The wildlife health monitoring program for Bovine Tuberculosis (BTb) in MU8-23 is again underway. At the start of this 2016 hunting season we were 138 heads short of our goal of reaching the necessary 300 heads (elk, deer, and moose) to confirm BTb is not present in the wild deer population. The collected heads are being sampled for BTb in response to positive cases in cattle in the Cherryville area several years ago. We are testing to ensure that it has not become endemic to the wildlife as once the disease is established in a wildlife population it is difficult to eradicate. Results from past years sampling are negative.
Since this is the final year for the program we are keen to have as many hunters as possible participate in the program and assist us with reaching our head submission goal as well as have them provide any suggestions that might improve participation. To that end, we request that everyone who reads this article disseminate this information to hunters, friends and family, game club members and on social media and hunting forums to increase the awareness of the program in hopes of increasing the head submissions.
This year we are pleased to announce that we have a new junior hunter draw sponsored by Kencraft Sales in Lavington and a hunter draw prize donated by Fisher’s Home Hardware in Vernon. The drop off freezer locations has changed slightly. Locations within the Cherryvillie/Lumby area are:
Sundowner Meats & Deli, Uwe Lauterbacher 1-250-547-1463
2611 Hwy 6 (Hwy 6 & Creighton Valley Road just east of Lumby)
Lumby BC, during opening hours and after hours 6-11pm by appointment
Or you can call Susan in Lumby at 250-547-9207 to arrange for a drop-off
Along with the North Okanagan drop off locations if individuals so desire they can contact any BC Ministry office and deliver the head to a wildlife biologist or Conservation Officer (http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/main/regions.html).
If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact myself at the number noted above or via email email@example.com or Cait Neslson, Provincial wildlife Health biologist (Cait.Nelson@gov.bc.ca ). To learn more about the Wildlife Health Program visit the website www.gov.bc.ca/wildlifehealth
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Range Orientation Saturdays 10:00am
Range orientation each Saturday at 10:00am. Please meet in front of KDFGC office. All new members to our range should attend, and other existing members requiring a refresher please feel free to attend also. There is plenty of parking at the trap range parking lot and also in our clubhouse parking lot.
2015- 2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations
Just a quick note to let you know that the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis is now available online at:
All regions in British Columbia now available at link above. Good luck fishing!
WILDLIFE HABITAT CANADA: The Importance of Hunting
The general public needs to understand that hunting today is just as much a
wildlife management tool as it is a recreational activity. For example,
recent studies have shown that in some places in North America where there
is an over abundance of wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, they are
viewed as a nuisance. What this means is eventually wildlife loses its
intrinsic value as people separate themselves from nature.
We are seeing an extension of this with an entire generation of children who
spend more time indoors watching television and playing computer games than
they do playing outside. Some studies have demonstrated that these children
are suffering from what has been coined as “nature deficit” disorder.
Basically, they have no connection to the natural world and lack an
understanding of why maintaining healthy wildlife populations and their
habitat are important.
Since children are the future and will eventually be responsible for our
wildlife and other natural resources, it is vital that they have to learn
that we too are a part of nature and our well being is directly tied to how
we manage the environment. Many organizations and individuals conduct youth
mentoring programs. It should be noted that these programs go well beyond
the various aspects of hunting. They also teach youth about the importance
of terrestrial and aquatic habitat conservation, species diversity and
biodiversity. By educating young people about the need to maintain the
quality of wildlife habitat, we will ensure that future generations,
including non-hunters, will enjoy the abundance of wildlife species that we
“3 years ago Kim shot her first duck at the Delta Marsh Women’s hunt… this
was the beginning of Kim’s passion for hunting and the meaning of giving
back to our hunting heritage. Since Kim’s first experience at Delta Marsh,
she has become a devoted mentor, hunt captain for the Brandon MB Youth
Waterfowl Hunt, a Hunter Safety Instructor for MWF, and a Becoming an
Outdoors Women Instructor. Kim has actively recruited additional volunteers
within the Brandon community to help with various events promoting the MB
Mentored Hunt Program. She is everything we hoped for in our mentored hunt
program and is paying it forward to create more MB mentors and waterfowl