Implement Bison GOS and amend LEH zone boundaries

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-10
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 7B - Peace
MU: 
7-42
7-57
7-58
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Bison
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: 

There are various Limited Entry Hunting opportunities for bison in the Peace Region:

LIMITED ENTRY HUNTING

Liard

7-57*

A

Oct 1-Oct 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

A

Oct 16-Oct 31

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

A

Nov 1-Nov 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

A

Nov 16-Nov 30

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

A

Dec 1-Dec 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

A

Dec 16-Dec 31

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

A

Jan 1/20-Jan 15/20

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

A

Jan 16/20-Jan 31/20

Either Sex

Liard

7-57**

B

Oct 1-Oct 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57**

B

Oct 16-Oct 31

Either Sex

Liard

7-57**

B

Nov 5-Nov 19

Either Sex

Liard

7-57**

B

Nov 20-Dec 5

Either Sex

Liard

7-57**

B

Dec 6-Dec 20

Either Sex

Liard

7-57**

B

Jan 1/20-Jan 15/20

Either Sex

Liard

7-57**

B

Jan 16/20-Jan 31/20

Either Sex

* Also includes portions of M.U. 7-58    ** Also includes portions of M.U. 7-42

GENERAL OPEN SEASON

There is no Bison general open season

Proposed Regulations: 

Revise the areas where bison hunting is available through LEH, and implement specific areas where bison is available through general open season:

LIMITED ENTRY HUNTING

Liard

7-57

D

Oct 1-Oct 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57

D

Oct 16-Oct 31

Either Sex

Liard

7-57

D

Nov 1-Nov 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57

D

Nov 16-Nov 30

Either Sex

Liard

7-57

D

Dec 1-Dec 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57

D

Dec 16-Dec 31

Either Sex

Liard

7-57

D

Jan 1-Jan 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57

D

Jan 16-Jan 31

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

E

Oct 1-Oct 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

E

Oct 16-Oct 31

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

E

Nov 5-Nov 19

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

E

Nov 20-Dec 5

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

E

Dec 6-Dec 20

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

E

Jan 1-Jan 15

Either Sex

Liard

7-57*

E

Jan 16-Jan 31

Either Sex

* Also includes portions of M.U. 7-58   

GENERAL OPEN SEASON

Species

Management Unit

Class

Season Dates

Bag Limit

BISON

7-42, Zone E

Either sex

Sep 1–Jan 31

1

7-57, Zone F

Either sex

Sep 1–Jan 31

1

Rationale: 

The Pink Mountain Plains Bison herd has been fluctuating around 1,000 individuals according to the most recent inventory data. Provincial staff, local stakeholders and First Nations have noticed that bison are now seen at the edges or outside of the LEH zones that they can be harvested by hunters with LEH authorizations. It is an objective to prevent further range expansion and reduce the population to 700 ± 200 bison.

Additional concerns have been raised by stakeholders that plains bison are grazing Stone’s sheep winter range which could impact that species ability to overwinter. The bison also compete directly for forage resources with the range tenure holders in the valley; providing a stable population improves the ability for tenure holders to manage rangeland.

A GOS is proposed to be established in zones A and D to limit bison range expansion to the north and to the south of their current range. This will help maintain the bison within the Sikanni valley area and limit the potential for range expansion in areas where they are not desirable and could be competing with other big-game species. Local First Nations have expressed concerns over bison moving to areas where they would be competing with native wildlife species. To achieve this, new LEH/GOS zones will be created and different harvest targets will be applied (see table below). The maximum AAH will be 170 bison/year. Prior to 2019, the AAH was 100 bison/year. FLNR would make it mandatory to report any bison harvest (LEH or GOS) and submission of a DNA sample (ear tip). This will allow FLNR to track the harvest trends in each zone and collect biological samples.[MSF1] 

Zone:

A

B

C

D

Objective:

Decrease bison occupancy, Keep hunting/hazing pressure high

Maintain bison density (core)

Maintain bison density (core)

Decrease bison occupancy, Keep hunting/hazing pressure high

Target harvest rate:

20% of 100 bison*

15% of 200 bison*

10-15% of 400 bison*

20% of 100 bison*

Target harvest (resident and non-resident combined)

20 – 30 bison

30 - 40 bison

40-70 bison

20 – 30 bison

Season dates

September 1st to January 31st of the following year

October 1st to January 31st of the following year

October 1st to January 31st of the following year

September 1st to January 31st of the following year

Type of Hunt, Range of Authorization:

GOS

LEH, 100-150

LEH, 150-200

GOS

 
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