British Columbia Increases Elk and Deer Opportunities

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The Fish and Wildlife Branch of the Ministry of Environment is opening new elk and white-tailed deer hunting opportunities for junior and senior hunters in the Kootenays.

Biologists have determined that the healthy populations of both species are more than able to sustain these new hunting opportunities, which will encourage hunter recruitment and retention, and address conflicts with ungulates.

The senior/youth season for antlerless white-tailed deer (does and fawns only) will be in effect in the entire Kootenay region Oct. 10 to Oct. 20, with a bag limit of one. The senior/youth season for antlerless elk (cows and calves only) will be in effect Sept. 10 to Sept. 20 for portions of Management Units 4-06 and 4-07 in the Creston area, and for portions of Management Units 4-02, 4-03, 4-04, 4-05, 4-20, 4-21, 4-22, and 4-26 in the Rocky Mountain Trench, from Invermere to Newgate.

Maps D3a and D3b in the Hunting Regulations show which portions of these units are open for this hunt. Hunters are reminded to consult these maps and make sure they hunt in the correct areas. The senior/youth season overlaps with the six-point bull elk general open season, which runs Sept. 10 to Oct. 20.

A senior hunter is any licensed hunter over the age of 65 and a youth hunter is any hunter under 19. Please note that youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter over the age of 19. Hunters 10 to 13 years of age who have not completed a hunter training program must possess a junior hunting licence and be under the close personal supervision of an adult who carries the proper licences.

More information on hunting seasons, bag limits and licence requirements can be found in the Hunting Regulations. Detailed maps can be obtained from the Ministry of Environment Cranbrook office, or by visiting http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/resident/elk1100m.html.