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Letters to the Editor

We have a couple more great letters on the allocation issue. The first letter was contributed by Ed Mankelow, resident hunter and past president of the BCWF:

Re: “Thousands protest B.C. move to allow more foreign hunting,” Jan. 28.

B.C.’s new Wildlife Allocation Policy should be rescinded. It favours foreign (mostly trophy) hunters over resident hunters, most of whom hunt for meat to feed their families.

For a resident hunter, many species fall under the limited-hunting permit system under which one applies for a permit and waits for his application to be drawn. This can be frustrating when one applies year after year and the application is never drawn.

It took 27 years of applying every year before my Vancouver Island elk permit was drawn in 2013. I started applying when I was 54 and got my elk permit at 81. A foreign hunter doesn’t have to apply, as he can use his guide’s allocation.

Under the new allocation policy, resident hunters will lose 13 limited hunting permits to harvest elk, so the odds of drawing a permit will be even less. Those 13 permits will go to the guides.

Even before the new allocation policy, B.C. guide outfitters were getting a larger percentage of available permits for all species than anywhere else in Canada and the U.S. Now they want more at the expense of B.C. hunters.

The issue here is: should foreign trophy hunters be favoured over B.C. residents? If you think that they shouldn’t, then let the B.C. government know, or go to the B.C. Wildlife Federation website and sign the wildlife allocation petition.

Ed Mankelow

Former president, B.C. Wildlife Federation

Chemainus

 

The second by resident hunter Wade Llugs to Castanet:

BC Resident Hunters – Guardians of Our Most Precious Resource

I urge all BC residents to seek out and understand the real issues facing our great province and the privatization of our wildlife and the lands they live on.  This is not the rant of a hunter, this is a plea to all those who care about our most precious resource to make a stand against the Liberal Government and the Guide Outfitters of BC (GOABC) and tell them that our wildlife is not for sale and never will be.  Here are a few things you should know and I urge Castanet and all who doubt it to do their own research. Continue reading Letters to the Editor

Resident Hunters to Rally in Victoria

Victoria Rally Poster

Resident Hunters of British Columbia:

THIS IS THE BIG ONE!

We are planning a rally March 2, 2015 on the steps of the Legislature in Victoria.

This is your opportunity to make it clear to your politicians that you are not supportive of the recently announced Wildlife Allocation Policy.

Each person attending is requested to bring and hand deliver a letter as part of the rally.

We will also have a petition for everyone to sign demanding that Government revisit this policy and change it.

As has been said before ‘THIS IS OUR HILL TO DIE ON!

We NEED this to be the biggest rally seen YET.

Bring your friends, families and anyone who disagrees with selling off our wildlife!

Resident Hunters Rally in Kelowna

Resident Hunters Rally in Kelowna January 31, 2015

Moving Forward For Future Generations

With the recent decision on wildlife allocations we, as hunters and anglers are learning a few things:

  1. Money talks. GOABC has been busy funding the liberal party and it has paid huge dividends for them. They have been able to manipulate elected officials to increase their share of wildlife over not only the last couple months, but that last few years.
  2. Elected officials will not represent your best interests. They will give away your ability to hunt and fish for a few party dollars. They will turn a blind eye to fish, wildlife and habitat management as well as populations in decline. Moose populations are in the gutter in Regions 5, and 7a. Mule deer are down in many parts. Wild sheep populations are being killed off by domestic sheep. Caribou populations across all of BC are wayyyyyyyy down. Steelhead in the Thompson are in abysmal shape as they are on Vancouver Island. We have issues with salmon that have never been tackled or nobody is even talking about. Government has not done a thing to help that out and won’t until hunters and anglers get active.
  3. We are not being heard; our voice is not being listened to by government. They do not care about what hunters and anglers have to say.

The funny thing is you and your family has the ability to control the outcome of the provincial election. There are more than enough hunters and anglers in BC to go out and absolutely control what happens in BC. This ‘power’ gives you the ability to dictate what hunters and anglers want to see in terms of management and allocation.

Moving forward there are a few things that MUST HAPPEN.

  • Resident hunters and anglers need to start electing people who represent them. That means asking candidates if they will support them unequivocally before the next provincial election.
  • That means getting involved in your local political party.
  • That means supporting people who support you and if you want, slamming the people who don’t support you.
  • Resident hunters and anglers need to start writting their MLAs every time they read/hear/talk about something.
  • Every time you are worried about fish/wildlife populations or allocations pick up a paper and write the opposition party leaders, the Minister and the Premier.
  • Resident hunters and anglers need to tell all of their non-hunting friends and families.
  • Resident hunters and anglers need to write letters to the editor regularly.
  • Resident hunters and anglers need to start kicking some @ss.

Summing it up, not only are fish and wildlife populations being mismanaged and allowed to slip in decline, so if our access and share of these shrinking pies.

If this continues our kids and grandkids will have a hunting and fishing experience that is a shadow of what we have all experienced.

Sign the BCWF Allocation Split Petition

BCWF has started a petition to urge the Government of B.C. to rescind their recent decision on Wildlife Allocation, which will result in lost hunting opportunities for our province’s resident hunters.

The petition calls on the Government of B.C. to overturn the decision to change the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy, which gives a larger share of hunting permits to B.C. guide outfitters and a smaller share of hunting permits to B.C. resident hunters.

The petition will be submitted to the Province of B.C. – click below to sign and make your voice heard!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION!

Some Example Letters and Articles on Allocation

In the News

Example letter to the editor:

Dear Minister Steve Thomson and Premier Christy Clark,

Since April 2010 I have been intently following your government’s delay in the implementation of the Wildlife Harvest Allocation Policy. The significance of April 2010 is when on the floor of the BCWF AGM, I asked and was personally assured by then Minister Barry Penner, that the policy would be fully implemented in 2012. Years later I’m very disappointed to see that you in your term as Minister have not finalized this implementation as promised.

Without the implementation of the policy, over the course of the past few years the Guide Outfitters Association has lobbied your government and staff to increase allocation for foreign trophy hunters at the expense of resident hunters of BC. I do not agree with selling off our province’s wildlife, a public resource, to approximately 4,000 foreign trophy hunters. All the while approximately 100,000 residents have reduced opportunities and are challenged to provide wild organic meat for their families.

I want to see legislation brought in that the allocation of harvest to be divided between the two parties at 90% for BC residents and 10% for non-resident hunters. This is more than fair as foreign hunters number less than 5% compared to BC residents who hunt. These figures are typical among comparison of other jurisdictions in North America. Furthermore reports show that the economic contribution from resident hunters exponentially exceeds that of the non-resident / guide outfitter industry. Resident hunters pay the overwhelming majority of funding for wildlife conservation in this province; any further reduction to residents would directly impact fish and wildlife conservation as well as the grossly underfunded Fish & Wildlife branch.

The delay in implementing the allocation policy is an example of yet another failed promise on behalf of the Liberal government. This results in a further loss of confidence of the public in your government’s ability to follow through on promises and commitments (where BC citizens/ families are concerned).

This is a very important issue to me and my family that we do not take lightly. If you cannot fully implement the agreed upon policy, with legislated fair harvest splits, I will not be renewing my Liberal party membership and will be casting my vote and supporting the political party who truly represents the people of BC and values fish and wildlife conservation.

In conservation,

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