Wildlife Act Amendments Grow Hunter Recruitment In BC

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! 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. … Read more »

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Delta Marsh Restoration

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Ducks Unlimited, Manitoba government partner for North America’s largest wetlands restoration project The Manitoba government and Ducks Unlimited Canada marked World Wetlands Day by announcing a $3.5-million partnership to help restore Delta Marsh, one of the world’s largest marshes covering 190 square kilometres on the southern shores of Lake Manitoba. The restoration will improve the marsh’s natural function to filter out nitrogen and phosphorus that would otherwise flow into the province’s waterways including Lake Winnipeg. It is the largest project of its kind in North America. “Manitoba’s Delta Marsh … Read more »

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Government Cutting Funds For Pheasants

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! According to a recent press release from Pheasants Are Forever, the Alberta government has decided it will no longer support the release of pheasants in Alberta, stating the $300,000 it costs to release these birds into huntable release sites, as well as river bottoms, coulees and private lands, is too much. Pheasants were first introduced in Alberta in 1906, and the province held its first open hunting season for the birds in 1932. In 1945, a provincial government hatchery was set up in Brooks, to raise and distribute these … Read more »

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Snow In Saskatchewan

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Western Sportsman’s freelance photographer, Dean Davenport, took a duck hunting trip to Saskatchewan at the end of April/beginning of May 2013 and discovered more snow than he expected – snow drifts up to 15 feet in some places, making travel difficult. Winter is refusing to let up its grip in most parts of Canada, but especially in Saskatchewan it seems. Join us on Facebook! Do you like what you’re reading? Subscribe to Western Sportsman print edition today! Find more news and events stories!

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CWD Found In Alberta Moose

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! In February 2013, the Alberta government released a statement indicating Chronic Wasting Disease had been confirmed in an Alberta moose. This is the first case of CWD documented in a moose – in Alberta and in Canada – and there are only a few documented cases of CWD in moose in Colorado and Wyoming. CWD only occurs in moose where they overlap with infected deer and the press release stated the government does not anticipate many cases of CWD in moose in Alberta, or significant effects on moose populations. … Read more »

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BC Government Addresses Parks

Not what you’re looking for? Find more news and events stories! Nearly 276,000 hectares was added to the BC Parks system through legislation introduced recently, announced Environment Minister Terry Lake. Bill 5 – the Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2013 adds new parks and conservancies and expands the Mount Maxwell ecological reserve, which is home to the rare Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem. It entrenches in law protected area recommendations reached through multi-stakeholder and public land-use planning processes, as well as government-to-government agreements with First Nations, while at the same time supporting economic development. “The B.C. government has been establishing … Read more »

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Chum Salmon Makes Strong Return

Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! This past fall, BC Lower Mainland residents and environmental stewards such as Streamkeepers reported strong returns of chum salmon in many urban streams, in some cases for the first time in decades. Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Salmonid Enhancement Program has been working for more than 30 years with community volunteers and Streamkeepers to re-establish self-sustaining salmon runs in many of these urban streams, where salmon stocks have been affected by pollution and urban development. In Vancouver, observers reported about a dozen chum salmon spawning in Still Creek, where salmon have not … Read more »

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Conservatives Create Hunting And Angling Caucus

Robert Sopuck, Member of Parliament for Dauphin/Swan River/Marquette, chaired the inaugural Conservative Hunting and Angling caucus, with his vice chairs Blaine Calkins, Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin, and Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon. The caucus was established for Conservative Members of Parliament to move forward on conservation issues and the concerns of Canada’s hunting and angling communities. “The Conservative Hunting and Angling caucus is a venue for Members of Parliament to discuss the common concerns of their constituents and move forward with solutions for our government,” said Sopuck. “The caucus will also have the opportunity to meet with … Read more »

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