British Columbia Hunting News

Backcountry Travel Advisory
As more than 900 wildfires blaze through the province, the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection is today issuing a backcountry travel advisory for the southern portion of the province including Vancouver Island. As forests and grasslands remain tinder dry through much of the province, B.C. Parks is asking people to avoid venturing into the unsupervised portions of backcountry areas to reduce the risk of being trapped by a fire or accidentally starting a fire.
Permit Required to Import Canadian Hunter-Harvested Game Meat
Hunters can immediately begin bringing wild ruminant meat products intended for their personal use into the United States, but will need a “Veterinary Services Special Permit for the Importation of Hunter-Harvested Wild Ruminant Meat,” along with one of the following: a valid Canadian export certificate for game meat, or a copy of a valid hunting license or a valid hunting tag.
2003-2004 Hunting Regulations Set
The province’s 2003-2004 hunting and trapping regulations, published in the British Columbia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, are now available.
Kelowna Hunters Fined for Wildlife Offences
Three Kelowna residents have received fines totalling $7,400 for unlawful hunting of moose in the Nevis Creek valley north of Fort St. John.
$80k RMEF Contribution For Improving Wildlife Habitat
A contribution of $80,000 to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to aid in efforts to revitalize wildlife habitat in the East Kootenay region was announced by East Kootenay MLA Bill Bennett on behalf of Water, Land and Air Protection Minister Joyce Murray. The announcement was made at a meeting of the Cranbrook Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
Proposed 2003 Fall Hunting Dates
The proposed opening dates for the fall 2003 big-game hunting seasons were made public today by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. Most dates announced by the ministry apply to hunting male big-game animals. Season openings for antlerless animals, small game and limited-entry hunts are not included.
Okanagan Man Fined In Wildlife Trafficking Case
Gunter Koch pleaded guilty in Vernon provincial court March 4 to four counts of unlawful possession of dead wildlife and one count of trafficking in dead wildlife. Koch received fines of $2,000 for unlawful possession and $1,500 for trafficking.
Vancouver Island Elk Poachers Fined
Fines totalling $4,000 have been handed to two Campbell River hunters for the illegal killing of a Roosevelt elk. The charges arose from an incident in November 2001. An inspection of the elk carcass that was brought into a local taxidermist shop revealed a noticeable gunshot wound to the animal’s head. Further investigation led to the two accused hunters, who claimed they had shot the animal first with an arrow and then with a shotgun to ensure it was dead.
Illegal Moose Hunting Nets Fines
Two Vancouver Island men have been fined a total of $5,250 for illegally possessing moose meat and lying to conservation officers. The two men were part of a group stopped during a routine hunting season roadblock in the Prince George area. When the group was found to be in unlawful possession, they attempted to cover up by lying to conservation officers. Three other members of this group were previously convicted of wildlife offences related to this incident.
Hunter Fined For Shooting Elk From Truck
A hunter who used a rifle to shoot an elk from his truck and then faked having shot it with a bow and arrow - as his hunting permit required - has been fined $6,000 and lost his right to hunt for three years.