British Columbia Hunting News

Guide Exam to be Administered by Government Agents
As of June 1, guide outfitter and angling guide exams will be administered entirely by government agents throughout British Columbia. Exam applicants will now have more direct and efficient access to the entire exam process, through any of the 59 government agent offices provincewide, and will no longer have to contact the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection’s Fish and Wildlife Recreation and Allocation Branch in Victoria as part of the process.
New Conservation Officers will Help Protect Bears
The Province and the District of North Vancouver today announced that they are co-operating in the deployment of two conservation officers with full provincial powers to address the black bear issue on the North Shore.
Cougar Hunting Season Closes
The closure is guided by the regional cougar management program to reduce the potential for over-harvesting of the cougar population in the area. Typically, the season closes 72 hours after public notification once the quota of 20 female cougars has been reached.
Caribou Recovery Support Funding
The Province has committed $800,000, and has appointed Kevin Jardine as Provincial Species-at-Risk Recovery Co-ordinator, to accelerate progress on the recovery of mountain caribou and other species at risk, Water, Land and Air Protection Minister Bill Barisoff announced.
Public Assistance Requested to Solve Elk Shootings
The Conservation Officer Service is requesting the public’s assistance in determining who shot and left two five point Bull Elk in the Cranbrook area. One elk was shot and left at the south end of the city irrigation fields on the morning of Oct. 19. The other elk was shot, covered with branches and left on Peavine Ridge Road on the morning of Oct. 20.
Moose Management Collaboration
The Province and the Tsilhqot’in Council of Chiefs are working towards an agreement for the collaborative management of moose and other wildlife in the Chilcotin region. In addition to joint game checks, which will survey hunters and their harvested game, First Nations have expressed an interest in providing information to the Regional Hunter Advisory Committee.
Hunting Regulations Set for 2004-2005
The Province’s 2004-05 hunting and trapping regulations, published in the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, are now available. Hunting and trapping regulations are based on science, using the best and latest data available.
Increase in Species Protection
The Wildlife Amendment Act, 2004 expands government’s powers to protect and recover species. The legislation clarifies and reinforces B.C.’s authority to make its own decisions regarding species, using the best available science, and ensures full consideration of socio-economic implications.
2004-05 Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis Released
The synopsis of this year’s Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) regulations is now available online, through government agents’ offices, and stores where hunting licences are sold, the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection announced today.
Some Backcountry Park Areas Re-Open to Hunters
B.C. Parks is re-opening public access to some backcountry park areas after much needed rainfall last weekend. This action follows a Ministry of Forest decision Sept. 8 to lift backcountry travel restrictions in some areas.