Close Zone F of 1-12 Oct 10 to Nov 20 LEH Bull Only Elk Hunt

Regulation Number: 
2020-01-05
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 1 - Vancouver Island
MU: 
1-12
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: 

Vancouver Island        1-12     F          Oct 10-Nov 20                        Bull only

Click here to see a map of Zone F of 1-12.

Proposed Regulations: 

Close the Elk LEH hunt in Zone F of 1-12.

Rationale: 

Aerial elk inventory results over the last five years have shown that the elk population in the Artlish (1-12F) elk population unit is performing below expectations and indicates a declining trend in this unit.  The population previously estimated at 70 elk. Over the last six years this herd has been surveyed 3 times, with a high count of 9 elk in 2014. The current population estimates are below the thresholds for sustainable harvest opportunities (Management Plan for Roosevelt Elk in BC, 2015).  The trend has been corroborated through engagements with First Nations, resident hunters, and guide outfitters.  The exact cause of these declines are not known although a combination of unregulated harvest, predation, and habitat changes, resulting in reduced security, are thought to be contributing factors.