Welcome to Nanaimo Fish and Game

Nanaimo Fish and GameThe Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association offers a safe, learning environment for people and families interested in outdoor skills. Here are some of what our association offers.

The BCWF extended personal liability Insurance Policy term runs each year from Dec. 31st – Dec. 31st. Club members are active BCWF Members, and have access to the policy for the duration of your membership. A valid certificate should be carried with your personalized BCWF Member Card as proof of insurance. CLICK HERE for a copy of the current certificate.


We provide qualified volunteer instructors for archery for both adults and kids.


Range Hours are from 9am to Sunset. Sunset times are posted in the sign in shed. All shooting stops and clean up begins half hour prior to closing.

We provide safe places for people to practice archery, rifle, pistol, skeet, trap and black powder shooting. We also provide range rentals.
If you are not a member of the club you have to pay a $10 day card fee to use the ranges. The form for that is in the sign in shed when the caretaker is present or the range officer trailer when the caretaker is not present (usually Tuesday and Wednesday).
For members of the club who have chosen not to purchase an Annual Range Pass you have to pay a $5 day card fee to use the ranges and the form for that is in the sign in shed when the caretaker is present or the range officer trailer when the caretaker is not present (usually Tuesday and Wednesday).
IPSC Alley #4 (the covered one) is the venue for IPSC training on Saturdays starting in late February and that alley is reserved for that purpose. You need to contact Kevin Wheatcroft by email CLICK HERE 


Our Association has been working to conserve fish, wildlife & habitat Since 1905 and have a range of projects we are currently working on.

Have questions about our facility, programs and activities? Contact us.

St Paddys Day 3D Shoot

March 11 2018, what a glorious day.

The luck of the Irish was certainly with us this day. Sunny and warm almost T-Shirt weather. Walking around the property one would find alligators in the river, moose in the trap field, buffalo in the brush and many more animals (targets) strategically placed to challenge the 109 participants of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Archery Divisions annual St Paddy’s Day 3D shoot. We would like to thank those that gave of their time in setting up the course, taking registration, arranging the draw table, preparing the lunch, the cleanup  and most importantly the 109 registered archers. Undoubtedly the weather leading up to and the day of the event helped bolster the numbers. The enthusiasm of the attendees speaks volumes to the health of archery on the Island.

I never even caught site of a single leprechaun the entire day but they are sly little fellows, not to say they were not around in disguise? A Sunny warm day, good health, meeting old friends, making new acquaintances and shooting arrows …. That was my pot of gold, what could be better?

Those, that for reasons unknown could not attend are most certainly ite ag an ead  (Irish gaelic) or green with envy (English)  for they most certainly missed one of the best shooting days this year so far.

The Nanaimo Fish and Game Archery Division like every other club rely on the greater Vancouver Island archery community’s support to make these events successful.

All of the clubs on the Island need our support so remember, get out there whenever possible, get involved with the operation of your local organization and attend as many shoots as possible, it makes us all stronger.

Don’t rely on the LEPRECHAUNS  to do all the work…..


“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!”       (Happy Saint Patricks day to you)

Complete the B.C. CORE HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM in just a Weekend

This spring, Nanaimo Fish & Game is again proud to offer the CORE (Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education) Program right at the Club. This educational and fun course can now be completed in just one weekend.

B.C. residents who are 18 years old or older, and wish to obtain a hunting licence are required to complete this program. It is also a GREAT class for anyone interested in outdoor recreation.
The program is open to everyone (including non-members). Classes are SATURDAY and Sunday, March 17-18, 2018, and run from 8am to 5pm. Students will need a notebook, pen, and a lunch. After completing the course, and passing a practical firearms handling test and written examination, you will receive your certification.
BONUS**** Everyone who graduates from the Nanaimo Fish & Game CORE program will receive a membership to the club at a discounted price!
For more information, AND to pre-register, please contact:
Bob Bennie at 250-585-4090 OR
Dave Sandhu at 250-753-3911


Provincial Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program – 01 January – 30 April, 2017

The overall prevalence of the winter tick (Dermacentor albipictus) within moose (Alces alces) populations can vary among years (Addison et al. 2016, Samuel 2004), mostly dependent on spring snow levels, air temperatures, early autumn snowfall events, and moose densities.

Historic observations of winter tick infestations in British Columbia (BC) is mostly anecdotal, and there is little known about the distribution, severity, and population-level impacts of winter tick on BC moose populations. The Provincial Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program was established to document winter tick distribution and infestation severity within the province through the use of “citizen-science”. Now in its third consecutive year, the program continues to engage a wide variety of user groups to collect observations of moose throughout the province.

To see the complete report CLICK HERE

NEWS RELEASE – Threat to Grizzly Bears.

For Immediate Release
October 24, 2017

Ministries’ management of grizzly bears did not meet expectations

VICTORIA – The Office of the Auditor General of British Columbia has released a new report:

An Independent Audit of Grizzly Bear Management.

B.C. is one of the last areas of North America where grizzly bears live in their natural habitat. The health of B.C.’s 15,000 grizzly bears is important because, as an umbrella species, they are an indicator of how well other species and ecosystems are doing.
“Grizzly bear populations in some areas of B.C. are increasing, but this is likely happening independently from an adequate management framework,” said Auditor General Carol Bellringer.
The Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have long-standing, public commitments for managing grizzly bears. Bellringer and her team found that the ministries haven’t fulfilled many of their commitments, including a grizzly bear management plan and the implementation of a recovery plan in the North Cascades. Also absent was an inventory and monitoring strategy of grizzly bears in B.C. and clear policies for bear viewing.
Bellringer’s office did find that the greatest risk to grizzly bears isn’t the hunt, it’s the degradation of grizzly bear habitat. “The expansion of development in oil and gas, forestry and human settlement makes it more difficult for grizzly bears to mate, and results in food source loss, as well as more human-bear conflict,” said Bellringer. An increase in resource roads— 600,000 kms existing and more added every year—also leads to more human-bear conflict, and ultimately, grizzly bear deaths.
The Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have undertaken activities to reduce grizzly bear habitat degradation, but have not evaluated whether their efforts are effective.
Bellringer made 10 recommendations, including a recommendation for government to review legislation to clarify roles and responsibilities between the two ministries. This is because the ministries have overlapping responsibilities.

To see the full report CLICK HERE

For the BCWF response to the Auditor Generals report CLICK HERE.

October 17, 2017
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 following document related to the proposed grizzly bear regulation changes has been put together to help you advocate on behalf of conservation, fish and wildlife. The BC Wildlife Federation will be preparing supporting materials for you to use to advocate for fish and wildlife recovery, and support of hunting and angling into the future.
You do not need to be a subject matter expert to write or meet with elected officials, all you need to be able to do is convey how important conservation is to you and your family, and the principals of the North American Wildlife Conservation Model.
B.C. needs leaders of conservation and champions of hunting and fishing to step forward like as never before.
Harvey Andrusak
BC Wildlife Federation

To read BCWF’s full response to BC’s Proposed Grizzly regulations CLICK HERE

Province seeking feedback from the public on proposed grizzly bear hunting regulations

  On Aug. 14, 2017, the B.C. government announced that effective Nov. 30, 2017 it will end trophy hunting of grizzly bears and stop all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. The public can provide input into two policy documents outlining the proposed regulation changes required to implement the ban. As part of the consultation, input is being sought on:

  • Changes to manage the ban in hunting areas that overlap the Great Bear Rainforest;
  • Changes that will prohibit the possession of “trophy” grizzly bear parts;
  • Changes that will manage prohibited grizzly bear parts;
  • Changes to prohibit the trafficking of grizzly bear parts; and,
  • New reporting requirements for taxidermists.

Members of the public may send comments to the Fish and Wildlife Branch at grizzly.bear@gov.bc.ca. When a comment is sent, the writer will receive an email back confirming that the response has been received. Due to the expected volume of material, individual response will not be possible. The consultation period will conclude on November 2, 2017.

To read BCWF opinion on the grizzly bear trophy hunt ban click HERE



In Remembrance of Jack Gilmour – August 5, 1936 – August 31, 2017

The Vancouver Island Trap Shooting community, and especially the Nanaimo Fish and Game Trap Division, is sad to announce the sudden passing of Jack Gilmour on August 31, 2017. .


Jack began shooting trap in 1967 and never looked back.
Over the years, Jack won numerous trophies, buckles and pins. His most memorable achievements include:

  • Five times at the 27 yard line
  • Forty nine 100 straights
  • Ninety eight 99s
  • Five 200 straights
  • Two 100 straights in doubles
  • He was awarded the achievement award for 250,000 registered targets in 2012
  • PITA All Star 10 times
  • BC All Star 17 times
  • VISL All Star 19 times
  • He was inducted into the PITA Hall of Fame 2013

Jack worked as a commercial fisherman on the West Coast of Vancouver Island for 40 years. He managed to devote time to both family and shooting on his brief times at home. He was a skilled craftsman, hunter, fisher, gardener. He built his own home over a number of years whenever  he returned from fishing.

Jack has been involved in the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club for the past many years. He was instrumental in fund raising, building and maintenance of the club and the trap section.

He will be remembered for his competitive nature, sense of humour and strong personality. He especially enjoyed helping and mentoring new shooters.

His favorite sayings included “Don’t say ‘Hi Jack’ at the airport” and “Only the Shadow Knows”.

A celebration of Jack’s life will be held at the Nanaimo Fish and Game Main Clubhouse on October 28, 2017 at 1:00pm. The Club is located at 1325 Nanaimo Lakes Road, Nanaimo. The traphouse will be open at 10:00am for shooters to enjoy a round of trap in honour of Jack.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Trap Division at the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club.


Building Clean Up

A huge Thank You needs to go out to the 20 plus volunteers who showed up to clean the new building.

What an awesome morning. Once again, our membership stepped up to help with ongoing club projects. Members from every discipline arrived with their brushes, buckets and hoses in hand to scrub the logs prior to applying stain.

The dry summer months and the endless trucking through club property left the building caked in dust and grime.

It was a pleasure to meet with some of our new members and reacquaint with many of the long term members.

This truly does show the dedication of our membership. Well done and Thank You again.


John Noble


Building Update July 31

It has been a couple months since the last building update. Work on the new building is progressing along quite well. As of July 31 the metal roofing is nearly complete and the hope is to have the structure at lock up before the weather deteriorates.

Work is moving forward on a number of fronts including prepping for the soffit installation, interior wall rough in, lighting design, final touch ups to the door and window openings in preparation for installation, placing of the building wrap prior to application of siding on the gable ends and scheduling a general cleaning of the logs just to name a few.

Much of the work is contingent on availability of materials and of course volunteer manpower.



It would seem there is boom in construction and renovations in the local area which has lead to a shortage of some building materials and extended wait times for delivery.



Summer Classic 3D Shoot

Summer Classic 2017

The summer Classic is now officially in the history file. For those unable to attend all we can say is sorry, you missed a good one.  There was a great deal of trepidation on the part of the organizers this year mainly due to the short time available to pull it all together. With work proceeding on the new building and running in concert with the preparation for the Summer Classic there was a real concern about burning out volunteers. John and Ron did a phenomenal job as always. There is a significant amount of time that goes into laying out the trails and getting a crew out to clear trails and haul out targets. Once that task is accomplished the real work of setting up the shoots begins, position a target, layout pins to ensure the shot is challenging for the seasoned shooter and still enjoyable for the novice shooter. Then ask the questions… is the shot safe, are there any concerns for the taller or shorter shooter, and from the pin is it doable for the left and right shooter… adjust as required?  Once that is all cleared you go off and do it thirty nine more times…minimum.  Set out trail markers, build in safe in and out paths, making up course maps and on and on seems almost endless and is until the first arrow is shot… Many thanks to all that gave their time to help in the many tasked of setting up the course.

The galley crew ( Cathy, Ross and the Larry twins) as always had the early shift each day ensuring the coffee was ready and a hot breakfast available for those that were in need. In addition they were there to set up and prepare lunch each day and work their magic cooking the fish for the potluck Saturday evening.

Registration opened at 8 AM Saturday morning, with seventy nine shooters registering for the day. The numbers were a bit disappointing for the organizers but the attending shooters were a boisterous and enthusiastic bunch. Saturday had a twenty target two arrow round in the morning and a twenty target two arrow round in the afternoon. Comments following the first days rounds were the course were very, very well laid out. Many participants felt it very devilish on the part of the course designer to strategically place various objects (branches, trees, grass, rocks etc) to mess with their head when shooting. In their own defence the course crew was quick to respond “We never placed any of the mentioned objects, we only positioned the targets… that other stuff just happened to be there”.  Saturday evening there was an incredible potluck dinner in the back BBQ pit area. BBQed salmon fried oysters a whole array of salads and desserts. As always there was plenty to eat topped off with a generous helping of fun filled kidding and laughter.

Sunday morning brought out a few more shooters with the final tally coming in at one hundred and thirteen. The morning round was a two arrow round and the afternoon round was a one arrow round.

Awards for the leaders of each division were handed out followed by the prize draws. There was a fabulous draw table with over eighty items to be won.

We would like to thank all those members who came out and help pull this event together. It is only through their generous contribution that these types of events can be delivered.  Finally we would like to send out a special thank you to all that participated and made the shoot a success.