British Columbia Hunting News

British Columbia Guide Outfitters to Benefit from Regulatory Changes

Guide outfitters will get a much-needed break on paperwork starting April 1, when amendments to the Wildlife Act come into force that will triple the amount of time available to provide a hunting report to government.

The government also reaffirmed its commitment to more than double the maximum term of the guiding territory certificate by no later than July 1, providing guides greater business security so they can concentrate on what they do best: giving visitors to British Columbia a first-class hunting experience.

Transfer to Save British Columbia Mountain Caribou

Help is on the way for the mountain caribou, as 19 animals from northern B.C. have been transferred to join a threatened herd in the East Kootenays.

The transfer was handled by biologists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, working alongside local First Nations and volunteers, to bolster the fragile population.

The Purcells-South herd, in the East Kootenay region, is estimated to have fewer than 15 individual animals remaining. The additional caribou are expected to increase genetic diversity and overall herd strength.

Stellako River Designated Wildlife Management Area in British Columbia

The Province has designated 503 hectares of river and riparian habitat along the Stellako River as a wildlife management area, announced Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson.

The area, near Fraser Lake, includes two properties owned by The Nature Trust of British Columbia and leased to the ministry for the long-term. The Stellako River is one of the top rainbow trout river fisheries in B.C. and is also used by chinook and sockeye salmon. The river mouth at Fraser Lake is also important to red-listed Nechako white sturgeon.

Alaska DF&G Monitoring Reported Evidence of Disease Exposure in B.C. Sockeye Salmon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closely monitoring and evaluating a recent report that samples taken from sockeye salmon in British Columbia show exposure to Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAv). The test results, reported by researchers from Simon Fraser University, are based on a very limited sample of sockeye salmon smolts from Rivers Inlet in central B.C. The smolts were not exhibiting any outward signs of infection.

Vancouver Man Pleads Guilty to Elk Poaching

A Vancouver man faces combined fines of $5,000 after pleading guilty to two counts under the Wildlife Act after an appearance in Duncan Provincial Court.

Sergei Sharov pleaded guilty to one count of hunting during a closed season and one count of unlawful possession of wildlife. He was fined $5,000, of which $4,500 will go to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. Sharov also received a five-year recognizance, including a ban from hunting and being in contact with other hunters. In addition to the penalties imposed, the seized firearm was forfeited to the Crown.

Vancouver Man Faces $5000 Fine For Poaching

A Vancouver man faces combined fines of $5,000 after pleading guilty to two counts under the Wildlife Act after an appearance in Duncan Provincial Court.

Sergei Sharov pleaded guilty to one count of hunting during a closed season and one count of unlawful possession of wildlife. He was fined $5,000, of which $4,500 will go to the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund. Sharov also received a five-year recognizance, including a ban from hunting and being in contact with other hunters. In addition to the penalties imposed, the seized firearm was forfeited to the Crown.

British Columbia LEH Synopsis Now Available - Apps Due May 20th

The Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis hard copies are currently being printed and will be available at local vendors starting mid April.

PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2011/2012 LIMITED ENTRY FALL DRAW MUST be received in Victoria by 4:30 p.m. May 20, 2011

Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) are hunting opportunities created via a "lottery", and the details are found in the LEH Synopsis. Participation in the LEH draw is available to any resident of B.C. who legally possesses a B.C. Resident Hunter Number.

British Columbia Hunt Codes For Bear and Skeena Sheep Incorrect - Check Applications

IMPORTANT NOTICE for those who have used the Hunt Codes supplied on the 2011 Spring Grizzly Bear and Skeena Mountain Sheep final numbers.

British Columbia Announces Changes to Deer Archery Season in December

British Columbia Fish and Wildlife releases updated Synopsis for 2010/2012 Hunting and Trapping Regulations. These updates include amendments to the white-tailed deer December archery seasons for the Kootenays and the Okanagan.

British Columbia Hunters - Use Caution in Fire Area

Hunters are urged to use extreme caution when hunting south of Highway 16 to Ootsa Lake as fire crews are still in the area managing the West Nadina and Binta Lake wildfire complexes.

Specific sites of concern are: