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Hunter, Angler & outdoor enthusiast

Mandatory sampling program for deer

Province institutes mandatory sampling program for deer hunted in Kootenay region

Cranbrook, BC, Canada / The Drive FM Jeff Johnson Sep 4, 2020 8:13 AM

Province institutes mandatory sampling program for deer hunted in Kootenay region

The 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: www.gov.bc.ca/chronicwastingdisease.ca

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.

Hay Lift Etc.

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 the approval.

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.

PAL, RPAL, and CORE Courses

PAL, RPAL, and CORE Courses:

The 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

The 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.

Call Alan Bond: 250 352-2289 to register.

Project Mapleseed

MAPLESEED – AUGUST 20, 2020

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 patch!

Spaces are limited, signup .

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/project-mapleseed-nelson-district-rod-gun-club-nelson-bc-aug-20-2020-tickets-115800497405

Region 4 – Kootenay Lake in-season regulation change

WaterIn-Season ChangeEffective Date
Kootenay Lake – Main BodyBarbed hooks permitted.Bull trout daily quota = 3,Rainbow trout daily quota = 5 (only 2 over 50 cm)Rainbow trout annual quota = 10Removal of the requirement to release rainbow trout, February 1 to June 10, north of a line between fishing boundary signs posted at Lost Ledge Creek and Salisbury Creek.May 14, 2020

OUTDOOR RANGE OPEN TO MEMBERS ON JUNE 1ST

ATTENTION MEMBERS

THE OUTDOOR RANGE WILL BE OPEN TO MEMBERS ON JUNE 1ST. USE OF THE RANGE WILL BE PERMITTED UNDER NEW COVID 19 RELATED RULES.

PLEASE REVIEW AND ADHERE TO THESE POSTED RULES

THE CLUB EXECUTIVE RETAINS THE RIGHT TO CLOSE THE RANGE WITHOUT NOTICE FOR INSPECTION OR MAINTENANCE, OR TO REDUCE RISK TO THE PUBLIC. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR ANNOUNCEMENTS BEFORE HEADING OUT TO THE RANGE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED COOPERATION AND UNDERSTANDING DURING THESE TIMES.

HAPPY SHOOTING.

Thank you, Naz