Province institutes mandatory sampling program for deer hunted in Kootenay region
Cranbrook, BC, Canada / The Drive FM
Sep 4, 2020 8:13 AM
Government of British Columbia has implemented a mandatory sampling
program requiring hunters to submit heads from deer harvested in
specific wildlife management units in the Kootenay region.
This program is part of the Province’s ongoing and proactive efforts
to prevent chronic wasting disease (CWD) from entering B.C. and
impacting deer, elk and moose populations.
From Tuesday, Sept. 1 to Dec. 20, 2020, hunters are required to
submit the heads of mule deer and white-tailed deer harvested in
specific wildlife management units (4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-6, 4-7)
along the southern B.C. border in the Kootenay region for CWD testing.
Drop-off locations may be found online:
While this disease has not yet been detected in B.C., 64 animals
(white-tailed deer, mule deer and moose) in the area around Libby, Mont.
have been discovered with the disease since June 2019. This was the
first time CWD had been detected west of the Rocky Mountains.
CWD is a progressive, fatal nervous system disease that affects
members of the deer family (cervids). The disease is caused by an
abnormal protein and can spread when a healthy animal comes into contact
with an infected animal or an environment (soil, food or water)
contaminated with CWD. The disease is not known to affect humans or
animals other than cervid species.
The Province has been monitoring for the disease since 2002. The
Peace and East Kootenay regions have been targeted as high-risk areas
for disease entry due to the disease’s presence in Alberta and Montana.
B.C. will continue testing samples for the disease to ensure the
Province’s CWD-free status and inform any additional response.
The provincial Wildlife Health Program is also calling on hunters in
other parts of the province, especially the Peace region, to bring deer,
moose and elk heads to drop-off locations for CWD testing.
Anyone encountering an animal exhibiting the symptoms of CWD (thin,
drooling, poor co-ordination, stumbling) should report it to the
provincial Wildlife Health Program at 250 751-3219 or the Report all
Poachers and Polluters hotline at 1 877 952-7277.
On August 22, 2020, the NDRGC
held the first Membership meeting under our new Constitution. The current COVID
crisis negated our original meeting scheduled for June but things are now
slowly resembling some normalcy.
At the meeting, a number of
motions regarding changes to some policies were voted on and passed, and your
Directors gave short reports regarding the various activities of the club. The
meeting was approximately 1 hr in length and provided those in attendance with
a thorough insight into the current business of the club.
Due to recent changes in the
Fish & Wildlife Act, our Sheep Feed program will require a Provincial
permit to continue. An application has been sent and we are just waiting for
Oct 17, 2020 is the date for
the annual sheep feed “Hay Lift”. Again, the Salmo ATV Club has offered to help
but we always need more volunteers. Everyone meets at the hydro access road
located above the feeding station at 10:30 am. It takes approx. 2 hrs to
complete the process then there is hotdogs and refreshments afterwards.
Along with quads, we will
need help cleaning the shed and stacking the hay. Please don’t hesitate to
contact me @ 250 551-1077 if you are available.
Good luck to all of with the
upcoming hunting season.
Nelson District Rod & Gun Club is providing PAL, RPAL and CORE
courses at the Mickey McEwen Memorial Hall this fall and winter.
Canadian Firearms Safety Course (PAL) courses (2): September 26, 2020 and January 30, 2021, at 8 AM Cost $125
Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course (RPAL): January 31, 2021 at 9 AM Cost $120.
Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE): February 6 + 7, 2021 at 8 AM Cost $125
current level of Covid 19 restrictions, for hall use, will allow for
the courses to proceed as scheduled. Students will be required to
bring and wear masks. Gloves and hand sanitizer will be provided.
Let friends and family know the training will be available.
Project Mapleseed is a non-profit, 100%
volunteer run organization committed to
helping preserve Canada’s firearms heritage by
delivering safe and effective rifle marksmanship training to Canadians in
one-day marksmanship clinics called “Mapleseeds”. Project Mapleseed uses a
25-meter distance and scaled targets to simulate engaging targets from 100-400
yards in standing, sitting/kneeling and prone positions. We follow a strict
curriculum that breaks down the fundamentals into its key components, starting
with range safety and safe firearms handling. The objective of the course is to
develop the basic rifle marksmanship skills needed to effectively engage a 4
MOA target reliably in prone position.
The day starts at 7:00am and runs to 5:30pm.
The final third
of the day is spent in practical exercises and
in shooting marksmanship qualification tests. Participants who score 210 or
more out of a possible 250 earns the shooter a Project Mapleseed Rifleman