New South Coast Elk LEH Hunts

Regulation Number: 
2020-02-01
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 2 - Lower Mainland
MU: 
2-5
2-6
2-8
2-13
2-14
Regulation Type: 
Limited Entry Hunting
Species: 
Roosevelt 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: 

Currently no LEH hunting opportunity for these specific classes of elk in these specific areas.

Proposed Regulations: 

Rainy-Grey                 2-05     I           Oct. 10-Nov. 20          Bull Only

Rainy-Grey                 2-05     J          Oct. 1-Oct. 31             Antlerless

Rainy-Grey                 2-05     J          Nov. 1-Nov. 30           Antlerless

Sechelt Peninsula      2-05     C         Oct. 1-Oct. 31             Antlerless

Sechelt Peninsula      2-05     C         Nov. 1-Nov. 30           Antlerless

Squamish River          2-06     A         Oct. 10- Nov. 20         Antlerless

Pitt River                    2-08     B         Oct. 10-Nov. 20          Antlerless

Toba River                  2-13     A         Oct. 20-Nov. 20          Bull Only

Orford River               2-14     A         Oct. 20-Nov. 20          Antlerless

Rationale: 

The primary intention with these new hunts is to increase wildlife-related recreational opportunities in the South Coast for Roosevelt Elk, which is a highly sought-after game species. Management related to Roosevelt elk in the South Coast will follow the guidance outlined A Management Plan for Roosevelt Elk in British Columbia (“Elk Management Plan.

In all cases these new seasons are a result of relocation and recovery efforts. For each Elk Population Unit (EPU) where additional harvest opportunities are being proposed, populations are estimated to be at least 50 animals, with a stable to increasing trend, based on a series of winter aerial surveys results (approximately once every 1-3 years since at least 2013).  Harvest rates are based on the population estimates, population trend, and population target as outlined in the Elk Management Plan, as summarized below.

EPU 

2019 Elk Population Estimate

Population Objective

Proposed Bull Harvest Rate

 

Proposed Antlerless Harvest Rate

Rainy- Grey

158

134

7.5% at  2-05 Zone I  

10% at  2-05 Zone J

 

Sechelt Peninsula

227

200

 

3.5% at 2-05 Zone C

Squamish River

153

172

 

3%

Pitt River

203

168

 

3.5%

Toba River

78

278

5%

 

Orford River

73

116

 

2%

Additional Information: 

Click here to see the proposed new LEH area for Grey Creek; click here to see the proposed new are for Toba River

Click here to see maps for existing Elk LEH zones for Region 2.