Agricultural Zone Antlerless Elk and Mule Deer LEH Authorizations

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-11
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 7B - Peace
MU: 
7-20
7-21
7-32
7-33
7-34
7-35
7-45
7-46
Regulation Type: 
Limited Entry Hunting
Species: 
Mule Deer, Elk
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This regulation was approved as proposed and is included in the 2020-2022 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.

Current Regulations: 

ELK

Peace River

7-20+

A

Dec 1-Feb 28/20

Antlerless

MULE DEER

Peace River

7-20

A*

Dec 1-Dec 20

Antlerless

* Includes all Crown Land and private land. Zone A of 7-20 encompasses M.U. 7-32, 7-33, and 7-34 and portions of M.U. 7-20, 7-21, 7-35, 7-45, and 7-46.

Proposed Regulations: 

Each LEH opportunity for Elk and Mule Deer will be listed individually by Management Unit, as opposed to LEH authorizations that span the entire agricultural zone; season dates and class of animal remain status quo.

Rationale: 

The 2018 elk inventory highlighted that elk are more plentiful north of the Peace River. Licensed hunters have asked the Province to issue LEH authorizations proportionally to elk abundance within individual WMUs rather than by the entirety of the Agricultural Zone.

The December 2018 composition survey results showed that mule deer are more abundant north of the Peace River. Issuing LEH by individual WMU would help distribute the hunting pressure according to mule deer abundance.

Issuing LEH authorizations by WMU for these species will allow for targeted harvest of elk and mule deer where they are the most abundant, reduce hunting pressure in areas of low abundance, increase hunter satisfaction, and be a more effective tool to address crop depredation. This change will simplify regulations for licensed hunters and facilitate compliance and enforcement work. Issuing LEH authorizations by WMU provides the Province flexibility to accommodate First Nation sustenance needs by adjusting harvest rates in response to wildlife population changes.