B.C. Hunting Important Notices

Notice to Hunters: Tsilhqot’in Nation Declared Title Land

16 Aug 2017
16:00:00 PST

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the Tsilhqot’in Nation a declaration of Aboriginal title.  As a result of the Supreme Court of Canada decision, the status of these lands has changed and they are not publicly available for hunting at this time.  A map of the declared title area is available.

Hunters are advised not to enter Tsilhqot’in title land for the purpose of hunting.  Please contact the Fish and Wildlife Branch at 250-387-9771 or fishandwildlife@gov.bc.ca for additional information.

 

Tentative Authorizations for 2017 Spring Grizzly Bear and Skeena Mountain Sheep

20 Jan 2017
14:00:00 PST

The tentative number of authorizations for the spring grizzly bear and Skeena Region sheep are now available. Tentative numbers have also been uploaded to the online LEH application system.

 

The Spring 2017 LEH Draw is Now Open for Applications

8 Nov 2016 12:00:00 PST

You can apply online at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting, or visit a Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or participating vendor location.

Thanks to hunter feedback, we have improved the Group hunt LEH application process.  The new process will make it easier for hunters to create or join a Group hunt.  If you are planning to apply as a group, review the updated instructions.

The application deadline is Friday February 10, 2017. Applications for the spring draw are for Grizzly Bear and Skeena Region mountain sheep Limited Entry Hunts only. More information on applying for the fall LEH draw will be in the 2017-2018 LEH Regulations Synopsis, available online in the spring of 2017.

Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis Updates
and Corrections

  19 Aug 2016 16:45:00 PDT

Updates and corrections to content in the 2016-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis can be found in the online version of the synopsis and are highlighted red.  They are summarized on the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis Updates and Corrections web page.

The Fall 2016 LEH Draw is now complete

27 Jun 2016 14:00:00 PDT

The BC Hunting service is currently experiencing a high volume of users.  You can check what hunt codes you were successful for here.  If you are experiencing difficulties accessing the BC Hunting online service, please try again later.

To check your results in the BC Hunting service:

  • Sign in to BC Hunting using your BCeID
  • In your Fish and Wildlife profile, under LEH Options, click on View LEH History
  • Your Status under LEH Application History will indicate if you were "Successful."
  • If you were successful, click on the link under Application Type to confirm which Hunt Code you have been authorized for. You may have won an authorization for your First Choice OR your Second Choice hunt, or, in the case of a Grizzly Bear hunt, a Substitute hunt. Your official LEH authorization will be mailed to you soon. You must carry your official LEH authorization when you hunt. You will also require a basic licence and a species licence.

Special Mountain Sheep Draw

09 Jun 2016 17:00:00 PDT

The Special Mountain Sheep Draw is open for applications starting June 10, 2016.  The application deadline is 11:59 pm Friday July 08, 2016.

 

LEH Application Deadline

24 May 2016 18:00:00 PDT
The LEH application deadline is this Friday, May 27 at 11:59 pm.  

Notice to Hunters: Check your LEH receipts if you purchased from a vendor

24 May 2016 18:00:00 PDT
An issue has been identified that affects some LEH applications purchased at licence vendors only.

LEH Receipt

Some LEH applications purchased at vendor locations may not have been submitted correctly.

If you purchased an LEH application at a vendor, please verify that you received a receipt like the one shown on the right.

This receipt is PROOF that your LEH application has been submitted into the draw.

If you do not have a receipt like this, visit the vendor where you purchased the LEH application. You must bring proof of payment with you. The vendor can verify if your application was submitted correctly and provide you with a receipt.

If the application was not submitted correctly, the vendor will submit it again on your behalf. Make sure you get a copy of this receipt.

THIS ISSUE DOES NOT AFFECT LEH APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED ONLINE OR AT SERVICE BC OR FRONTCOUNTER BC LOCATIONS.

LEH Special Sheep Draw opens in June

4 May 2016 15:00:00 PDT

The Limited Entry Hunting Special Sheep Draw will open for applications in early June. You can apply online, or through Service BC, FrontCounter BC or participating vendor locations.

The deadline for the Special Sheep Draw is July 8, 2016.

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BC Hunting Online Service Now Available

25 Apr 2016 9:45:00 PDT

The new BC Hunting online service is now available at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting. You will need a basic BCeID to access the online service. Registration for a Basic BCeID is quick and easy. You can also use a Personal BCeID, if you choose; this is obtainable online but requires in-person verification.

The fall 2016 Limited Entry Hunting draw is now open for applications. You can apply online at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting or visit a Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or participating vendor.

Attention Hunters and Licence Vendors - Amendment

18 Apr 2016 16:45:00 PDT

The Fall 2016 LEH Draw will open for submissions on April 25.

Effective April 25, Hunters can apply online, or at Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or participating licence vendors.

Until then, it is business as usual for anyone wishing to obtain a Hunter Number or purchase a hunting licence. Hunters can obtain their Fish and Wildlife ID when they apply for LEH – either online or at a service provider. You will need a Basic BCeID to access the new BC Hunting online system on April 25. Registration for a Basic BCeID is quick and easy. You can also use a Personal BCeID, if you choose; this is obtainable online but requires in-person verification.

Continue to monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for more updates.

The 2016/2017 Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis is online

18 Apr 2016 10:30:00 PDT

The 2016/2017 Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis is online at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/resident/leh.html#Synopsis. Hard copies are currently being distributed throughout the province.

The Fall 2016 LEH Draw will open for submissions on April 25. Effective April 25, Hunters can apply online, or at Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or participating licence vendors.

Attention Hunters and Licence Vendors - Amendment

12 Apr 2016 12:30:00 PDT

The Fall 2016 LEH Draw will open for submissions on April 25.

Effective April 25, Hunters can apply online, or at Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or participating licence vendors.

Until then, it is business as usual for anyone wishing to obtain a Hunter Number or purchase a hunting licence. Hunters can obtain their Fish and Wildlife ID when they apply for LEH – either online or at a service provider.

Continue to monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for more updates.

Attention Hunters and Licence Vendors

8 Apr 2016 13:00:00 PDT

The Fall 2016 LEH Draw will open for submissions on April 25.

Effective April 25, Hunters can apply online, or at Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or participating licence vendors.

Until then, it is business as usual for anyone wishing to obtain a Hunter Number or purchase a hunting licence.

Continue to monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for more updates.

Attention Hunters and Licence Vendors

24 Mar 2016 14:40:00 PDT

The new BC Hunting online system will be available by the end of April. Until then, it is business as usual for anyone wishing to obtain a Hunter Number or purchase a hunting licence.

The Fall 2016 LEH Draw will open for applications when the BC Hunting online service is up and running.

Continue to monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for more updates.

Hunting Services Going Online!

3 Mar 2016 14:00:00 PST

In April 2016, the Province will introduce a new online system that will improve the overall efficiency of hunter services. Initially the online service will be for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) applications.

The BC Hunting online system will give you instant access to a range of products and services. In April, hunters will be able to apply online for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH). The draws will follow the same rules as before, but you’ll be able to apply from home, any time of day, and track your application(s) in real time.

In the future, the system will integrate a range of online services for hunters, including licensing.

Your Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID)

To get started in April, you’ll need a FWID to apply for LEH or to buy a hunting licence. The FWID is a permanent number linked to your personal online profile, and will be your passport to hunting services.

The FWID replaces the old BC Hunter Number card. If you already have a BC Resident Hunter Number, your new FWID will be the same number, with three extra digits.

It’s easy to get your FWID. Come April, just go online and follow the simple registration process. Whether you’re a first-time hunter or already have a Hunter Number, the system will automatically generate your new FWID.

There is no cost to get your FWID.

Don’t want to use the online service?

Just drop into any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location or call the FrontCounter BC Contact Centre at 1-877-855-3222.

Watch for these new services coming online in April.

Changes to the LEH Applications

The Province is no longer selling paper application cards for the LEH draw. If you previously purchased a paper application card, you can use it for the fall 2016 draw, or submit the unused card for a refund.

To request a refund for unused LEH application cards, fill out the return address section on the back of the unused application card and print “Refund” across the front. If you are submitting more than one card, include all of them in one envelope. Requests must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2016, and mailed to:

LEH Refund
Fish and Wildlife Branch
2975 Jutland Road
PO Box 9389 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9M7

Note: Be sure to print clearly. Refund requests with incomplete or illegible names and/or addresses will not be processed.  Please make sure the Return Address area on the back of the application card has your first and last name, Hunter Number or FWID (if available) and your complete mailing address.

If you are submitting more than one LEH application card for a refund, you can include all of them in one envelope. Please ensure that one of the application cards is correctly filled out as described in Steps 1 and 2 above.  Only one refund cheque per envelope will be issued. Do not submit more than one Hunter Number and name in an envelope.

For more information about the new online service and changes to the LEH application process:

Notice to Hunters: Changes are coming to Hunter Registration and the Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draw

10 Dec 2015 17:00:00 PST

The Province will introduce a new online system for hunters in 2016, making it easier for you to register and apply for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) draws. You can submit LEH applications online at home, or at a Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or vendor location. The online service will be available for the Fall 2016 LEH Draw. More information will be provided in the 2016-2017 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis.

You can no longer purchase paper application forms for the Fall 2016 LEH Draw or the 2016 Special Sheep LEH Draw. Application forms for the Spring 2016 LEH Draw can be purchased only at the following locations:

    • All Service BC locations during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Note: You do not need a hunter number or license to purchase an application form.
    • Italian Sporting Goods, 804 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
    • Reliable Gun & Tackle, 3227 Fraser Street, Vancouver
    • International Shooting Supplies, 14904 104th Avenue, Surrey
    • Wholesale Sports, 20175 Langley Bypass, Langley
    • Belles Sports, 33089 First Avenue, Mission

If you have already purchased application forms, you can use them for the Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 LEH Draw. After the Fall 2016 LEH Draw, paper application forms will NOT be accepted. For more information, see the frequently asked questions. You can also email the Fish and Wildlife Branch at HuntingTransformation@gov.bc.ca, or call 1-877-855-3222.

Notice to Hunters

28 May 2015 17:00:00 PST

Notice to Hunters – The Limited Entry Hunt for Roosevelt Elk in Zone A of Management Unit 1-07 (in the vicinity of Port Alberni, on the south side of Sproat Lake), HUNT CODE 2040, Season Date October 10 – November 20, Bull Only underwent review and is now closed. Inventory surveys conducted on March 31, 2015 indicate that the population of this herd is in decline and may not be able to sustain a harvest. Individuals that have already applied for this hunt may contact Limited Entry Hunting staff at (250) 356-5142 and have their LEH application card changed. Note that this offer to change LEH application cards by phone is only available for this hunt (hunt code 2040) and only available up to 4:30, June 10th.

Notice to Hunters

24 Apr 2015 12:00:00 PDT

The Limited Entry Hunt for Roosevelt Elk in Zone A of Management Unit 1-07 (in the vicinity of Port Alberni, on the south side of Sproat Lake), HUNT CODE 2040, Season Date October 10 – November 20, Bull Only is currently under review and is subject to close. Inventory surveys conducted on March 31, 2015 indicate that the population of this herd is in decline and may not be able to sustain a harvest. Please be aware that this hunt may close prior to the 2015 LEH draw. Individuals that have already applied for this hunt may contact Limited Entry Hunting staff at (250) 356-5142 and have their LEH application card changed. Note that this offer to change LEH application cards by phone is only available for this hunt (hunt code 2040).

2015-2016 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis

20 Mar 2015 12:00:00 PST

The 2015-2016 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis is now available online. The hard copy synopsis is currently being printed and should be available at your local vendor by the week of April 6, 2015.

Please Note: The deadline for applications is May 22, 2015

2015 Spring Grizzly Bear and Skeena Mountain Sheep Final Numbers

06 Feb 2015 12:00:00 PST

 

For final number of authorizations to be drawn for the 2015 Spring Grizzly Bear and 2015 Skeena Mountain Sheep draws click here

Note that in order to run the draw, provide for sufficient time to notify hunters of the results and provide hunters with adequate time to plan their hunts the deadline for applications for the spring Grizzly Bear hunts and early Skeena Mountain Sheep hunts remains February 6, 2015. If you have concerns with the number of authorizations available that correspond with your application please contact the LEH headquarters office in Victoria at (250) 356-5142.