B.C. Hunting Important Notices

Hunting Closures Will Help Protect Moose in the Cariboo

Two areas of the Cariboo region severely impacted by wildfires this summer will be closed to moose hunting for the Oct 15-31 and Nov 1-15 seasons.

Zones A and C of Management Unit 5-13 in the Cariboo region contain high quality moose habitat severely affected by the Chilcotin Plateau Fire. In addition, the area is important to First Nations for sustenance hunting.

Closure of these zones applies to all licensed hunting, including resident and guided hunters. The moose hunting closure announced today is for an area immediately North of Highway 20 and West of Williams Lake and Quesnel. The closure was recommended by ministry biologists. It comes on the heels of a ban on motor vehicles for the purpose of licensed hunting within the Chilcotin Plateau and Hanceville-Riske Creek area last week.

These measures are a first step to mitigate wildlife vulnerability to hunters as a result of increased access and sight lines following the burning of major tracts of forest this past summer.

The areas impacted by today’s hunting ban will be assessed over the winter to determine what levels of sustainable hunting opportunity will be available in the coming years.

For zones A, B and C of Management Unit 5-13 please click here to see Map.

Quote from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development:

“This has been an unprecedented wildfire season, with parts of the Cariboo particularly hard hit. With moose populations already declining in this management zone, we need to take steps now to protect wildlife and ensure healthy moose populations in the future.”

October 6, 2017, 2 pm PST

New Hunting ATV & Motor Vehicle Restrictions

The B.C. government is taking action to protect big game wildlife in areas severely impacted by wildfires this summer. 

In the long-term wildlife benefit from wildfire; however, in the short-term there can be negative impacts. For example, wildfires in the Thompson and Cariboo regions have enabled motor vehicle access by hunters to remote moose and mule deer habitats that were previously only accessible by foot. In addition, loss of vegetation from fires has significantly increased lines of sight for hunters.

To address the increased vulnerability of wildlife to hunters, two motor vehicle restrictions are being implemented under the Wildlife Act:

  • ATV for Hunting Restrictions in M.U. 3-28, 3-29 and 3-30 and that portion of M.U. 3 -17 North of Highway 99. Click here to see Map
  • Motor Vehicle Hunting Restrictions, except designated roads, within portions of M.U. 5-4, 5-13 and 5-14. Click here to see Map

The restrictions are expected to be in place until access and visibility conditions return to a state where wildlife is less vulnerable. These new restrictions do not apply to First Nations exercising aboriginal rights to hunt.

The restrictions are immediate and government will monitor their effectiveness. Dependent on the review, further hunting restrictions may be implemented.

September 29, 2017, 4 pm PST

Notice to Hunters: Tsilhqot’in Nation Declared Title Land

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.

August 16, 2017, 4 pm PST

Tentative Authorizations for 2017 Spring Grizzly Bear & Skeena Mountain Sheep

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

January 20, 2017, 2 pm PST

The Spring 2017 LEH Draw Now Open for Applications

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

Thanks to hunter feedback, we've improved the Group hunt LEH application process. The new process makes 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, Feb 10, 2017. Applications for the spring draw are for Grizzly Bear and Skeena region mountain sheep Limited Entry Hunts (LEH) 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.

November 8, 2016, noon PST

Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis Updates & Corrections

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 at Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis Updates and Corrections.

August 19, 2016, 4:45 pm PDT

Fall 2016 LEH Draw Now Complete

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're experiencing difficulties accessing the BC Hunting online service, please try again later.

To check your B.C. Hunting service results:

  • 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're successful, click on the link under Application Type to confirm your authorized hunt codes 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'll also require a basic licence and a species licence.

June 27, 2016, 2 pm PDT

Special Mountain Sheep Draw

The Special Mountain Sheep Draw is open for applications as of June 10, 2016.  The application deadline is Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:59 pm.

June 9, 2016, 5 pm PDT

LEH Application Deadline

The LEH application deadline is this Friday, May 27 at 11:59 pm.

May 24, 2016, 6 pm PDT

Notice to Hunters: Check LEH Receipts If You Purchased from a Vendor

An issue has been identified that affects some LEH applications purchased at licence vendors only.

 

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

If you purchased an LEH application from 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.

 

May 24, 2016, 6 pm PDT

LEH Receipt

LEH Special Sheep Draw Opens in June

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.

For updates please subscribe to the RSS feed or check our Important Notices page.

May 4, 2016, 3 pm PDT

BC Hunting Online Service Now Available

The new B.C. 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 may be obtained 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 Service BC, FrontCounter BC or participating vendor locations.

April 25, 2016, 9:45 am PDT

Attention Hunters & Licence Vendors - Amendment

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's business as usual for anyone who wishes 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 may be obtained online but requires in-person verification.

Please monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for further updates.

April 18, 2016, 4:45 pm PDT

The 2016/2017 Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis Now Online

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

The Fall 2016 LEH Draw opens for submissions on April 25. Effective April 25 hunters can apply online or at Service BC, FrontCounter BC or participating licence vendor locations.

April 18, 2016, 10:30 am PDT

Attention Hunters & Licence Vendors - Amendment

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

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

Until then, it's business as usual for anyone who wishes 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.

Please monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for further updates.

April 12, 2016, 12:30 pm PDT

Attention Hunters & Licence Vendors

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

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

Until then, it's business as usual for anyone who wishes to obtain a Hunter Number or purchase a hunting licence.

Please monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for further updates.

April 8, 2016, 1 pm PDT

Attention Hunters & Licence Vendors

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.

Please monitor www.gov.bc.ca/hunting for more updates.

March 24, 2016, 3 pm PDT

Hunting Services Going Online!

In April 2016 the B.C. government will introduce a new online system improving the overall efficiency of hunter services. Initially the online service is for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) applications.

The BC Hunting online system gives you instant access to a range of products and services. In April, hunters can 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, at 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.

Fish & 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.Fish and Wildlife ID

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's no cost to get your FWID.

Don’t want to use the online service?

Just drop in to 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 LEH applications

The B.C. government no longer sells 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

Please be sure to print clearly. Refund requests with incomplete or illegible names and/or addresses won't 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're 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:

March 3, 2016, 2 pm PST

Notice to Hunters: Changes Coming for Hunter Registration & Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draws

The B.C. government is introducing a new online system for hunters in 2016, making it easier to register and apply for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) draws. You can submit LEH applications online, or at Service BC, FrontCounter BC or vendor locations. 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 don't 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 Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 LEH Draws. 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.

December 10, 2015, 5 pm PST

Notice to Hunters

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, the bull-only season date Oct 10 – Nov 20 underwent review and is now closed. Inventory surveys conducted on March 31, 2015 indicate that the population of this herd is declining and may not be able to sustain a harvest. Individuals that have already applied for this hunt may contact Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) 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 June 10 at 4:30 pm.

May 28, 2015, 5 pm 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, the bull-only season date Oct 10 – Nov 20 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).

April 24, 2015, noon PDT

2015-2016 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis

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.

March 20, 2015, noon PST

Spring 2015 Grizzly Bear & Skeena Mountain Sheep Final Numbers

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

Note that in order to run the draws, provide for sufficient time to notify hunters of the results and provide hunters with adequate time to plan their hunts as the deadline for applications for the spring Grizzly Bear hunts and early Skeena Mountain Sheep hunts remains Feb 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.

February 6, 2015, noon PST