Fishing and Hunting COVID-19 Updates

Recent update to Province of British Columbia – B.C. Hunting Important Notices

A link to important information regarding hunting and angling services during COVID-19 has been posting to the website.

As part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, THIS PAGE will provide updates regarding any changes implemented by the Province related to hunting and fishing activities.

As the Covid-19 situation rapidly evolves, the Resource Stewardship Division within the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development continues to modify our response accordingly.

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.    I believe safety is our upmost responsibility, therefore, I feel very confident that all members understand our decision.

This difficult decision was deemed necessary in order for the Club to do its part in keeping our members and public healthy and safe during the COVID-19 crisis. The Club will adhere to the recommendations of the BC Center for Disease Control and BC Chief Public Health Officer and the situation will continue to be monitored closely, so as to determine when Club facilities can reopen and resume normal operations.

Unfortunately, as it has with many other families and institutions, this has begun to take a financial toll. Understandably, renewals and new memberships have taken a sharp decrease. Our memberships go a long way towards the approximately $150k in fixed annual expenses (heating, hydro, insurance, etc.) the Club has whether it is open or not.

We are reaching out to you now in the hope that, if you have the means to do so, you will renew, purchase a new membership or even make a small donation to the Club. In recognition of your generosity and loyalty in these trying times, the Club will be extending the length of memberships to compensate for the time our members have lost due to the closure. This time will be added to your membership once the Club facilities have reopened.

Scroll down to see how to donate.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Stay safe and healthy

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

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.