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PHRAAC Presentation. Bowhunting Opportunity. June 2, 2008. Why UBBC?. The United Bowhunters of BC came to be as a result of a joint bowhunter’s meeting with then Minister Barisoff in March 2004

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PHRAAC Presentation

Bowhunting Opportunity

June 2, 2008

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  • The United Bowhunters of BC came to be as a result of a joint bowhunter’s meeting with then Minister Barisoff in March 2004

  • Minister Barisoff indicated that if bowhunters would organize themselves into one voice, then united, that voice would be given opportunity to be heard.

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Status Quo

  • Many bowhunters in local (regional based) clubs and in the provincial UBBC, TBBC, and BCAA feel under represented

    • The concerns, interests, and input that the bowhunting fraternity want to have heard and considered has historically been disregarded.

  • Bowhunting needs consideration.

    • Provides another avenue to meet Provincial objectives

  • Many hunters enjoy the challenge of a bow and would prefer to hunt with a bow full time.

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Provincially - Bowhunters Lack a Voice

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Good Ideas? Perhaps. No Avenue for Discussion

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Knowledge Based Details

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Current Discussions

  • A number of BCWF member clubs representing a significant portion of the total BCWF membership are supportive of the UBBC, TBBC, and BCAA’s interests in having a voice either through a seat at the PHRAAC table or at least through formation of a sub-committee of the BCWF’s Wildlife Committee.

  • The BCWF President is consulting his executive this month and will decide on forming such a committee.

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Bowhunter Objectives

  • Support Government’s youth recruitment objectives

  • Support hunter recruitment

  • Continued wildlife conservation

  • Increase in “bow only” seasons as a legitimate alternative to current strategies that result in a loss of opportunity

    • Quality “bow only” seasons

    • Less ‘competitive’ approach than GOS (more relaxing)

  • Identify new opportunities for wildlife management

    • Recognize bowhunters are adaptable

    • Determine a non-confrontational approach to resolving issues important to hunting and bowhunting.

  • Bowhunting Education

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Bowhunter Objectives

  • Parity

    • If a Regional proposal for a new “Bow Only” Full Curl Ram opportunity is turned down because it “may” take away another’s opportunity (Current MOE Special Weapons Policy) then,

    • A GOS whitetail deer doe season would clearly compromise any late season bow only opportunity and should be considered on the same basis.

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  • Archery as an outdoor sport attracts non-hunters.

    • No firearms course or license exist as a barrier to entry.

    • Children enroll in 3-D Archery shoots each year which provides a breeding ground for new hunters

    • Encourage schools in BC to introduce archery as part of the physical education curriculum

    • Increased interest within the bowhunting community to have the IBEP course mandatory

      • BCAA/UBBC are committed to having a dozen new instructors trained this calendar year.

    • Creating quality bowhunting opportunity will encourage retention for cross-over hunters

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  • Favourable entry point for youth

    • Safe

    • Less regulation (than Firearms)

    • Easier for a non hunting parent to support

  • Use of 3D

    • Youth become aware of the hunt

    • Non-hunters may accept

    • Learned skills and philosophy

  • Healthy lifestyle

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Youth Winners at the TBBC Championships May 2008

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  • Close in activity (intense)

    • Great satisfaction

    • Places success in the experience not the kill

    • Learned skills and philosophy

  • Provides for ‘Micro-Management’ opportunities

    • Community / Rancher / Wildlife Conflicts (Zone ‘X’)

    • Interface areas

    • Cautious beginnings

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  • Bow only areas and seasons (in addition to the GOS) increase the odds of success. Wildlife is much more elusive once firearms are introduced.

  • More opportunity = better chance of success = satisfaction and nothing breeds commitment like success. Providing more bow only opportunity will encourage bowhunters to stay actively involved.

  • Bowhunting attracts rifle hunters that are looking for a greater challenge. Some of those hunters might drift away from hunting if a viable and realistic bowhunting season is not available.

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  • Bowhunters are typically avid sportsmen and are committed to conservation values. The bowhunting community contribute volunteer hours per year on various habitat and wildlife projects

  • Bowhunters put in significant time in the field and have intimate knowledge of game populations that should be valuable to PHRAAC allocation committee.

  • Bowhunters do not harvest a significant amount of game as to effect populations dramatically therefore increased bow-only seasons pose little threat. Average success rate is one big game animal in 7 years

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Technological advancement - better rifles, more efficient muzzleloaders, faster bows, variable scopes, and four-wheel drive vehicles - ushered in regulations such as limited-entry hunting, road closures and restricted hunting seasons. Each time technology surges forward, killing wildlife becomes a little easier, more people join in, wildlife become more vulnerable, and more regulations are needed.

-David Stalling, Space Age Technology, Stone Age Pursuit

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  • Additional seasons, keeps hunters in the field.

  • An increase in bowhunting opportunity will entice young people to participate and seasoned hunters to continue hunting.

  • Bowhunting is a healthy lifestyle alternative and archery in schools, and bowhunting opportunity for all has benefits that go beyond hunting.

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Some ideas

  • Hunter Questionnaire

    • No bowhunting data collected

      • (previously agreed to with Minister Barisoff (March 2004))

  • Bowhunter Conservation License

    • (previously discussed with then Minister Barisoff (March 2004))

  • Allows for immediate capture of data

  • Propose a “mandatory” check box on the hunting license

    Rifle/shotgun Bow Both

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    Current Status

    • Regional Advisory groups have representation from the BCTA, BCWF, GOABC and UBBC.

      • PHRAAC does not

    • PHRAAC meet to assess GOS and LEH opportunity.

      • There is no regular/coordinated assessment of Bowhunting, the opportunities and the impacts.

    • Bring the bowhunting community on board, provide them the background to understand, support and participate.

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    • BCWF create an Archery sub-committee

    • The Chair of the archery sub-committee may be offered a seat at PHRAAC

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    Moving Forward

    Special Weapons Hunting

    June 02, 2008

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    • We refer to it as a Special Weapons Policy & Procedure.

    • What is the issue we are attempting to resolve with this policy? (it must serve a purpose)

    • What is the objective of this Policy? (…to “support” new bowhunting opportunity?)

    • Do we need to define/clarify “opportunity”?

      • How do we measure ‘opportunity’

    • Are we suggesting


    • Is there an opportunity to amend point number 3 of the Policy to support the Procedure point 4 (a) “(3) support opportunities for archery hunting where socially acceptable and where there are restrictions on the discharge of firearms;”

      • (3) support opportunities for archery hunting where it will create more hunter opportunity in harvest sensitive situations and where there are restrictions on the discharge of firearms;

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    • Clarity, Point 4. “….if regular general open seasons (GOS) and Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) have been considered first…”

      • What do we mean by “considered”? (LEH is a priority over archery?)

      • Does that mean that if it is not bioligically acceptable to have a GOS that we must go to LEH before a bow only opportunity can be sought? 

      • What conditions upon LEH must be met or not met that allow a bow only season to be considered?

    • What is meant by the phrase…. ...."and it is determined that an archery season will provide maximum overall hunting opportunity while meeting conservation needs"

    • With the above statement, our position – to which we must agree – there is not a lottery driven LEH season today that might provide more “overall hunting opportunity” relative to an open bowhunting opportunity.

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    Potential Loss of Opportunity

    • Does this policy suggest, that if a moose GOS can not be sustained, that an LEH season must be considered, prior to a bowhunting season?

       Potential to Open a new opportunity

    • Does this policy suggest that if Gov is looking to open up a new season and there is a biological concern of over harvest that LEH will be considered, prior to bowhunting opportunity?

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    Impact of Applying the P&P

    Bow proposal

    • 1) If, there is currently a GOS sheep hunt for full curl, is it possible to recommend a Full curl sheep hunt in the archery only season?

      GOS Proposal

    • 2) If a whitetail doe hunt is proposed, "if" it is deemed to have a biological impact on whitetail populations, will it be considered to have a negative impact on a late season bow only opportunity? And if this is the case, will it not be supported? 

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