Pink Mountain Oct 1-15 Moose Hunting

Regulation Number: 
2020-07-14
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 7B - Peace
MU: 
7-44
7-45
7-57
7-58
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: 

MOOSE

7-21B, 7-22, 7-31B

Bulls

Aug 15 - Aug 31

7-19, 7-20, 7-21A, 7-31A, 7-32 to 7-36, 7-42 to 7-58

Bulls

Aug 23 - Aug 31

7-19, 7-21B, 7-22, 7-31, 7-36, 7-42 to 7-58

*Bulls

Sept 1 - Oct 31

7-20, 7-21A, 7-32 to 7-35

*Bulls

Sept 1 - Sept 30

7-20, 7-21A, 7-32 to 7-35

*Bulls

Oct 16 - Oct 31

Bow Only Season

7-20, 7-21A, 7-32 to 7-35

*Bulls

Oct 1 - Oct 15

 *SOFT 10 - Open only for bull moose: (a) having no more than two points (tines) on one antler ("Spike-fork bull moose"), (b) having antlers with at least three points (tines) on one brow palm (“Tripalm bull moose") or (c) having at least one antler with a minimum of 10 points (tines), including the brow palm.

Proposed Regulations: 

Restrict Oct 1-15 bull moose (SOFT 10) hunting in MUs 7-44, 7-45, 7-57, and 7-58 to bow only.

 

MOOSE

7-21B, 7-22, 7-31B

Bulls

Aug 15 - Aug 31

7-19, 7-20, 7-21A, 7-31A, 7-32 to 7-36, 7-42 to 7-58

Bulls

Aug 23 - Aug 31

7-19, 7-21B, 7-22, 7-31, 7-36, 7-42, 7-43, 7-46 to 7-56

*Bulls

Sept 1 - Oct 31

7-20, 7-21A, 7-32 to 7-35, 7-44, 7-45, 7-57, 7-58                

*Bulls

Sept 1 - Sept 30

7-20, 7-21A, 7-32 to 7-35, 7-44, 7-45, 7-57, 7-58                

*Bulls

Oct 16 - Oct 31

Bow Only Season

7-20, 7-21A, 7-32 to 7-35, 7-44, 7-45, 7-57, 7-58                

*Bulls

Oct 1 - Oct 15

*SOFT 10 - Open only for bull moose: (a) having no more than two points (tines) on one antler ("Spike-fork bull moose"), (b) having antlers with at least three points (tines) on one brow palm (“Tripalm bull moose") or (c) having at least one antler with a minimum of 10 points (tines), including the brow palm.

Rationale: 

The majority of WMUs in the Peace Region currently have a moose ‘SOFT-10’ season September 1st to October 31st. These regulations are intended to provide a diversity of hunting opportunity while limiting bull harvest to a sustainable level. The Provincial Framework for Moose Management in BC identifies a minimum target bull to cow ratio of 30 bulls per 100 cows, post-hunt. This target is a conservative target (based on relevant literature) that ensures the majority of cows in a moose population are successfully bred in a timely manner.

Significant declines in moose population have been documented within these some WMUs and adjacent areas, based on inventory data, harvest statistics and the traditional ecological knowledge of local First Nations. Current bull to cow ratios are at or below targets in some WMUs. Harvest of bulls in WMUs 7-45 have exceeded the 20% target for harvest of bull moose. July through August is a particularly important time for the practice of First Nations harvesting and associated treaty rights.

Immediate government action is required in response to new information to support the protection and recovery of moose populations and to ensure First Nations are able to exercise their Treaty rights to harvest moose for sustenance and cultural purposes.

The October 1st-15th period corresponds with the rut when bull moose are the most vulnerable to harvest. FLNRORD will mitigate the loss of licensed hunting opportunities by replacing with a ‘bow only SOFT-10’season.  FLNRORD expects a moderate reduction of licensed harvest.

Hunter survey data estimates that, from 2009-2018, approximately 50% of bull harvest in these MUs occurs from Oct 1-15 (25% of the season length). The remaining 50% is harvested from Sept 1-30 and Oct 16-31.