A Message From – Friends of French Creek Conservation Society

Dear Parksville and Qualicum Fish and Game Club Members,

We are presenting a Hamilton Marsh Delegation on Tuesday May 24th, 7pm at the RDN offices in Nanaimo. (It’s best to arrive by 6:30 to get a seat.) Our goal is to introduce newer board members to Hamilton Marsh, update them on our efforts these past ten years, and encourage the RDN to keep Hamilton Marsh and  the 360 ha forest that surrounds it as a priority acquisition. And to let them know that the watershed, wildlife and community values mean a lot to many people.  (There will also be a video created by Arrowsmith Aerial Photography.)

Our “ask” to the community is that we have a full house of spectators who support this effort.  We would love it if some of your members could make themselves available for this.

Warmly,
Ceri Peacey, Director
Friends of French Creek Conservation Society
Chair, Hamilton Marsh Committee

http://www.hamilton-marsh.com/

Fisheries Notice: FN0415-Bottom Contact Fishery Closures

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0415-Bottom Contact Fishery Closures (Commercial, Recreational and Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) Prawn, Shrimp, Crab & Groundfish) to Protect Glass Sponge Reefs – Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound – Reminder and Amendment to FN1036 .

This fishery notice amends FN1036 to correct the Subareas in Item 2 from 28-2 and 28-3 to “Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside the following lines”. The full corrected fishery notice is as follows:

Please be reminded that effective June 12, 2015 all commercial and recreational bottom contact fishing activities for prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish (including halibut) were prohibited within the areas listed below in order to protect the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reefs. These closures will be in effect until further notice. Beginning on April 1, 2016 these closures also went into effect for all First Nation Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) fisheries that use bottom contact fishing activities for prawn, shrimp, crab and groundfish.  In 2014, the Department requested that fishers using bottom-contact fishing gear (prawn trap, crab trap, shrimp trawl, groundfish trawl and hook-and-line) voluntarily avoid nine areas containing glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound while the Department consulted on formal protection measures for the glass sponge reefs.  Consultations with First Nations, commercial, recreational fishers and conservation organizations on protection measures to protect these glass sponge reefs from direct impacts from bottom-contact fishing included formal written correspondence, workshops and bilateral meetings. After reviewing input from the consultation process, the Department decided to proceed with formal fishery closures and adhere to a protection zone of 150 meters around all reefs.  These closures will remain in effect until further notice.

1.      Howe Sound – Defence Island Closure That portion of Subarea 28-4 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 34.102N     123 17.070Wthen southerly to      49 33.730N     123 16.562Wthen to 49 33.553N     123 16.462Wthen to 49 33.438N     123 16.750Wthen to        49 33.707N     123 17.201Wthen to 49 33.993N     123 17.391Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Defence Islands]

2.      Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel Closures Those portions of Subareas 28-2 and 29-3 that lie inside the following lines:] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 1begins at      49 21.486N     123 17.254Wthen southerly to      49 20.528N     123 17.690Wthen to 49 20.401N     123 17.956Wthen to 49 20.765N     123 18.794Wthen to 49 20.982N     123 18.584Wthen to 49 21.098N     123 18.037Wthen to 49 21.501N     123 17.737Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 1] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 2begins at      49 20.288N     123 17.693Wthen southeasterly to  49 20.225N     123 17.501Wthen to 49 19.993N     123 17.377Wthen to 49 19.802N     123 17.444Wthen to 49 19.720N     123 17.840Wthen to 49 19.937N     123 18.107Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 2] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 3begins at      49 19.296N     123 19.905Wthen southerly to      49 19.918N     123 19.847Wthen to 49 19.307N     123 20.344Wthen to 49 19.643N     123 20.421Wthen to 49 19.819N     123 20.361Wthen to 49 19.947N     123 20.097Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 3] Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 4begins at      49 20.637N     123 19.162Wthen easterly to       49 20.577N     123 18.720Wthen to 49 20.441N     123 18.637Wthen to 49 20.068N     123 18.818Wthen to 49 20.076N     123 19.135Wthen to 49 19.718N     123 19.188Wthen to 49 19.726N     123 19.514Wthen to 49 20.259N     123 19.828Wthen to the beginning point. [Howe Sound – Queen Charlotte Channel 4]

3.      Foreslope Hills ClosureThat portion of Subarea 29-3 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 09.634N     123 23.048Wthen southeasterly to  49 09.389N     123 22.622Wthen to 49 09.187N     123 22.587Wthen to 49 09.211N     123 23.567Wthen to 49 09.646N     123 23.543Wthen to the beginning point. [Foreslope Hills]

4.      Outer Gulf Islands ClosureThose portions of Subareas 18-1 and 29-4 that lie inside the following lines: Outer Gulf Islands 1begins at      48 54.936N     123 19.589Wthen southerly to      48 54.283N     123 18.529Wthen to 48 54.114N     123 18.619Wthen to 48 54.065N     123 18.771Wthen to 48 54.787N     123 19.929Wthen to 48 54.902N     123 19.793Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 1]  Outer Gulf Islands 2begins at      48 52.588N     123 15.261Wthen easterly to       48 52.520N     123 14.537Wthen to 48 51.971N     123 13.768Wthen to 48 51.795N     123 13.947Wthen to 48 52.150N     123 14.444Wthen to 48 52.038N     123 14.678Wthen to 48 52.479N     123 15.521Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 2]  Outer Gulf Islands

3. begins at      48 51.602N     123 13.233Wthen southerly to      48 51.309N     123 12.751Wthen to 48 50.913N     123 12.938Wthen to 48 50.844N     123 13.059Wthen to 48 51.163N     123 13.662Wthen to 48 51.579N     123 13.378Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 3]  Outer Gulf Islands 4begins at      48 50.999N     123 12.391Wthen southerly to      48 50.608N     123 11.603Wthen to 48 50.097N     123 10.956Wthen to 48 49.959N     123 11.182Wthen to 48 50.857N     123 12.654Wthen to 48 50.959N     123 12.566Wthen to the beginning point. [Outer Gulf Islands 4]

5.      Gabriola Island ClosureThat portion of Subarea 17-11 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 13.672N     123 47.577Wthen southerly to      49 13.235N     123 47.429Wthen to 49 13.185N     123 47.882Wthen to 49 13.391N     123 48.119Wthen to 49 13.623N     123 48.166Wthen to the beginning point. [Gabriola Island]

6.      Parksville ClosureThose portions of Subareas 14-2 and 14-3 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 21.680N     124 19.762Wthen southeasterly to  49 21.514N     124 18.893Wthen to 49 21.191N     124 17.723Wthen to 49 21.064N     124 17.724Wthen to        49 20.725N     124 18.380Wthen to        49 21.432N     124 19.811Wthen to the beginning point. [Parksville]

7.      East of Hornby Islands ClosureThat portion of Subarea 14-6 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 33.490N     124 29.230Wthen southerly to      49 32.701N     124 28.760Wthen to 49 31.657N     124 29.434Wthen to        49 31.663N     124 29.896Wthen to 49 32.651N     124 29.752Wthen to 49 33.340N     124 29.935Wthen to 49 33.498N     124 29.773Wthen to the beginning point. [East of Hornby Islands]

8.      Sechelt ClosureThat portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 25.948N     123 48.889Wthen easterly to       49 25.899N     123 47.266Wthen to 49 25.373N     123 46.494Wthen to 49 24.734N     123 47.083Wthen to 49 24.910N     123 47.951Wthen to 49 24.253N     123 48.283Wthen to 49 24.845N     123 49.914Wthen to the beginning point. [Sechelt]

9.      Halibut Bank ClosureThat portion of Subarea 29-2 that lie inside a line:begins at      49 21.768N     123 41.501Wthen southerly to      49 21.174N     123 40.045Wthen to 49 20.961N     123 40.139Wthen to 49 20.803N     123 39.860Wthen to 49 20.565N     123 40.182Wthen to 49 21.610N     123 41.843Wthen to 49 21.673N     123 42.643Wthen to 49 21.895N     123 43.908Wthen to 49 22.174N     123 44.748Wthen to 49 22.555N     123 44.456Wthen to 49 22.188N     123 42.167Wthen to the beginning point.

[Halibut Bank]  Variation Order No 2015-293   FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/oceans/protection/sponge_reef-recif_eponge-eng.html  OR CONTACT Aleria Ladwig, Ecosystems Approach Officer at Aleria.Ladwig@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or 604-363-1325    Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0415Sent May 17, 2016 at 14:01Visit us on the Web at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca If you would like to unsubscribe, please submit your request at: http://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fns-sap/index-eng.cfm?pg=manage_subscription If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail to: OpsCentre@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Ducks Unlimited Mentored Hunt 2016

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Waterfowl Hunter Training for Youth

Ducks Unlimited Oceanside and the Parksville, Qualicum Fish and Game Club are again offering Waterfowl hunter training to encourage youth to take up the sport. Ducks Unlimited Canada have developed a training program that gives young people a practical overview of hunter safety, ethics and skills needed to participate in the sport. A field hunt will be conducted with adult mentors assigned to each youth to give a real life experience of waterfowl hunting. The program is timed to take advantage of the provisions of the hunting regulations that allow youth to experience hunting, without obtaining a hunting licence, migratory permit or passing the CORE hunter safety training, during Waterfowl Heritage Days.

There is a registration fee of $25.00 for each trainee.

If you have children or know of (boys or girls) between the ages of 12 and 17 who would like to undertake the training, please contact:

Wayne Pritchard -1-250-757-8978, Email- wpritchard@shaw.ca

The training will take place:

Sunday September 25, 2016 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, P-Q F&G Club House Dorman Rd., Qualicum Beach

  • Class Room Training-Range Shooting practice

Saturday or Sunday October 1 or 2, 2016 – 5:00 am to 12:00 pm–Water Fowl Heritage Days -Mentored Field Hunt- Field to be determined

-Bird cleaning and food preparation followed by a BBQ and graduation ceremony-Dorman Club House

There are a limited number of spots available. Get your names in as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.

 

Wayne Pritchard
Chair, Mentored Hunt
Oceanside Chapter
Ducks Unlimited Canada
250-757-8978

Presidents Report – May 2016

Presidents Report – May 2016

Members;

Spring has arrived and our range users are taking full advantage.  I hope you are all able to get and enjoy the weather.

This newsletter contains reports from each of our divisions.  Make sure you read them to find out the many events coming soon.

Our Fishing For Ever day this year is May 13th.  We hope to have a 100+ participants who otherwise would not be able to enjoy the outdoors even if it is only for the day.  Contact Len Fong is you can help.

Six members attended the BCWF AGM in Nanaimo for either a single day, as life members or as full delegates.  It was great to see youth delegates participating.  Hopefully we will have some of our newer members attend next year as it is an important link to what is happening in both the Province and the Federation.

Further reports will be in this edition of the newsletter.

On a sadder note Brian Ball, owner of the mobile home at Henry Range,  has passed away.  Rick Gammon, our current volunteer resident at the range, has continued on living in the unit and working with members of the club.  The future of the unit is still undetermined.

Since our fishing component seems to be out fishing, I will fill in.

Resident spring salmon fishing remains good in the straight.  Early risers are limiting out according to my latest informant.

The sockeye are returning to the Alberni Inlet and Somass/Stamp rivers.  The club has a folder on the website with all of the latest updates on closures and limits from the DFO.  The Somass/Stamp limits and openings are there as of now.  Good luck!

For our fishing members, we have salmon on a much smaller level. Our hatchery is doing well and will soon be looking for volunteers for fin clipping.  This is important to show the value of our facility.

Finally, our website has a master list of contact names and numbers.  Please feel free to contact any one of them, whether it is to confirm range hours or ask questions on any of our programs or membership information.  If you see something that needs updating, let Beth know.

Richard Thompson

Club President

 

BCWF – Report – May 2016

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BCWF Report – PQ Fish & Game Assn.

May, 2016

 

At our last General Meeting one of the members present expressed his anger and frustration about loss of his traditional moose hunt opportunity due to aboriginal priority hunting rights.  As Aboriginal Relations Committee chair for the BCWF I have been involved in many cases where illegal obstruction by First Nations and supporters needed action.  We were successful last year in removing a threat by a splinter group from the Tahltan First Nations.  Several years prior, however a blockade on the Ealeu Lake Rd prevented access for the main part of the moose season.  The Province negotiated a resolution to the problem which cost us resident hunters six weeks of open season for bull moose every season since.  So much for our government being a guardian of the public right to hunt.

The problem here is that the Province is locked into a general policy of negotiation not litigation and government to government discussion with FNs.  The BCWF has argued for over a decade now that “government to government” doesn’t work for us.  So far not so good.  We are told that we should be engaging directly with FNs on access issues but Government gives no support either with enforcement of the Wildlife Act on FN harvests or in policy that recognizes the needs of the public.  In the case of blockades the RCMP will not act and if we are successful in getting a court injunction to remove the obstruction they usually refuse to enforce it.

The Supreme Court of Canada ruling that recognized aboriginal title to over seventeen hundred square kilometers of land East of Williams Lake changed things a lot.  For starters resident hunters were kicked out totally by the Tsilqhot’in National Government who managed to find a way to accommodate the licenses of Guide Outfitters.  The BCWF has resolved to engage FNs where possible to build relationships on common interests as the Province will not help us deal with them.  We must reach out on our own.  So, the Fed has since met TNG representatives and with other FNs in the Province in an effort to address problems around public access to lands for hunting before they grow into another blockade.

It is difficult to measure our success but it is imperative to forever act as the advocate for resident hunters and not give up.  Some FNs are totally closed, don’t recognize Provincial or Federal Government authority even, but are often still quite respectful of the BCWF and our track record of conservation effort.  Others are willing to work with us to maximize the opportunities for everyone.  It is important to never quit or just retreat in anger to wallow in righteous indignation over feeling hard done by.  The BCWF has very qualified people representing us in FN engagement because we are in this for the long haul.

What our children inherit depends on what we do today.  If we do nothing they get nothing.

Respectfully submitted
Rod Wiebe – PQF&G Assn Past President (1992 – 1998)

Aboriginal Relations Annual Report

Henry Range Report – May 2016

Henry Range Report

There is apparently some concern and confusion regarding when and why the rifle and hand gun ranges are closed to the general membership to all firearm shooting activities.

The ranges are closed on occasion for the following reasons: Microwave tower maintenance and repair by Telus; RCMP qualifying and training; Brinks Armoured Car personnel training: BC Parks personnel training; ( all of the preceding agencies pay a $200.00 daily range rental fee); range work parties and some special occasion events.

The closures are always posted in advance on our web site calendar and on the notice boards and entrance gates at the ranges. (Emergency repairs to the microwave tower may be an exception)

The recently posted revised “Range Use Hours” was considered a pro active measure to minimise some of the noise for the adjacent residents and to create a definite range closure time.

The closure of the rifle or the handgun ranges and the recently revised posted ”Range Use Hours” do not apply to the use of the archery facility adjacent to the hand gun range. Archers are welcome to carry out their activities as they see fit.

 

Shooting Results:

Duty Pistol (March)
900 Match: 1st. Wynn; 2nd. Jay, 3rd. Walter.
1500 Match: 1st. Wynn, 2nd. Clive, 3rd. Len.
Duty Pistol (April).
900 Match: 1st. Len; 2nd. Graham; 3rd Jay.
1500 Match: 1st. Wynn: 2nd. Clive; 3rd Gord.
Bench rest (April)
Scope: 1st. Andrew 785; 2nd. Frank 779; 3rd. (Tie) Pam, Gerry, Alex 777.
Aperture: 1st. Rick 796; 2nd. Ken 795; 3rd John Will.794.
Military: (April)
1st. Graham 244; 2nd. Bruno 241; 3rd. Bob P. 238.
Sniper: 1st. Grant 97; 2nd John Will. 96; 3rd. Clive 95.
.22 Hand Gun (Submitted by Bob) (April)

The weather Gawds took pity on the last half of the shoot today. No attendance records were set(6 shooters). John did very well considering his shooting –eye cataract troubles. Olive provided healthy munchies. Unfortunately, I bought 2 dozen donuts based on last months turnout (16 shooters) , and the majority of the fat pills were not consumed by the present shooters. Win some – loose some.

 

Scores attained (Max possible 140)

Bob Lake 136
John Whitby 102
Olive Whitby 86
Gord Gebhardt 65
Rick Gammon 61
Peter Wartislav 60

Rick handed over monies ($39.60) collected over the period of my wintering in Arizona. This will help defray costs of today`s and future shoots. Whomever painted the silhouettes (Ken? Rick?)did a good job. I thank them.

Cheers, Bob.

 

Organized activities at both ranges continue to be well attended and daily casual shooting is definitely on the increase due to the increase in new members. To date, 420 range pass key have been purchased.

Submitted by Len Fong, Range Committee Member. Ph. 250 468-1551.

E-mail   lenbar@shaw.ca

Dorman Range Report – May 2016

May Newsletter – Dorman Range, by Ron Card,  roncard@shaw.ca

May Photo 1

We have had an active April with many things & events happening.

We had a VISL shoot (Vancouver Island Shooters League) on April 3.  There were 35 shooters from many different Clubs on the Island. They shot a total of 5,250 targets.  Helpers that made this event happen were Diane & Dave Upper, Dave Vaton, Dave Weaving, Gord Brooks, Randy Flanagan, Steve Kennedy, & Chuck Webber.  The shooters who won pins from our Club were Bill McNeilly, Gord Brooks, Sherry Brooks and Dave Upper.  Thanks again to Bill Simpson for doing the prize raffle.

During the month, Ron Pidwerbesky shot his first 25 straight.  The Club tradition is that whoever gets his first “25” must have his hat thrown into the air and a phalanx of shooters puts holes into it.  Congratulations Ron.

May Photo 2

 

Photo 1 – Ron, at the centre and flanked by Rick Turner and Stan Smith, holds up a decimated hat.

Photo 2 –  Equipment setup crew back in the woods, for the Memorial Sporting Clays.

Photo 3 –  Station 1, on the skeet field, for the Memorial Sporting Clays

The Memorial Sporting Clays, a charitable event for the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society, was held on March 26.  Our donation, $2,617.98, will provide for one month of their operations.  We had the largest turnout yet with 102 shooters.  As part of the event, a “modified” Annie Oakley, using “rabbits” was held.  The distance to the “rabbit” was quite long and it was fun to watch.  Even the good shooters got knocked out early.  A great “thank you” must go to Cabela’s and Wholesale Sports for their generous donations to the prizes.

May Photo 3

Photos – Showing Memorial Sporting Clay shooters at Stations 3, 5 and 6.  At Station 3, machines for “rabbits” and the “incomer” are shown on the left.

May Photo 4

Photo 1 – Memorial Sporting Clay shooters at Station 8.

Photo 2 –  A fellow member of the trap-shooting fraternity, Les Madsen.  Les is from Kelowna and he recently passed the 400,000 mark in registered PITA shoots.  (This doesn’t include all the practice rounds that are also shot.)   This event was held in Vancouver, near the end of March.  Do a quick calculation to see how long it would take you to shoot 400,000 targets, as well as the practice rounds.  PITA (Pacific International Trap Shooting Association) is the coastal trap-shooting organization that includes members from California right through to Alaska.  Dave Upper has shot with Les and says that he in an amazing person.  Last year alone, Les shot 30,000 registered targets

Argentina Shoot (an alternate to our “5-Stand”, second Sunday of the month) was held on April 10.  The shooter stands in the centre of the field and “birds” are thrown from various machines around the field.  The shooter does not know which machine will be throwing the “birds”.  It can be very frustrating but it is fun to watch.  About 30 shooters participated.

Sporting Clays – The recent sporting clays shoot was on Saturday, April 23.  There were 89 shooters in the morning and 73 shooters in the afternoon.  The top shooter was Jared Earthy, from Port Alberni with a 92, Mark Bottomley with a 90, and Rennie Dickenson with an 89.  There were 6 others in the 80’s.  Andy Lemmon provided the lunch.  The average score for VISC (Vancouver Island Sporting Clays Assoc) members was 71.6 of which there were 36 shooters.  There were 45 shooters for the non-VISC members with an average of 59.6.

In May there will be a BCWF “All Round” shoot comprising 50 sporting clays, 25 skeet, 25 ‘wobbles’, and 25 handicap.  It is a fundraiser for the BCWF.  There will be prizes and a superb lunch will be provided.  The enrollment is limited to 60 shooters but people that want to just shoot the Sporting Clays will likely be accommodated.

May Photo 5

 

Photo 1 – Argentina Shoot on the skeet field.  Two of the 6 or 7 machines that are used are shown on the extreme left.

Photo 2 – We had a truckload of clay pigeons delivered several weeks ago.  Thank goodness for our forklift – it made unloading and stacking the “birds” in the warehouse so much easier.

 

We now have a regular cook for lunches for the special events, such as PITA, VISL, ISA and sporting clays – Andy Lemmon.  We gain a cook but lose a valuable setup member for many of the special events.

 

Last week we had a truck load of shotgun shells delivered.  This was our largest order yet – 6 pallets (630 cases)($46,000 worth).  There were orders from most parts of the Island, from Campbell River to the north, Chemainus to the south, Galiano to the east and Alberni to the west.  There were over 50 buyers, with the Galiano Club and the Chemainus Club ordering shells for their members.  90% of the shells were distributed within one week.

 

On Tuesday, April 19, we had a group of school kids, both boys and girls, from the ROAMS course (Rivers Oceans and Mountains outdoor school) taking a firearms safety course from Beth Hurst.  This was in anticipation for their shoot on the Wednesday.  Another group will shoot on May 4 (our normal, even-dated Wednesday shooting day).  It was a fun event and the “kids” really enjoyed it.

If you haven’t tried Sporting Clays and would like to, come out to our Sporting Clays event in June.  (May will be the BCWF fund raiser shoot and that fee will be $60 for the day.)  There are many members who will be pleased to show you the process.

May Photo 6

 

Photos – delivery of the 6 pallets of shells with Andy Lemmon doing the unloading.  Thanks Andy – another dedicated volunteer.

 

May Photo 7

Photo 1 – Shooters at Station 2 for the April 23 Sporting Clays.

Photo 2 & 3 –  Shooters at Station 3 for the April 23 Sporting Clays.

 

And just to let you know that Club members are involved in more than just trap and skeet shooting, I include the following photos:

May Photo 8

Photo 1 – Shooter at Station 1.

Photo 2 –  Shooter at Station 4.

Photo 3 –  Parked vehicles and maintenance vehicle for the April 23 Sporting Clays

May Photo 9

Photo 1 – Willow grouse – you may have tasted these at the Club’s banquet.

Photo 2 –  A rather large octopus, out off Ucluelet, who made a streak to the side of the boat after he was unhooked.

Photo 3 –  A smaller halibut on the South Bank, out from Ucluelet.

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

Early Club history, continued from the March Newsletter.  (If you didn’t get this newsletter, send me an e-mail and I will send it to you.)

After incorporation, “The Constitution was re-written to reflect the new, larger organization and the Club was re-registered within the Society Act Legislation in February 1980.  This transaction was undertaken and completed by Henry Estlin, and on June 2, 1980 the Association was incorporated under the Society Act.”

“Worth noting is the fact the original formation of the Club was one of conservation.  Their slogan was, “Working to improve outdoor recreation.”  That is still the main reason for its existence, and as such, receives much of the members’ energy and attention.”

“From that early period of the Association’s history there is considerable documentation by way of minutes of the Parksville Fish and Game Association from March 1954 to November 1972.  From that time to the present, the historical accounts are documented in old News Bulletins and the current Newsletter.  Two personal accounts from the March and April 1985 News Bulletins provide a glimpse into the activities of those earlier times.  The first account is from Ted Rawlins who joined the Parksville Fish and Game Club in 1935.  He passed away in 1988.”

“There were not many members then.  Jim Kingsley Sr. was the man who got Ted to join and he had been a paid up member ever since.  There may have been 12 members at that time.  The following names are listed:  General Noel Money, Howard Pettigrew, Harry/Alf/Percy Rushton, Percy Trill, Murray (Fat) Shelly (deceased October 2001) and Harry Butler.  Ted says the Club was formed because they were all interested in fish and game.”

“There was no shooting of does and fawns in those days.  The steelhead season was closed for part of the winter and trout fishing opened on March 15.  Fish roe, of any kind, couldn’t be used for trout or steelhead fishing.  Ted’s narrative states that he couldn’t remember too much about the Club’s activities, but he remembered attending crow shoots on the flats.”

More to come in future newsletters.  Editor’s note – our Club last year had approximately 8oo members.

Archery Report – May 2016

Arrowsmith Archers – May 2016

Archery has been busy this past month.  We have purchased about half of the epafoam for the new shooting wall.  We hope to purchase the second half early in the new year and then rebuild the indoor wall at the Nanoose Bay Pentecostal Camp as well as build some new out door butts with the salvaged epafoam from the existing wall.
Our indoor shooting will be coming to an end on June 15th, archers who have purchased a key to the Henry Range will be able to continue shooting through out the summer on the new outdoor archery range.  A work party is in the planning stages to get this new range ready for our outdoor target shooters.
We will be having an orientation and fun shoot at the Dorman range on Saturday May 7th.  This shoot will be a great way to introduce those who have never shot the bag course to the Dorman Range.
The 2015/2016 indoor target season was a very successful one for our club.  Many new faces and familiar friends have joined us this year.

And many of our archers were medal winners at different events.  Aiden Hare represented our zone at the BC Winter games and he brought home a silver and a gold medal!  5 of our archers attended the Canadian’s and won 1 gold and 1 bronze medal.

5 of our archers went to the BC’s in Armstrong, BC and all 5 won medals – 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze!  And most recently 3 of our junior archers attended the BC JOP at the Cowichan Bowmen Club and all 3 brought back medals – 2 gold and 1 silver!

 

Way to go everyone.  We are so very proud of our club!