Oveson Creek (Iron-Lime) Motor Vehicle for Hunting Closure

Regulation Number: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
Regulation Type: 
Motor Vehicle Restrictions
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 currently no prohibition on using motor vehicles for the purpose of hunting within the Oveson Creek watershed.The watersheds of Iron Creek and Lime Creek are closed to motor vehicles for hunting from Apr. 1 – June 30 and Sept. 1 – Nov. 30

Proposed Regulations: 

The watersheds of Iron Creek, Lime Creek, and Oveson Creek are closed to motor vehicles for hunting from Apr. 1 – June 30 and Sept. 1 – Nov. 30

See map here.


1) The legal MVHCA map (No. 2-2/19) requires a correction the south east boundary to align with the private land boundary. The current legal map shows the MVHCA overlapping with private land.

2) The MVHCA boundary requires amendment to protect wildlife at pinch point just outside the current MVHCA boundary. A hydro line on the west side of the MVHCA extends out of the narrow Iron Creek valley and acts as a pinch point for wildlife. The narrow valley confines wildlife movements, wildlife are attracted to the hydro line for ease of travel, and due to increased forage (forbs and shrubs). Thus, the wildlife tends to congregate on the hydro line. However, the hydro line also provides motorized access for hunters and an extended line of sight along the hydro line.  Iron Creek and Bull River are a migration pathway for Elk, and as such the pinch point on the hydro line is particularly problematic for elk. 

Additional Information: 

A subset of literature that supports the benefits of motor vehicle restrictions for wildlife is provided below:

  • Forman, R. T., Friedman, D. S., Fitzhenry, D., Martin, J. D., Chen, A. S., & Alexander, L. E. 1997. Ecological effects of roads: toward three summary indices and an overview for North America. See Ref, 21, 40-54.
  • Mountain Goat Management Team. 2010. Management Plan for the Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) in British Columbia. Prepared for the B.C. Ministry of Environment, Victoria, B.C. 87pp. [http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/recovery/management_plans/MtGoat_MP_Final_28May2010.pdf]
  • Proctor, M. F., B. N. McLellan, G. B. Stenhouse, G. Mowat, C. T. Lamb & M. A. Boyce. (2018). Resource Roads and Grizzly Bears in British Columbia and Alberta. Canadian Grizzly Bear Management Series, Resource Road Management. Trans-border Grizzly Bear Project. Kaslo, BC, Canada. http://transbordergrizzlybearproject.ca/research/publications.html
  • Rowland, M. M., Wisdom, M. J., Johnson, B. K., & Penninger, M. A. 2004. Effects of roads on elk: implications for management in forested ecosystems. In: Transactions of the 69th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference: 491-508. [https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/24797]