Hunter Compulsory Inspection

In order to comply with the British Columbia Wildlife Act and hunting regulations, hunters must have certain game species inspected by a provincial inspector.

Information gathered from inspections is submitted for the purposes of data collection and enforcement. The species required to be inspected will vary by region or management unit (MU).

Compulsory wildlife inspections

Compulsory inspected species must be submitted to an inspector within 30 days of the kill for the purpose of taking measurements or parts of the animal required for management.

More information on the animal parts required can be found on page 21 of the most recent Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Instructions on how to extract an incisor tooth from an animal:

Compulsory inspectors will not complete the inspection unless all information and parts are submitted and able to be collected. Hunters are requested to submit unfrozen wildlife parts.

Hunters are not in legal possession of the wildlife unless they comply with compulsory inspection requirements. See the Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for clarification.

The following species of game must be submitted to a regional compulsory inspection centre:

  • Black bear on Haida Gwaii (MU 6-12 & 6-13)
  • Mountain goat
  • Cougar
  • Mountain sheep
  • Caribou
  • Elk in Regions 1 & 2 and MUs 4-08, 4-09, 4-14 to 4-19, 4-27 to 4-33, 4-37, 4-38, 5-2, and 6-4, 6-8 and 6-9
  • Moose in Regions: 3 (spike-fork bull under the GOS only), 4 and 8 and MUs 5-03 to 5-06, 5-10 to 5-14, 6-1 to 6-11, 6-15, 6-17 to 6-30 and 7-51 to 7-53
  • Lynx in Region 4
  • Bobcat in Region 4

Regional inspection stations

Compulsory inspections for hunter harvest are provided through qualified compulsory inspectors throughout B.C.

The information obtained through inspections helps the Provincial Government to base decisions about wildlife management on sound science. All information an inspector receives on behalf of the province is confidential.

Find a contract compulsory inspector from regions listed below.

Compulsory inspection stations are open by appointment only.


Region 1: Vancouver Island

General information:

Nanaimo Regional Office
Telephone: 250 751-7220

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Bella Coola
Contact Nanaimo Regional Office for instructions
Telephone: 250 751-7220

Campbell River
Contact: Shane Renouf
Telephone: 250 203-1638

Contact: Kim Brunt
E-mail: (primary contact) 
Telephone: 250 802-9471

Contact: Wayne Zaccarelli
Telephone: 250 382-8502



Region 2: Lower Mainland

General information:

Surrey Regional Office
Telephone: 604 586-4400

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Eastern Lower Mainland
Contact: Jamie Reynolds
High Caliber Adventures
Telephone: 604 819-2016

Western Lower Mainland
Contact: Maurice Jenkins
Telephone: 604 970-4449

Contact: Nathan Webb
Telephone: 604 815-9035

Sunshine Coast
Contact: Mike Veen
Telephone: 604 886-0115


Region 3: Thompson

General information:
(all species)

Kamloops Regional Office
Telephone: 250 371-6200

Contact: Chris Procter
Telephone: 250 312-6635

Contact: Sean O'Donovan
Telephone: 250 312-6634


Contract compulsory inspectors:
(all species except mountain sheep and mountain goat)

Contact: Norm Stackhouse
Telephone: 250 320-5947

Contact: Ray Wiens
Telephone: 778 241-0208

Salmon Arm
Contact: Jason Bellows
Telephone: 250 832-0757


Region 4: Kootenay

General information:

Cranbrook Regional Office
Telephone: 250 489-8540

Nelson Sub-regional Office
Telephone: 250 354-6333

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Contact: Pasquale (Lino) Grifone (all species including wild sheep)
Telephone: 250 365-6327

Contact: Bob Faiers (all species including wild sheep)
Telephone: 250 426-9653

Contact: Dustin Oakley
Telephone: 250 402-8132

Contact: James Henry Scown
Telephone: 250 265-4137

Radium Hot Springs
Contact: Kent Kebe (all species including wild sheep)
Telephone: 250 342-5601

Contact: Jason Cameron
Telephone: 250 814-8725

Contact: Don Patterson (all species including wild sheep)
Telephone: 250 425-2550

Contact: Josh Conci
Telephone: 250 231-5674


Region 5: Cariboo

General information:

Williams Lake Regional Office
Telephone: 250 398-4530 or 250 398-4345 

Contract Compulsory Inspectors:

100 Mile House
Jerry Faulkner
Telephone: 604 845-4862

Alexis Creek
Alan Madley (moose only)
Telephone: 250 394-4287

Michael Pelchat
Telephone: 250 747-1599

Alternative Compulsory Inspections:

Bella Coola
Contact Region 1 (Nanaimo) office for instructions

Williams Lake Ministry of Forests Office

Pat Dielman
Telephone: 250 302-5698

Courtney Jones
Telephone: 250 302-3554

Shane White
Telephone: 250 302-4600

100 Mile House Ministry of Forests Office

Emily Blythe
Telephone: 250 302-3545


Region 6: Skeena

General information:

Smithers Regional Office
Telephone: 250 847-7260
Fax: 250 847-7728

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Hours of work BY APPOINTMENT – CI Contractors are not required to be available if an appointment has not been made 24 hours prior to a designated time period.

Contact:  Jacquie Hanslit
Telephone:  250 651-2277
Available by appointment only

Dease Lake
Limited availability and available only on select dates.  Hunters that are not residents of the north Skeena are requested to conduct their inspection in another location.

Contact Ministry of Forests, Regional Operations, for scheduled dates and booking.

Wildlife Cell:  250-643-7481

Haida Gwaii
Only available for CI of black bear harvested in MU's 6-12 & 6-13. This office is not able to inspect any other species.
Contact: Village of Queen Charlotte
Telephone: 250 559-6200

By appointment only during Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Evenings and weekend coverage available upon request pending staff availability, but must be booked in advance; weekends must be booked by Friday at 4:30 pm the latest, prior to the weekend being requested.

Contact Ministry of Forests, Regional Operations

Wildlife Cell:  250-643-7481

Contact: Paul Rusch
Telephone: 250 615-1101

General information:

Prince George Regional Office
Telephone: 250 565-6135

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Prince George
Contact: Ministry of Forests, Regional Operations 
Telephone: 250-614-7400


Region 7B: Peace

General information:

Fort St. John Regional Office
Telephone: 250 787-3411

Fort Nelson District Office
Telephone: 250 774-5511

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Dawson Creek
Contact: Cheyenne McLeod
Telephone: 250 219-6405

Fort St. John
Contact: Basil & Velynda Szoo
Telephone: 250 785-3468

Fort St. John
Contact: Myles & Thea Hanson
Telephone: 250 793-3922 or 250 793-3612


Region 8: Okanagan

General information:

Penticton Regional Office
Telephone: 250 490-8200

Contract compulsory inspectors:

Contact: Greg Hoyer
Telephone: 250 764-2482


Compulsory inspection database

The compulsory inspection database contains information that is collected during these inspections.

Compulsory inspection records begin in 1900 and are presented at the MU level. The species required to be inspected changes over time and varies by region, so not all species are represented in the dataset for the full period of record or for the entire province.

To access Compulsory Inspection data, see Hunting Data or DataBC.