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.
Rod Wiebe – Past President PQF&G 1992 – 1998