Boundary Creek Times editorial – Feb. 6: Need for concern

Changes to hunting regs will no longer require hunters to take firearms training before getting a licence.

 

The province is waiving the requirement for CORE (Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education) training for hunters new to the sport.

Hunting is a big source of revenue for the province, with some 84,000 licenses in 2012. Victoria would like to see that number top 100,000 this year and to help accomplish this Minister Steve Thompson’s message in the government’s 2012-14 Hunting and Trapping Synopsis included the following comment:

“To encourage new hunters, we are developing a new expanded Youth Hunting Licence and creating an Initiation Hunting Licence. These licences will provide a chance for novices to have a full hunting experience under the care and supervision of a seasoned mentor.”

“The Initiation Licence will allow a onetime purchase of a trial hunting licence for adults who have never hunted before, but would like to see if it is right for them.”

The B.C. Wildlife Federation (BCWF) operates the CORE Program on behalf of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations.

According to the BCWF website the goal of the CORE Program is to ensure that prospective hunters meet acceptable standards of knowledge and skill for safe and ethical participation in hunting recreation. The program consists of a practical firearms handling test, and a written examination on conservation, ethics, law and regulations, first aid and survival, firearm safety and identification of animals and birds.

That all sounds reasonable. So why scrap it? Giving a hunting licence to someone with no training or education in the sport and sending them into the bush with a loaded rifle sounds like a train wreck waiting to happen.

Why should we be concerned? Because the Boundary has more active hunters in the field than anywhere else in the province.

 

 

Just Posted

Casey Affleck’s movie Light of My Life features Southern Interior of B.C.

Film features Academy Award and Emmy Award winners

Forest fires spotted near Greenwood and Christina Lake

Aircraft and ground crews attacked both fires on Thursday

Sisters trot across Canada for guide dogs

The Keca sisters passed through the Boundary earlier this week

Cannabis category added to Grand Forks Fall Fair

Mayor to be among judges evaluating look, smell and ‘burnability’

Residents petition for pre-flood value buyout, say Grand Forks case could set B.C. precedent

A petition will be presented to the B.C. Minister of Public Safety next week

Disney Plus to launch in Canada in November

Analysts say latest streaming service may escalate cord cutting

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Okanagan bus driver assaulted for asking patron not to smoke

59-year-old in hospital with non-life threatening injuries

B.C. sets rules for ride hailing, same minimum fee as taxis

Larger operating areas seen as threat by cab companies

Two hiking families team up to extinguish fire in B.C. backcountry

Children and their parents worked for three hours to ensure safety of the popular hiking region

Vancouver man arrested after pregnant woman’s SUV stolen, then crashed

Police are recommending charges against a 22-year-old Vancouver man

Elections Canada to assess ‘partisan’ climate change rhetoric case by case

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier has said climate change is not an emergency nor caused by human

Unseasonable snow forces campers out of northeastern B.C. provincial park

Storm brought as much as 35 centimetres of snow to the Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake Park-Stone Mountain Park

Most Read