Fisheries Notice

FN0110-Recreational – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 19 and 20: Fishery Management Actions Effective March 1, 2016.

– Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject:

FN0110-Recreational – Salmon – Chinook – Areas 19 and 20: Fishery Management Actions Effective March 1, 2016 Effective dates: 00:01 hours Tuesday, March 1 to 23:59 hours Friday, June 17, 2016 Waters:  Subareas 19-1 to 19-4 and Subarea 20-5 (those waters near Victoria between Cadboro Pt to Sheringham Pt.).

Management measure:  You may retain two (2) chinook salmon per day.  These chinook may be either- Wild or hatchery marked between 45 cm and 67 cm; or- Hatchery marked greater than 67 cm in length.  – The minimum size limit in these waters is 45 cm in length.  Management actions after June 17 will be announced in a second fishery notice.  Variation order 2016-082  Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal and non-tidal waters of British Columbia.   Anglers are requested to release any hatchery marked sockeye.  These fish are hatchery raised sockeye and part of a recovery program designed to increase the numbers of Cultus Lake sockeye. The term “hatchery marked” means a fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the voluntary Salmon Sport Head Recovery program by labelling and submitting heads from adipose fin-clipped chinook and coho salmon.

Recovery of coded-wire tags provides critical information for coast-wide stock assessment.  Contact the Salmon Sport Head Recovery Program at (866) 483-9994 for further information. Rockfish Conservation Areas that are currently in effect and are closed to all fin fishing.

Descriptions of these closures, and other recreational fishing information, can be found on the Internet at: www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish Did you witness suspicious fishing activity or a violation?  If so, please call the Fisheries and Ocean Canada 24-hour toll free Observe, Record, Report line at (800) 465-4336. For the 24 hour recorded opening and closure line, call toll free at 1-(866)431-FISH (3474)

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Presidents Message – February 2016

February 2016

To all Members;

The February Annual General Meeting is tonight, the 23rd of February.

This year the Board has arranged for John Shepard, BCWF Treasurer, and Cheryl Johnston, Director of Operations for the Federation to attend the meeting.

Do you have questions re fees?  What about insurance?  Federation Committees?  The latest motions for the BCWF AGM in Nanaimo this April?  Access to closed lands? First Nations?

If you do, this is your chance to ask people who know the answers.  Let’s get out as many members as we can to show we, PQFG, are invested in what the Federation is doing.

It will be in the Legion Hall in Qualicum tonight at 7:00.  If you still need a membership, come early.  Banquet tickets will be available so reserve your table now!

Our club is ran entirely with the help, commitment and effort from our wonderful volunteers.  You may have skills and expertise in areas that could greatly assist in the growing of our club.  Do you have ideas or suggestions to improve the association?  What better way to assist in the implementation of such ideas than to stand for the board of Directors.   It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people, gain experience and make an impact on our community.   The commitment time would be decided by you but would begin with 1 or possibly 2 monthly meeting.  Thank you to our current volunteer base, without you, we wouldn’t have an association.  Think about it and then put your name forward.  It is not time consuming compared to the other things we all do.  It amounts to 2 meeting max per month with some months only meeting once.

Contact Len Fong at lenbar@shaw.ca if you need more information or want to put your name forward.

We will be working on our by-laws over the next 3-4 months.  Our current ones were created in 1981 and have had very few changes.  Suggestions for changes are welcome.

We are still searching for land to relocate our ranges before we face external pressure to move.  If you have lead on a large piece of land with no nearby residents, give me a call.

Finally, volunteers are also required for the Banquet. Contact info@pqfg.org

I will keep this short based upon the large turnout I hope shows tonight.  See you there!

Richard Thompson

President PQFG

Dorman Range Report – February 2016

Dorman Range Report – Feb 2016

Dorman 1 Feb 2016

Well, we have had lots of rain lately but, as I always say, it’s not white.  And the flowers are starting to raise their little heads.  Welcome to Spring.

Our range has been quite busy since the New Year.  On Sundays we have had from 40 to 50 shooters shooting both skeet and trap.  Even-dated Wednesdays have been quite busy as well and we have opened both trap fields for both days.

There have been long line-ups occasionally and it is noted that only a few people have been trying to keep the shooting moving along efficiently.  Please, shooters, volunteers are desperately required to keep the range operating at an efficient schedule.  Tasks involve setting up equipment, although that is usually done by several volunteers prior to shooting, loading birds into the trap machines (after every 3 rounds), marking the score sheets, picking up empty shell casings, putting away the equipment after the shoot is over, and picking up the unbroken birds.  The first shooter on the score sheet should take it upon him/herself to see that the rest of the squad is ready as soon as a range is available.  If you are not familiar with these activities, please ask and we will be happy to give you a quick rundown.

Dorman 1

 

Photo 1 – For those not familiar with our facilities, the Clubhouse (with the caretaker’s residence in the background).  Concrete for “handicap” stations, for positions from 16 yards to 27 yards, for Range 3, is shown in the foreground.

Photo 2 – The Skeet facilities include a warming hut, and stations for “5-Stand” (white brackets).  The skeet “low” house is shown on the extreme left.

Dorman 2

 

Photo 3 – The skeet facilities shown from the opposite side.  The “house” in front contains a clay pigeon machine that is used for sporting clays and/or “5-Stand”.

Photo 4 – The skeet field showing the “high” house.

A question was asked why we keep scores for Trap shooting when many, if not most, other Clubs do not.  There are several reasons for this.  Keeping score sheets insures that everybody gets to shoot in turn and nobody jumps the queue.  It also provides a record of those shooting so that at the end of the day, their “bird” fees can be calculated.  It also gives each shooter a record of how their shooting has progressed; especially helpful for beginning/intermediate shooters.  One of the fun things that our Club does is to have shootoffs for people that end the round with the same scores.  The score sheet allows us to keep track as to who may be involved.

Recent Events:

We held a Sporting Clays on January 23 – we had nearly 90 shooters.  There were 12 to 15 shooters that got scores in the 90’s (out of 100)  Paul Hagel shot a 97, which is similar to winning a lottery.  The rest of the shooters had scores varying from the 20’s right through to the 80’s.  A delicious lunch, as normal, was available.

Dorman 3

 

Photo 1 – For sporting clays the portable throwing machines are all battery operated.  Here is a photo of the batteries being transported to Stations 4 to 10.   Photos 2 & 3 – The trap houses have to be loaded with clay pigeons.  Here, Andy Lemmon, Dave Vaton and Dave Upper are filling the house.

On Feb.7 we held a PITA Multiplex shoot.  PITA stands for Pacific International Trapshooting Association, and it entails States (and one province, BC) from California right through to Alaska.  It is a non-profit association and it was established in 1995.  Participants in the Association include California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska.  The shoots are comprised of 50 birds at 16 yards, 50 birds at a “handicap” distance, depending on the shooter’s previous scores, and 25 pairs of doubles.  There can be slight variations to these events.

Dorman 4

 

Photos show Dave Upper, Paul Bligh, Jim Walters and Bob (Rigger) Wilson shooting the “handicap” portion of the PITA event.

A 5-Stand, which is open to all shooters, both Club members and non-Club members, was held on Feb.14.  It has been suggested that 5-Stand is a variation of Sporting Clays and Skeet.  A big thank you to those people that set up the course. There are “5-Stand” shoots held on the second Sunday of the month.  The next shoot will be March 13.

Our next upcoming shoot will be Sporting Clays on February 27.  This is strictly a fun event and it is highly regarded (and attended) by other Clubs up and down the Island.  You can shoot 50 “birds” in the morning or 50 “birds” in the afternoon, or 100 for the day.  Lunch will be available.

There have been several shoots at other Clubs on the Island – The Alberni and Courtenay Clubs held Sporting Clays shoots during February.  There is a PITA event on the weekend of Feb.21 at Cowichan.

The Dorman Range has been, or will be closed on Feb. 21 for the Harry Tutton archery shoot.

Notes to all members:

We will be putting an order together shortly for shells.  Please contact Ron to indicate your interest.

Also, if there are any items (or photographs) that you would like to see in the newsletter, please let Ron know (e-mail address at the top).  Thanks.

Non-shooting items – reliable sources have informed me that there are Springs being caught in the local waters (for those that can stand rain and wind).

Another item to watch for in the next few weeks is the herring spawn; it is a flurry of activity between seagulls, eagles, seals, sea lions, and commercial fishermen.

Historical Tidbits:  From the Historical Journal of the PQF&G Association

Continued from the November newsletter, of which the last paragraph had referred to the Retriever dog trials that had been held annually:

“Jack Britton, a pioneer who emigrated from England in 1903, was one of the founding members.  His grandson, Rick, told the writer that he, like Henry Estlin, was a marksman and won many trophies, some of which he possesses.  They lived on Allsbrook Road, like the Chattells, for whom the road was named in 1990.”

“During the decade from 1950 to 1960 the Parksville Fish and Game Club was not overly active as the Dog Trials had become history.  (March 1964 the Club had received a request from Parksville Chamber of Commerce suggesting Dog Trials be held.  The executive had considered the request but had to decline due to time, work and expense involved.)  In the mid 1950’s (May 1954 first mentioned) they put on an annual fishing derby and barbecue on the beach on the beach at French Creek which, as time went on, became bigger each year until it was held on Dr. Urie’s property (abutting the current French Creek Marina Harbour Commissioner’s Office complex) instead of the beach.  The barbecue committee consisted of Bill Kleaman, J.L.Stevens and Tom Lewis.”

“A prefabricated shack was erected to accommodate the workers for handling the food and drinks.  The derby and barbecue were held on Dr. Urie’s property in 1978 for the last time on that location.  In 1979 the Club decided to cancel the barbecue for that year due to, (among other things), the high price of salmon.”

“It was very fortunate they did because in that year there was a veritable plague of wasps in the area and any barbecue would have been well attended by swarms of yellow jackets contending with the customers for a salmon dinner.”

“The main reason, however, for cancelling the annual event, was a display of conscience.  It was eventually recognize that the largest fish being caught were being used for the barbecue, and that the surplus fish being caught were being sold (an illegal act under the Sports Fishing Act), incurring a definite abrogation of Club principles, ideals of conservation and ethical behaviour.”

-more to come in later newsletters.

BCWF Report – February 2016

BCWF Report

Feb, 2016

The BCWF represents the interests of affiliated clubs, like ours, in issues that impact members Province wide.  Our Regional Associations focus on matters within our region; in our case it is the Vancouver Island Region Association.  Province wide the BCWF Region boundaries are based on the model mapped out in the BC Hunting and Trapping Synopsis.

In June 2014 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Tsilhqot’in First Nations had proven title to some 1700 sq km of land West of Williams Lake.  This resulted in exclusion of BC resident hunters from those title lands for the 2015 hunting season while accommodating the licenses of Guide Outfitters.  Last July the BCWF sent a team to open dialogue with leaders in the Tsilhqot’in Government to try to find a remedy to address our exclusion.  It wasn’t immediately successful but recently the BCWF has continued developing the relationship by meeting Tsilhqot’in leaders to develop a moose recovery strategy.  The exact details are not yet known but the shared objectives are moose harvest cuts for everybody, increased funding for enforcement/regulation and predator control where needed.

There will be an updates on the development of this program and reports from all the BCWF Committees.  Fisheries, Access, Land Use, Wildlife and Allocations, Aboriginal Relations, Recreational Shooting Sports are the big ones.  I would encourage any members who have an interest in any of those topics to spend at least part of a day taking in the presentations and meet some fellow members from both near and distant parts of the Province.  The Agenda will be posted on our website when we get it.

As a BCWF past President I am quite supportive, more like biased, of the values the Federation holds on behalf of member clubs.  Regardless, anybody I have spoken to after having attended their first Convention has had their eyes opened regarding the depth and quality of service to members that the leadership, staff and Committee chairs all demonstrate.

The BCWF Board of Directors recently voted quite strongly to suspend one of the Vice Presidents so the “closed sessions” will be interesting or maybe worth avoiding. But you never know when a heated argument can lead to positive results.

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe – Past President PQF&G 1992 – 1998

Henry Range Report – February 2016

Henry  Range  Report – February 2016.

Activities continue to increase at both ranges. I am advised that over three hundred range pass  keys  have been purchased already this year.

We have recently received a substantial quantity of fill suitable for constructing  berms, so when we have some dryer weather, more construction on the new 50 yd. range will probably take place. We certainly need another handgun/.22 rifle facility.

On Feb. 16th. we hosted a large group (33) of students from Ballenas Secondary School along with several teachers and parents for a day of .22 rifle shooting. We had one group in the morning and another in the afternoon. Both groups including the teachers and parents were given a comprehensive mini course on firearms safety and range rules, by Larry Blair, Firearms Safety Instructor and Qualified Range Officer prior to the shooting events. The participants shot at paper targets and at reactive steel target at our handgun facility. I am sure it was a valuable learning experience for all of them, in the safe handling and use of firearms and the skill required to hit the intended target. They all left smiling and took home some pretty impressive targets. We had a real good turnout of volunteers to help and give instruction on a one on one basis. Thanks to all. !!

Shoot Results

.22 Pistol Fun Shoot – Jan. 31st.

The shoot was held under dreary skies, however the cheeriness of the shooters made it seem like a summer day. It was the largest turnout I recall with 16 plus shooters. Instead of shooting individually we decided to team up. We even had to go and pickup more cookies. It was a really enjoyable time for all the shooters and spectators. It was great to see all of the new shooters come out and participate.

Results:

1st. Lee & Colin 133;  2nd. Wynn& Grant 119;  3rd. John& Olive 97.

Note: The next shoot will be held on Sunday Feb. 28th. at 10:00 am.   (Submitted by Rick and John)

Black Powder Shoots:

Jan.30th. Results.   1st. Grant M. 180;  2nd. Bob P. 169;  3rd. Walter R. 153.

Feb. 13th. Results  1st. Larry B. 39;  2nd.( Tie) Don H. & Grant M. 37;  3rd. Gerry E. 28.

.22 Rifle Fun Shoot: Feb 6th.

The shoot had a large turnout again this month, with over22 shooters. Everyone had a great time and at the halfway point all enjoyed another beautiful and delicious birthday cake to celebrate Olive`s 39th. birthday. Alex had the place toasty and warm and made another great pot of coffee, actually had to make two pots.

Results: 1st. John Will. & Dave 417; 2nd. (tie) Alex & Gerald “the dynamic duo” and Andrew, Graham and Nigel 411;  3rd. Jim & Clayton 370.

We are looking forward to the next shoot which will be held on Sat. March 5th., see you there. (Submitted by Rick)

.22 Precision Shoot: Feb 13th.

Aperture: 1st. Fritz  800;  2nd.(tie) John Will. & Rick 799;  3rd. John W. 750.

Scope: 1st. Tammy 799;  2nd. Dave 797;  3rd. Alex 792.

.22 precision shoot

(.22 precision match)

Submitted by Len Fong, Henry Range Committee Member. Ph. 250 468-1551  e-mail lenbar@shaw.ca