Changes to hunting regulations to be discussed Sunday at B.C. Wildlife Federation AGM

Hunters and anglers will want to head to the Hudson’s Hope Community Hall this Sunday, December 1 for the B.C. Wildlife Federation AGM for Region 7B (Peace-Liard).

The meeting, which starts at 10:30 a.m., carries a bit more weight and interest this year as changes to current hunting regulations will be proposed for next year. B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development make regulation proposals every two years, and the 2020-2022 proposals will be front centre on the agenda.

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MP Bob Zimmer will also be on hand, giving a presentation on firearms legislation, while biologist Mike Bridger will talk about caribou recovery and predator control, among other things.

“It is great to see local MPs and MLAs at these events as there are a lot of discussions being held at the provincial and federal levels and between First Nations governments about wildlife management in B.C.,” said Robin Routledge, co-chair of the 7B Wildlife Roundtable, as well as the secretary and director of the Wild Sheep Society.

“We are in a very interesting period for wildlife management in B.C., as changes are happening behind the scenes, and high level discussions are being held between governments.”

Regulation proposals

Among the many regulation changes to be proposed are an “any buck” session for mule deer from October 24 to 31, in which any buck can be hunted, instead of just the regular 4-point bucks.

“Allowing an ‘any buck’ hunt would reduce pressure on the mature bucks (4-point or greater),” the Ministry said in its regulation proposal.

Another proposal is to increase the bag limit for wolves so that hunters can kill 10 wolves per year.

Reducing the number of wolves reduces the predators who would be hunting the game, such as wild sheep and deer.

“Even though this regulation only addresses one species of predator, it is a good first step,” said Routledge.

“There is a need for balance, and predator management is a crucial part of managing wildlife populations and their impacts on ecosystems.”

The meeting will be open to BCWF and Rod and Gun Club members, as well as anyone else who wishes to attend.

The proposals can be found on the North Peace Rod and Gun Club’s website. 

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.

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