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: the ranges open at 9:00am. They are closed at sunset and the sunset times are posted in the sign in shed. You must stop shooting and clean up one half hour before closing time.  Always check the schedule for upcoming events/rentals and other closures before driving all the way down. Trap and Skeet have regular practice sessions on Wednesday and Sunday mornings except during special events. For safety reasons the outdoor archery range is closed on those days until 2pm. archery, rifle, pistol, skeet, trap and black powder shooting. We also provide range rentals.
ATTENTION HANDGUN SHOOTERS: During certain months of the year the PPC range is rented very frequently. This doesn’t mean you have no place to shoot. There are 5 other ranges on either side of the PPC range that almost always available to you. CLICK HERE to see an aerial view of the range locations.
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.

Department of Fisheries approach for developing fisheries management actions to address conservation concerns for Fraser River Chinook in 2019

On February 5, the DFO released a letter designed to “communicate the Department’s approach for developing fisheries management actions to address conservation concerns for Fraser River Chinook in 2019.”

The 17-page document identifies “conservation concerns” and is focused on the 2019 Fraser River Chinook.

Page 7 of the document, “Table 3: Summary Table of proposed management actions for Scenario A and B,” discusses actions including non-retention of Chinook over the 2019 season.

Jeff Grout, the Regional Resource Manager of Salmon (and author of the letter) suggests that “If you wish to provide feedback, please do so in writing, by March 1, 2019 to the DFO Pacific Salmon Management Team at DFO.PacificSalmonRMT-EGRSaumonduPacifique.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca. Feedback received will be summarized by the Department and any recommendations on harvest planning will be provided to First Nations and the Departments advisory committees, including the Sport Fishing Advisory Board (SFAB), Commercial Salmon Advisory Board (SFAB), Marine Conservation Caucus (MCC) and Integrated Harvest Planning Committee (IHPC) for further consideration. “

The full document can be downloaded here, and be advised—the window to respond in writing to these proposed management actions closes March 1, 2019.

All club facilities reopen after heavy snowfall.

The club was closed for several days after the record heavy snowfall in the Mid Island area.
There is more than two feet of snow on the ground but after several days of plowing the access road to the club is clear. The parking lot is also clear but all the ranges are still covered with the two plus feet so it may be a challenge to use them.
The club is reopened for now but we are keeping an eye on the weather forecasts. Depending on which channel you watch we are going to have more snow – the only question is how much more.
We will try to keep the website updated but if in doubt call the club before driving down.

Archery Meeting

With the dismantling of the old email program we lost the archery division membership list (some 120 members) we NEED your help to build this list up again.
Anyone interested in identifying or wishing to receive Archery Division specific information and emails please CLICK HERE
Please provide your Email Address, as well as, your First and Last Name to aid in re-establishing our divisional list. Also please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting.
What do you as members want from the archery division? Your input is important to ensure the Archery Division is meeting the needs of all our members. Please come out and join in the conversation.
Please join us at our first Archery Meeting of the 2019 year on Thursday January 17, 2019 held in the ready room at the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club. This meeting is a Meet and Greet, as well as, discussions with regards to the upcoming Archery season.
For a copy of the itinerary please CLICK HERE

Club Property open again after storms bring trees down

Hello Club Members. We have had to close all the club facilities twice now because of storms causing trees to come down across the road into the club and on other places on the property. The road is now clear and you can get into the property. Individual ranges may close temporarily – such as the rifle range which currently has two trees that have fallen down from the berm in front of the 200 yard target line. These will be cleared as soon as possible. More storms are supposed to roll in so we may have to close again. With power outages everywhere we may not be able to post these closures right away so be patient and prepared for unexpected closures.

Anglers win Supreme Court battle against U.S. billionaire over access to lakes, roads

Michelle Ghoussoub · CBC News · Posted: Dec 07, 2018 2:42 PM PT

A precedent-setting B.C. Supreme Court decision has ruled that the public should be able to access fishing lakes near Merritt, B.C., after years of what has been described as a “David and Goliath” legal battle.
For years, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company (DLCC), the largest working ranch in Canada, owned by U.S. billionaire Stan Kroenke, and a group of determined anglers have been going head to head.
Their dispute centred primarily on access to two fishing lakes and a road.
Minnie Lake and Stoney Lake are surrounded by land owned by the large ranch, which claimed the access roads, water bodies and fish in them are private property.
Members of the Nicola Valley Fish and Game club argued the lakes and roadway are Crown land and should be free for anyone to use.
In a lengthy decision released Friday, which cited historical documents, photos, and testimony from members of the Indigenous community, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Joel Groves determined that both lakes are public.
“It would be nonsensical for a government to retain the rights to a lake if, by virtue of a single owner purchasing all the land surrounding a lake, that owner could prohibit public use or ownership of the lake,” wrote Groves.
“It only makes sense that government would have retained the ownership of bodies of water, lakes, with the intention of the public being allowed to access water they retained.” Continue Reading →

Westwood Lake Fishing Float Refurbishment.

In the spring, the Nanaimo Fish and Game was contacted by Jean Chandler with regards to refurbishing the fishing float at Westwood Lake. The lake was a favourite spot of Mrs. Chandler’s son, who had passed away a few years earlier, and her thought was to provide partial funding to restore the float to its former glory in his memory.  The Fish and Game had originally built the float over two decades ago for donation to the City and the enjoyment of the residents of Nanaimo and, as such, was more than happy to take on the project.  Initial measurements were taken with the help of Steve Corscadden and, after some discussion, it was decided to replace the decking, benches and ramp with yellow cedar and pressure treated plywood with Duradek (donated by Greg Stevens) covering.  On October 27th and 28th, John Noble, Ron and Mark Tuson, Doug Miller and myself put in roughly fifty hours of work and completed the project Sunday afternoon (wow 20’ 2”x8” boards are a lot heavier than they look!).  Mrs. Chandler and her son Joel also pitched in and helped with site clean up, which was very much appreciated.  Fortunately, the weather cooperated for the better part of both days and the crew got away with only a moderate soaking.  With the restoration of the float complete, all those who enjoy Westwood Lake will have an excellent spot to take in the views and do a little fishing for decades to come.

Article and photos by Chris McFarlane

Dear Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association members,

 I would like to express my gratitude to your club and in particular to your volunteers: Chris McFarlane, John Noble, Ron Tuson, Mark Tuson, Doug Miller and others who participated in planning the fishing wharf replacement at Westwood Lake.
My son, Luke Chandler passed away February 27, 2017 when his canoe flipped in the icy waters. He succumbed to the cold and was unable to right the canoe, jump back in, and return to shore. Although people on shore called for help, he drowned before there was help available to him. This accident was in the waters visible from the fishing wharf. This wharf is the place that I, my family, and many of Luke’s friends go to remember Luke.
I contacted Chris who asked the executive if the club would be willing to split the cost of refurbishing the wharf with me. I proposed that I would replace the NFGPA plaque with one to match a memorial plaque for Luke. With Chris and the executive’s support, the club agreed to this plan. Chris worked with the city of Nanaimo and with other volunteers to determine the condition of the existing wharf parts and to develop a list of material requirements for the refurbishment.
On the weekend of October 27 and 28, your club volunteers spent their weekend time taking off the old, replacing the new, and installing the plaques. By the way, please note that this was the weekend of rain that the news media shared so many pictures of floods across BC and the lower mainland. When I asked if an umbrella would help, the hardy NFGPA guys replied that it is only water. (What is water amid slime and sawdust anyway?)
I’ve shared the plaque location and pictures with many of Luke’s friends and with family. Feedback has been tremendous. People noticed how new it looks without my telling them about the funding and work from your club. There is a Facebook site for memories of Luke that people continue to share thoughts and memories of Luke. I’ll be putting a link on it to your website so that Luke’s friends and family can see Chris McFarlane’s write up on the NFGPA home page about the work on the dock.

 Jean Chandler

 

Have your say: The Canadian government opens its public consultation on banning handguns and semi-auto rifles.

Prime Minister Trudeau has asked the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, to lead an examination of a ban on handguns and “assault weapons” in Canada, while not impeding the lawful use of firearms by Canadians.
The Government of Canada says they would like to hear your views.
This is your chance to have your say directly to the government. Consultations are available from October 11 to November 10, 2018. Please do this right away.
To make your voice heard, go to:

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/policing/police/crime-and-crime-prevention/reducing-violent-crime-dialogue-handguns-assault-weapons.html

 

Moose Hunting Regulations for the North Part of the Skeena Region.

The following was just received from the Senior Wildlife Biologist of the Skeena Region:

CLICK HERE to see a brochure that was developed to help hunters interpret the moose hunting regulations for the north part of the Skeena Region. It was designed to be printed and folded into a 3-sided brochure. The summary of the northern moose regulations on page 71 of Hunting and Trapping Synopsis covers the new regulations, however this brochure is more comprehensive.
The brochure will also be posted online in the next few days.
More detailed maps of new antler restricted areas can be found here in the Skeena tab:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/hunting/regulations-synopsis#maps