Wildlife Act Amendments Grow Hunter Recruitment In BC

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Hunting just became more accessible to both youth and first-time hunters with regulatory amendments to the Wildlife Act, confirmed on Feb. 18, 2013, by Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson at the Oceola Fish and Game Club annual banquet.

The amendments benefit resident hunters through an expanded Youth Hunting Licence and a new Initiation Hunting Licence, both of which will be effective for the 2013/14 hunting season.

The changes to the Youth Hunting Licence now make it available for youth, aged 10 to 17 years, inclusive. Previously, the age range of the Youth (junior) Hunting Licence was 10 to 13 years. This change will make it easier for youth ages 14 to 17 to give hunting a try and to have more mentorship opportunities.

The amendments also create a new Initiation Hunting Licence, a mentoring licence that allows a person 18 years or older, who has never previously held a hunting licence in BC, to try hunting for a one-year period. It is a one-time-only licence.

Both licence options represent an opportunity for those new to hunting to try the experience with a limited commitment and under the supervision of an experienced mentor. It is anticipated that the new licence options will promote hunting uptake among BC residents and provide another opportunity for families to get out and enjoy BC’s backcountry.

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