Letter to the Honourable Bill Blair

May 8th, 2020

Dear Minister Blair,

I am writing to bring your attention to what I can only believe is an accidental error. We trust that once you become aware of this oversight, you will speedily move to make the appropriate corrections.

By including firearms used by millions of Canadian hunters and sport shooters, you not only violated your previous promise not to do so, but you inadvertently penalized millions of law-abiding firearms owners, both hunters and sport shooters, and destroyed hundreds of small Canadian businesses that sell firearms and other sporting equipment, all without increasing public safety. It serves no good public safety purpose to deliberately alienate one of the most law-abiding segments of our community.

Contrary to your promises made earlier, the recent ban on "assault-style firearms," inappropriately included a large number of sporting rifles and shotguns. For example, on 31 January 2020, a spokesperson in your office stated, "We … will not target guns designed for hunting. Hunters, farmers, and law-abiding recreational gun owners will be treated with fairness and respect as we work together to keep our communities safe."

https://thepostmillennial.com/bill-blairs-office-says-liberals-will-not-target-guns-designed-for-hunting/?fbclid=IwAR1f7jrgETtTG4JO3kJnsc_Ns1rBc4sHEronl018g3pjbaQ-UFs-CgDooKQ

The ban casts an incredibly wide net. Apparently, inadvertently, it ensnares a number of civilian rifles and shotguns that are widely used by hunters and sport shooters across Canada. Knowing that you are an honourable person, it is inconceivable for us to believe your office would intentionally ban hundreds of thousands of firearms used legitimately by millions of Canadians in a safe and responsible manner. If not rescinded, this would be a devastating blow to Canadian hunters and sport shooters as well as to the Olympic shooting sports.

Acting on behalf of 43,000 B. C. Wildlife Federation members, I request that you instruct your office to remove the many civilian rifles and shotguns that are on this list, that have been inadvertently prohibited through carelessly expediting the drafting of this Order-in-Council. It is inconceivable that it serves any public safety purpose to ban standard large-calibre hunting rifles and common semi-automatic rifles. The Ruger Mini-14 and Mini-30 that are banned are among the most common firearms in the country, used by hunters, sport shooters, and agriculturalists.The announcement of the new prohibitions was entitled, "a ban on assault-style weapons," although the ban casts an exceptionally wide net. To be sure, it includes firearms that resemble military firearms, which have been labelled "assault-style weapons," but it also includes an amazingly wide sample of firearms and militaria. In addition to banning common sporting firearms, the ban also includes: mortars, crew-served anti-tank weapons, missile launchers, small-bore rifles, Airsoft guns, a bizarre array of harmless contraptions also called "guns." The variety is truly mind-boggling.

https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/05/01/prime-minister-announces-ban-assault-style-firearms

Perhaps amusingly, it appears your government may have prohibited the beloved T-shirt launcher that is featured prominently at many baseball and basketball games as well as the dreaded potato gun. Whether or not this was intentional, Canada will not be safer for it, and sports fans may not be pleased. Perhaps the ban may have also intentionally eliminated the fireworks launchers that produce such awesome displays on Canada Day, although many Canadians will be disappointed. Your office has indeed cast a wide net – and all for public safety. 

It might help educate your staff if I point out that gang violence is the most prominent threat to public safety in Canada, not licensed firearms owners, whether hunters, sport shooters, or Canadians who own firearms for historical, cultural, agricultural, or as part of their military or police service. According to Statistics Canada data, almost half (47%) of firearm homicides are gang related. Lawful firearm owners are rarely involved. Just 2% of accused murderers had a valid firearms license.

Licensed gun owners are much less likely to be murderous than other Canadians. As Professor Gary Mauser reported to the Senate of Canada, licensed gun owners had a homicide rate of 0.67 per 100,000 licensed gun owners over the 11-year period (2006-2016). In contrast, the average national homicide rate (including gun owners) was 2.12 per 100,000 adults during the same period.

 As I'm confident you know, hunters are law-abiding and bring value to their communities.

Over 1.3 million Canadians, in all provinces and territories, have a hunting license. You may be surprised to learn that roughly half of Canada's hunters live in larger cities. Hunting spending in Canada totaled $5.9 billion in 2018. The resulting contribution to GDP was $4.1 billion. Hunting supported 33,000 jobs and generated just under $2 billion in labour revenue.

https://www.conferenceboard.ca/research/angling-hunting-trapping-and-sport-shooting
Many Canadian families and Indigenous peoples depend upon hunting to provide food for the family table through legal harvesting, with the added benefit of getting out in the wilderness, as well as spending time with family and friends.Hunters are the largest contributors to conservation, as the money they pay for licenses goes into securing conservation lands or funding projects to manage wildlife.

The ban may also catch shotguns used in trap and skeet as well as hunting. Millions of Canadians enjoy target sports and own these types of firearms, including Olympic athletes. An estimated 1.4 million Canadian target shooters spent over $2.6 billion in 2018. This includes shotgun sports, rifle and handgun target shooting. The target sports bring value to Canada and to the communities that host the meets, including tourism and supporting small businesses, often in small towns where the revenue is sorely needed. This spending boosted GDP by $1.8 billion, supported 14,000 jobs, and generated $868 million in labour revenue (2018).

Canada has a long and proud history of competitive marksmanship. Throughout the 20th Century and into the 21st, Canadians have volunteered to help protect the free world from aggression. It is important for Canadian national sovereignty that Canadian civilians be prepared to participate in military activities in times of national need. Times like world war II, Korean War, Viet Nam, and more recently, in Afghanistan.

To sum up, we trust that once you become aware of this oversight, you will speedily move to make the appropriate corrections. The ban casts too wide a net to be targeted for public safety. It serves no good public safety purpose to deliberately alienate a law-abiding segment of our community, all while spending billions of Canadian taxpayer dollars.

Yours in Conservation,

Mr. Bill Bosch

President

BC Wildlife Federation


Copies To:


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Premier of Canada

Mr. Joël Lightbound, Louis-Hébert, MP, Parliamentary Secretary of the Minister of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Mr. Rob Stewart, Deputy Minister of Public Safety Canda

Mr. Pierre Paul-Hus, MP, Charlesbourg-Haute-Saint-Charles, Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security

Mr. Glen Motz, MP, Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner, Standing Committee on Public Safety & National Security

Mr. Bob Zimmer, MP, Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies, Standing Committee on Indigenous & Northern Affairs

The Honourable John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia

The Honourable Mike Farnworth, MLA, Minister of Public Safety & Solicitor General of the Province of BC

Executive Committee & Board of Directors of the BC Wildlife Federation

Gary Mauser, Firearms Committee Chair, BC Wildlife Federation

Doug Bancroft, Recreational Sports Shooting Committee Chair, BC Wildlife Federation

Alberta Fish & Game Association

Manitoba Wildlife Federation

New Brunswick Wildlife Federation

Northwest Territories Wildlife Federation

Nova Scotia Federation of Anglers & Hunters

Nunavut Wildlife Management Board

Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters

Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation

Yukon Fish & Game Association

Canadian Coalition for Firearms Rights

National Firearms Association

Canadian Shooting Sports Association

 


 

Hello everyone!

We will hold a Rod & Gun Club meeting on Wednesday May 27th.

As always, it will be held at 7:30pm, downstairs in the Senior's Hall.

Please observe standard Social Distancing practices.

See you there!

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, May 14, 2020.

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2020 Conservation Lottery is now SOLD OUT!
We are so excited to announce, for the first time ever, the annual BCWF Conservation Lottery is an early sell out! 
The lottery was tracking better than in past with record numbers of tickets being sold for the early bird draw.  The early bird took place at Bass Pro Shops in Tsawwassen on February 28, 2020. Ted Weight of Lone Butte was the lucky winner of a Remington 700 CDL stainless rifle, Vortex Diamond Back scope, ONZ Game Keeper mount and RedHead lockable case, valued at over $1,800.
The deadline to top-up a lottery ticket purchase with a 50/50 ticket is Midnight, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Everyone who bought a main lottery ticket will be sent an email on how to buy in! Pot is currently sitting at $92,105!
At this moment in time, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are not certain if we will be doing the final draw at Willowbrook Chrysler or here at the BCWF office. No matter the location, we will be drawing on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 12 noon and announce the lucky winners!
A great big thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket(s)!!

 

BCWF Program Updates


What is new with Go Wild?
The new Go Wild program will take only 20 conservation-minded youth (between the ages of 12-17) and transform them into conservation leaders over the course of 9 days. Lessons will focus on leadership, teamwork, outdoor skills, and conservation project management. It is 100% free to apply!  Applications are open now until June 5th!

 


BCWF’s Wetlands Education Program is going virtual!
Join us online for the Cumberland Map our Marshes on June 16-17.
Learn through online activities and discussion with a small group. Topics will cover wetland classification, wetland mapping, and more!

Other News


Call for citizen science!
UBC researchers need your help for ptarmigan observation
Ptarmigan species in B.C. (white-tailed, willow and rock ptarmigan) are iconic birds, well-adapted to cold climates and open or semi-open tundra habitats. As a consequence, they are considered particularly threatened by climatic variation.
Because ptarmigan live in inaccessible mountain habitats, there is a distinct lack of knowledge of species occurrence across the province of British Columbia. UBC researchers are requesting observations, especially of Rock Ptarmigan (anywhere in B.C.) and Willow Ptarmigan in eastern B.C.

 

BCWF Outdoor Photo Contest

Share Your Outdoor Photos with Us!
We want to thank Kent for sending this great picture of his 8-year-old son sturgeon fishing! Kent said "our fishing trip was part of his homeschooling - Outdoor education! We studied sturgeon/ dinosaurs that evening."
Thank you to everyone who sent their outdoor photos to us!
These difficult times provide the opportunity to teach your children outdoor skills and contribute to building local food security. Please be safe, follow the rules and let us know how you are doing. We’d love to get your photos of your family hunting and fishing and enjoying the great outdoors.
Send your photos to us at marketing@bcwf.bc.ca.

 

A Special Thank You to our Dedicated Volunteers!
The BCWF board and committees are volunteer positions; they work hard at sending communications to different levels of government. We encourage all of our members to volunteer just a little of their time to write letters, engage your MLA's and MP's, or get involved in a conservation project. We ask that everyone join us in being a part of the solution. Together, we are stronger and more effective.

 

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the April Meeting has unfortunately been cancelled.

Check back for details for when the next meeting will be held.

Stay safe everyone!

 


 

Below is a summary from Aaron Reid on Central Selkirk herd:

 

·        Collared 7 cows across the Central Selkirk range. There are now 9 functioning collars in the herd which represents >75% of the remaining cows.

·        Completed a predator track census in early February. At the time of the census 7 wolves had already been removed as part of the predator control program. The census found an additional 8 wolves in 4 packs. Therefore, when you include wolves already removed we had a minimum of 15 wolves in the area at the beginning of February.

·        Removed a total of 20 wolves as part of the predator control program from February – March.

·        Removed a total of 6 cougar as part of the predator control program from February – March.

·        Implemented new snowmobile management system across range (ongoing).

·        Implemented restrictions to the heli sector using live collars locations and 2km radius buffers, non collared caribou sign included (ongoing).

·        Prevented the start up of a new cat ski tenure in the Lardeau River area, owners agreed to stop development and activities for caribou. Galena (CMH) agreed to stop using the same area for winter 2020.

·        Competed a partial caribou census but unfortunately the arrival of COVID shut us down. The east side of the Lardeau River was completed but the portions of west side of Lardeau River were left incomplete.

·        Preliminary numbers show a minimum count of 26 caribou remain based on combined data from capture observations and census results. I will provide more information on the composition in the report.

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, April 16, 2020.

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Wild Turkey Hunting Survey
Turkey hunting has grown over the last two decades in BC as populations of the wild turkey have increased. GOS hunt opportunities currently exist in Regions 4 and 8. Some hunters are specializing in turkey hunting (i.e., purchasing equipment specific to turkey hunting) and are travelling to these regions to experience a BC turkey hunt. BC contains the Merriam’s subspecies of wild turkey, one of 5 subspecies in North America. BC is the most northerly extent of the species in North America. BC is one of the only jurisdictions in North America without a tag for wild turkey.
The creation of a tag could re-open the door to engaging the National Wild Turkey Federation in BC which might allow for support for turkey-human conflict resolution.  A species tag will also generate additional surcharge dollars for the HCTF and provide data on hunter numbers and harvest. 
We are looking for your feedback as it relates to wild turkey hunting in B.C. Your input is valuable in how we proceed.

 


Spruce City Wildlife Association Rebuilding Endangered Salmon Populations
In September 2019, it was announced the frozen sperm would be used to help rebuild endangered salmon populations. A total of 10,000 fry were removed from their trays at the end of March where they incubated and are now feeding. Spruce City Wildlife Association vice-president Dustin Snyder, said "It's definitely one of those really remarkable things, Although we've seen [salmon] populations decline drastically, they're still holding on."


Southern Interior Mule Deer Project: Second-longest migrator dies

Doe O18013 was captured and collared on December 7, 2018, and died March 6, 2020. At capture, she weighed 87.1 kg and was estimated to be approximately five years old.  She was the second-longest migrator we have captured throughout the project. Watch the video of her return from summer range to winter range in 2019, up to March 6, 2020. She was found dead with no obvious cause of mortality. A field necropsy revealed lungs which appeared to be compromised.

During the necropsy, it was found the doe’s right front proximal phalanx was previously broken but had fused back together. Samples of the lungs were sent to the animal health center in Abbotsford, and the ultimate cause of death was determined to be pneumonia.

 

 


Big Bar Landslide Update

Read all about the winter construction progress in this April 7 Update:
• Dramatic photos of In River Channel, West Bench and East Toe Blasts
• Access Road and Fishway Construction
• Enhancement Plans and Spring/Summer Program Considerations

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BCWF Program Updates


Go Wild 2020
We are closely monitoring the situation and we are following all government directions. Our goal is for all our Summer 2020 camps to proceed as usual. In the spirit of optimism, we are excited to announce our new Go Wild camp launching this summer!
What’s New:
The new Go Wild program will take 20 conservation-minded youth (between the ages of 12-17) and transform them into conservation leaders over the course of 9 days.

 

 


 

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Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Fishing and Hunting
COVID-19 Updates
 As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the B.C. government has put together a page that will provide updates regarding any changes implemented by the Province related to hunting and fishing activities.

 

 


WEBINAR:  Assessing the condition of wetlands in B.C. with a lens on forestry
Want to learn the key components for measuring wetland health?  The provincial Forest and Range Evaluation Program (FREP) and the BC Wildlife Federation have created a health assessment that can be used to assess the functioning condition of wetlands.
The webinar will provide an overview of this health assessment tool and some of the key components for measuring wetland health.
When: Thursday, April 16th 11AM - 12PM 
Who: Presented by Lisa Nordin, B.C. Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and Neil Fletcher, B.C. Wildlife Federation


Big Bar slide still priority amidst the evolving COVID-19 situation
With the spring freshet fast approaching, prime contractor Peter Kiewit Sons ULC (Kiewit) worked this week on progressively blasting in-river rocks, shaping the bench for the “nature-like” fishway, and preparing for the second blast of the East Toe in April.

The landslide response continues to be a top priority amidst the evolving COVID-19 situation. Kiewit is taking additional health and safety precautions, including suspending all site visits which are not critical to the current project scope. Additionally, protocols have been put in place to minimize larger group gatherings in enclosed spaces.

 

CORE Online Course
We are all taking the necessary precautions with social distancing to flatten the curve.  Why not continue on with your plans in obtaining yur BC Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID).
Perhaps you have a friend, child, grandchild that has taken interest in your passion of the great outdoors.  Stay the course and enroll today. 
The only BCWF approved online training course, price includes the mandatory $30 student graduation certificate required to obtain your FWID.

 

Member Offer:  15% off at Backroad Mapbooks
BCWF Members get a 15% discount at Backroad Mapbooks if you order online by using the code BCWF15
Map your next adventure!  Visit:  https://www.backroadmapbooks.com/

 


Office Remains Closed to Public
As you are aware the BCWF office has closed to the public to take the necessary precautions to flatten the curve and ensure everyone associated with BCWF, and beyond remains healthy and safe.  We are pushing on and adapting the way we are working to continue to serve our membership.  Please visit our website, watch for our emails and visit our Facebook page to stay up to date.  If you call the office, know your message will be forwarded on to the correct person who will get back to you as soon as possible. 
Phone:  604-882-9988
Toll-Free:  1-888-881-2293

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, March 19, 2020.

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COVID-19
Please be advised, as a proactive measure against COVID-19 our office will be closed to the public until further notice.
In the meantime, staff will still be answering calls, emails and continuing business online. We offer several options to conduct business over the phone or email.
Phone:
We will be monitoring messages on our phone daily. Please leave a message with your contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible:  
Phone: 604-882-9988
Toll-Free: 1-888-881-2293
Fax: 604-882-9933
Online:
You can contact us with your questions or concerns through our website at bcwf.bc.ca/contact/

Email:


Staff will be available to assist you via email. Please click on one of the options below depending on your needs.

Membership: membership@bcwf.bc.ca

Core: core@bcwf.bc.ca

General Inquiries: officeinfo@bcwf.bc.ca
During these unprecedented circumstances we appreciate the support, patience and understanding of our members, sponsors, and supporters. We will continue to provide you with updates via email and our social channels.
Keep healthy and be safe out there!

 


AGM & Convention Cancelled
We'd like to remind our members that our Annual General Meeting and Convention has been cancelled in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. As the important work of our organization is conducted at the AGM, we will be rescheduling the AGM portion later in 2020 when it is safe to do so. We will keep you updated as information comes available.
The BCWF office will cancel your AGM and convention registration for you. If you paid for your registration by credit card, you can expect to receive your refund in about a week. If you paid for your registration by cheque, please look for your reimbursement cheque in approximately two weeks. Please be patient as we are processing these refunds as quickly as we can.
Did you book a room at the Coast Bastion? No problem, your reservation is cancelled if it was under the BCWF Room Block. If you booked elsewhere, please remember to call them directly to cancel.
Although we are fortunate to have enough notice to cancel registration fees and room bookings, we have also had to cancel the fundraising component planned at the convention. The BCWF AGM and Convention is a very big part of our fundraising efforts and losing this event will mean we will be reaching out for help, so we can move forward with our vision and mission which is so very valuable to British Columbians. 

Donations are always welcome and gratefully accepted.

 

Conservation Lottery

There are just a couple months left to purchase your Conservation Lottery tickets. You could be the winner of a Dodge Ram 1500 Tradesman Quad Cab 4x4 or one of our other 11 great prizes!

If you already have your Conservation Lottery ticket, don't forget to top up your purchase with 50/50 tickets. You could be the winner of up to $100,000!

Tickets are available online until midnight of May 30, 2020!


Southern Interior Mule Deer Project: Winter Update
The Southern Interior Mule Deer Project had a great winter capture season.  Since the fall our team and volunteers have been out checking and moving trail cameras, conducting mortality investigations and capturing and collaring more does and fawns.
In the last couple of months our team added 6 adults and 19 fawns to the West Okanagan study area, 15 adults and 18 fawns in the Boundary study area and 5 adults and 20 fawns to the Cache Creek study area.  Since the program began 2 years ago, we’ve collared 232 deer (including deer whose collars failed or fell off as designed).

 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, March 5, 2020.

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Conservation Lottery: Early Bird Draw
Congratulations to Ted Weight from Lone Butte B.C. for winning the Early Bird prize, a Remington 700 Rifle with Vortex Diamond Back Scope, ONZ Game Reeper Mount and a Red Head Lockable Case provided by Bass Pro Shops.
Tickets are selling out Fast!
With only 86 Days left until the final draw, we have just over 6,000 Conservation Lottery tickets available and over $58,000 in our 50/50 Jackpot!

 


Wetlands on Wheels!
This spring, BCWF’s Wetland Education Program (WEP) is rolling out a new program initiative called Wetland on Wheels (WOW). The goal of WOW is to bring to light the urgent need for wetland conservation and restoration, which is achieved through connecting B.C. youth to wetland education using experiential learning techniques and hands-on, escape room-style activities.
Through March and April, the WOW team will deliver fun-filled wetland education and outreach to schools in the Fraser Valley, in Kamloops, the Kootenays, Kelowna and north of Mackenzie. By connecting directly with the youth of today, the BCWF is working to secure a sound future for British Columbia’s wetlands in the best interests of both the people who enjoy the great outdoors, and wildlife.

 

Annual General Meeting & Convention

 

April 1 - 4, 2020 | Nanaimo, B.C.
The 2020 AGM & Convention in Nanaimo, B.C. is just around the corner. We are expected to have a record turn out with a 'not to be missed' line up of informative and exciting guest speakers and presenters. Join us April 1 – 4, 2020 to celebrate tradition, comradery, important updates, and exciting outings for your family!

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Get your tickets before March 7 to support the North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle! 
Get your tickets for the North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle. All the funds raised will go towards wildlife and eco-restoration projects in Region 7B.
The Grand Prize: Guided horseback hunt for a Yukon Dall Sheep with Northcurl Outfitters for August 2021. Opportunity to hunt other species for an additional fee. Includes $1500 travel voucher, as well as a free shoulder mount of harvested sheep from Inuksuk Wildlife Studio.

 


Sturgeon Conservation Workshop!
This two-day engaging workshop provides hands on experience with North Americas largest freshwater fish. Day one consists of participating in an informative session with local experts, learning more about the species, their history, and their habitat. Day two consists of a 6-8 hour juvenile sturgeon research program with professionals from the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association, where participants fish for and record juvenile sturgeon.

This Workshop is being offered:

Outreach Events:

March 6 – 8 |
BC Sportsmen's Show – BCWF Members receive $2.00 off all tickets!

April 17  – 19 | BC Outdoors Show – at Chilliwack Heritage Park

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, February 20, 2020.

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Provincial Budget 2020
Last year, several representatives from the BCWF, including region 5, region 7B and the Spruce City Wildlife Association presented to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to provide recommendations for the upcoming budget. With the information provided, on August 7, 2019, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services made the following recommendations to the Legislative Assembly that the Provincial Government:

 

Environmental Protection and Conservation

  • 28. Advance water sustainability in British Columbia by providing a dedicated, sustainable, annual funding source for First Nations, local government, local watershed protections agencies and community partnerships.

Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Management

  • 29. Increase funding for fish and wildlife conservation, management and data collection, including exploring potential revenue sources such as fees from hunting, fishing, natural resource and nature-based tourism enterprises for this purpose.

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, the provincial government has since released a budget without enough funding for water, fish and wildlife management. The BCWF position is that it is unacceptable to underfund wildlife management and to cut spending on matters related to fish, wildlife and the environment when parts of the province are facing decreasing fish and wildlife numbers and impacts to habitat caused by a changing climate.

 

 

How Important are your firearms to you?
The BCWF Firearms and Recreational Sports Shooting Committees are asking you to stand up for your firearm rights. The committees have outlined several steps you can take to let Canadian Members of Parliament know why you don't support firearms bans.
We need you to take these steps of action today!

 

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Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw! 
Our Early Bird draw is just around the corner! Purchase your tickets before 11:59pm on February 27th for your chance to win a Remington 270 Rifle with Vortex Scope, Mounting System & Case.
The Draw will take place on February 28th at 12:00pm at Bass Pro Shops in Tsawwassen. If you can't make the draw stay tuned to our Facebook page for a Facebook Live where we will announce the winner! 
Don't forget NEW this year - 50/50 tickets are only $5! The current jackpot is over $33,000. Winner takes half!

 

 


Becoming an Outdoors Woman!
Are you a woman looking for an opportunity to learn outdoor skills in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere? If so, the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program is just for you. This year's BOW will be taking place from May 8 - 10 at Camp Winfield in Lake Country.
Each BOW workshop offers a variety of outdoor related educational workshops for participants to select from in each of three areas: shooting and hunting, angling, and outdoor recreation.
During the two day course, BOW participants will attend four hands-on courses of their choice, taught by qualified instructors. All the courses offered are conducted in a way to ensure participants have a safe, fun and educational experience.

Outreach Events:
February 28 | Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw – 12:00pm At BassPro Shops in Tsawwassen
February 29 – March 1 | Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show – BCWF members get $4 off Adult Admission. Use Promo Code: OUTDOORSHOW20
March 6 – 8 | BC Sportsmen ShowBCWF Members receive $2.00 off all tickets!
April 16 – 19 | BC Outdoors Show –  at Chilliwack Heritage Park

 


 

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BCWF Member Update Thursday, February 6, 2020.

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How Important are your firearms to you?
The BCWF Firearms and Recreational Sports Shooting Committees are asking you to stand up for your firearm rights. The committees have outlined several steps you can take to let Canadian Members of Parliament know why you don't support firearms bans.
We need you to take these steps of action today!

 


Regional Roundups 
Keep up to date with the pressing issues in your region with our Regional Roundups. These reports provide an overview of the major projects, initiatives and conservation issues that are happening in the regions across British Columbia.

Annual General Meeting & Convention

 

April 1 - 4, 2020 | Nanaimo, B.C.
The 2020 AGM & Convention in Nanaimo, B.C. is just around the corner. We are expected to have a record turn out with a 'not to be missed' line up of informative and exciting guest speakers and presenters. Join us April 1 – 4, 2020 to celebrate tradition, comradery, important updates, and exciting outings for your family!

AGM & Convention Speakers 
We have an exciting lineup of speakers at this year's AGM. Our presenters include political leaders, faculty from universities across North America, foresters, biologists and representatives from the BCWF. Topics range from forest and fisheries management to wildlife health; plus an exploration of the vital link between humans and the flora and fauna we share our wild spaces with.

 


Awards - Deadline for nominations is February 14, 2020 
Do you have a Conservation Superhero you think should be recognized? Or perhaps you know of someone who caught a big fish in 2019.
Nominations are now being accepted for all of our Awards, which will be presented at this year's AGM and Convention in Nanaimo.
Deadline for nominations is February 14, 2020.


North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle 
Get your tickets for the North Peace Rod & Gun Club Region 7B Wildlife Raffle. All the funds raised will go towards wildlife and eco-restoration projects in Region 7B.
The Grand Prize: Guided horseback hunt for a Yukon Dall Sheep with Northcurl Outfitters for August 2021. Opportunity to hunt other species for an additional fee. Includes $1500 travel voucher, as well as a free shoulder mount of harvested sheep from Inuksuk Wildlife Studio.

 

 

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Juvenile White Sturgeon Research
BCWF staff were out on the water this past weekend, assisting the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association with recording juvenile white sturgeon as part of the multi-year juvenile sturgeon research project on the Fraser River.
Check out our Juvenile White Sturgeon Conservation Workshop below to see how you can participate in this great project!

 


Sturgeon Conservation Workshop!
This two-day engaging workshop provides hands on experience with North Americas largest freshwater fish. Day one consists of participating in an informative session with local experts, learning more about the species, their history, and their habitat. Day two consists of a 6-8 hour juvenile sturgeon research program with professionals from the Fraser Valley Angling Guides Association, where participants fish for and record juvenile sturgeon.

 

This Workshop is being offered:

 

Outreach Events:
February 5 – 9 | Vancouver International Boat Show
February 28 | Conservation Lottery Early Bird Draw – 12:00pm At BassPro Shops in Tsawwassen
February 29 – March 1 | Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show - BCWF members get $4 off Adult Admission. Use Promo Code: OUTDOORSHOW20
March 6 – 8 | BC Sportsmen Show – BCWF Members receive $2.00 off all tickets!

 


The January R&GC meeting will be on January 29th at 7:30pm

As usual, it will be downstairs in the Senior's Centre