravel was removed last September from the Vedder River and Vedder Canal, despite the authorizations, argued biologist Marvin Rosenau in a recent slide presentation in Chilliwack.
Reps at the meeting ranged from City of Chilliwack, City of Abbotsford, to provincial ministries, DFO and others stakeholders. There was attendance by the BC Wildlife Federation, Fraser Valley Salmon Society, Fraser River Gravel Stewardship Committee, Vedder-Chilliwack River Cleanup Coalition, Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association, and BCIT.
To read the full article click HERE

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BCWF Conservation Lottery

Tickets on Sale Friday, December 1st
It's that time of year again, tickets are going on sale December 1st for the 2018 Conservation Lottery. This year we have eleven prizes including the Early Bird Prize a Redhead 40-Gun Safe, and the Grand Prize a 2018 Gator Tough 1652 WOF Boat & Trailer with a Yamaha F40 Jet Drive Motor  worth over $17,000!
The annual lottery goes towards conserving BC's fish, wildlife and habitats, while giving you great odds to win fantastic prizes!
To see the full list of prizes and information on how to purchase tickets for the 2018 Conservation Lottery click HERE

Addressing Extreme Conservation Concern on Steelhead Stocks

 

The B.C. chum salmon fishery is certified sustainable under the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) ecolabel program. But seine net and gillnet chum fisheries, which take three quarters of the chum commercial catch, are threatening endangered Thompson and Chilcotin river steelhead.
Catches to date of steelhead in test fisheries continue to suggest that Fraser River late-run summer steelhead stocks are at extremely low levels of abundance and in a state of Extreme Conservation Concern. The current spawning population forecast for the Thompson watershed is 145 and the current spawning population for the Chilcotin is 45. These forecasts represent record low spawning abundances. An equal number of these fish is estimated to be removed as by-catch in the chum fisheries.
BCWF President Harvey Andrusak said, “The genetic diversity and habitat of the Thompson Chilcotin steelhead should be the highest priority in resource management decision making. This is not happening and we risk losing this species completely if we continue to allow the chum fishery to unintentionally impact this vulnerable population.”
Read the BCWF news release HERE
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BCWF Remembers- Rich Peterson

It is considerable regret that we pass on the sad news that Rich Petersen passed away after a battle with cancer. Rich’s forceful and effective advocacy for fish,wildlife and resident hunters started in the mid 1970’s as a founding member of a Fort St. John based group called Resident Action for Mountain Sheep (RAMS).
Rich was the president of the North Peace Rod and Gun Club multiple times and was vice president of the BC Wildlife Federation under Carmen Purdy’s presidency. Together they fought for resident priority in the early days of allocation while keeping the best interests of fishand wildlife, and their habitats in the forefront. Rich’s friendship and mentorship within the BCWF community will be greatly missed.
Rich was a leader in wildlife conservation and he will be missed.

BCWF Hires New Staff

Director of Corporate Operations- Tina Coleman
It is our pleasure to announce that Tina Coleman has accepted the position of Director of Corporate Operations effective December 4, 2017. Tina comes from Variety—the Children’s Charity of BC where she has been the Director of Support Services for over two years.
Tina will be responsible for daily operations and will play a pivotal role in maintaining strategic linkages, and working relationships with other non-governmental organizations.

Development Coordinator- Jessica Vestergaard
Jessica Vestergaard has accepted the position of Development Coordinator effective December 4, 2017. Jessica comes from BCIT where she has been the Annual Giving Assistant.  She has a diverse backgroud working at non-profits in various roles such as fundraising, events and annual giving.
Jessica will be responsible for all fundraising and development activities for the BCWF.

Reception Administrative Assistant- Jeanette Daigneault 
Jeanette Daigneault  has accepted the position of Reception Administrative Assistant effective December 1, 2017. Jeanette comes with experience in office administration, reception and customer service that span 20 years.  She was previously the Provincial Administrator for Ducks Unlimited.
Jeanette will be responsible for all Reception and Administrative  duties for the BCWF.
We are excited to welcome Tina, Jessica, and Jeanette to the BCWF team!

2018 AGM UPDATE

Award Applications & Resolutions Being Accepted for 2018 AGM
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2018 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2017 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. The resolutions committee has created a flow chart to assist members to develop their resolutions

View the BCWF Resolutions Flow Chart HERE
Since the flow chart is an appendix to the BCWF Resolutions Manual, we encourage members to view these two documents together.
Download a copy of the BCWF Resolutions Manual HERE
BCWF Award Applications Now being Accepted
The BCWF Awards honour individuals and member clubs for outstanding hunting, angling and conservation achievements in 2017. Awards will be presented at the BCWF's 62nd annual AGM & Convention in April 2018.
For a full list of BCWF Awards please visit our website HERE

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CLUB NEWS

Spruce City Wildlife Association (SCWA) is Raffling a Fully Guided Fly-in Moose Hunt or Back Country Excursion
SCWA, Driftwood Valley Outfitters and Mad Gaffer Charters have teamed up to offer three prize packages with 100% of the proceeds from this draw going directly to moose enhancement projects and moose related studies in BC.
The draw will take place at Spruce City Wildlife Associations' annual banquet on March. 10, 2018. Winners do not have to be at the banquet to win, but do have to be in British Columbia at the time of purchase.
Email money transfer is available to purchase.
Tickets are $20 each- and there will be 2,000 tickets printed.
Please email SCWA for ticket information HERE
Or find them on Facebook HERE
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Serious Moose Decline
For some, who spend time in the back country may have noticed a decline in moose. A provincial report looking into the moose population was recently shared with the Spruce City Wildlife Association. The findings have spurred some people to take action to slow the declining of the moose. Biologists from the province and Wildlife Infometric were invited to Spruce City Wildlife Association to share of some of the recent data they've collected about the declining moose population.
Surveys conducted by provincial biologists have shown that since the early 2000's, some areas of the Interior have seen a 70 percent decline in the moose population.  The report is an update of an ongoing study that began in February of 2012. The latest data shows predators like wolves, cougars and bears account for half of the moose deaths in the wild.  Hunting, and health related deaths are next on the list, but both account for less than 20 percent of moose deaths.  The provincial moose study is scheduled to wind up next spring. 
To read the full story click HERE

Kokanee Numbers Continue to Rebound

Kokanee surveys of Okanagan Valley lakes revealed fluctuating numbers, according to BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development biologists.
The Wood Lake kokanee population continues to demonstrate signs of recovery after poor in-lake conditions led to a significant increase in mortality rates for kokanee of all ages in 2011.
In 2017, more than 34,000 kokanee returned to the tributaries of Wood Lake to spawn. Given the high number of returning kokanee, the ministry will continue to allow a fishery on Wood Lake from April 1 to Aug. 31, 2018.
To read the article click HERE

Beavers: Friend or Foe?

Beavers are more than Canada’s national symbol and our first national currency trading their pelts. They are also wetland engineers. Just look upstream of the north-Fernie bridge, along the Elk River and you will see an incredible dam built this summer. Although cute industrious critters, are beavers actually friend or foe to Canadians?
Community members, local government, small businesses, and Elk River Alliance joined forces to mitigate the potential damaging affects of beavers in Fernie. Together they installed two large, pond-leveling devices to reduce negative effects of increased surface water: one in the West Fernie wetland and the second one at the McDougal Wetland north of Maiden Lake.
ERA trained several BC Wildlife Federation Wetlandkeepers at a 2.5 day course in October and then coordinated these new volunteers to install the devices.
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BCWF Advocacy in Action

BCWF President Harvey Andrusak, Treasurer Vic Skaarup meet with FLNRO Minister Doug Donaldson
Over the past month, staff and executives have been meeting with senior bureaucrats and ministers responsible for provincial fish and wildlife management to provide science-based recommendations and to advocate for the wise and fair use of public resources. BCWF has met with Green Party leader Andrew Weaver, the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), Minister of Environment (MoE), and the Deputy Minister and Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture.
With Thompson Chilcotin Steelhead stocks in crisis, and Pacific Halibut recreational fisheries cut, the BCWF wants the provincial government to be much more assertive with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). A positive discussion around implementing the professional reliance model was had with MoE Minister George Heyman, and the Minister was brought up to speed on the challenges of lead and noise management facing shooting ranges. BCWF representatives will be attending FLRNO fisheries and hunting technical advisory committee meetings at the end of November, and will be bringing the many concerns from BCWF members to the table.
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Save Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead

The BC Wildlife Federation and other fisheries groups are calling on the government to initiate a review for an Emergency Order Listing under the Species at Risk Act to protect these fish before they blink out.
Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead are disappearing. Numbering more than 6,000 spawners in 1985, this year the province expects only 215 will return. The Pacific Ocean has been tough on our Fraser-bound fish, but the biggest threat in our control is the nets which kill Steelhead. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Coast Guard continue to allow gillnet, seine, set net and drift net fisheries on the Fraser for Chum despite record low Steelhead returns. The province estimates 20-50 per cent of Steelhead bound for the Thompson and Chilcotin Rivers are killed through fishing mortality annually as bycatch in Chum and Pink net fisheries. There are more sustainable approaches such as beach seines and fish wheels that would significantly reduce steelhead mortality, but DFO has ignored these approaches for years.
The BC Wildlife Federation needs you to write to, or meet with, your Member of Parliament to tell them you want a review for an Emergency Order Listing under the Species at Risk Act to save Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead.
Read the press release the BC Wildlife Federation and other groups released Here

BCWF Presents the Jim Walker Memorial Award at the UVIC Environmental Law Centre

Victor Skaarup treasurer of the BC Wildlife Federation Presented a cheque for three thousand dollars to Jeremy Webber Dean of Law for the Jim Walker Memorial Award in Environmental Law at the UVIC Environmental Law Centre (ELC) at the University of Victoria.
ELC  students who demonstrate an excellence in and a commitment to improving environmental law and policy through their work are now eligible for the special prize. Former Director of Fish and Wildlife and Assistant Deputy Minister of Environment James H. C. Walker was one of the most influential wildlife advocates over the last several decades and a strong ally of the BC Wildlife Federations and others who had an interest in wilderness and wildlife. The Environmental law Centre has worked with the BCWF to deal with a range of policy and legal issues including fisheries protection wild sheep and access to crown resources.
For those who knew jim and want to contribute to his legacy visit the website for more information Here.

Access Blocked on Grazing Leases

The University of Victoria Environmental Law Centre is conducting a review of grazing leases in British Columbia.Grazing leases are a form of crown tenure which allow the lease holders to block public access.
Recently the BCWF has received complaints from naturalists, birders, hunters and anglers that grazing leases they were historically able to access have been posted "no trespassing" and public access is no longer being allowed.
For more information about grazing leases and public access click Here
The law clinic is looking for examples of grazing leases which once allowed public access but now do not. If you are aware of any examples please send an email to:
Gigi Pao or Calvin Sandborn

2018 AGM UPDATE

Resolutions Being Accepted for 2018 AGM
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2018 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2017 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. The resolutions committee has created a flow chart to assist members to develop their resolutions

View the BCWF Resolutions Flow Chart HERE
Since the flow chart is an appendix to the BCWF Resolutions Manual, we encourage members to view these two documents together.
Download a copy of the BCWF Resolutions Manual HERE

BCWF Celebrates #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, Give back to Fish, Wildlife and Habitat in BC
This Holiday Season, BCWF invites you to participate in the international Giving Tuesday initiative. It's a chance to exercise some personal philanthropy on behalf of your favorite charitable cause.
BCWF wants to give its members something for their generosity. November 29th through December 31st, enter the promo code GIVEBCWF2017 anytime you make a purchase over $25 at the BCWF Store, and receive FREE shipping on your orders. This is our way of thanking you for participating in Giving Tuesday!
Stay tuned for updates, and please donate this #GivingTuesday.

Employment Opportunities

Join the BCWF Team
We are seeking talented individuals dedicated to the conservation of our fish, wildlife, and habitat, and who will support the organization.
Please visit our website for more information about the current job positions Here.

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This photo is of a Big Horn Sheep taken in Thompson Okanaga Region in BC.

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With this promotion BCWF memebers get to shop early for the Black Friday Sale starting November 16th.
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IN THE NEWS


Researcher Speaks on Future of Mule Deer
The British Columbia Wildlife Federation and the University of British Columbia Okanagan announced Mark Hebblewhite, professor at the Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, University of Montana, spoke at the UBC Campus Theatre about the future of mule deer.
Hebblewhite and his students have published more than 130 scientific papers on study systems such as the wolf-elk interactions in Banff National Park, pronghorn antelope migration through Alberta and Montana, mule deer ecology in Idaho, boreal mountain caribou, Amur tigers in Russia/China, and yaks on the Tibetan Plateau, according to the wildlife federation.
To read the full story click Here
To watch the full presentation click Here

If we Don't do Something Different, We're going to Kill Off all the Steelhead
On Oct. 24, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans opened a commercial gillnet fishery for Fraser River chum, one of BC’s most unsustainable fisheries. While chum are the only species of salmon that remains abundant enough to have a commercial fishery on the Fraser River, these fish migrate through the lower Fraser where the gillnet harvest will be conducted at the same time as Thompson and Chilko rivers’ steelhead return. Steelhead will be incidentally captured as by-catch.
These steelhead runs have been posting record lows over the last decade and much of this has to do with the commercial chum fishery.
The Fraser is the longest river in BC, travelling more than 1,300 kilometres from Mount Robson to the Strait of Georgia. It is one of the most famous salmon rivers in North America, documented through history as an essential component of life for many First Nations, and a route for BC’s earliest commerce.
To read the opinion/editorial in the Province click Here

Suspected Poacher Charged West of Williams Lake
Increased patrols due to wildfire hunting closures have resulted in more charges, said Insp. Len Butler of the Thompson Cariboo Region of the Conservation Officer Service (COS).
The Williams Lake Tribune initially contacted Butler after the BCCOS tweeted that officers caught suspects west of the Fraser River hunting at night, and also hunters with an illegal bull moose.
In the instance of the moose, Butler said the matter was a case of hunters reading their Limited Entry Hunt incorrectly.
“They made a mistake on their draw. They did everything else legitimately. They realized it and were very forthcoming with information.”
Butler said the moose, which was harvested outside of the burned area, was confiscated and given to Abraham’s Lodge in Williams Lake to be put to use
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Vancouver Island Hunting and Fishing Access Permitted on TimberWest Land for BC Wildlife Federation Members

The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) is pleased to announce a Hunting and Fishing Access Agreement between its Affiliated Club member the Victoria Fish and Game Protective Association (VFGPA) and TimberWest Forest Corp. The agreement allows licensed and insured members of the VFGPA and BCWF access to TimberWest’s private timberlands for hunting and fishing activities until December 10, 2017.
“BCWF and TimberWest have a long history of working together, and this Access Agreement is particularly noteworthy because it acknowledges the trustworthiness of our members,” said, Harvey Andrusak, President of the BCWF. “It is a precedent setting example of what can be achieved by club volunteers and a progressive, community-minded company. We are happy that we are piloting a Hunting and Fishing Access Agreement on TimberWest’s private lands on Vancouver Island, and we look forward to rolling the agreement forward in 2018.”
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New Grizzly Management Report

The Auditor General released a new report: An Independent Audit of Grizzly Bear Management.The BCWF fully supports this independent report and the 10 recommendations made. It is clear the Auditor General engaged subject matter experts and identified the inadequacies for grizzly bears and effective resource management.
The pillars of sustainable natural resource management are: Funding, science and social support – the Auditor General indicates that B.C. has none of them.
Read the full report HERE
Read the BCWF response HERE

Sturgeon Habitat Threatened

The BCWF is asking provincial and federal governments for a full environmental review of a proposed two bridge development over the Fraser River near Chilliwack, the “Heart of the Fraser”, which could irreversibly harm critical white sturgeon spawning habitats. White sturgeon is classified as “imperilled" in B.C.
The BCWF calls on authorities to hold off approving any authorizations until a full agency and public review is made of these applications, including comprehensive inventories, and assessments of actual and potential damage.
Read the BCWF Letter HERE

2018 AGM UPDATE

Resolutions Being Accepted for 2018 AGM
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2018 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2017 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. The resolutions committee has created a flow chart to assist members to develop their resolutions

View the BCWF Resolutions Flow Chart HERE
Since the flow chart is an appendix to the BCWF Resolutions Manual, we encourage members to view these two documents together.
Download a copy of the BCWF Resolutions Manual HERE

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With the launch of the BCWF's Instagram account, BCWF has been hosting a weekly photo contest called #EnjoyWildlife where the winner's photo gets featured on all of our social media channels.
Congratulations to the winners!


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Here's your daily does of wildlife photography courtesy of the BCWF Photo Club. We hope you have a great week, and save some time to #EnjoyWildlife.
Photo Submitted by: Robert Bayer
This photo is of a Mule Deer taken in Horsefly, BC.
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Just in time for Saturday's Game! BC Lions vs. Toronto.
BCWF has partnered with the BC Lions. When you use the promo-code BCWF $3 of your ticket purchase will be donated back to the BCWF.
Ticket holders will also recieve a free pair of BC Lion sunglasses!
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IN THE NEWS


Fraser River Chum Salmon Unsustainable Fishery
On Oct. 24, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans opened a commercial gillnet fishery for Fraser River chum salmon, one of B.C.’s most unsustainable fisheries.
While chum are the only species that remain abundant enough to have a commercial fishery on the Fraser River, these fish migrate through the lower Fraser, where the gillnet harvest will be conducted at the same time as Thompson and Chilko rivers’ steelhead return. In the process of conducting this commercial fishery, steelhead will be captured as by-catch. These iconic runs of steelhead have been posting record lows over the past decade, and much of this has to do with the commercial chum-salmon fishery.
To read the full story click HERE

Get to Know a Hunter to Learn about Bears
David Suzuki co-wrote an opinion piece using inapplicable facts to construct a misleading narrative about grizzly bears.
In the lower 48 states, grizzlies were nearly hunted to extinction and are protected under the Endangered Species Act. This didn’t occur in B.C., where grizzlies have maintained a strong and healthy population. Scientifically conducted studies estimate the population of grizzly bears in B.C. to be at least 15,000, of which a sustainable hunt of about 300 can be maintained.
The charisma of the grizzly bear results in a highly emotionally debate around the issue of hunting. Bears have been hunted sustainably in B.C. for their meat, fat and hide for generations. To protect this resource, hunters are the largest financial contributors to conservation and habitat protection through funding environmental trusts and supporting scientific studies. Also, hunters are often the only ones advocating for animals that are less charismatic than the grizzly bear.
.To read the full letter click HERE

BCCO Donates Seized Wildlife Meat to BC Food Banks
Most BCCOS offices distribute seized wildlife meat to food banks or people that are less fortunate than others. So far in 2017, Peace BCCOS investigations have resulted in the seizure of 25 moose, 6 elk, 5 deer and 3 mountain sheep which has added up to over 15,000lbs of meat to food banks.
This is just one region out of eight in BC. The provincial total so far this fall is much higher. Obviously the BCCOS would like to see compliance with hunting regulations better then it currently is, but at least in most cases, a seized animal doesn’t go to waste.
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Join the Conversation- Support the Future of Mule Deer.
A Presentation and Discussion on: Ecology and Conservation of Mule Deer.
Date: Saturday, November 4th Time: 7pm
Location: University of British Columbia Okanagan Room: ADM 206 (University Theater)
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Wanting to send an e-mail to your MLA regarding the Grizzly Hunt?

Here is an example of a letter you can use as a guide:

         Michelle Mungal,                                                                             Nakusp Rod And Gun Club
Box 572,
MLA, B.C . Legislature                                                                     Nakusp B.C.
Oct 26, 2017.

Dear Ms. Mungall,
This letter was read  to our Club members at our last evening's meeting. All wanted a copy for themselves to act as a guide in expressing their concerns regarding the NDP's stance on Grizzly Bear Hunting in B.C.
I am a retired high school teacher , living in Nakusp B.C. While working at Nakusp Secondary School one of the courses I taught was the CORE Program (HUNTER TRAINING), this I did for twenty - five or so years. I am presently the president of our local Rod & Gun Club and have been involved with the executive of this organization since 1974. I tell you this to help explain my life-long concerns with matters involving fish and wildlife in our province.
My father was a hunter, my granddad was a hunter, our sons are hunters, and my wife and  are hunters. We have all been proud of our abilities to provide sustenance for our families. We take pictures of fish and game killed. We display antlers, horns, hides, and skulls as well as eat that meat at our tables. This is not a shameful behaviour, in fact we take pride in showing the above to re- live, remember, and share these hunts with all who visit our homes.
We live in a rural environment where raising domestic animals and harvesting wild animals are  major parts of our lifestyle. We hang, butcher, can, smoke and freeze this food. Anyone offended by our meat eating ways best keep their noses out of our sheds, barns , and homes. We don't ever attempt to dictate to anyone who has different eating and lifestyle practices as to how they should choose to live.
As one enters our yard our home address is proudly displayed hanging between a set of elk antlers, they're not in the world records  for size, and yes, we ate the meat. We often shared this harvest with non hunting colleagues at work, or at social occasions and they were most appreciative of the opportunity to taste and eat wild game.
We never expected to have to apologize for our culture or our heritage.... it is not just First Nations People who have traditions and  cultural rights in this country!
We Rod and Gun Club members have lost faith in our elected representatives to manage fish and wildlife resources in British Columbia. Ensuring that our Fish, Wildlife, Forests, Minerals, and Waters are used in a conservative and sustainable way has clearly not been very high on the agenda of Provincial or Federal Governments.
Yes I have read the Auditor General's Report released on Oct. 21, 2017. Ms. Bellringer certainly very closely reflects the observations made and expressed to Government by the BCWF, GOABC, SFI, SFAB and others. We do wonder if there is the will and backbone amongst the current elected representatives to take ownership of these revealed inadequacies and to Design Management Plans, Implement,  Evaluate, Fund, and be held ACCOUNTABLE to the citizens of B.C.?
Oh yes, the Grizzleys. Is the current stance by trhe NDP a forshadowing of Wildlife Management by Social Pressure as opposed to solid Foundations in Science?  We sure hope not. We are looking forward to positive changes in light of the AG's Report.
Yours Truly,


 

Reminder! October's Rod and Gun meeting will be held on Wednesday Oct 25th at 7:30pm.

Hope your season is going well! See you downstairs in the Senior's Hall!

 


 

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 A Message from the BC Wildlife Federation President
In light of the recent government announcement with regards to the proposed grizzly bear regulations (a ban in the Great Bear Rainforest and no retention of “trophy parts”), I urge you to write the Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, the Minister of FLNRO, the critic of FLNRO, the leader of the Green Party and to meet with your MLA. The future of hunting, angling, and conservation in British Columbia is at risk.
It is our early experience with the new government that there is a rapid movement away from science-based wildlife management in favour of social and political hunter management.  This issue and these changes are not about grizzly bear hunting, or trophy hunting, they are about sustainable use and hunting in British Columbia. 
I expect anti-hunting organizations will now move on to attack hunting of other species (black bears, cougars, sheep, goats). Given this apparent decision by government and other recent social-based decisions in isolation of science, I expect the recent marginalization of hunting, trapping, angling, and generally sustainable use to continue.
The BCWF has prepared a document related to the proposed grizzly bear regulation changes to help you advocate on behalf of conservation, fish and wildlife.
For more information and to read the BCWF backgrounder click HERE
The BCWF encourages members to contact their MLAs directly about the new grizzly hunting regulations.
Find your MLA HERE

Pacific Halibut Fishery Mismanaged

 

 

 

 

The BCWF and the Sports Fishing Institute wrote to Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Minister Dominic LeBlanc to express displeasure with the management of the recreational Pacific halibut fisheries this year.
We are disappointed by the department’s decision to close the fishery on September 6 and the arbitrary allocation of 85 percent of halibut to commercial harvest without taking adequate account of the social and economic value of the recreational fishery.
To read the full letter click HERE

2018 AGM UPDATE

Resolutions Being Accepted for 2018 AGM
Resolutions are now being accepted for the 2018 AGM and must be submitted to the BCWF office by December 31, 2017 in order to be considered for debate at the AGM. The resolutions committee has created a flow chart to assist members to develop their resolutions
View the BCWF Resolutions Flow Chart HERE
Since the flow chart is an appendix to the BCWF Resolutions Manual, we encourage members to view these two documents together.
Download a copy of the BCWF Resolutions Manual HERE

Wetlands Update

Stars Align for 2017 Wetlands Institute
For most of the summer it appeared as though the 2017 Wetlands Institute may have had to make a drastic change in scheduling and, for the first time in history, proceed without any accompanying wetland restoration projects.
With BC experiencing the worst wildfire season ever recorded, the three restoration projects that would have made the bulk of the Wetlands Institute were on the chopping block. People weren’t allowed to set foot off of pavement, much less be allowed to work with the heavy machinery required to restore wetlands.
Biting nails, BCWF Staff were relived to see the off-road restrictions lifted just days before the Institute, and elated to see the campfire ban lifted shortly after. A few days later the “Fire Danger Class” was lowered, and the week was allowed to proceed unhampered. What resulted is being viewed as possibly the most successful Wetlands Institute to date.
The BCWF Wetlands program is excited to announce another Wetlandkeepers Workshop for October, being held in Fernie, BC.
To read the full Wetlands blog about their recent workshop click HERE

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BCWF PHOTO CONTEST 

With the launch of the BCWF's Instagram account, BCWF has been hosting a weekly photo contest called #EnjoyWildlife where the winner's photo gets featured on all of our social media channels.
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IN THE NEWS


Hunters Upset over Moose Hunt Closure in BC Cariboo
A ban on moose hunting in parts of BC's Cariboo region has upset hunters who say it won't help moose populations rebound as much as other tactics could.
"The academics, researchers, ecologists and wildlife managers continue to tell us, and government, eliminating bull only harvest will have little to no effect on moose recovery," said Jesse Zeman, spokesperson for the BC Wildlife Federation.
"The scientific advice has been ignored."
To read the full story click HERE

Landowner Asks for Hunter Caution after her Horse Takes Bullet
Jennifer Brock has a warning both for landowners and local hunters — a warning that comes from sad experience.
Late last Wednesday, Lucy, one of her horses, was grazing on her property in the Sidley Mountain area east of Osoyoos when what Jennifer believes was a stray bullet struck her in the hind end.
Meanwhile, Vic Skaarup, chair of the BC Wildlife Federation’s Recreational Sports Shooting Committee, said a fundamental principle of safe use of firearms is  to “be sure of the target and of what is beyond.”
“Hunters need to be particularly aware of this,” he added. “If you do not have enough light to see what’s behind your target, don’t shoot.”
.To read the full article click HERE

Proposed Bridges over Fraser River Threaten Surgeon, Environmentalists Warn
Environmental groups are warning that a proposed bridge development over the Fraser River near Chilliwack could irreversibly harm critical white sturgeon spawning habitats.
The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF), is asking provincial and federal governments for a full environmental review of the proposed construction of two bridges to Carey and Herrling islands.
"The construction of the bridges ... has the potential to eliminate critical spawning habitats of this species that could clearly affect the recruitment of fish to this population," said Alan Martin, director of strategic initiatives with the BCWF.
"We're not just talking one species, we are talking about a community of fish species that are critically important both ecologically and economically — and culturally to First Nations as well."
To read the full story click HERE

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Fraser River Discovery Centre presents: Fraser River Dialogue #2
"How do you plan for and clean up a spill on the Fraser River"
Tuesday,November 7th, 2017
Event information here 


Bear Electric Fence Workshops 
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