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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

60th Annual Turkey shoot.

On December 9th and 10th the club will be hold its 60th annual Turkey Shoot.  This is one of the largest Prize shoots in B.C. – the last five years we have had 800 prizes a year with the Turkey Boards topping the list with 506 prizes last year. The boards will be available at the October membership meeting for distribution to local businesses or on Sundays and Wednesdays from 11:30 to 2:00 where the boards are shot.

This is one of our major fundraisers and if every member sold a 1/2 board that would be 900 boards/prizes.  Most business are happy to sell them as they have been around for years. The prizes are turkeys, Hertels hams, and Hertels bacons.

We have trap shooting, rifle shooting, and handgun shooting on the ranges and a bake & craft sale and games of chance in the clubhouse both days.  Archery has a trail walk and 3D shoot on Sunday.  There will be a concession in the trap building and the clubhouse both days.  We need members to distribute boards, and to work on both days of the event come out and support your club and have some fun.

The Turkey Boards are now out for sale.

Please contact John Noble or call at 250-751-8121 or Rob Clarke or call at 250-802-1672 if you can help sell boards or want on delivered at your place of business.

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.

 

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 →