Our goal through reaching out to BC Hunters is to identify Hunting Regulations and Restrictions that work and those that need changing or improvements. The submission deadline for the next provincial 2 year synopsis is December 31, 2019. Hunters for BC will be putting forth recommendations and will be reaching out to MLA's across our Province in the process. If you would like to be more involved in discussion, please join our NO BS Hunters for BC Facebook Group.
We largely support our resource extraction industry in British Columbia. We do believe there is more work needed in this area to protect our province for habitat loss.
How can we as hunters improve our image? If we are careless and sloppy when in the field, it reflects on all hunting poorly. The use of the internet and social media by hunters can be very beneficial, however the incorrect use of these outlets will continue to do irreversible damage to BC Hunters.
What happened? Who is responsible? What's being done to reinstate the Grizzly Hunt?
We will take an in depth look at the Grizzly Hunting Ban, its origin and why the decision was made to ban hunting of grizzly in B.C.
The use of wildlife management as a political tool to gain votes cannot ever be considered a sound management decision. If we accept this now we see it progressing to more species. The hunting of Black Bear, Cougars, Wolves, Mountain Goat and Sheep are also being targeted by the NDP/Green political parties. Our wildlife cannot be managed by a political campaign!
The greatest threat to Grizzly Bears does NOT come from hunting. It comes from lack of management of their habitat. That's where change begins...
Ecological Tourism has grown leaps and bounds........but it's not harmless! Cruise through this study: "Consequences of Brown Bear Viewing Tourism". We cannot unevenly address bear management & impacts from one small population of hunters harvesting 2% or less of the bear population!
Road Closures & Deactivation in B.C.'s Forests
There is currently 600,000 km's of resource roads in British Columbia with an estimated 10,000 km of resource roads to be built every year. B.C is losing vast amounts of wildlife habitat due to resource exploration and extraction. The loss of habitat far surpasses mediation being done to put these areas back to a wild state. Access to wildland and wildlife has reached a critical tipping point with very little being done by our Government and Big Industry to repair the damages. A road closure stops Hunters. A deactivated road stops all hunting pressure and back country use allowing Habitat and Wildlife to rejuvenate.
Declining Mule Deer, Moose & Cariboo Populations in B.C.
A huge concern for all of BC is the continued decline of several species. Current and past studies point the finger at Habitat Loss as number 1 reason for this. We will point out several other factors contributing to these declines, what's being done and where hunters can help in these conservation efforts.
Wolf Population and Wolf Management Programs
As all wildland users can testify, the reintroduction of wolves to many parts of B.C. has gone largely unchecked. We will look at what's being done and how B.C. hunters can get involved to regulate wolves in our province. As all predators belong in B.C., we will point out conservation through Sound Wildlife Management is the key to controlling wolf densities and creating a balance in our Wildlands.
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
We need to understand wildlife andwildland studies are necessary tools in conservation and management. Is money being spent to study the obvious? Are the studies creating positive change or simply ignored?
We will take a close look at the studies being done province wide and allow hunters to decide for themselves. This isn't to reflect negatively on our core group of biologists but to hopefully shed light on where Hunter and Tax dollars are best spent on science.
LEH - Creating a Fair & Progressive Draw for Hunters
Our Limited Entry Hunting System has gone many years with few changes. A common concern amongst BCHunters is how the current draws don't allow fair opportunities for everyone. We will look at other Provinces and States with progressive and fair LEH systems, put them in a proper format and aim for change.
Harvest Season vs Quality Hunting Opportunities
A close look at our current and past hunting seasons and bag limits. Do hunters want things left the way they currently are? Can we sacrifice length of seasons and bag limits for a better experience in the field?
Identify High Pressure Hunting Areas
We all know areas that receive more pressure than others. These areas can be close to home, close proximity to large communities, close to major highways etc. We will identify these areas and create solutions through hunter involvement to help encourage hunting pressure to be spread evenly throughout the province.
Unregulated hunting in B.C. is a huge concern for Sound Wildlife Management. The impact of these activities is being studied but little is being done to address the concerns of conservation through Sound Wildlife Management. We will gather information on this subject to educate everyone on this matter and what can be done to bring Unregulated Hunting back to manageable levels.
We all love hunting. Most of us are hard working people with a little money left over to enjoy hunting and other outdoor activities. What is the contribution to the BC economy annually? We'd like to review how much, where and what this money is being used for. Hunting raises money for conservation projects, jobs, retail industry and so on. We want to see our hunting dollars working for our Wildlife Management & Conservation Programs.