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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:
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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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