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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!


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,

Continue reading Some Example Letters and Articles on Allocation

The Honourable Bill Bennett’s Response

Bill Bennett has responded on Facebook to his constituents’ concerns on the new allocation split decision from government:

“Frankly, Steve doesn’t need the votes to get elected and I’m not running again so all the threats don’t mean sh!t to us.”

Bill Bennett Facebook Quote

The Humble But Effective Start to the Resident Priority Movement in BC

BC Resident Action for Mountain Sheep or RAMS was started in the mid 1970’s in Fort St. John by a small number of resident hunters over a concern on the impact by the guide outfitting industry on mountain sheep populations and resident opportunities. Members of the RAMS executive met with elected government officials in Victoria and the concerns expressed were largely ignored. The lack of action on behalf of residents by government resulted in a media campaign in the form of a series of news papers that were distributed to the majority of sheep hunters around the province. This media campaign and the accompanying pressure from resident hunters got the attention of government and ultimately lead to guide outfitters going on quota for Stone’s Sheep.

Resident Action for Mountain Sheep Newsletter Image


Read the full RAMS Newspaper (64 MB)