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CCFR Injunction re Firearms Ban– History in the books

The CCFR has filed an injunction (court file number T-577-20) application with the federal court to “stay” the May 1 OIC gun ban until the main case can be heard and decided by the judge. CCFR v Canada. Notice of Motion – Injunction (00047724xD5450) (1) In addition to the CCFR.
We are in strange times. During any other time we would have seen a courtroom packed solid with interested parties. Instead, we took part in “zoom court”, perhaps a small blessing because we were well over capacity with 1000- 1300 viewers at any one time. We would never have fit the 2300 registrants who wanted to attend, into a courtroom. Preparations are already underway to accommodate far more attendees for future hearings as the case progresses.Associate Chief Justice Jocelyne Gagne confirmed that the CCFR v Canada injunction hearing is the highest attended judicial process in the history of the Federal Court, and that’s without letting everyone in. This shows the monumental importance of this case for Canadians. Continue Reading →

Nanaimo Fish & Game Club Big Game awards.

Now that the big game hunting seasons have mostly wrapped up, it’s a good time to outline the many annual Big Game Awards that our Club offers.  Permanent trophies – that you may have noticed on the Club’s fireplace mantle – are awarded each year at the club’s AGM for these competitions that recognize animals taken during the previous calendar year.  It looks like we won’t be able to hold a live AGM this year, but the Awards Competition will still take place. 

All you need to enter is to be is a member in good standing and follow the guidelines for entry as noted here.

 JOHN BARSBY MEMORIAL TROPHY: This award is provided to the heaviest Vancouver Island deer taken during the previous season.  In order to qualify, the deer must be officially weighed at either the Club Caretaker’s house (between 9 am and 5 pm any day of the week where Caretaker John or the Range Officer will witness the weigh-in – 250.754.2846), or at my house (call first: Kim – 250.802.9471).  Weights obtained at the Nanaimo Lakes or River Camp game check do not qualify for entry.  Edible internal organs (heart, liver and kidney) can remain inside the carcass.

OUTSTANDING BIG GAME AWARD:  Any big game species taken in BC is eligible in this competition.  The animal must be officially scored by any Boone and Crockett or Wildlife Records Club of BC scorer.  In Nanaimo, scorers include me, Charles Veasey (250.758.2555) and Byron Mason (250.390.2846).  The award winner is determined by whichever score is the highest percent of minimum required for entry by the Wildlife Records Club of BC.  This allows different species to fairly compete with one another.

ARCHERY AWARD: Any big game species taken with archery (including crossbows) in BC is eligible in this competition.  As above, the animal must be officially scored by any Boone and Crockett or Wildlife Records Club of BC scorer.

JUNIOR BIG GAME AWARD:  This award is available to any Junior Club member.  A Junior Hunter – which is defined the same as a ‘Youth’ in the BC Hunting Regulations – is any hunter who is 17 years of age or younger on the date the animal was taken. As with the Outstanding Big Game Award, this competition is for any big game animal taken in B.C. which must be officially scored and judged according to percent of minimum entry score for the species.

OCCIDENTAL HOTEL NANAIMO & DISTRICT F&G MEMBERS ANNUAL ANTLER CONTEST:  This competition is for the largest scoring antlers of a Vancouver Island deer taken by a Club member.  As above, the animal must be officially scored to qualify for entry.

FREAK HORNS/ANTLERS AWARD:  Although rarely awarded due to lack of entries, this award is given to the ‘oddest’ horns or antlers taken by a Club member.  The winning entry is decided by the Club’s Executive.

Please contact me if you believe you have – or know of – an animal that qualifies for entry into the competition.

Kim Brunt, Big Game Committee Chairman
Phone 250-802-9471

Email Kim Brunt

Use of Club Facilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Open to members only for an indefinite period. Members must produce their membership card and sign in, providing their name and phone number.


  • The Rifle and Handgun are open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week
  • Trap & Skeet are Skeet are open for their regularly schedule practices on Sundays & Wednesdays until 2pm
    Outdoor Archery is open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week except during special events and when Trap or Skeet are shooting. Indoor archery is closed until further notice.

The club is only able to remain open by the efforts of our members who volunteer as Range Officers who monitor attendance and ensure we comply to the guidelines. If it wasn’t for them none of us would be shooting and you need to thank them every time you attend and follow their instructions. If you don’t like the conditions required to attend and use the club facilities do not attend, but if you do attend always be courteous to the Range Officers – they did not make these rules. If you are interested in becoming a Range Officer  please contact Rob Clarke.

  • No spectators are allowed.
  • Staff and members must wear face masks in the designated covered ranges (i.e. PPC, and Rifle ranges)and the Range Officer building where they may come in contact with people outside their bubble.
  • All club buildings are not open or available until further notice.
  • There will be no membership meetings until further notice.
  • There will be no Turkey Shoot this year.
  • There will be no events held until further notice.
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will not be held in January this year. Because of COVID regulations regarding AGM dates has been relaxed to allow having the meeting much later as required. We will let everyone know when we are able to hold the meeting.
  • The annual Banquet/Fundraiser normally held in February will not be held in 2021.

At this point in time, due to the unique circumstances of the size of our property and the number of ranges we have, we are able to keep our facilities open with a few restrictions:

  • Members are required to maintain two meter physical distancing at all times;
  • Handgun Bays shall each be limited to no more than 6 people, or direct family members. Non-family member groups are expected to maintain physical distancing; you need to consider your social ‘bubble’, and keep it small.
  • Skeet shall  be limited to groups of 5 people, plus staff, or family members and you must maintain social distancing while shooting at the posts.
  • The use of the Trap fields shall be limited to 5 shooters, plus the staff. Shooters must be separated by the distance between the stations, and the staff is to maintain a two meter distance from the shooters at all times;
  • In the case of the Rifle range, every second firing position has been closed. In addition, people should avoid any collective gathering of individuals at a firing point, other than the persons in your immediate group. ‘Groups’ are limited to 6 people maximum. Again, physical distancing should be practiced if you are not family members;
  • The outdoor Archery range shall be limited to 5 shooters and will be open except on Wednesdays and Sundays when Trap & Skeet are shooting.
  • Guests of members (i.e. those without a PAL) need to be safely supervised. Family members can accompany members and be instructed on the range, but instruction and introduction of shooting to a new shooter (not directly related to the member) is not permitted due to the distancing requirements. People who are not family members, who drive to the range in separate cars, are required to comply with the physical distancing requirement.

All members are encouraged to follow “the basics” including:

  • Staying off  NANAIMO FISH & GAME property if you, or anyone you know, are at risk, or have any symptoms of cough, cold, flu, or any of the symptoms of COVID-19;
  • We have hand sanitizer on the ranges but you will need to bring your own mask.
  • Maintaining good hand hygiene;
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Practicing respiratory etiquette (such as coughing into your sleeve); and
  • Keeping appropriate physical distance.

We should remain aware that this is a very fluid situation and our plan may change as required. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and respond as required. We thank all Vancouver Islanders for their effort to date, and encourage everyone to continue the fight until this Virus is beaten.



Club donates $5000 to Nature Trusts Salmon River Conservation Complex Acquisition.

Many of our members may not know very much About the Nature trust of B.C.

The Nature Trust of British Columbia took on the daunting task of protecting the natural riches of the province by building a treasury of wild natural areas to conserve iconic and important species at risk.

The Nature Trust of BC is now a leading non-profit land conservation organization. Since 1971 they have acquired more than 500 conservation properties in British Columbia. Continue Reading →

Membership dues reimbursement.

Dear Nanaimo Fish and Game Members,

Over the last few months, the Club has undergone a number of changes and the Executive greatly appreciate your understanding and patience.  During our closure, we implored you to continue to renew your memberships so that we could continue to maintain the Club and support initiatives that matter to our membership. In an overwhelming show of support for the Club, you did just that and the Executive offered to extend memberships by the duration of the closure to show our appreciation.

The Executive has explored a number of options in an attempt to implement this.  The unfortunate reality is we will not be able to do it.  As many of you are aware, your Nanaimo Fish and Game membership includes membership in the BCWF and with that third party liability, ATV and boat insurance.  By extending your membership, your BCWF membership and insurance would lapse, leaving you uninsured for the duration of the extension.  The Executive sincerely apologises for this. In lieu of the extension, the Executive would like to offer the membership reimbursement for the nine weeks you were unable to use the facilities.  This would amount to between $9 and $23, depending on your membership type.  If you would like to take the Club up on this offer, please email  Members will have until Nov. 30, 2020 to claim their refund.  Should the Club be required to close again due to COVID-19, we would be unable to offer an extension/reimbursement due to the complications outlined above.

Alternatively, if you would like to consider those nine weeks as a donation to your Club, the Executive would be immensely appreciative and would put the funds towards daily operations, as well as, support for important initiatives such as the CCFR’s opposition to the recent gun ban and to the Nature Trust’s bid to acquire property along the Salmon River.

Again, the Executive would like to apologize for this and hope for your understanding in this unusual circumstance. Thank you again for your patience and cooperation during this trying time.

John Noble, President
Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association

RCMP Letter – Legitimate Notice or Fishing Expedition?


Last week a letter from the RCMP landed in the mailboxes of licensed firearm owners across the country.

Titled “Announcement of a Firearms Prohibition”, the letter is puzzling because it provides so little actual information about which firearms were banned on May 1, 2020.

For example, the letter says, “Nine (9) types of firearms by make and model, and their variants;” but never tells the reader which nine firearms were actually banned.

The letter further confuses the issue of guns banned by 20 mm bore diameter or muzzle energy greater than 10,000 joules.

“Firearms with a bore of 20 mm or greater, and those capable of discharging a projectile with a muzzle energy greater than 10,000 Joules.”

These are two separate methods to ban firearms, yet the RCMP’s letter implies a firearm must meet both criteria in order to meet the new Prohibited classification threshold.

So why did the RCMP really send this letter? Continue Reading →