Great Resources to check out before you hit the water:

2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis

The new 2017-2019 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis and in-season regulation changes are available online. Printed copies have been distributed to licence vendors and Service BC offices throughout the province. Remember this synopsis is valid for both the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 licensing years, so please retain your copy for reference.


Freshwater Fishing E-Licence




The 2017 Fall LEH Draw is now complete.

Sign in to your Fish and Wildlife (FWID) profile at to view your results. In your Fish and Wildlife profile, under LEH Options, click on View LEH History. If the status of your application indicates Successful, click on the link under Application Type to confirm for which Hunt Code you have been authorized.

If you were successful you can view and print your LEH authorization from your profile under the LEH Authorizations link or at any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.

Notice: LEH authorizations are no longer mailed to successful applicants. Hunters do not need to carry their authorization while hunting. If a hunter has won a shared moose or bison hunt authorization, they are required to carry the harvest report section of the LEH authorization while hunting.

If you were successful in the 2017 fall draw, you will receive a letter in the mail in the next few weeks, providing you with special instructions about your hunt.

Starting in 2018, successful applicants will be required to go online or visit a Service BC or FrontCounter BC office to view both their authorizations and the special instructions related to those authorizations.

For general information about Limited Entry Hunting in B.C., please refer to the 2017/2018 LEH Synopsis.


ATV/UTV Insurance

Although we list the following resources, RRGC does not endorse any insurance providers and requests that you investigate each carefully to ensure the one you choose suits your needs.

HUB International Insurance
- BCWF Form
- BCWF Information
- BCWF Insurance Options

Oasis Insurance
- Offers discount for BCWF members on ATV Insurance

Remember to indicate that you are a BCWF member and a member at Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club.

Associations & Other Clubs

National Firearms Association

Safari Club Canada

Canadian Shooting Sports Association

Abbotsford Fish & Game Club

Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association

Mission & District Rod & Gun Club

For more Clubs go to:


Possession and Acquisition License  (PAL)


The Vital Four ACTS of Firearm Safety:

Assume every firearm is loaded

Control the muzzle direction at all times

Trigger finger must be kept off the trigger and out of the trigger guard

See that the firearm is unloaded


PROVE it safe:

Point the firearm in the safest available direction

Remove all ammunition

Observe the chamber

Verify the feeding path

Examine the bore each time you pick up a firearm

BCWF Newsletters

The lastest news from the B.C. Wildlife Federation. A sure way to stay informed about what's happening with conservation in our province and the rest of the country.

You can read or download old and new issues here.

Firearms Laws Travel

Be Aware of Firearms Laws When Traveling

A Lesson from Vancouver International Airport

A report of a recent experience by a BCWF Member transporting firearms  through Vancouver International Airport on a hunting trip within B.C. provides useful information for those planning to transport firearms as part of their luggage.

The member reports that he and his son were transporting two rifles, correctly packed in an airline approved case along with a small package of ammunition, which Canada's firearms laws - and WestJet rules - permit. They had no trouble checking in with WestJet, however, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) screener to whom they later presented the rifle to asked whether they had ammunition in the case and, on being told yes,  refused to accept it, saying that ammunition may not be packed in the same case. This was an incorrect application of the rules, and ended up taking some time to correct.

The CATSA screener did not have a copy of the applicable regulations or any other source of information available on-hand, and declined to look the rule up or reconsider the decision that was made. Fortunately, a WestJet agent intervened and assured the CATSA screener that ammunition, as long as it is packed separately from the firearm, may be transported in the same case. The CATSA agent then agreed to confirm this with a supervisor by phone, and ultimately let the luggage proceed.    

The screener's confusion apparently stemmed from a policy that is applied by Air Canada to passengers travelling with firearms. The company's website indicates that unlike WestJet, Air Canada requires ammunition to be packed in a separate case. Air Canada also imposes a firearms handling charge of  $50 per item to process firearms, a charge that is over and above the normal baggage costs. Surprisingly, the Air Canada check-in rules specify that the traveller must not attach the trigger lock until after checking in, which would require opening the case and visibly handling the firearm in the airport, a step that could attract unfavourable attention from other travellers as well as the RCMP. 

The member intends to bring a copy of the airline firearms check in rules with him for ready reference on his next trip,  and has invited CATSA’s head office improve their staff training in Vancouver in this respect.  Fortunately, the members arrived early and did not experience any issues with the CATSA screeners in Prince George on their return trip.  

This story is a reminder for us all to be aware of the law surrounding transportation of firearms and the policies in place at specific airlines when travelling. To avoid a similar situation, it is a good idea to print out and carry a copy of your airline’s firearms policy (usually available on their website) with you to avoid any confusion.

The firearms rules for WestJet are available by clicking here:

The firearms rules for Air Canada are available by clicking here:



Off Road Vehicle Act Update

We are pleased to advise you that the Order-in-Council (OIC) have approved the November 1st mandatory registration and safety requirements under the ORV Act, along with some consequential amendments to other enactments; e.g., update to violation tickets.

Also note: the Motor Vehicle Act Regulation was also amended to allow the display of a registration plate or sticker issued under the ORV Act to be OK for incidental highway access. Please note that the word “plate” under the MVA includes “plastic stickers” for the purposes of the ORV Act stickers).

Off-road vehicle registration and safety provisions are mandatory on Crown land, effective November 1st, 2015. The new regulations will promote safe and responsible use of B.C.'s backcountry, and include provisions on number plate placement, rules for child operations and safety equipment requirements. Operating standards include:

  • Helmets: Helmets must be worn when operating an off-road vehicle (ORV). For standards of acceptable helmets see section 22 of the Off-Road Vehicle Regulation at (Off-Road Vehicle Act).
  • Seat belts: If a manufacturer has installed seat belts, then the seat belt must be worn during the operation of that vehicle.
  • Lights: ORVs must use lights during low visibility conditions when riding on Crown land 30 minutes after sunset or 30 minutes before sunrise. If lights are not installed by the manufacturer, temporary lights can be attached to the ORV. For details on light standards see section 24 of the Off-Road Vehicle Regulation.
  • Children: Children must be supervised when riding on Crown land and be riding an appropriate sized ORV as recommended by the manufacturer. For details, see sections 16-18 of the Off-Road Vehicle Regulation.

For more information, please visit the web sites listed below:

Updated October 15, 2015

News Release October 15, 2015 

Approved October 15, 2015

Updated October 15, 2015

Between November 17, 2014 and September 30, 2015, 35,505 ORVs have voluntarily registered under the ORV Act. 

ICBC has also confirmed the following participation rates by class of ORV:

  • 78% (27,550) all-terrain vehicles;
  • 12% (4, 357) snowmobiles;
  • 7% (2,392) off-road motorcycles; and
  • 3% (1,206) side-by-sides.

David Oliver, BCWF Access Chair

Fishing - Choosing Waders

Our friends at BC Fishn posted this great information for our "Rod" members.

Choosing the Correct Pair of Fishing Waders

A good pair of waders can be the difference between spending the day with boots full of mud or with dry toes. This article will offer answers to your questions about selecting the right waders to get the most out of your experience on the water.


Choosing The Right Type of Waders For You

There are several different wader designs available to anglers today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the kind of fishing activity you are involved in or the type of water you fish most often in, you might prefer one over another. The most common types you will see in fly shops and tackle stores are hip waders, waist high waders or wading pants, and chest high waders.


Hip waders

Hip waders are typically the least expensive and most convenient type of wading system available. They are a dream for the casual fisherman who prefers to stay in shallower water and appreciates the convenience of having the boot and wader attached to one another. Basically, they are a pair of wading boots with a waterproof fabric upper section that reaches up to hip height, fastening to the belt. As long as you don’t need to wade very deep and aren’t relying on them for warmth, they are a great option.


Waist High Waders 

Waist high waders work like a pair of waterproof pants, only differing from chest waders in that the waterproof material does not reach above the waist. The main advantage is that they are easier to put on and remove and help you stay cooler on hot, sunny days. This style of wader is preferred by anglers who mostly fish during warmer months or in hot climates.


Chest High Waders

By far the most common style of waders, chest highs are the most versatile and best all-around choice if you don’t mind spending the money. They can certainly be used for shallow wading and in warmer weather, but they also allow for deeper wading and provide anglers with the added weather protection needed for fishing in colder climates



Understanding Modern Materials

Waders can be made of any waterproof material, from rubber to waxed canvas, but the most popular and common choices you will see are either neoprene or lightweight, breathable fabrics such as GoreTex. You may see other outdated materials on sale in discount bins or at thrift stores, but you are better off spending the money on more modern and durable materials.



Neoprene has been a top choice for wader materials since the 1970s and still has its following. Neoprene waders are lightweight, flexible, and – best of all – warm. For anglers who fish in cold weather, it’s hard to beat neoprene. They are also typically much less expensive than breathable waders. Neoprene comes in different thicknesses, from 2 mm up to 7 mm. The thicker the material, the warmer it will keep you. However, be aware that thicker neoprene is bulkier and less flexible. One disadvantage is that the material tends to degrade over time and become brittle, decreasing the useful life of the wader.


Breathable Fabrics

GoreTex, Toray, or other fabrics marketed as being waterproof and breathable are becoming the most popular option for fishing waders, and for good reason: they keep the water out while simultaneously allowing sweat and moisture to pass through. This attribute makes breathable waders extremely versatile. Like modern ski clothing, you can simply add or remove layers underneath to stay as warm or as cool as you like. You will often see breathable waders marketed in different thicknesses. However, with breathable waders, the thickness is measured in terms of layers and has more to do with the durability of the material than warmth. Five-layer Gore-Tex is thicker and more durable than three-layer, so it is important to take material thickness into account when selecting a pair of breathables. You will often see waders in this style with more layers on the lower legs and less layers on the chest since the lower portion of the wader is the most likely area subjected to wear and tear. It is also important to pay attention to the fabric itself, which is typically a heavy nylon. Higher end waders will be made of thick, heavy-duty nylon while cheap waders consist of paper-thin nylon that is prone to tearing.


Staying on Your Feet: a Quick Guide to Fishing Footwear

Waders can be sold with the boots attached, but, these days, it is more common to buy what are called “stockingfoot waders” and purchase a separate pair of wading boots to wear over them. The waders are waterproof by themselves, but the boots are necessary to protect your feet and provide traction in the river.


While comfort, fit, and support should all be considered when purchasing boots, one of the most important aspects to scrutinize is the sole material. Wading boots can feature felt soles, rubber lug soles, or either material with accompanying metal studs.


Felt Soles

Felt has been the standby material on wading boot soles for generations due to its exceptional ability to grip slippery, wet surfaces. This material performs amazingly in rivers where the bottom is sand, gravel, or

small- to medium-sized rocks and can be the best bet if there is a lot of slime or algae in the river. However, felt does have its disadvantages. It wears out quickly and has very little traction when walking on trails or muddy banks outside the river. Despite this, felt is still considered the best material for traction while wading and should be your first choice if you are concerned about your stability in the river.


Rubber Soles

In the last few years, more and more companies are manufacturing boots featuring Vibram rubber soles with aggressive tread patterns. While these soles do not provide quite the same traction on slippery rocks as felt, they offer the versatile advantage of being a far better sole for hiking and walking around outside the river. Rubber soles are a great option for anglers that like to roam or hike during their fishing day and are willing to sacrifice a bit of grip for a more durable and versatile sole. In addition, certain states, such as Alaska, have banned felt soles for environmental reasons, making rubber the most logical option for traveling anglers.


Studded Soles

Studs are small metal cleats or spikes that can either be sold already installed in a boot or bought separately and added to the sole later.

Studs increase the amount of traction the sole has on certain surfaces and, in general, will help anglers with their stability in the river. For deep rivers with strong currents or very slippery surfaces, studded soles are highly recommended.


Buying Based on Your Fishing Style 

Fishing stores often carry several different models of waders that may range in price from as low as $100 to as high as $800. With so many options to choose from, how do you pick the one that is best for you? The most important things to consider are the durability of the wader, amount of time you plan to spend on the water, and environment you will be fishing in.



A good pair of waders can last one angler a lifetime and another angler only a few years. It depends on how much you fish and what you are doing while out on the water. If you spend your time plowing through blackberry bushes, scrambling over boulders, hopping barbed wire fences, and straying far from the beaten path, then spending more on an expensive pair of breathable waders is probably worth the investment. However, if you only fish occasionally and prefer areas close to where you park your car, then durability will not be as much of a concern. Breathable waders are currently the most durable available on the market, and, in general, the more you spend, the more life you can expect to get out of the wader.



Waders will wear out and leak eventually – there is no way around it – but when that happens will vary widely based on the wader you buy and how much you fish. If you plan to fish over one hundred days a year, buy the best set of waders you can afford. On the other hand, if you only fish once a year or occasionally on weekends, then you might be better off saving the money and using it to hire a fishing guide or for buying bait!


Fishing Environment

When it comes to choosing the right style of waders, consider the places you like to fish. Do you fish in mostly small streams that you can hop across? Go with a pair of hip waders. Like to wade in medium-sized meadow streams and cow pastures in Montana during the summer? Waist highs will suit you just fine. Do you fish for winter steelhead on the massive rivers of British Columbia or on the Washington coast? Chest waders are your best bet. Or, maybe you like to do a little of all three. If that is the case, definitely go with a pair of chest waders. They offer the highest versatility and are the most popular choice among anglers today.


As a rule, it is smart to buy the best pair of waders you can afford.

Quality waders will last longer and perform better than low-end, discount bin products. Shop around and look at the different options. Think about where you are going, how you will spend your time there, and how often you will be fishing. Consider the environment and take into account your own wading style and ability. Thinking about all these things beforehand will help you choose the best wading system for you and, more importantly, keep you safe and comfortable on the water.


This article was contributed by a Guest Writer: CHARLIE ROBINTON

Charlie is a fly fishing addict, who teaches people to tie flies and fly fish, ties his own flies, and writes about all things fly fishing out of San Francisco. He caught his first trout at the age of 10 and has been hooked on the adventure and romance of fly fishing ever since.


The original article can be found here:

Ruger Pistol Recall

Ruger Issues Safety Warning and Recall Notice of Ruger Mark IV Pistols

Ruger recently discovered that all Mark IV™ pistols (including 22/45™ models) manufactured prior to June 1, 2017 have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilised correctly. In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the "safe" and "fire" positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), then the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the "fire" position, the pistol may fire at that time.

Please see this link for more information 

B.C. Needs a Natural Resource Practices Board

B.C. Needs a Natural Resource Practices Board

Op-Ed by BCWF President George Wilson

The B.C. Wildlife Federation has grave concerns about the recent Mount Polley Mine tailings breach near Likely, and the subsequent environmental destruction this incident has caused, not only to the people and communities in the region, but also its fish, wildlife, and habitat resources. Read more...

See also The Vancouver Sun of  September 2 and September 3.

Osprey Nest Relocation Project

An initiative of the Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club and the BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland

For those who believe that our members are interested in fishing, hunting and shooting only, think again!

A pair of ospreys had built their nest on top of a power pole at Mainland Sand & Gravel’s wash plant. Below the nest were three electrical transformers, and each year the ospreys would add wood branches to the nest. Most years, the ospreys would end up dropping a branch onto the power lines, knocking out the power to the whole operation. The Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club (RRGC) and the Lower Mainland Region BCWF (Region 2) approached Mainland Sand & Gravel to see if they would allow RRGC and Region 2 to put up another pole with a platform to relocate the osprey nest, to which the company said, "Yes!" The project was realized thanks to:

  • Valley Power Line Contracting Ltd.
  • MJ Concrete Pumping Ltd.
  • Magnum Concrete Inc.
  • Ridgedale Rod & Gun Club
  • B.C. Wildlife Federation
  • Lower Mainland Region BCWF
  • Hancock Wildlife Foundation
  • Mainland Sand & Gravel ULC

Click here for the January 28, 2015 issue of The Abbotsford News, and turn to page 5, "Osprey's nest moved away from power pole."

Click here for the BCWF News Letter, and go to page 5, "Osprey Nest Relocation Project: Ridgedale Rod and Gun Club and BCWF Region 2 - Lower Mainland."

The CDN Long-Gun Registry

By Dr. Gary Mauser

In March 2012, eleven years after its introduction, Canada scrapped its controversial long-gun registry. Starting in 2001, farmers, hunters and target shooters had been required to register their long guns (shotguns and rifles). The political battle had been fierce. The country was sharply divided over the issue, urban vs. rural; the West vs. the East; men vs. women. The opposition parties, backed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the media, bitterly resisted any change in the federal gun laws. Gun owners celebrated their freedom, but opponents predicted disaster.

Scrapping the long-gun registry was the first real step in Prime Minister Harper’s campaign promise to dismantle the overly bureaucratic and expensive firearms legislation. Despite ending the long-gun registry, Canada still maintains a strict gun control regime: a firearms licence is required to own a firearm, stringent regulations are in place for storing and transporting firearms, handguns remain registered, many military-style semi-automatic long guns are either prohibited or restricted, and fully-automatic firearms are prohibited.

Come federal elections remember that Canadian grass-roots organizations have demonstrated that they can overturn governmental policies, such as the long-gun registry, that are championed by elite groups but which lack strong public support.  The battle over civilian firearms rights will continue. 

The full report may be downloaded at

RCMP Chief Firearms Officer: Relocation Notification

The head office of the British Columbia and Yukon Chief Firearms Officer has moved.  Their new address is:


Chief Firearms Officer for BC and Yukon

14200 Green Timbers Way, Mailstop # 501

Surrey, BC V3T 6P3

Tel: (778) 571-3400

 Toll-free 1-800-731-4000

 For the Canadian Firearm Program Site Index, click here.

Young Hunters

Jon from Outdoor Empire has shared his article about Young Hunters: When and How to Get Children Started,

This article will go over tips for getting kids hooked on hunting, starting from a very early age all the way to their first trips as licensed hunters. We are sure all members would be interested in preserving our hunting heritage and that's why this article will be useful for hunting seasons to come.

By starting the kids out in a right way they will hopefully join the ranks of passionate hunters and carry the tradition to one day pass it along to the next generation.

Basic Tactics for Ice Fishing Rainbow Trout

When the snow and temperatures start to fall some angler’s fishing season comes to an end, but for many others the hard water fishing seasons is just starting! For the full story, visit  at 

2018/2019 Fresh Water Fishing Licences Are Now Available

Your current 2017/2018 Freshwater Fishing Licence expired on March 31st!

You can purchase a licence at Just remember to have your Angler Number handy, and select 2018/2019 as the year. Since 100% of freshwater licence revenue is invested back into recreational fisheries, buying your licence helps stock more than 800 lakes a year; fund research, conservation, and education programs; and improve angler access. 

 For more information on renewal and regulation updates go to:

Don’t have Internet access? Just visit your favourite fishing licence vendor or any Service BC office. 

Note: The Freshwater Fishing Licence does not include fishing in British Columbia’s coastal tidal waters (salt water). You will need to go to the website for the National Recreational Licensing System to renew your Tidal ‘Salt Water’ Fishing Licence at https://www‐ops2.pac.dfo‐‐sndpp/index‐eng.cfm

Fishing Forever is the BCWF`s annual fishing program

Fishing Forever is the BCWF`s annual fishing program designed to get British Columbians living with disabilities out for a day of fishing. In operation since 1989, the BCWF Member Clubs run this program in select locations across BC. If you know someone who would benefit from a day out fishing or would like to volunteer or donate please contact: David Oliver at 604-850-1140 or 604-309-2110 Or email

On April 26, 2018 at 4:26:20 PM, BC Wildlife Federation ( wrote:

Fishing Forever Dates, Press Release and AGM Update




On April 20th, the BCWF sent out a press release regarding the Ahousaht decision made by the Supreme Court of Canada.




Fishing Forever is the BCWF`s annual fishing program designed to get British Columbians living with disabilities out for a day of fishing. In operation since 1989, the BCWF Member Clubs run this program in select locations across BC. If you know someone who would benefit from a day out fishing or would like to volunteer or donate
please contact:
David Oliver at 604-850-1140 or 604-309-2110 Or email

2018 Fishing Forever Program Dates:

Vernon/Lumby Area, BC, May 12th
Mable Lake Provincial Park

Lower Mainland, June 2nd and 3rd
Freshwater Fisheries Hatchery, Abbotsford, BC

Nanaimo, BC, June 5th
325 Nanaimo Lakes Rd.

Courtenay, BC,
2 week-long events at the Courtenay Fish & Game Clubhouse
June 4th to 8th 
June 11th to 14th

Vanderhoof, BC, June 16th - Nulki Lake at Sai'Kuz Campground

Williams Lake, BC, June 17th
Biffs Pond

South Okanagan, BC, June 21st
Strohmans Pond, Osoyoos

Peachland Lake, BC, July 21st
Heritage Park

Want to promote Fishing Forever in your Community?




Introducing the BCWF's 2018/2019 Board of Directors:


Harvey Andrusak, President
Bill Bosch, Vice President
Dave Carleton, Vice President
George Wilson, Past President
Victor Skaarup, Treasurer


Boris Ivanoff
Brian Hancock
Carl Gitscheff
John Thornton
Mike Langegger
Rod Parker
Barbara Konig
Rick Morley


Region 1 Vancouver Island: Dennis Popplestone
Region 2 Lower Mainland: Chuck Zuckerman
Region 3 Thompson-Nicola: Bruce Ambler
Region 4E Kootenay East: Glenn Flynn
Region 4W Kootenay West: Wally Kampen
Region 5 Cariboo-Chilcotin: Ken Last
Region 6 Skeena: David Lewis
Region 7A Omineca: TBD
Region 7B Peace: Gerry Paille
Region 8 Okanagan: Dave Carleton

We would also like to extend a special thank you to Les Husband, Jared Wilkison and Jeff Berdusco for their service to the BCWF last year.




We were overwhelmed by the cavalcade of donations this year at our 62nd Annual General Meeting and Conference held in Kamloops, BC. On behalf of all members of the BC Wildlife Federation, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the following clubs for their generosity and support! 

Burnaby Fish and Game Club: $40,000
Oceola Fish and Game Club: $7,926
Vernon Fish and Game Club: $6,500
Summerland Sportsmens Association: $6,000
Revelstoke Rod and Gun Club: $2,000
North Shore Fish and Game Club: $1,400

Whether big or small, every donation helps us advocate for BC's fish and wildlife.
Please considering donating today.



The final draw date is coming up fast with the lucky winners taking home a bunch of amazing prizes including our Grand Prize - a 2018 Gator Tough 1652 WOF Boat and Trailer PLUS a Yamaha F40 Jet Drive Motor valued over $17,000.

The more tickets you buy, the more chances you have to win! Final draw date is May 31st, 2018!

To all our clubs out there helping us fundraise with the BCWF Lottery, Thank You!



The BCWFRecreational Sports Shooting and Firearms Committees, led by Chairs Vic Skaarup and Gary Mauser, have embarked on a vigarous campaign to combat Bill C-71. Show your support by downloading a template letter and email The Honorable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety. Or better yet, find your MP and Book a meeting with them to talk about why you personally oppose Bill C-71.

Visit the BCWF Website to learn more about what you can do to help us advocate for sport shooting and hunters nows.



On behalf of the BCWF, we would like to extend our thanks to Outdoor Specialty Publications Group for their generous donation to our live auction held at the AGM & Convention in Kamloops, BC.

Western Woods & Waters Magazine, a free digital magazine created for and dedicated to Western Canada's angling and hunting community. The BCWF is thrilled by the opportunity to partner with Western Woods & Waters.

With some of Western Canada's best known, most knowledgeable and talented award winning writers as well as the most evocative photographers, whose camera lenses capture the essence of outdoor pursuits in the land of the big skies. Don't miss your opportunity to sign up now for this stunning magazine for FREE!