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.
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.
Updated: August 30, 2018
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Environment Canada (EC) commissioned a company in Vancouver called “ToxEcology – Environmental Consulting Ltd” to gather data regarding lead ammunition.
This is the second time they have launched this initiative. The intent is to gather data to be used by EC to ban the sale of all lead ammunition in Canada, despite the mountains of scientific evidence that shows lead on shooting ranges is not a problem.
THIS IS SERIOUS. Fabricated evidence against the use of lead ammunition has already resulted in the closure of shooting ranges and lead ammunition use in some regions of the world. Most harshly, it affects shotgunners and indoor ranges, despite existing safeguards that work.
Make no mistake on where this is coming from: this is being spearheaded by anti-hunting and anti-firearm groups around the globe.
This study is now complete (CLICK HERE FOR WHOLE REPORT) and the government is asking you to be part of this and future conversations on this subject. You can send your comments by email to email@example.com June 1, 2018.
Click here to read the Governments comments on Moving towards using more lead free ammunition and click here to the governments summary Executive Summary of the issues for 164 page report generated by ToxEcology – Environmental Consulting Ltd.
Click here To see a submission by the Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters entitled ‘Moving towards using lead free fishing tackle/Moving towards using lead free ammunition.
We have to let our MPs know we are against this and you need to contact your MP. To find your MP CLICK HERE and call or write (no postage required):
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
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.
The 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 $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
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.
Before the Oct. 19, 2015 Election BCWF compiled a list of 13 questions that they think candidates in all ridings across BC should answer. The questions touch on issues related to hunting, fishing, trapping, firearms and habitat sustainability, among other things. Only the Liberals and Green Party Responded to this letter.
The Canadian political landscape has changed to a solid Liberal majority for new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Liberals were elected in 184 constituencies; the Conservatives won 99 seats, the NDP 44, the Bloc Quebecois 10, and the Green Party leader held her lone seat on Vancouver Island.
Now that the election is over, we can expect the Liberal government to implement its platform promises. All of the items covered in the 13 questions were things we all want done, but for firearms owners it is important to examine their policies more closely in that area. Continue Reading →