Close Pink Mountain August Moose Season

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-06
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 7B - Peace
MU: 
7-33
7-44
7-57
7-58
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Moose
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: 

MOOSE

7-19, 7-20, 7-21A, 7-31A, 7-32 to 7-36, 7-42 to 7-58

Bulls

Aug 23 - Aug 31

1

Proposed Regulations: 

Close the Aug 23-31 any bull season in MUs 7-34, 7-44, 7-57 and 7-58.

MOOSE

7-19, 7-20, 7-21A, 7-31A, 7-32, 7-33, 7-35, 7-36, 7-42, 7-43, 7-46 to 7-56

Bulls

Aug 23 - Aug 31

1

Rationale: 

The majority of WMUs in the Peace Region currently have an August 23rd to 31st ‘any bull’ moose General Open Season (GOS) followed by an antler-restricted GOS (SOFT 10: spike-fork/tripalm/10 point antler restricted). These regulations are intended to provide a diversity of hunting opportunity while limiting bull harvest to a sustainable level. The Provincial Framework for Moose Management in BC identifies a minimum target bull to cow ratio of 30 bulls per 100 cows, post-hunt. This target is a conservative target (based on relevant literature) that ensures the majority of cows in a moose population are successfully bred in a timely manner.

Significant declines in moose populations have been documented within some of these WMUs and adjacent areas, based on recent inventory data, big game harvest data, and the traditional ecological knowledge of local First Nations. Current bull to cow ratios are at or below targets. Harvest of bulls in WMUs 7-34 and 7-45 have exceeded the 20% target for harvest of bull moose. July through August is a particularly important time for the practice of First Nations harvesting and associated Treaty rights.

Immediate government action is required in response to new information to support the protection and recovery of moose populations and to ensure First Nations are able to exercise their Treaty rights to harvest moose for sustenance and cultural purposes.

Additional Information: 

MU 7-34

The last moose survey (2019) showed that the moose density in MU 7-34 has declined by 51% since 1997 and the bull to cow ratio was 21:100. Big game harvest data indicates hunter effort is increasing but harvest rates are declining which supports concerns regarding moose population declines.

MU 7-44

The regulation change in MU 7-44 is considered an interim measure to support local First Nations’ harvest opportunity and to immediately address low bull to cow ratios in the broader North Peace Game Management Zone by alleviating licensed hunting pressure on moose populations. Big game harvest data indicates hunter effort is stable, but harvest rates are decreasing which supports concerns regarding moose population declines.

MU 7-45

The regulation change in MU 7-45 is considered an interim measure to support local First Nations’ harvest opportunity and to immediately address declining bull to cow ratios (32:100 as per the 2019 inventory) by alleviating licensed hunting pressure on moose populations. FLNRORD continues to review moose management across the region. The most recent moose inventory in 2019 showed a decline of 65% since 2006. Big game harvest data indicates hunter effort is stable, but harvest rates are decreasing which supports concerns regarding moose population declines.

MU 7-57

The regulation change in MU 7-57 is considered an interim measure to support local First Nations’ harvest opportunity by alleviating licensed hunting pressure on moose populations. The corrected moose density from the 2016/2017 survey is 0.35 moose/km2; density estimates prior to this survey are not available to determine population trends. Big game harvest data indicates hunter effort and harvest rates are declining but the low-density population is stable.

MU 7-58

The regulation change in MU 7-58 is considered an interim measure to support local First Nations’ harvest opportunity and to immediately address low bull to cow ratios (23:100 as per 2017 inventory) by alleviating licensed hunting pressure on moose populations. The corrected moose density from the 2016/2017 survey is 0.35 moose/km2; density estimates prior to this survey are not available to determine population trends. Big game harvest data indicates hunter effort is increasing but harvest rates are stable which supports concerns regarding moose population declines.