Henry Range Report – March 2017

Henry Range Report

I am writing this report on the first day of spring and although it is not hot, the weather conditions are   better than what we have encountered for the past three or four months particularly as it affected our various shooting events. Two of the organized events were cancelled due to snow, a first in my memory over the past twenty years. Some of the military shoots were all shot from the covered firing line due to heavy rain conditions and a lot of whining and sniveling, ( some of these Military wannabes aren’t as tough as they look).lol  However, participation at all of the organized and casual shoots continues to increase. Range pass keys sales are brisk and 364 have been purchased to date.

Donations for the upcoming PQFG Gun Show Club Table

We are requesting donations from the PQFG members for the May gun show club table. If you have any thing  lying around which is surplus to your needs such as firearms parts, reloading stuff, fishing or hunting related items or anything else we could sell at the table, we would love to have it.

If you would like us to sell a firearm for you at the table, we would take a commission of $15. for a firearm up to $200. and $20. For a firearm over  $200. All money from this sale will go directly to the club.

Lets make this event a success, we would really appreciate your donation. Call Alex at 250 752-1875 for pickup or drop off your donation at Henry Range trailer, see Richard or call him at 250 734-3335.

(Submitted)

Shooting Results

Military Match –January                              February                             March

1st. John Will 246              1st. John Will 246              1st. John Will 309

2nd. Lee B 243                      2nd.Clive C 243                2nd. Lee B 302

3rd . Bob P 239                  3rd.Lee B 238                       3rd. Mike S 289

 

Sniper                  1st. Clive C 98                     1st Clive C 99                      1st. Clive C 98, Grant M 98 (tie)

2 nd Bruno K 95                 .2nd. Grant M 95                2nd.Bob P 93

3rd. John Will 85                3rd. Bruno K 92                 3rd. Bruno K 88

Scores from other events will be published in the next news letter.

 

50 Yard Range Update.

All of the necessary paper work has been submitted to the Chief Firearms Officer, but there has been no response to date. We have recently received an additional few loads of fill and when the material dries out, final grading of the range base can be completed. Hopefully we will be able to use this range soon.

Range Maintenance

This is to advise that our Range Warden, Richard Gammon is currently dealing with some fairly serious medical conditions and will have difficulty carrying out some of his normal range maintenance duties. It will be appreciated if all range users clean up their shooting area, return target stands, place cardboard in the appropriate racks and place garbage in the garbage receptacles provided after your shooting session. Rick is scheduled to have surgery in early May. We wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery. 

Note: If God wanted us to be Vegetarians he would have made kale and broccoli more fun to shoot!!

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

HELP requested – Dorman Range

Dear membership,

Help is requested to provide lunch at our Sporting Clays events.  These occur on the 4th Saturday of each month beginning with April 22nd.

Details:   We need people to step forward and volunteer to buy, prepare and serve lunch for 40 to 90 guests.  We will provide lots of support including menu suggestions.

It would be best if we could get a crew that can work together and which can provide lunches when one or more are unavailable.  Volunteers should contact Bob Davenport by email  bramhall@shaw.ca  or if they do not have email then call 250 752 0562 or alternatively they can visit the range during shooting hours to discuss the job.

The ladies from the Stroke Recovery Society did the lunches for January through March and did a great job and had a lot of fun.  This is the type of crew we need….. THANK YOU

 

Thanks,

Bob

FN0359-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Sockeye – Area 23 Closure

RECREATIONAL – Salmon

Fishery Notice – Fisheries and Oceans Canada Subject: FN0359-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Sockeye – Area 23 – Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the Somass River – Closure  Effective until further notice, the daily quota for sockeye salmon in Area 23, Barkley Sound, Alberni Inlet and the Somass River, will remain zero (0).

The pre-season forecast for Somass Sockeye is 172,000.  At this run size, there is no available recreational catch.  At a meeting on April 6, 2017 the Area 23 Harvest Committee recommended a closure to sockeye fishing for all sectors consistent with the Area 23 fishery plan.  While recreational sockeye opportunities in Area 23 are unlikely through the end of June, potential opportunities may be possible if the run size is upgraded. The Somass sockeye in-season stock assessment program will be in place in 2017.

This program collects escapement, test fishing, catch and environmental information on a weekly basis.  This information is collected and the first in-season reforecast will be made June 29.  This process will continue weekly through the sockeye season and, may lead to recreational sockeye opportunities if conditions warrant. Variation Order # 2017-187  Notes: Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon in tidal waters of British Columbia.   The term “marked” means a hatchery fish that has a healed scar in place of the adipose fin. Sport anglers are encouraged to participate in the 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 toll free at (866) 483-9994 for further information. Anglers are advised to check http://bcsportfishguide.ca for fishing closures and other recreational fishing information.

Tidal Water Sport Fishing Licences can be purchased via any computer connected to the internet at https://www-ops2.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/nrls-sndpp/index-eng.cfm or by using Google search key words “Recfish Licence”.

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)

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Port Alberni office at 250-720-4440 or visit our website at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca   Fisheries and Oceans Canada Operations Center – FN0359Sent April 11, 2017 at 16:01Visit 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

$15k from MLA Michelle Stillwell

Receiving $15 K check from MLA Stillwell for Seniors project at Dorman. – Doug Kitts.

Michelle Stillwell presented our club with a Grant of $ 15,000 from the Province of BC to fulfill the grant request to have a mobility unit for Dorman range’s 36 acre outdoor recreation property for health/mobility restricted seniors to continue their outdoor recreation of choice of trap, skeet, sporting clays, archery.  Our thanks for this wonderful support.

 

BCWF Report – March 2017 submitted by Rod Wiebe

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn

March, 23, 2017

Most of you will have heard the news announced by MFLNRO Minister Steve Thompson about the creation of a new Provincial agency for conservation and management of wildlife.  For years the BCWF has advocated for fishing and hunting license revenues to be directed to those purposes.  It appears that this has happened, at least in part.  The Province plans to invest $5 million in start up costs for the yet to be named agency to begin operating by this fall with hunting license revenues to be added.  That’s an additional $9 – 10 million annually.

It’s a start.  In many of the states to the south of us there is a surcharge on outdoor gear and tourism that brings huge support to conservation and management of fish, wildlife and habitat.  It is embarrassing that BC commits such paltry support, in comparison, for these purposes.  “Super Natural BC” is supposed to just happen on its own to be the expectation of government and a lot of the public too it seems.  First Nations are to be involved in the mix so that should be a positive,  There will be some kinks to work on the major one being getting politics out of management decisions.  Only the players in the agency itself could accomplish that so we will wait and see.  Overall though it is a good turn for wildlife in our Province and hopefully future opportunities for all British Columbians and visitors too.

Reprinted from the BCWF Website

Call to Action: Canadian Firearms Marking Regulation

On June 1, 2017 the “Marking of Imported Firearms (Bill C-10A) Regulations” will come into effect to implement the UN Firearm Marking protocol.

The regulations, as currently drafted, will have a negative impact on Canadians who rely on hunting to feed their families and sports shooters, by significantly increasing the cost of firearms and reducing choice. It is also likely that it will have a disastrous impact on the Canadian firearms industry and result in the loss of jobs. It could also hurt trading relationships with other countries.

The BC Wildlife Federation has written several letters to the Minister of Public Safety expressing our concerns regarding the regulation as drafted, and supporting the solution proposed by the Canadian Sporting Arms and Ammunition Association (CSAAA).

It is now time for all members to get directly involved by writing to the Minister of Public Safety, with a carbon copy to your local Member of Parliament, requesting that the regulation be amended.

Please send a physical letter as they have more impact than emails or petitions.

The time to act is now!

 

As your secretary I will draft a letter of protest about this on behalf of our club

 

Respectfully submitted

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

BCWF Announcement: welcome Salt Spring Island Rod & Gun

BCWF Announcement:

 

CLUB & STAKEHOLDER NEWS

Welcome Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club

The 103 year old Salt Spring Club has joined the BCWF as a full affiliate club member. The BCWF has been working closely with the Salt Spring Club, providing best practices around lead and noise remediation for active shooting ranges and strong advocacy with the Ministry of Environment.

Please join us in welcoming the Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club to our provincial organization!

Find the BCWF lead and noise remediation resources here.

The Club is raising money to cover legal costs they have incurred, please click on the Club banner if you wish to designate the SSIRG Club for your donation.

Land Values Threaten Gun Ranges

Land Values Threaten Gun Ranges

We are all aware that gun laws are under attack in this country but not many are aware that gun ranges are also under attack. Encroaching development and the resulting land value increases are the forces leading the assault.

The Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club (SSIR&G) is a small club putting up a big fight in this battle which will end up affecting all gun clubs in BC and across Canada. A litigious, wealthy, real estate speculator purchased property next to the Club and for four years, in an effort to stop Club activities, has filed multiple lawsuits and injunction attempts involving the Club, the Regional District and/or individuals. He has been instrumental in pressuring local government to close the club via noise bylaws and influenced the Ministry of Environment to force the club to do extensive and expensive testing; all in an effort to stop the activities the small 103 year old club. Last but not least he filed a personal pollution trespass lawsuit against all the Club directors,  insurance does not cover pollution based lawsuits.  Considerable environmental testing has shown that there is no migration of lead from the property.

The good news is that the Club is still active and the Club’s fight has already set a relevant legal precedent.  The BC Supreme Court has ruled that if you are properly zoned for what you do you cannot, by conflicting bylaw, be prohibited from using your property as zoned.  In other words, you cannot be bylawed out of business. This is a major victory in light of the many gun clubs that have been noise bylawed out of business.

Another resulting breakthrough, due largely to efforts by the British Columbia Wildlife Federation (BCWF), is that the Ministry of Environment (MOE) has changed the wording in their Contaminated Sites Regulation such that just because hazardous waste is on a property it does not automatically mean the property is designated a Hazardous Waste Site. This ‘uncoupling’ will likely result in other gun clubs not having to endure the extensive and expensive testing that the Salt Spring Island club has been subject to.

This has been a costly battle for the Club-over $400K in environmental study and legal costs.  Support for the Club has run very deep in the community but even with a membership that has grown from about 60 to around 200, the Club has had to mortgage its property and borrow extensively.

We need your help. BCWF has joined forces with SSIR&G to support the development and preservation of gun clubs and have set up a link so you can make a tax deductible donation to the SSIR&G. Follow link

https://bcwf.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298

In “Designation” drop box pick, Salt Spring Island Rod & Gun Club and please help us.

It’s time we make a stand together

 

John Foley

President Salt Spring Island Rod and Gun Club

Phone 250-537-0083

Cell 250-537-7983