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.


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


We provide safe places for people to practice archery, rifle, pistol, skeet, trap and black powder shooting. We also provide range rentals.


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.

British Columbia to increase investment in wildlife management

The following article was just taken from the BC Government news website:

As part of the Province’s long-standing commitment to healthy wildlife populations, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson announced today that all hunting licence revenue will be re-invested to enhance wildlife management activities.
Based on input from stakeholders over the last few years, the government will form a new agency in fall 2017 with startup funds of $5 million. The agency subsequently would be supported by hunting licence revenues of $9 million to $10 million each year.
Currently, hunting licence revenues support a number of government activities. Hunting licence surcharges totalling more than $2.6 million annually would still be dedicated to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for its conservation projects.
Continue Reading →

Hydro planning to remove dam on Salmon River

Hydro planning to remove dam on Salmon River
by Mike Davies – Campbell River Mirror
North Island, Campbell River posted Oct 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

The almost decade-long discussion over what to do on the Salmon River to help the fish seems to be coming to a resolution.
BC Hydro has decided the best solution for everyone – especially the salmon – is the removal of the Salmon River dam altogether.
The previous three-phase project included fish ladder and canal upgrades to improve the facility – which was built in the 1950s – along with addressing debris management and flow control.

That plan – initially set to begin this fall and be completed by 2018 – was the result of a 2012 commitment by BC Hydro to fish passage improvements at the Salmon River Diversion facility between Campbell River and Sayward. The project was “put on hold” earlier this year, however, just weeks before it was set to begin, with Hydro citing costs being “too high for us to proceed.”
A review was ordered to see what the best plan of attack would be going forward – whether that be the decommissioning of the dam or a downscaling of the project.
That decision has now been announced. Continue Reading →


The purpose of the committee is to advise the Minister of Public Safety on pragmatic measures to reform Canada’s firearms policies, laws and regulations to ensure a modernized firearms regime that will keep Canadians safe and safeguard their rights and freedoms in an open and democratic society.

The Committee will consist of up to 15 members. It will include individuals who are civilian firearms users, knowledgeable law enforcement officers, public health advocates, representatives from women’s groups, and members of the legal community.

The National Firearms Association and the Canadian Shooting Sports Association feels that, once again, there is no one from the shooting community who truly represents civilian firearms users with the latest round of appointments. Continue Reading →

Annual Banquet

While we would like to thank each and every person who worked so hard to bring this evening into being, space does not permit. However certain groups should be recognized.

  • The dedicated Kitchen Crew, who ensure the fish and game donations were properly stored, handled and prepared, and the many members who donated their hard won and much cherished fish and game – not to mention preparing the donation for your dining pleasure.
  • The Banquet Crew who tirelessly set up tables, chairs, tablecloths, accessories, and decorations for the evening, and then came back the next morning to clean everything up.
  • The Fundraising Crew who spent many hours canvassing donations, storing and cataloging items, and then setting up the display tables.
  • The Social Committee and Bartenders who keep the refreshments flowing.
  • To Doug Miller for setting up his excellent display of antique firearms; to Peter Demmer of Terrier Blades for setting up his display of custom made knives; and to Fur Canada for their display of their fine taxidermy.
  • To each and everyone for your willingness to part with your hard earned money in support of this organization – its goals and objectives in the interest of Fish and Wildlife and their Habitat.
  • To Jeff Jorgensen for doing an excellent job as our auctioneer.

Please recognize both the individuals and the businesses listed below who generously support the aims of our Association by patronizing their business throughout the year:

  •  Bastion Jewellers, Bill & Jean Carter
  • Wholesale Sports
  • ABC Country Restaurant
  • AJACS Equipment Inc.
  • Alberni Outpost
  • Alf Perala
  • Art Knapp
  • Art of Brewing
  • Backyard Wild Bird & Nature Store
  • Barb & Wayne Harling
  • BCWF
  • Beauty Boutique
  • Bedrock Redi-Mix Ltd
  • Best Buy
  • Bish’N’Son Fishing Adventures
  • Bissett Fasteners Ltd
  • Bob Morris
  • Brand XPress
  • Broco Glass
  • Cabela’s
  • Canadian Tire
  • Carlos O’Bryan Pub & Liquor Store
  • Central Drugs
  • Charles Veasey
  • Cheryl Lee
  • Chico’s Fried Chicken & Pizza
  • Cobs Bread
  • Mid Island CO-OP
  • Cory Parsons
  • Country Grocer
  • Dave Sandhu
  • Dave Stupich
  • Deri Morris
  • Distinctive Deck & Rail
  • Doug Janz
  • Eaglequest Golf Center
  • First Choice Haircutters
  • Five Star Embroidery & Silk Screening Inc.
  • Frank & Teresa Etmannski
  • Frank Bajich Log Scaling
  • Friesens Rentals & Hardware
  • Fur & Feather Taxidermy
  • Fur Canada
  • Gallazin Locks
  • Gallery South Hair Design
  • Get West Adventure Cruises
  • Gone Fishin
  • Great Canadian Oil Change
  • Green Thumb Nurseries
  • Harbour Chandler
  • Harris Kia
  • High Caliber Hair Studio
  • Home Hardware
  • Hub City Fisheries
  • Hub City Paving
  • Hub City Springs & Machines Ltd
  • Inland Kenworth
  • Inter-Kraft Contacting
  • Island Communications
  • Jim Shockey
  • Jim Tyson, Investors Group
  • Jonanco Quilters
  • Kal Tire
  • Kelly’s Kitchen Café
  • Krog & Company
  • Laird Wheaton
  • Larry McFarlane
  • Lief Royal
  • L’il Nib Lures
  • Little Caesars Bowen Road
  • Lordco
  • M& M Food Market
  • Mack Sales & Service Nanaimo
  • Margaret Amstutz
  • Mark’s Import Auto
  • McDonalds Bowen Road
  • Midland Tools
  • Millers Pub
  • Milner Group Ventures
  • Nanaimo Auto Body & Glass
  • Nanaimo Chrysler
  • Nanaimo Honda
  • Nanaimo Toyota
  • Nellie’s Deli
  • Nesvog Meats
  • Norm Hygh
  • Petro Canada
  • Precision Detailing
  • Quality Foods
  • Ray Ostle
  • Romper Room
  • Save On Foods
  • Schnitzer Steel
  • Shoppers Drug Mart North
  • Slegg Lumber
  • Slice Restaurant
  • Smitty’s Rock City Restaurant
  • Sports Card Alley
  • Ted Brookman
  • Ted Chappell
  • The Bold Knight Restaurant
  • Thompson Automotive Machine Ltd
  • Tim Hortons, Dickinson Crossing
  • Top Lite Car Service
  • Top Star Hair Stylists
  • Triple T Party Rentals
  • Turley’s Florist
  • United Rentals
  • Valhalla Pure Outfitters
  • Walkers Saw Shop
  • Walt Beattie
  • Wellington Pub
  • West Coast Art
  • West Coast Helicopters
  • West Coast Motor Sports
  • Wheatsheaf Pub
  • Windward Neighborhood Pub
  • Woodgrove Chrysler
  • Yellow Bird Art Gallery

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation

What is now HCTF began as the Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) in 1981. The original HCF was the idea of anglers, hunters, trappers and guides who wanted to increase their contribution to the preservation of species and habitats across BC. These resource users have always “paid their way” through license sales, but wanted to make a more direct investment in conservation by way of an additional license surcharge. In response to this idea, the HCF was established by the BC government with the goals of enhancing BC fish and wildlife populations and acquiring key fish and wildlife habitats. Continue Reading →

Annual General meeting

The annual General Meeting was held at the clubhouse on Sunday January 15th. Elections were held and the following positions were filled:

Back row (left to right) Chris McFarlane, President; Doug Miller, Secretary; Norm Hygh, director.
Front row (left to right) John Noble, Vice President; Rob Clarke, Vice President; Larry Burnett, director; Kevin Wheatcroft, Director.
Dave Bare (absent)

   2016 Big Game Awards:

Junior Outstanding Big Game Award
91 3/8 PTS

Largest Vancouver Island Deer Antlers
102 4/8 PTS

Heaviest Vancouver Island Deer
159 LBS

Outstanding Big Game Award
Black Bear
16 6/16 PTS

    2016 Fish Awards:

Women’s Largest Coho
Overall Largest Coho
16 LBS

Women’s Largest Spring Salmon
21 LBS

Largest Spring Salmon
28 LBS

Ian McFarlane
15 ¾ LBS


Jr. Member of the Year Ian McFarlane

Outstanding Service Member of the Year Vice President John Noble


What about those prohibited handguns?

We get quite a few questions from our older members who are licensed (or grandfathered) to own what is known as 12-6 handguns, defined as ‘s.12(6): handguns with a barrel length of 105 mm or less or that discharge .25 or .32 calibre ammunition. On licences issued on or after April 10, 2005, these firearms will be referred to as 12(6.1) firearms’. Their question is whether or not they can get these handguns transferred into their children’s name even though their children are not licensed to have them. Continue Reading →


Moose are an icon of the Canadian landscape and are highly valued as a big game species to be seen, and to be hunted for food. Populations have declined significantly in the central interior regions of British Columbia during the last decade, and stakeholders are concerned in other areas as well. If you are interested you can read the recommendations in the report  ‘ STRATEGY TO HELP RESTORE MOOSE POPULATIONS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA’ which are aimed at helping restore the most seriously depleted populations and increasing moose numbers generally across the province.


Hats for Heads initiative


Provincial authorities are asking hunters to submit heads from deer, elk and moose for testing. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, in partnership with BCWF clubs, has launched a Hats 4 Heads initiative to encourage hunters to turn in their heads and receive a hat as thanks for participating in important wildlife research.
There are a number of fish and game clubs that currently have the hats; all clubs across the province are encouraged to sign up to bring this program to your community. Currently heads can be exchanged for hats at the following clubs;

Nanaimo Fish and Game Club
Courtenay Fish and Game Club
Victoria Fish and Game Club
North Peace Rod and Gun Club (Fort St. John)

Wildlife health testing is an important program to ensure that chronic wasting disease, recently found 30 kilometres south of Edmonton, does not spread to the province of B.C. Wildlife health scientists will use the heads submitted for research to improve understanding of wildlife populations.
For more information about how to submit your head, please contact the B.C. Wildlife Health Program (250) 751-3219 or visit their website:


A good head sample for scientists is:

  • Freshly dead or frozen immediately after death
  • Not shot in the head
  • Hunter contact and location (MU) information
  • One year or older
  • Part of neck still attached as they need lymph nodes in the throat