Hunting on leased Crown range

Not all Crown land supporting grazing cattle is leased, Ministry says

Last week in the Bulletin, we reported on a group in Wycliffe that was upset about the behaviour of some hunters. They cited numerous examples of witnessing hunters leaving gates open, leaving animal remains near trails, shooting after dark and more.

Also cited was the practice of shooting on Crown land without the permission of the lessee.

Tara Szkorupa, Wildlife Biologist for the provincial government says she has been contacted by hunters about the story, and she would like to provide some additional information about ‘leased Crown land’. It is true that hunters do require permission to hunt on leased Crown range, Sxkorupa says.

“However many people think all Crown land with cattle grazing is “leased Crown range”. This is not the case – there are only three parcels of leased crown land for grazing in the southern Rocky Mountain Trench, and these are generally surrounded by private land, are posted as no trespassing and essentially look like private land.

“Most cattle grazing on Crown land is permitted through Grazing Agreements. Hunters can hunt in these areas without permission of the agreement holder.”

Maps showing private land, Crown land and grazing leases can be found at http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/wld/maps/GOS_ELK_R4X_A_10.pdf and here http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/wld/maps/GOS_ELK_R4X_B_10.pdf

Just Posted

Dynamiters split weekend games

A loss to Castlegar and a win against Kelowna

‘If we do nothing, the herd will certainly be extirpated’: Caribou maternity pen proposed in Nakusp

The Arrow Lakes Caribou Society is waiting for a response from the province

College of the Rockies students to benefit from increased Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust contribution

Over $23,000 in SIDIT awards available to College students from the Southern Interior

Be prepared for unpredictable weather: Mainroad

The Highway contractor Mainroad has put out a reminder list of to… Continue reading

Support local Scouting organization; buy a sandbag

You can help out with sandbag filling next Saturday at Resker’s Hall in Marysville

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

The one with the ‘Friends’ photoshoot: Kelowna group recreates TV show intro

A friend’s departure prompted them to create something that really says, “I’ll be there for you”

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Man caught throwing away election signs in Fernie, ordered to put them back

Man told RCMP he had ‘no faith in government’

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

Most Read