Author Archives: Wally Kampen

Hunter, Angler & outdoor enthusiast

Public Consultation Request…………

Public Consultation Request…………

In late August of this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a mandate letter for Bill Blair.

For those of you not familiar with Blair, he’s the ex-Toronto cop turned Member of Parliament who was recently appointed to a brand new Ministry and given the title “Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Prevention”.

His job, primarily, is to assist Uncle Ralph in ensuring Bill C-71 gets passed AND to “lead an examination of a national ban on handguns and assault weapons, while not impeding their lawful use by Canadians” – there’s an oxy-moron if I’ve ever heard one.

What does this examination look like? Well, shortly after his orders came down from on high, Blair stood in committee and promised to conduct a full and balanced “public consultation” before the end of the calendar year.

Here is your “public consultation”. Please take the time to fill out this online survey right away and forward it to your friends and family to do the same.


If you are a business owner, retailer or club, please forward this to your entire mailing list.

Please, this is vital to this fight and to keeping the property we have legally acquired. Act now!!


With many thanks,

Tracey Wilson

VP Public Relations

P.O. Box 91572
RPO Mer Bleu
Orléans, ON K1W 0A6
P.O. Box 91572
RPO Mer Bleu
Orléans, ON K1W 0A6

Notice to outdoor range user’s:

Notice to outdoor range user’s:  Due to current and expected wildfire risk Nelson District Rod & Gun Club has implemented additional  restrictions for the rifle, trap and archery ranges at the Barrett Creek property on Porto Rico Road.
  1. The use of binary (exploding) targets (i.e. Tannerite or equivalent) are prohibited. (permanent restriction) 
  2. The use of tracer ammunition is prohibited. 
  3. The use of steel jacketed single projectiles will be prohibited. 
  4. Smoking is restricted to areas of concrete, gravel, or bare mineral soil, no smoking where there organic materials or vegetation.  

 NDR&GC has struck the 3 person Fire Risk Working Group as described in the Fire Risk Policy to consider and implement additional precautionary restrictions and procedures, up to and including closing the ranges, to address the increasing wildland fire risk.

Nelson Rod & Gun Club Fire Risk Working Group recommends, in addition to the mandatory restrictions above, the following best practice at the Outdoor Range:
–  Shooting be conducted between 7:30 am and 12:00 pm each day.

2018 Kootenay Heritage Match

2018 Kootenay Heritage Match
Sunday, August 26th, 2018
The centrepiece of the Nelson Rod and Gun Club’s rifle shooting events is back! Bring your .303 British-chambered rifle out for some fresh air and good competition. Add your name to the legacies of our trophies or win other glory!
Registration at 0900hrs – shooting starts at 10 O’clock sharp!
Entry Fee: $25 (includes lunch; non-shooters’ lunch $10)
Any rifle chambered in .303 British is welcome, military or sporting. No scopes or target sights. Any safe ammo is acceptable (approx. 55 rounds needed).
Bragging rights are available for any shooter who participates in period uniform!
Please direct questions to Andrew Woodward at

The BCWF Does Not Support Bill C-71

Go to committees Bill C-71

Bill C-71 Firearms Act Amendments

The BCWF Does Not Support Bill C-71
Amendments to the Firearms Act

Here is a brief overview of what Bill C-71 Amendments to the Canadian Firearms Act means to you:

  • Background checks for criminal violence and any mental illness will be conducted over the life of the individual, not the previous five year period.
  • Both business and private sales of all firearms are subject to computerized license verification. Non-Restricted firearms transfers will not have the information regarding the firearm recorded.
  • Businesses are required to keep records which will include the individual’s information and all information regarding the firearm(s) transferred. The business must keep the records for 20 years unless the business ceases to be a business. In that case all records must be surrendered to the authorities.
  • Authorizations to Transport have been gutted. The only permitted uses are to shooting ranges and Purchase-to-Home, but will still include “all ranges in province”. All currently held ATTs will be revoked on passage of Bill 71.
  • RCMP completes an extensive background check taking into account criminal, addiction, domestive violence and mental health records
  • All of the Swiss Arms Classic series and all CZ-858s will be made 12(9) Prohibited. The owners of these rifles will be Grandfathered and permitted to transport to a range for the purposes of target shooting.
  • The power of the Governing Council to declare any firearm to be Non-Restricted has been revoked. The Governing Council may still be used to declare any firearms to be restricted or prohibited.
  • UN Firearms Marking will be issued in a Technical amendment

Learn More about Bill C-71

Download BCWF’s Comments and Questions on Bill C-71 >>

View BCWF’s Request for Participation in Committee on Bill C-71 >>

View the Verification of License Backgrounder C-71 >>

Download the Bill That was Tabled in the House of Commons Below >>

Click Here to Learn More about Bill C-71 -An Act to Amend Certain Acts and Regulations in relation to Firearms


1) CLICK HERE TO Download a template letter for you to easily format, email or mail off to Minister Ralph Goodale
2) Email your letters to
3) Mail your Letters to:

The Honourable Ralph Goodale,

Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 We also urge you to

4) Find your MP and Book a Meeting with them to talk about why you oppose Bill C-17.

Example of Letter:

Your Name 
Your Address Here
Your Address Here

March xx, 2018
The Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6


Dear Minister Goodale,

Re:  Withdrawal of Bill C-71

I am writing to you today to request that you withdraw Bill C-71.

It is my view that Bill C-71 is an unnecessary blatant imposition on law abiding Canadian gun owners that will do nothing to reduce crime and make Canadians safer. If anything, it will make otherwise law-abiding Canadians potential criminals as a result of arbitrary and unpredictable decisions by the RCMP.

I suggest that rather than impose more unnecessary laws on law abiding citizens who own guns that you invest in meaningful actions to prevent the importation of illegal drugs and guns into Canada, and the deportation of convicted criminals and terrorists out of Canada.

Such an effort would be a far better investment and provide meaningful outcomes in terms of the public attitude to firearms rather than equating them with criminals.

In closing, I respectively request you not to proceed with legislation that unnecessarily impacts Canada’s law-abiding firearms owners and does little to improve public safety.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.



Insert your name here

CC: Right Hon. Justin Trudeau
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2

Insert name of your MP
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6


On 2018-08-16 3:14 PM, alan dosenberger wrote:
Good afternoon wally
I was wondering what all the nelson rod and gun club is doing to help block bill c-71? Specially now that all handguns and semi-autos are now on the chopping block. Personally i think a group email from members of the club to our mp and to the pm and gooddale would help show our opposition to a bill that merely was put out too garner votes at the expense  of law abiding citizens.  If that sounds like something you think the club would be up for doing.

Thanks you for read and hope to hear back from you
Alan dosenberger

Bull trout cull

At the last expert meeting it was realized by all that kokanee egg plants alone wasn’t going to turn the lake around and for kokanee to start increasing in numbers we need to plants eggs and cull bull trout that continue to do okay and continue to prey on kokanee. Here are the salient points on this issue:


  1. Kokanee—they are the primary food source for Gerrard rainbow trout, bull trout (BT) and most other predators in the lake. They have numbered over 1.5 million in good times and nowadays number less than 20,000. Meadow Creek is the primary spawning stream as well as the Lardeau River.
  2. Gerrard rainbow trout eat kokanee and used to grow to a size of 30 lbs. They have always been low in numbers ranging from 1500 spawners to less than 100 over the last 60 years. Their numbers today are less than 200 spawners but their size is now less than 5 lbs. The same story for BT although unlike the Gerrards they do eat other fish species. Today their numbers are on the low side and size is less than 10 lbs, average around 3-4 lbs. Overall, the BT are doing okay compared to Gerrards.
  3. Issue—-The numbers of predators (Gerrards and bull trout) increased in the early 2000s because the lake was fertilized starting in 1992 the result of which was significantly increased kokanee numbers from lows of around 200,000 in the early 1990s to well over 1 million by the late 1990s. The decline of kokanee in the early 1990s was due to nutrient uptake in upstream reservoirs (Duncan & Libby) that used to flow into KL. Fisheries management failed to recognize that increasing the kokanee numbers would predictably result in increased numbers of predators (Gerrards and BT). The end result was that by 2009 it was evident that the large predator numbers were eating down the kokanee numbers and certainly by 2012 kokanee numbers declined precipitously low. Management did not adjust the fishery to remove (harvest) the predators. The end result has been that the predators have eaten themselves out of “house and home”.
  4. Despite my advice management has been loath to reduce predator numbers and now kokanee are < 20,000 spawners for the entire lake. Reduction of BT is necessary to permit kokanee numbers to increase. If predator reduction on a large scale isn’t conducted the kokanee will remain low in numbers and all wildlife that depend on them will be continue to be negatively impacted. The same situation happened on Pend O”Reille Lake just south of you in Idaho. Management there implemented a predator suppression program and kokanee egg plants and within 10 years kokanee numbers went from < 100,000 back to 1 million or more.
  5. The world famous Gerrard rainbow fishery is now a mere shadow of itself and there are none that exceed more than about 5 lbs. It is very simple—to increase kokanee numbers we have to suppress BT and suppression must be intensive for 3-5 years. I doubt our fisheries managers are committed to this course of action.
  6. Only two weeks ago we advised John Krebs that the Ministry needs to inform the public about the need to cull bull trout. Nothing was done and now they have a protest on their hands due to lack of public information.
  7. The BCWF supports the Ministry’s efforts to reduce bull trout.

List of Donors for Nelson District Rod & Gun Club Kitchen & Storage Addition

List of donors for Nelson District Rod & Gun Club Kitchen & storage addition

Nelson District Rod & Gun Club


Would like to Recognize and Thank


 List of Donors for Nelson District Rod & Gun Club Kitchen & Storage Addition


Nelson Italian Canadian Society


Red Dog Carpentry


 Wall-Tone Painting & Contracting

Maglio Building Center

Arcovio Elect

McNally Excavation

Nelson Ready Mix Concrete  

Lammle Drywall 


 Edward Nunn p. Engineer


 James Kurzinger

Thank You

Wally Kampen