All Club facilities closed Until further notice re COVID-19 concerns

To All Members

I regret to inform all members of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club, due to the COVID 19 Virus, our facilities at the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club will be closed until further notice.  We will be adhering to the strict recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control as to when businesses and or facilities such as ours should resume operations.  I believe safety is our upmost responsibility, therefore, I feel very confident that all members understand our decision.

In Solidarity,
John Noble
Nanaimo & District Fish & Game Protective Association

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.


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


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.

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.  Centerfire rifles are not allowed on any of the handgun ranges.
If you are not a member of the club you have to pay a $20 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 


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.

Call 250-754-2846 to speak to a range officer or the caretaker.

COVID-19 scams are spreading like the virus

B.C., Federal Serious and Organized Crime
2020-03-19 09:38 PDT

British Columbians are being targeted by fraudsters who want to profit from consumers’ fears and desire to protect themselves from the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC) is reporting that scammers are setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get your personal information.
The emails and posts may be promoting awareness and prevention tips, and fake information about cases in your neighborhood. They also may be asking you to donate to victims, offering advice on unproven treatments, offering protective gear or detection kits, or fake home sanitizing services.
There are currently no vaccines or drugs approved to treat or prevent COVID-19. The current forecast to have efficient vaccines available for general public is months away and will be communicated via legitimate government and health authorities.

For full details click here COVID-19 Scams to the RCMP B.C., Federal Serious and Organized Crime

Attention Nanaimo Archers-3D Shoot Cancellation

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and closures, the April 4-5, 2020 3D Shoot at the Courtenay Fish & Game has been cancelled.

It’s frustrating, but let’s all work together in stopping the spread of this virus by avoiding events, crowds, and staying home as much as possible.  Looking forward to this darn virus disappearing so we can all get back to the activities and friends we all enjoy so much.

Take care everyone.


Another Successful St. Pat’s Day 3D Shoot

The Nanaimo Fish & Game Archery Division held its annual St. Pat’s Day 3D Shoot on Sunday, March 8, 2020.  A frosty, sunny morning welcomed archers from all over Vancouver Island to Nanaimo’s first 3D Shoot of the 2020 season.

There were 93 archers of all ages, from Cubs to Seniors, registered to take on the challenge of a course with a new layout.  Starting out with 21 animals, organizers added a 22nd animal due to the awesome turnout of archers.

After the 9:00 Archer’s Meeting, the group headed out into the forest to their selected starting posts.  As the temperature rose from the warming sun and the overnight frost melted, steam rose in the open field distorting the site line to some of the awaiting animals.  In the forest, the melted frost rained down from the treetops.

With the exception of three animals, the majority of the course meandered through the forest across the creek which runs through the property.  Archers had a variety of animals to zero in in with their bows.  This included deer, bear, bison, sheep, and a caribou.  Shots were made challenging by varying distances, animal positions, and those darn trees standing in the way (One of my own arrows seemed to have a tree magnet in it).

Walking up to post #20, archers came upon a bedded down elk.  The challenging twist to this one was that archers had to send their arrows over the creek to hit the elk.  Animal #21, the alligator, was placed in its “natural habitat” in the forest of Vancouver Island….hahaha.

After a well-deserved lunch break, archers headed back out to tackle the course for round two.  Going by all of the happy, smiling faces and laughter throughout the day, a great time was had by all.

Thank you to those archer and spectators who assisted with the animal round up and clean up by bringing their last animal and signs to the main trails.  The animals are all tucked into their stalls waiting for the next 3D Shoot.

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who were involved in the preparation, set up, take down, and during the event itself.  Events like this would not take place without all of your help.

Mark your calendars with the next Vancouver Island 3D Shoot scheduled for April 4-5, 2020 at the Courtenay Fish & Game. CANCELLATION UPDATE – Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, the 3D Shoot at the Courtenay Fish & Game April 4-5, 2020 has been cancelled.


Volunteers Setting Up

Archer’s Meeting

Hiding Behind Grizz

Caribou In The Mist






Ottawa’s “buy back” is a multi-billion boondoggle

In his Mandate letter to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Prime Minister Trudeau gave the highest priority to prohibiting and confiscating “military-style assault rifles.” Speculation about the cost of this “buy back” has zeroed in on how much owners will be paid for surrendering their guns. CBC reported that Minister Blair claimed the cost for the “buy back” of roughly 250,000 firearms would be between $400,000 and $600,000. That is, if owners comply.
My best estimate is that confiscating 250,000 firearms would cost the Canadian taxpayer between $1.6 billion to almost $5 billion in the first year. My back-of-the-envelope estimate of the governmental costs of collecting 250,000 guns required to be surrendered has been extrapolated from the New Zealand template. The detailed calculations are posted on the website,

Article Submitted by Gary Mauser, PhD Professor Emeritus, Simon Fraser University, BCWF Chair Firearms Committee.

To read the entire article CLICK HERE.


The Club is open again least until the next storm.

We had to close the club on Wednesday and Thursday due to the heavy accumulation of snow. We opened it on Friday but I guess we were a bit optimistic when the forecast said the storm was over. Saturday dawned and the facilities were buried in snow so we had to close it again.

A special thanks to Larry McFarlane who spent three days on the club tractor clearing the parking lot and caretaker Wayne who spent those days shoveling and clearing all the walkways. It seemed they just got finished on the first day and had to start from scratch again the next day as the snow just kept coming. Saturday was a full day of plowing and shoveling again.

We are going to open it tomorrow and hope it is really the end of the storm this time but all the ranges will be very hard to use as they have a heavy accumulation and no one has had time to work on them.