BCAA Bowhunter Pin Program
The bowhunter pin program recognizes the
achievements of archers who hunt.
A hunter can apply for each type of game animal pin each year.
Applications and pictures should be sent to the
Bowhunting Pin Program Coordinator
Bowhunter Pin Picture
Season Bowhunter Pin Program Awards (pdf file)
Bowhunter Pin Program Awards (pdf file)
Bowhunter Pin Program Awards (pdf file)
previous Bowhunter Pin Program Awards (pdf file)
Report on Meeting of Bowhunting Organizations with the BC Government Feb. 6,
On Tuesday Feb 6
representatives from the BC Archery Association, Traditional Bowhunters of BC
and the United Bowhunters of BC met with Minister of Environment Barry Penner,
Tom Ethier and John Thornton. Bowhunters were represented by Ted Kennedy(BCAA),
Ernie Marven(TBBC), Kirk Joyal (TBBC) Jim Turner and Gord Eason (UBBC)
The three organizations presented a united front
representing bowhunters of BC. We all came away believing the meeting was
constructive, well worth the trip and successful. My thanks to everyone who
attended especially to Ernie who left Keremeos ay 3 am in order to attend.
We went with three objectives:
1) Learn more about the so called abeyance on changes to bowhunting regs this
2) Communicate the support of all three organizations for the Youth Hunting
Proposal and request that it be implemented
3) Declare that the UBBC wishes to be considered the voice of the bowhunter in
BC and wants to be consulted with respect to hunting issues in BC, especially
those that have the potential to affect bowhunting opportunity.
This initially was looked upon as a negative situation.
However it appears that the government has recognized that the current policies
and regs are seriously outdated and badly in need of updating. Rather than
continue with the status quo, they are going to overhaul the legislation with
I believe Jim Turner said it best.
There is no “abeyance”. The Government recognizes
bowhunting and as such has determined that their current hunting opportunities
strategy did not efficiently address the need to consider and create new hunting
opportunities through weapons such as archery tackle. The current process and
objectives were restrictive to developing bowhunting opportunities. Antiquated
and behind the times were Tom Ethiers words.
The Government, in consultation with the UBBC will
re-write the document to allow future bowhunting opportunities to move forward
with fewer barriers. Until the document is circulated to Regional Wildlife
managers and bowhunting seasons can be considered and implemented, bowhunters
will continue to represent hunting on all levels including youth, recruitment,
retention and sound wildlife management in good faith as we always have at
Youth hunting Proposal
We were encouraged to see that the government is
interested in our youth proposal. We will continue to work with them in this
area to ensure youth recruitment and opportunity benefits youth to the maximum
extent possible while recognizing the needs of the bowhunter.
The UBBC as the voice of the bowhunter in BC
The government has agreed to consult with us on the
upcoming policy changes. We have offered our experience, knowledge and
assistance to the government at any time. In fact we will be insisting on it.
We have already been consulted on other local issues
We also indicated that we wanted a seat at the PHRAAC
table. PHRAAC is the Provincial Hunting Regulation Allocation and Advisory
Committee. It was this committee that recommended the so called abeyance.
We all believe we are on the cusp of the future of
bowhunting in our province. We have been recognized by government and made some
major inroads We will continue to work for bowhunting opportunity while
respecting the needs of other hunters
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& 3D Summer 2006 Report
July 13, 2006
The competition for the 3D
Nationals team was strong. Although a lower than anticipated turn out,
about 100 archers, a diversity of good shooters was recognized. This year
I modified the selection process in a few areas, the main one being selecting up
to three archers in the same class. The team has been selected via our
handicapping system, four women and four men in various classes:
Samantha Wright Loni Mancini
Sandy Dueck Christine Reimer
Al Campsall Wayne Lougheed
Paul Amenta Mark Washtock
The team will represent BC at the 3D Nationals in Lethbridge in August.
Paul Amenta assisted in
instructing an IBEP clinic at Burke Mountain in July. Our attendance was
lower than anticipated but the clinic was well received. I have an
opportunity to meet with the NBEF Canadian rep for IBEP later this month to
discuss new material, ideas, etc.
The United Bowhunters of BC
has been active lately. The minister of the Environment has given little
attention to the BCAA or UBBC and has given most of his attention to the BCWF.
The challenge at this time is that the BCWF has made a few recommendations that
do not support bowhunters. One in particular being the creation of a Youth
hunt season that overlaps the Bow only season in a particular region.
Attendance at many local 3D
shoots seems to be lower than in the past. This last year a few clubs
decided to lower the number of shoots they would offer in hopes that attendance
would be stronger as a result. It seems the attendance is similar
regardless of the number of shoots being offered.
VP Bowhunting & 3D
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