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Kokanee Fishing Open On Okanagan Lake

 
The Kokanee fishery on Okanagan Lake was officially open as of April 1st of this year with a limit of five (5) fish per day per angler. Paul Askey, Ministry Biologist with the Fish & Wildlife Section provides a complete report on the status of the Kokanee fishery in Okanagan Lake. Read Paul’s Report here
 

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C.O.R.E. Program

Details of C.O.R.E. Program
C.O.R.E. Program
Information
The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) Program is British Columbia’s Hunter Education Program. It is also a great program for anyone interested in outdoor recreation.
  
The CORE Program consists of a practical firearms handling test, and a written examination on all of the following subjects:
 
• Conservation
• Ethics
• Law and Regulations
• First Aid and Survival
• Firearm Safety
• Animal Identification
• Bird Identification
 
The CORE Manual and the Hunting and Trapping Regulation Synopsis are the resource manuals used to learn these subjects.
 
BC Residents who are 14 years of age or older and who wish to obtain a hunting licence are required to complete the CORE Program.
 
The goal of the CORE Program is to ensure that prospective hunters meet acceptable standards of knowledge and skill for safe and ethical participation in hunting recreation.
 
The Hunter Safety Training Regulation prescribes the required fees for the CORE Program is $10 for each test and $30 for the graduate certificate.
 
Individuals who have completed a hunter education program from another state or province in North America are exempt from the requirement to complete the CORE Program. Contact the Government Agent at BC Access Centres for more details on program exemption.

The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association facilitates C.O.R.E. courses two or three times per year. Upcoming course dates will be published on the Blog and also noted in the Event Calendar once the dates are known. Keep checking back with the PSA website for more news on the C.O.R.E. Program.
 

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Initiation Hunting Licence and requirements for an accompanying hunter

 

Initiation Hunting Licence and requirements for an accompanying hunter

 
Current Regulations:
A BC resident who is 18 years of age or older and wants to hunt is currently required to successfully complete a hunter safety training course approved by the Director before being eligible to obtain a hunter number and hunting licence in B.C.
 
Proposed Regulations:
Background on the Proposed Regulation:
Government has approved amendments to the Wildlife Act to allow B.C. residents 18 years of age or older to try hunting without having to take hunter safety training provided they hold an Initiation Hunting Licence and are accompanied by a licensed hunter over the age of 18 who meets the requirements.
 
Initiation Hunting Licence

An Initiation Hunting Licence is available only once in a lifetime to a person 18 years of age or older to try hunting without having to first successfully pass a hunter safety training course.
 

An Initiation Hunting Licence fee is proposed to fall somewhere between the cost of a youth licence ($7.00) and the cost of a basic hunting licence ($32.00).
 
An Initiation Hunting Licence authorizes the licence holder to hunt during General Open Seasons only.

 
Bag Limit

Under an Initiation Hunting Licence, any game taken by the licence holder is included in the bag limit of the accompanying hunter.
 
Below is the current definition of “accompany”. This definition is not proposed to change.
“accompany” means to remain in the company of the other person, able to see the other person without the aid of any device other than ordinary corrective lenses and able to communicate by unamplified voice with that person;
 
Contents of the Proposed Regulation:

Bring provisions into force
This proposal will allow anyone 18 years of age or older who has never hunted, who hunted as a youth under 18 years of age, or who would never have tried hunting, to hunt under the close supervision of a licensed adult hunter without having to first successfully pass a hunter safety training course.

Accompanying Hunter
As part of bringing the new Initiation Hunting Licence into effect, government is considering establishing requirements for the accompanying hunter as follows:

The accompanying hunter must be 18 years of age or older.

The accompanying hunter may accompany no more than two initiation licensed hunters at one time (The accompanying hunter may accompany no more than two initiation licence holders and/or youths at one time (i.e. 2 initiation licence holders or 2 youth or 1 initiation licence holder and 1 youth).

The accompanying hunter must have (a) held a British Columbia resident hunting licence and a big game species licence for three of the previous five licence years immediately preceding the licence year in which the person accompanies an initiation licensed hunter, or (b)successfully completed CORE, and held a British Columbia resident hunting licence and a big game species licence for two of the five previous licence years immediately preceding the licence year in which the person accompanies an initiation licensed hunter.

If the accompanying hunter has been convicted within the previous five years of an offence under the Wildlife Actor regulations made under the Act, or the Firearm Act, they may be ineligible to accompany an initiation licensed hunter.

Rationale:
This change gives people an opportunity to find out if they enjoy hunting and to begin the social and participatory process of actually becoming a hunter before requiring them to go through the time and monetary commitment of taking hunter safety training.

The new licence increases recreational opportunities for youth and families to hunt in B.C. and supports hunter recruitment and retention in general.

The proposed qualifications for who accompanies (mentors) an initiation licensed hunter and under what conditions they do so will help ensure hunter safety by requiring demonstrated and advanced level of knowledge and experience related to hunting. Also, the requirements provide greater consistency with requirements of other accompanying hunters, such as for a permit to accompany non-resident hunters or as an accompanying hunter for youth for Waterfowler Heritage Days.

Additional Information:
See Questions and Answers click here

Note that hunting licence regulations for B.C. residents under 18 years of age are also proposed to be amended. Review the AHTE proposal titled “ Expanded Youth Hunting Licence (formerly Junior Hunting Licence)” for more information.
 

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Proposed New Youth Hunting Regulation

 

(Proposed) Requirements for the accompanying hunter of licensed youth hunter.

 
Current Regulations:
Currently, a parent or guardian applies for and holds a junior hunting licence on behalf of a youth aged 10 – 13. At age 14, youth are required to successfully complete a hunter safety course approved by the Director prior to being able to obtain their own hunter number and hunting licence and subsequently hunt in B.C. In B.C., the hunter safety course is Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE).

 

B.C. requires that all youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied and closely supervised by a licensed adult hunter. A written undertaking of a parent or guardian that the youth will not hunt or carry a firearm unless the youth is accompanied by and under the close personal supervision of a licensed adult person (age 18 or older) is also required. This written undertaking is called an “Acknowledgement of Responsibility”.

 

Proposed Regulations:
 
Background on the Proposed Regulation:
Government has approved amendments to the Wildlife Act that will expand the age range for which a parent or guardian can obtain a youth hunting licence on behalf of a youth from the current 10- 13 years of age to the new range of 10 – 17 years of age.

 

Hunter Safety Training

Successful completion of CORE will not be mandatory until age 18.
At any time, a youth age 10 – 17 will be able to take CORE and get their own hunter number, hunting licence and bag limit.
 

Bag Limit

Under a youth licence, any game taken by the youth is included in the bag limit of the accompanying hunter.
 

Acknowledgement of Responsibility
There are no changes to the requirement for a parent or guardian to sign an Acknowledgement of Responsibility for a youth.
There is no change to the requirement for a youth to be accompanied by a licensed adult.
 

Youth Hunting Licence
The cost for a youth hunting licence remains at $7.00.
All youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied and closely supervised by a person 18 years of age or older and who holds or is exempt from holding a hunting licence.
Below is the current definition of “accompany”. This definition is not proposed to change.

“accompany” means to remain in the company of the other person, able to see the other person without the aid of any device other than ordinary corrective lenses and able to communicate by unamplified voice with that person;
 

Contents of the Proposed Regulation:
 

Bring provisions into force
The proposed regulation would bring recent amendments to the Wildlife Act into force which will allow 14 – 17 year olds who have never tried hunting, or who hunted as a junior under 14 years of age, to hunt under the close supervision of a licensed adult hunter without having to first successfully complete a hunter safety training course.

 

Accompanying Hunter
As part of bringing the expanded youth licence into effect, government is considering establishing requirements for the accompanying hunter as follows:

The accompanying hunter may accompany no more than two youths at one time (The accompanying hunter may accompany no more than two youths and/or initiation licence holders at one time (i.e. 2 youth or 2 initiation licence holders or 1 youth and 1 initiation licence holder).
The accompanying hunter must have (a) held a British Columbia resident hunting licence and a big game species licence for three of the previous five licence years immediately preceding the licence year in which the person accompanies an youth hunter, or (b) successfully completed CORE, and held a British Columbia resident hunting licence and a big game species licence for two of the five previous licence years immediately preceding the licence year in which the person accompanies an youth hunter.
If the accompanying hunter has been convicted within the previous five years of an offence under the Wildlife Act or regulations made under the Act, or the Firearm Act,they may be ineligible to accompany a youth licensed hunter.
 

Rationale:
The expanded age range for youth licences increases recreational opportunities for youth and families to hunt in BC and supports hunter recruitment and retention in general.

 

The proposed qualifications for who accompanies (mentors) a youth hunter and under what conditions they do so will help ensure hunter safety by requiring a demonstrated and advanced level of knowledge and experience related to hunting. Also, the requirements provide greater consistency with requirements of other accompanying hunters – such as for a permit to accompany non-resident hunters or as an accompanying hunter for youth for Waterfowler Heritage Days.

 

Additional Information:
See Questions and Answers click here
 

Note: A new Initiation Hunting Licence is being proposed to allow B.C. residents 18 years of age or older who have never held a B.C. Hunting licence to try hunting, while being accompanied by a licensed adult resident hunter, without having to successfully complete a hunter safety training course. Review the AHTE proposal titled “Initiation Hunting Licence” for more information.
 

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Bill C-19 – Ending the Long Gun Registry Act

Click here to download the Special Bulletin for Businesses issued by the RCMP that outlines the Implementation of Bill C-19, the Ending of the Long Gun Registry Act.

 

At Long Last!

 

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LEH Now Online

The 2012/2013 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis is now available online.The hard copy synopsis is currently being printed and should be available at your local vendor by May 1, 2012.

 

 

Please Note: The deadline for applications is May 25, 2012

 
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Welcome To The PSA’s New Website

After many months of development our new website is finally up and running. We should have the Pay Pal system completed and operating by April 16th so you will be able to join or renew your memberships online by completing the form and clicking the PayPal button. This will be totally functional by the 16th of April. For those of you who would rather mail your memberships, select the DOWNLOAD Category in the drop down list and you can download a fillable form to complete and mail in with your cheque.

 

Enjoy the website and provide is with some feedback!
 
If you are not a member yet, consider joining. Click Here to Become a PSA Member
 

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Jude’s Kitchen Nominated for Taste Canada Food Writing Award

Judie Steeves cookbook Jude’s Kitchen has been nominated in the Regional Cookbook  category at Taste Canada.. The Food Writing Awards. Judie, a long time member of The Peachland Sportsmen’s Association was “delighted it’s been nominated” she added the cookbook is up against the likes of Canadian Living, Roger Mooking and David Rocco as well as seven others.

 

Congratulations Judie and we wish you the best of luck in the competition.

 

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Click ME to Open The Download Page

The following forms and documents can be downloaded by clicking on the link text. This will open the document in a new window. The document can then be saved to a directory on your computer to be used.
 
Fillable Membership Form
 
CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE 2014
 

Details of Assessing hunting regulation changes in the Kootenays
File Description
Interesting data presented in slide format on evaluating changes in hunting regulations in the Kootenay’s.

This was presented at the BCWF 2012 AGM in Courtney

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http://www.peachlandsportsmens.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Assessing-hunting-regulation-changes-in-the-Kootenays-Read-Only.pdf
Details of BCWF_Allocations_2012_Addison
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By Chris Addison
This was presented at the BCWF 2012 AGM in Courtney
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http://www.peachlandsportsmens.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/BCWF_Allocations_2012_Addison.pdf
Details of Kuzyk_Mule Deer BCWF – April 26 2012
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Challenges to preserving mule deer populations.
Presented by Gerry Kuzyk at the BCWF 2012 AGM in Courtney
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http://www.peachlandsportsmens.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Kuzyk_Mule-Deer-BCWF-April-26-2012.pdf
Details of Wildlife Management in BC_High Level Issues
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Wildlife Management in BC_High Level Issues

Presented by Ian Hatter at the BCWF 2012 AGM in Courtney

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PSA Executive & Directors

 


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3. John Anderson

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3. John Anderson – 2nd Vice President

Email:  can-brit@shaw.ca

Range Coordinator/Orientation Facilitator

John has been a member of PSA since 2012 and active in all aspects of the Range and PSA events and functions.

 

Person

1. Geoff Hartland

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1. Geoff Hartland – President

President  of the PSA since April 2017.

VICE PRESIDENT
Person

2. Rick Simpson

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2. Rick Simpson – Vice-President

Rick has been involved with the BC Wildlife Federation at a regional level in the Okanagan for several years. Rick is passionate about fish, habitat restoration, and seeing youth enjoy the outdoors.

Person

4. Ann Carter, Secretary

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4. Ann Carter – Secretary

Email:  soscarter@shaw.ca

Person

5. Elisa Walker

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5. Elisa Walker, Treasurer

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