Fishing

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 http://www.fishing.gov.bc.ca

 


Hunting


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 http://abbotsfordfishandgameclub.org/

Chilliwack Fish & Game Protective Association  http://www.chilliwackfishandgame.com/

Mission & District Rod & Gun Club http://www.missionrodandgun.com/

For more Clubs go to: http://bcwf.net/index.php/membership/club-members


Firearms

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: https://www.westjet.com/guest/en/travel/basics/baggage/hunting-equipment.shtml

The firearms rules for Air Canada are available by clicking here: http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/airport/baggage/hunting_equip.html#-firearms

 

 


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 www.bclaws.ca (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