The Province released the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis (35 Mb), detailing up-to-date rules and regulations for hunters throughout British Columbia. The new rules are in effect from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. The synopsis is available online and in hard copy at sports stores, outfitters and other hunting licence vendors throughout B.C.
The synopsis includes 85 regulatory changes aimed at conserving wildlife and their habitats, enhancing the quality of data collected, protecting at-risk species and livestock.
In the event that there is a need to change a regulation in 2016/17 or 2017/18, the online version will be updated with any changes highlighted in red and listed in a corrections poster.
In preparing the synopsis, the Province consulted with a wide range of stakeholders including conservation and hunting organizations, local government and First Nations. The Province also posted proposed changes for public comment on its angling, hunting, and trapping public engagement website. The site has now been updated with decision statements for each of the proposed regulation changes at: http://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/ahte/hunting
We have some resources that our hunting members have shared that should benefit all members.
Any BC resident wanting to go hunting needs to pass two courses:
1. The CORE Program (Hunter Training) to obtain a hunter number to purchase a hunting licence and tags, or apply for Limited Entry Hunting. Click here for program dates.
2. The Canadian Firearms Safety Course to obtain a Possession & Acquisition License (Non-restricted PAL), which allows you to purchase or take possession of a firearm and buy ammunition. Click here for PAL course date.
If you're interested in owning restricted firearms you will have to pass the Restricted Possession & Acquisition License (RPAL) training course, AFTER passing the PAL. Click here for RPAL course date.
Fish and Wildlife Branch
If you have an account with the British Columbia Angling, Hunting, and Trapping Public Engagement website (AHTE). Please be advised that the website has been updated and all accounts have been deleted. In order to access the modernized version of the website you will have to log on with a BCeID account. The new AHTE website can be found at https://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/ahte/.
Information on how to open a BCeID account can be found at https://www.bceid.ca/.
Proposed hunting, trapping, motor vehicle restriction, and firearms restriction regulations for the 2018-2020 seasons have been posted on AHTE for public review and feedback. More information is available at https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017FLNR0373-002078. Please note, users can view proposals without logging in, however log in is required to post comments.
Information on current hunting and trapping regulations can be found online through the Fish and Wildlife Branch Hunting in BC Website at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/hunting.
September 10, 2018