BCWF Report for June 2018

BCWF Report

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Assn.

June, 2018 

BCWF Action Fund

Last May 26 our club hosted the annual “All Round” shoot which is a fundraiser for the BCWF Action Fund at the Dorman Range.  Registration was capped at 80 shooters so some latecomers were turned away; unfortunate but it doesn’t work for a large number.  The weather was great, the lunch was up to high standard and we generated a bit over $3200 for the Action Fund.

The purpose of the BCWF Action Fund is to defend public access rights to lands and resources in BC.  The “Fund” is our members main resource for funding court action against illegal obstruction to public access to waterways in the Douglas Lake area of the Province.   Our participation in the BC Court of Appeal to support the decision by DFO to raise the resident angler allocation of halibut from 8% to 12% is a prime example where BCWF Action Fund support was important.  Legal costs for a Court Injunction to remove blockades to resident hunters in the Klappan River area also came from the BCWF Action Fund. These initiatives, of course, deplete the Action Fund and it needs ongoing replenishment as long as illegal obstructions to our free access to public lands and waters continue to threaten or deny our rightful legacy as Canadians.  There is no other source of revenue for the Action Fund except from members and clubs like ours.

Bill C 71

The BCWF has coordinated and consulted with the other Canada Wildlife Federation (CWF) Affiliates regarding concerns with Bill C-71 and bringing them to the governments attention.

Although most wildlife federations asked to testify before the Standing Committee for Public Safety and National Defence, only the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) received an invitation.  OFAH consulted with the other federations and their submission was unanimously endorsed by all CWF affiliates.

 

For months now the BCWF has been urging members and clubs to write Federal Minister Ralph Goodale to protest this proposed amendment to the Firearms Act.  If you need more information than you already have please visit the BCWF website.  There’s lots there, then write

1) Download the template letter, format it, print off and mail to Minister Goodale

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,

Minister of Public Safety

House of Commons

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

2) Email your letter to Ralph Goodale at ralph.goodale@parl.gc.ca

3) Find your MP and Book a Meeting with them to talk about why you oppose Bill C-17

As we were told at the recent BCWF convention, “Write early…write often.”

Audit into cattle grazing leases in BC

In the past the BCWF has used legal services offered by the Environmental Law Center in the University of Victoria.  Recently it has collaborated with the Environmental Law Center to develop a case to request the BC Government to conduct an audit and examination of cattle grazing leases currently held on Crown Land and related issues.  Over the years members have made allegations with an increasing number of complaints, particularly from the Kamloops area, from naturalists, birders, and hunters where grazing leaseholders have been putting up gates and no trespassing signs.  Locked gates and ‘No Trespassing’ signs on grazing leases also obstruct public access to key Crown lands not under grazing lease — but are only accessible through grazing lease areas that now exclude the public.

In 1978 the B.C. government tried to get rid of grazing lease tenures that allow holders to lock out the public but failed with the implementation.  While other jurisdictions such as Alberta have made significant efforts to allow reasonable public access to leases, B.C. is living in the dark ages.  Grazing leases have no place in a modern, multiple-use Crown land management regime and a remedy is long overdue.

There is an overview of the request, a link to download the report and information about how you can help advocate for the best interest of the province and fellow British Columbians available by a link on the BCWF website.

Southern Interior Mule Deer Project

The BCWF is a key partner in a new, large-scale research project, involving multiple agencies and universities to tackle one of the most pressing needs in wildlife management in British Columbia – how to understand and reverse declines of mule deer in the Southern Interior. With contributions from Indigenous people, the public, stakeholders, and industry, this project brings together cutting-edge research on deer ecology with multiple partnerships to advance both evidence and cooperative-based approaches to wildlife conservation.

The GPS collars in the Kettle-Granby, Peachland/Garnet Valley, and Cache Creek study areas track the deer movements every 4.25 hours and provide information on the deers’ habitat use, how they move across the landscape, which areas they avoid, when and how they die. When a collar is no longer moving, a message gets sent to the project team which allows them to investigate factors contributing to the animal’s death.  In addition to the collars, at least 200 remote cameras will be deployed in the project areas to provide an understanding of how other animals (predators, prey, and people) interact with mule deer. The cameras will also provide recruitment data (fawn survival) and sex ratios (buck: doe), and potentially help count mule deer and other large mammals.

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe – PQF&G Past President 1992 – 1998

Dorman Range – April/May 2017

Welcome to Spring.  We are still waiting for some extended periods of sunshine.  I guess the flowers and trees appreciate the frequent rainfalls but at least we haven’t had any snow for a while now, and the temperature has warmed up.

This report is a little lengthy as it goes back to the March 25 Sporting Clays.  That event was dedicated to the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society.  We had a record (or near record) turnout for the shoot, with 102 shooters.  The lunch for this event was prepared by the ladies of the Oceanside Stroke Recovery Society.  They had also prepared the lunch for the February Sporting Clays.  Thanks very much, ladies; the lunches were delicious.

We were able to donate $2,865 to their program.

As in all our Sporting Clays shoots, the shooters are placed in various classes; Class A for the good shooters, right through to Class E for the novice shooters.  For the March 25 Sporting Clays, the high Class A shooters were Brian Royan with an 89, James Wicks with an 87, Jared Earthy with an 86, Ron Stubbings with an 81 and Tom Dawes with an 80.  For Class B, the high shooters were Bill McNeilly with an 84, Dane Hryhoryshen and Jack Morgan with 81’s, and Darren Perrens (our caretaker) with an 80.  All together there were 11 people in the 80’s and 12 people in the 70’s.  The average score was 59.

Read More Dorman_Newsletter_AprilMay2017

Kids Camp – Update

Kid’s Camp

It’s time for the annual Kid’s Camp registration in preparation for the camp.

This year the camp is again being held at the Courtenay Fish and Game site on Comox Lake.

The dates are July  17th to 20. Ages are 10 – 14.

This is a free event.  You supply the sleeping bag and personal items, we supply everything else.

What happens at camp?  Under the supervision of experienced club members, youth will do hiking, fly tying and fishing in the lake, archery, hand gun, shot gun and long gun under one on one supervision and an old fashion swim in the lake.  We even throw in a DVD movie night and story telling.

For more information contact Larry Blair at wlblair@bcsupernet.com.  Larry can pass on any further information and will be receiving all applications.  Cutoff date is May 31, 2017.

I can also be contacted at rt50@shaw.ca and 604 880 3393.

Enjoy the outdoors..

Richard Thompson

President, PQFG

BCWF Report – April 2017

BCWF Report

April 25, 2017

With the Provincial election coming soon the BCWF has been hosting a series of “Town Hall Meetings” all over BC.  The purpose of these meetings is to bring some facts about the status of our fish and wildlife resources to the attention of our members and to offer questions to ask candidates for election.  Over the past fifteen years the funding for fish and wildlife resource management has remained flat while the overall Provincial budget has increased dramatically overall.  “We need more funding, more science and more social support” was the main message.

In the Times Colonist, on April 26, columnist Jack Knox wrote his insights from the BCWF Town Hall Meeting in Victoria. “Wildlife ‘train wreck’ goes largely unnoticed” was his heading.  The reason for this, Knox believes, is that with 48 of BC’s 87 electoral districts in the lower mainland and Fraser Valley the public will not hear about conservation issues.  The election will be won on issues like housing prices, bridge tolls, the homeless and not on action around vanishing woodland caribou.

Several of us PQ club members attended the Town Hall meeting hosted at the Nanaimo club facility.  It was well attended and the NDP and Green party candidates did a brief presentation.  But the meeting was all about the abysmal state of fish and wildlife populations throughout the province.  Staple game species like moose are down 50 – 70% in BC’s interior.  The world famous Thompson River steelhead are down to 430 fish.  Mule deer and elk in the interior are also in trouble.  So far this year two or three steelhead have been found in the Gold River.  All of this is because fish and wildlife resources are not a priority of our Provincial Government.  Managing bag limits and allowable catches amount to “management to zero.” Reprinted here are the five questions the BCWF suggests we might want to ask our future MLAs.

PARTY AND CANDIDATE QUESTIONS FOR 2017 PROVINCIAL ELECTION

  1. In terms of fish, wildlife and habitat, British Columbia is one of the most diverse jurisdictions in North America. At the same time, B.C. is one of the most under-funded jurisdictions in North America and has no dedicated funding model.  Would you support increased funding for fish, wildlife and habitat (i.e. watershed, landscape) management?  Yes/No/How?
  2. Fish, wildlife and habitat management in B.C. are currently objectiveless. Many fish and wildlife populations are in decline, and some are at record lows.  Cumulative effects in parts of British Columbia from unsustainable resource extraction, invasive species, over-allocation of water resources, and road densities have left our landscape “in the red”.  Do you support legislated objectives for habitat, fish and wildlife populations? Yes/No/Why? How would you achieve them?
  3. Many mountain caribou populations are at a record low and moose populations are in significant decline in parts of B.C. Science has shown anthropogenic change as the leading cause, as wolf predation has become a major source of mortality.  Do you support predator management as a part of sustainable science-based wildlife management?
  4. First Nations negotiations in B.C. are ongoing. These negotiations are Government to Government with no public transparency or consultation.  This approach is divisive and is creating significant uncertainty and externalities due to a lack of public involvement.  Do you believe the public should be involved or consulted, related to negotiations? Yes/No/Why/How?
  5. Public access to public resources such as fish, wildlife, public roads, and campsites is a growing issue in British Columbia. Is public access to public resources, such as fishing, hunting, camping and hiking important to you? How will you deal with these issues?

Respectfully submitted

Rod Wiebe, Past President PQF&G 1992 – 1998

FN0359-RECREATIONAL – Salmon – Sockeye – Area 23 Closure

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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

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

AGM Package 2017 *Important Notice Please Read*

Fellow Members:

It has been a busy year for your Board and members.  Listed below are a number of important issues and meetings that demand the attention of all members.

 January 6, 2017

Material attached has been sent to all members re the pro’s and cons of continued affiliation with the British Columbia Wildlife Federation. For those who do not have e-mail or have not shared it with us, a package has been mailed to your address.

Included within this package is a copy of the proposed new Constitution and By-Laws that will be voted on at our AGM and the affiliation motion.

January 26th

Further to the issue of affiliation, we will be having Jim Glaicar, President of the BCWF, Dennis Popplestone, Region 1 President, Victor Shaarup, Recreational Sport Shooting Chair ,Jesse Zeeman, Staff Resident Priority Program Manager and Cheryl Johnson, Director of Operations talk to us about the advantages of membership.  This session is the result of a motion at the April General Meeting requesting they attend a General Meeting.

They will be taking questions from members.

It will take place at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre at 132 Jensen Street in Parksville, starting at 7:00 and running until 9:00.  We will be offering an opportunity to renew or join at that time.  Cash and cheque preferred as we may or may not have online purchasing capabilities.

January 31, 2017

This will be a regular General Meeting and will take place at the Qualicum Legion.  It will start at 7:00.  Refreshments provided.

February 28th, 2017

This will be the AGM for this year.  You will be asked to cast your ballot on the question of retaining affiliated membership within the BCWF, of adopting a new Constitution and By-Laws to meet new Provincial guidelines, to accept the proposed budget, to receive the Accountant’s yearend report as prepared by McIntosh, Norton and Williams to receive reports from committees and to nominate and vote for members who wish to stand for election to Board positions.  We will arrange a guest speaker to speak on issues of importance.

The meeting will take place at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre at 132 Jensen Street in Parksville.

We will be open starting at 6:00 and running until 10:00.  Your will need to be a paid up member of the club to vote.  We will be offering to sell memberships and renewals at the Centre.  Please bring cash, cheque or you can use PayPal.  It would move things on much quicker if members would take advantage of the online membership purchase/renewals offered to members.

Richard Thompson

President,

Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game Association

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Important Notice

Members:

At the General Meeting of the Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game, held on October 25th 2016,  a motion was passed by a vote of 14 – 5 that the club vote on whether or not to retain it’s affiliation status with the British Columbia Wildlife Federation.

The vote will take place at the Annual General Meeting on February 28, 2017.  You must be in attendance to vote.

The question will read;

That  Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game reaffirm it’s current status as an affiliate of the British Colombia Wildlife Federation

Yes will mean the current relationship will be retained.  No will mean that we severe our relationship.

The Pro’s and Con’s of this action will be presented over the next 4 months.  In January representatives of the BCWF will be attending a meeting in our region to present reasons to remain.  Club members opposed to membership will also present their case for leaving.

Further information will be circulated by email, web page and postings at club properties.

We encourage all members to take time to consider these options for the club and to talk to others members about  future directions.

Richard Thompson, President, Parksville Qualicum Fish & Game