Change Mule Deer (antlerless and any buck) Seasons on Denman and Hornby Island

Regulation Number: 
2020-01-02
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 1 - Vancouver Island
MU: 
1-6
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Mule Deer (Black-tailed)
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

This proposed regulation change was not approved.  Further discussion and consultation with island residents will help to inform future deer hunting seasons on the islands.

Current Regulations: 

MULE DEER (Black-tailed)

Special Areas Only**

▼1-1 to 1-15

Bucks

*Sept 10 - Dec 10

2

See Maps A1, A13, A15, A16, A22, A23, A35

Antlerless

*Sept 10 - Dec 10

2

* On Denman and Hornby Island season date is Oct 5 to Dec 10

** For special areas, the bow only antlerless season is from Aug 25-Sept 9

 

Proposed Regulations: 

MULE DEER (Black-tailed)

Special Areas Only**

▼1-1 to 1-15

Bucks

Sept 10 - Dec 10

2

See Maps A1, A13, A15, A16, A22, A23, A35

Antlerless

Sept 10 - Dec 10

2

(delete reference to the Oct 5-Dec 10 season on Denman and Hornby Islands)

** For special areas, the bow only antlerless season is from Aug 25-Sept 9

Rationale: 

The reason for this proposal is to increase hunter opportunity, reduce the need for early season deer kill permits, and to reduce regulatory complexity in the region. Denman and Hornby Island consists almost entirely of private land and landowner permission is required for lawful hunting.  Denman and Hornby Island, as with many other Gulf Islands, are one of the many areas where high frequencies of deer/human conflicts occur, there are no conservation concerns for deer on Denman and Hornby Islands, and additional sustainable hunting opportunities are available.  From ongoing public outreach over the past several years, it is clear there is significant interest from resident hunters to hunt in this area.

Residents on the Gulf Islands continue to raise concerns and file complaints about over abundant deer populations in their communities.  Ecological damage is occurring on all the Gulf Islands and a reduction in deer numbers will help the ecosystems to recover.