The new hunting and trapping guide is here.
The joint B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Black Press produced 2014-2016 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis, now available online and as a hard copy.
Printed every two years, the guide is an important reference for the more than 100,000 licensed hunters in the province to navigate the numerous regulation changes, of which there are more than 50 from the previous guide, and help hunters decipher open seasons and plan upcoming fall hunting trips.
Other information includes hunter education of the different game available in the province, no hunting or shooting areas and resource management of the eight regions in B.C. that make up one of the most diverse hunting grounds in the west.
“The Fish and Wildlife Branch is committed to providing sustainable hunting opportunities for the province and encouraging people to go out there and enjoy the outdoors,” said government policy and regulations analyst Stephen MacIver. “B.C. has more big game species than any other jurisdiction in North America and provides some of the best hunting opportunities in the world.”
The guide is effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016 for the rising number of local and tourist hunters setting their sights on the prized moose, elk, deer, sheep and goats that have helped buoy the number of hunters from approximately 80,000 in 2003 to 100,000 today.
With more residents taking the hunter safety training, MacIver projects that number will continue to increase, making the need for the synopsis greater than ever.
Hard copies are available at sporting good stores, and also in pdf format on every Black Press news site under the e-editions and will be posted there for the two-year period.
The electronic version, which will continue to be updated to reflect any in-season changes as they happen, can be found here. You can also submit your photographs online to participate in the cover photo contest for an opportunity to see your finest hunting experiences showcased on the next synopsis.