Northwest Peace - Moose Compulsory Inspection

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-13
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 7B - Peace
MU: 
7-51
7-52
7-53
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: 

There is no current requirement for hunter to submit moose harvested in MUs 7-51 or 7-53 for Compulsory Inspection. The portion of MU 7-52 that is accessed by the Skeena Region (i.e. western side) is subject to Compulsory Inspection for moose.

Proposed Regulations: 

Require hunters to submit moose harvested in MUs 7-51, 7-52, or 7-53 for Compulsory Inspection.

Rationale: 

Currently the sole source of moose harvest data in these Management Units is collected through hunter surveys and guide outfitter reports, these data collection methods provide valuable information at large scales (i.e. Management Unit or Guide Outfitter Territory), but minimal information at finer scales (i.e. watersheds, proximity to communities, etc.).

The Kaska Dena First Nations have expressed some concerns about not being able to meet their fall sustenance needs for moose. Compulsory Inspection is an option to collect more precise harvest location data to improve understanding of moose hunting and support future management actions. The information would also assist in providing information on the potential effects of the current antler regulations on the availability of legal moose in the North Peace

In addition, various other locations in the province, both within the Peace Region and elsewhere, have experienced declines in moose populations and subsequent reduction in hunting opportunities. There are some concerns that these restrictions in other areas have resulted in increased hunting pressure in the Liard.