Close Agricultural Zone Either-Sex Elk LEH Season

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-04
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: 
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: 

Peace River

7-20+

A

Dec 1-Feb 28/20

Either Sex

+ 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. This hunt also includes all PRIVATE LAND ONLY and Crown Land ONLY within 2000 metres of private land within M.U. 7-22, 7-43, 7-44, Zone A of 7-45 and M.U. 7-58.

Proposed Regulations: 

Removal of Agricultural Zone Either-Sex Elk LEH season

Rationale: 

The main purpose of the elk LEH is to prevent population increase and keep elk off cultivated lands in the wintertime, which can be better achieved via an antlerless harvest.  For elk, it is generally accepted that a ratio of 35 bulls per 100 cows is sufficient to ensure most cows are bred. Although the most recent survey has shown the bull to cow ratio as above provincial target (37 per 100), there was a low ratio of mature bulls, 6-point or greater.

Harvesting bull elk during the LEH season does not alleviate conflicts with agricultural producers on cultivated land. Harvesting bulls in the wintertime has a limited effect on the population, and therefore is not an effective measure for maintaining the current elk density. The 2017 Agricultural Zone elk inventory showed a ratio of 5 mature bulls (6-point or greater) per 100 cows and, as a result from stakeholders’ concerns, FLNRORD aims to increase the bull ratio.

Closing the elk ‘either sex’ LEH season will give wildlife managers greater ability to direct hunting pressure in a more focussed way on the antlerless segment of the population. This proposed regulation change is expected to have a small impact on the overall harvest.