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B.C. CORE HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM

This fall, Nanaimo Fish & Game is proud to offer the CORE (Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Education) Program right at the Club!
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), and starts Thursday, September 7, 2017. Registration that night is between 6pm and 7pm, and class is held 7pm to 9pm Thereafter, classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm to 9pm, for the next three weeks. After completing the course, and passing a practical firearms handling test and written examination, you will receive your certification.

The course outline is as follows:

  • September   7th: Conservation & Ethics
  • September 12th:  Firearm Safety
  • September 14th:  Big Game Identification
  • September 19th:  Bird Identification
  • September 21st:  Regulations and Laws
  • September 26th:  Survival & First Aid
  • September 28th:  Final Examinations

BONUS**** Everyone who graduates from the Nanaimo Fish & Game CORE program will receive a membership to the club at a discounted price!

To enroll in this class, you must phone and pre-register BEFORE September 7th.
For more information, AND to pre-register, please contact:
Dave Sandhu at 250-714-9807  or  Bob Bennie at 250-585-4090

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.
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CANADA’S FIREARMS ADVISORY COMMITTEE: THE SCORECARD.

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 →

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 →

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 →

A STRATEGY TO HELP RESTORE MOOSE POPULATIONS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

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.