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.

Education

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

Ranges

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.

Due to ongoing logging operations the Rifle Range may be closed on short notice. Please call caretaker at 754 2846 (after 9 a.m.)for latest update. Note that only the Rifle Range is affected!

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 

Conservation

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.

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

Notice of Annual General Meeting and Special Resolution.

The Annual General Meeting of the Nanaimo and District Fish and Game Protective Association will be held on Sunday January 21, 2018 starting at 10:00am in the Clubhouse.
The Agenda will include the election of an executive board of directors for the new year, a financial report for the previous year, presentations of budgets for 2018, and all other business of the club. The guest speaker will be Vic Skaarup the BCWF Treasurer and the Chair of the BCWF Recreational Sports Shooting Committee.
Tickets for the Annual Banquet, which will be held on Saturday February 10, 2018, will be sold after the meeting.
There will be a special resolution presented as follows:

SPECIAL RESOLUTION OF MEMBERS

A Special Resolution of the Members of the Society with regards to transitioning the Society under the provisions of the Societies Act, filing a transition application, and amending the Constitution and Bylaws of the Society.

WHEREAS:

  1. The Society was incorporated under the Society Act of British Columbia on March 9, 1954;
  2. It is considered to be in the best interests of the Society that it transitions to the Societies Act of British Columbia (the “New Act”) pursuant to section 240 of the New Act;
  3. It is considered to be in the best interests of the Society that it amend its Constitution and Bylaws to accord with the New Act;

BE IT RESOLVED AS A SPECIAL RESOLUTION THAT:

  1. The directors of the Society are authorized and directed to file a transition application under section 240 of the New Act (the “Transition Application”);
  2. The existing Bylaws of the Society as filed with the Registrar of Companies be cancelled, and the form of Bylaws presented to the membership at the Annual General Meeting on January 21, 2018, be adopted as the Bylaws of the Society in substitution for and to the exclusion of the existing Bylaws of the Society, to be effective as of the date of filing the Transition Application with the Registrar of Companies;
  3. Any two of the officers and directors of the Society are authorized to take all such actions and execute and deliver all such documentation that is necessary or desirable for the implementation of this resolution.

BACKGROUNDER

When an organization chooses to become a Not for Profit Society in British Columbia they are governed by the Society Act then in force. In our case that was ‘SOCIETY ACT [RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 433’.
The Society Act provides what they call a ‘MODEL BYLAW’ for the purpose of creating your club bylaws. It contains all the clauses that the act requires a society to have and allows you to strengthen your bylaws by adding those clauses that are specific to your organization. In our case this was done in December of 2000 in order to replace our current bylaws that had been written in 1954 and no longer complied with the Society Act.
A new Societies Act (SOCIETIES ACT [SBC 2015] CHAPTER 18) came into force on November 28, 2016 that required each society to transition by November 28, 2018 to ensure they comply with the Act. Included in this new act was a new ‘MODEL BYLAW’ and it contained all the clauses that were required by this new act.
In order to comply with the legal requirement to transition to the new ‘SOCIETIES ACT’ we used the new model bylaw and added all the things from our old bylaws that were specific to our organization.

For the full text of the proposed new Constitution and Bylaws CLICK HERE

The current Constitution-and-Bylaws are available here.

Big Game Competition

Now that big game hunting seasons in BC have mostly all ended, it’s time to get your entries in for the Club’s Annual Big Game Competition.

Awards are given annually in the following 4 categories:

  • Largest Vancouver Island Deer Antlers
  • Heaviest Vancouver Island Deer
  • Outstanding Big Game Award
  • Junior Outstanding Big Game Award

Please contact me as soon as possible if you have an entry that you would like to be considered for any of these categories.

Thanks!!

Kim Brunt – ph. (250) 390-3951

email: kcbrunt@shaw.ca

NEWS RELEASE – Threat to Grizzly Bears.

NEWS RELEASE
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
President,
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.

 

Regards
John Noble