Pursuit Only Seasons

Regulation Number: 
2020-04-01
Status: 
Proposed
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-1
4-2
4-3
4-4
4-5
4-6
4-7
4-8
4-9
4-14
4-15
4-16
4-17
4-18
4-19
4-20
4-21
4-22
4-23
4-24
4-25
4-26
4-27
4-28
4-29
4-30
4-31
4-32
4-33
4-34
4-35
4-36
4-37
4-38
4-39
4-40
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Cougar
Closing Date: 
January 19, 2020 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

Pending

Current Regulations: 

Pursuit

4-1 to 4-4, 4-21 to 4-26, 4-34 to 4-36

Nov 15 - Feb 28

Proposed Regulations: 

Remove pursuit only season from regulations

Rationale: 

This proposed regulation has been requested by the Provincial Hunting and Trapping Advisory Team, and several other organizations during the last regulation cycle, because it does not align with a legitimate wildlife use. For more information on the process that led to the request refer to the “Additional Information” section at the bottom of this page.

The pursuit only seasons for cougar, in place only in the Kootenay Region, was intended to provide houndsmen with the opportunity to train and exercise after the hunter has filled their annual cougar bag limit. Hunters are not permitted to carry a firearm during a pursuit only season.

Additional Information: 

A sub-committee of the Provincial Hunting and Trapping Advisory Team (PHTAT) with representatives from the B.C. Wildlife Federation, Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., B.C. Trappers Association, Wild Sheep Society, Wildlife Stewardship Council, and United Bowhunters of B.C., conducted a review of various hunting practices (methods, tools, and tactics), evaluated those practices against a set of criteria that reflect the principles of fair chase, and recommended management actions for specific hunting practices. These recommendations were accepted by PHTAT and were forwarded to the Province for consideration.

Factors that influenced or informed the Management Action Recommendation included:

  1. Does the hunting method, tool, or tactic:
  1. Negate wildlife’s ability to avoid detection?
  2. Negate wildlife’s ability to escape once it has detected a threat?
  3. lead to an inhumane treatment of wildlife?
  4. lead to increased wounding loss/jeopardize a hunter’s ability to retrieve the wildlife?
  5. jeopardize public acceptance of hunting?
  6. result in higher harvest rates/reduced opportunity in the future?
  1. Estimated difficulty in enacting a regulation.
  2. Regulatory enforceability.

The Management Action options available for each hunting practice included:

  1. Encourage/discourage the hunting practice through education and/or training
  2. Regulate the hunting practice through legislative prohibitions
  3. Monitor the hunting practice over the coming years to see if it becomes an issue in B.C.
  4. Defer; not of concern and no specific management action or monitoring is required.