MLA for Oak Bay – Gordon Head Andrew Weaver introduced a private members bill in the legislature on November 17th entitled: Wildlife Amendment Act (No. 2), 2015. The purpose of this Bill is to reduce the preferential treatment of non-resident hunters.
The Bill seeks to eliminate the minister’s discretion to make separate rules for Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) permits so that resident and foreign hunters will all be required to enter a lottery for their LEH tags. Currently residents must enter the lottery draw but others can simply buy their way in.
Dr. Weaver successfully moved that the Wildlife Amendment Act Bill be placed in the Orders of the Day for second reading at the next sitting of the House. BCWF members in favour of the proposed amendments should contact their MLA to express their support.
For more information, visit: www.andrewweavermla.ca
Notice To Hunters – Changes Are Coming To Hunter Registration And The Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draw.The Province Will Introduce A New Online System For Hunters In 2016, Making It Easier For You To Register And Apply For Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draws. You Can Submit LEH Applications Online At Home, Or At A Service BC, FrontCounter BC, Or Vendor Location. The Online Service Will Be Available For The Fall 2016 LEH Draw. More Information Will Be Provided In The 2016-2017 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis.
Ducks Unlimited Canada, and the Parksville-Qualicum Fish and Game Association will be hosting a mentored hunt again this fall. Qualified and licensed people will train and supervise novice hunters in the 12-17 year old range in the ethics, safety and skill-sets of migratory bird game hunting, including an actual field hunt.
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Email received from BCWF regarding Island access
I’ve got an update on our ‘Access Initiative’ with TimberWest.
On June the 19th, Larry Wasden, Sabina Reska and I met with TimberWest staff.
TimberWest was represented by local manager Steve Lorimer, Ben Lee,VP,Legal & General Counsel ( who came over from Vancouver), and Lee-Ann Andersen, Senior Property Administrator. These are some pretty senior staff that have the real ability to move things forward.
We were able to sit with them, explain who we are and what we hoped to accomplish through our negotiations with them. The meeting went well and the outlook is positive. We were asked where we’d like to see this project start and it was agreed that we should start on Southern Vancouver Island, possibly around Sooke. TimberWest is taking this recommendation forward to their most senior management and with the Victoria F & G Club on board we’re hopefully optimistic that we’ll hear back from them soon. They are aware that hunting season is rapidly approaching and that it would be in the best interest of all concerned to have an agreement in place before then.
We did pass along the request of the Courtenay F & G that access be liberalized on the Comox Main and the Oyster River Main. We also passed on the wishes of the Parksville club that access be granted into the Lockwood area. It looks to me that this will happen one area at a time and if that’s how TW wants to go about it then that’s fine with me. Remember that given the extremely dry conditions this year, any access agreement may well be suspended until conditions allow safe backcountry access.
Unfortunately, nobody has control over mother nature. Feel free to share this with your members.
Vancouver Island Region Assn.