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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:
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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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