South Skeena Compulsory Inspection for Moose

Regulation Number: 
2020-06-07
Status: 
Decided
Region: 
Region 6 - Skeena
MU: 
6-1
6-2
6-3
6-4
6-5
6-6
6-7
6-8
6-9
6-10
6-11
6-12
6-13
6-14
6-15
6-16
6-17
6-18
6-30
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Limited Entry Hunting
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 harvested in the north Skeena (MUs 6-19 to 6-29) must be compulsory inspected. There are no requirements for hunters to have moose harvested in the south Skeena submitted for inspection.

Proposed Regulations: 

Apply compulsory inspection for Moose throughout Region 6

Rationale: 

Existing regulation requires compulsory inspection for moose only in the northern Skeena MUs (6-19 to 6-29). It was introduced to address First Nations concerns about the reliability of the licensed harvest record by requiring hunters to report their kills. It was also introduced to address gaps and lack of precision in the Hunter Sample Survey data that results from low hunter use in some MUs leading to small sample size and subsequent low confidence in survey results. The northern CI data has been used to assess timing of hunt and hunter density in high use areas, monitor bull age composition trend in the harvested population and to inform decisions about northern MU hunting regulations.

Moose population size and bull ratios in the Bulkley Valley Land District and Tweedsmuir-Entiako Population Management Units have decreased in recent years. There is concern from First Nations that moose in the Kispiox valley are also declining (a Stratified Random Block survey is planned for January 2020 to assess the population's trend). Even if hunter numbers remain relatively constant, a declining population will gradually experience more harvest pressure and/or an increasing harvest rate (e.g., fewer moose available per average number of hunters). With increasing hunter pressure, bull ratios below the provincial target of 30 bulls/I 00 cows in some MUs, and declines in some population units, it may become necessary to manage moose harvest at a finer spatial and temporal scale to meet First Nations rights to hunt for food, social, or ceremonial purposes while allowing for continued opportunity for licensed hunters. Additionally, age data will establish a baseline for longer term harvested bull composition monitoring and would provide additional data to inform future wildlife management actions.