Posts by: Vernon Fish & Game Club

VFGC Annual General Meeting May 21 2024

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The AGM was held on May 21, 2024 at the range. 24 members were present for the meeting, to hear the reports from last year and enjoy a BBQ (thanks to Clint!). Reports were presented from each of the disciplines, OKBCWF, BCWF AGM as well as the President’s Report.

Please click here to read the President’s Report from Randy Meier.

The elections were held, and the VFGC welcomes the new Board of Directors for 2024-2025! Our thanks to the outgoing Board members for their time and service to the Club.

The 2024-2025 elected Board of Directors are:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
President: Randy Meier
Vice President: Paul Van Hooydonk
Secretary: Phyllis Bowman
Treasurer: (appointed position – to be appointed at the next Board meeting)
Member at Large: Brian Stacey

DIRECTORS AT LARGE
Bernhard Huber
Bob Wiggins
Chris Leir
Clint Ingham
Don Henrickson
Kevin Haggerty
Leon Meier
Murray Nesbitt
Sat Virk
Wayne Lippert

National Range Day June 01

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The VFGC National Range Day Event will be held on Saturday June 1, 2024. Please note that all ranges will be closed from 6:00am to 4:00pm.


This free event is open to everyone ages 5+, no previous firearm experience is necessary. There will be demonstrations of shooting sports and the opportunity for the public to participate in archery and shooting rifles and pistols. One-on-one instruction is provided, as well as eye and ear protection and a free BBQ lunch.

Visit https://vernonrangeday.ca/ for more information and directions.

We need volunteers for National Range Day!
National Range Day was a massive success in 2023 with over 300 registered participants and 500+ through the gates. We need your help in 2024 for the following positions:

  • 22 pistol supervision 
  • 22 rifle supervision 
  • Running the BBQ 
  • Greeters who direct people to available shooting stations

Volunteers receive a bright green t-shirt, lunch on range day, entry into a volunteer-only prize draw, a volunteer appreciation dinner event and the joy of sharing your passion of archery/shooting with those who’ve never tried it before.

For more information or questions please contact Clint by email [email protected].

Annual General Meeting – May 21

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The Annual General Meeting of the Vernon Fish and Game Club will be held at the rifle range at 6:30pm on May 21, 2024.  The AGM will include annual reports and election of directors.  All members are encouraged to attend!

*There are a limited number of chairs at the range; please bring a chair with you.

Presentation on Invasive Mussels at Okanagan Region BCWF Meeting

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March 20, 2024

The Okanagan Region BC Wildlife Federation is having a General Meeting this Saturday, March 23rd.  The meeting will be held at the Kinsmen CPR Building in Penticton.

During this meeting there will be a presentation on invasive mussels, given by an Inspector with the BC Conservation Officer Service. The Vernon Club has appointed delegates that attend these meetings on behalf of the club, but the meetings are open to all club members. 

Members are encouraged to attend the meeting and listen to the presentation!  This is a very important topic that will impact the entire Okanagan if/when these invasive mussels reach our waterways. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the topic, and ask questions.

The meeting details are below; if you have any questions, please reach out to Alison at [email protected].  

Date: Saturday March 23, 2024
Time: 09:00am
Location: 216 Hastings Ave, Penticton, BC

If you decide to stay for the entire meeting, please note that $10 cash will be required for lunch.  We hope to see our club members on Saturday!

Wildlife Panel with Dr. Bonnell March 13th in Kelowna

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The Okanagan Region BC Wildlife Federation are proud to be a sponsor for the upcoming wildlife panel presentation with Dr. Bonnell. The presentation will be held at the Kelowna Innovation Center at 460 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna. Wednesday, March 13th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

This presentation will introduce the context and process for the creation of Dr. Bonnell’s book, Stewards of Splendour: A History of Wildlife and People in British Columbia, published by the Royal BC Museum in Fall 2023, and reflect on some of its key findings. We will also host a mini-panel discussion on the past and future of wildlife management in British Columbia.

This event is free, and members are encouraged to attend.

Please see the poster for more details.

New technical report “A Review of Cougar Biology and Management in BC”

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Click the link below for the recently published technical report from the Ministry titled “A Review of Cougar Biology and Management in BC”.

A Review of Cougar Biology and Management in BC

Boundary Cougar Inventory

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The Ministry wildlife biologists in Penticton are reaching out with a citizen science opportunity, for BCWF members to help inventory the cougar population in the Boundary (MU 8-14) this winter.

We are using a DNA mark-recapture technique to sample as many individual cougars as possible within the study area from now until March 2024. The majority of DNA samples come in the form of hair that is shed as cougars travel through the snow. It might sound unlikely, but it is actually quite easy to collect cougar hair by simply following their tracks. At the end of the winter we will genotype all samples to identify the individual cougars they came from, and the ratio of unique individuals that are sampled compared to individuals that are resampled multiple times provides a population estimate.

If anyone is interested in volunteering, all they have to do is drive, sled, ski, snowshoe, or hike anywhere they wish in MU 8-14 to search for cougar tracks. If tracks are located then they can follow them in either direction to collect hair (ideally around 10 strands), place the sample in a paper envelope labelled with the date and location, and get the samples to me before March. Folks can collect samples whenever they like and can start anytime. Every sample makes a huge difference and even a couple extra samples collected by volunteers through the winter will improve the population model considerably.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the project, please contact:

TJ Gooliaff, MSc, RPBio

A/Wildlife Section Head
Ministry of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship | Thompson-Okanagan Region
102 Industrial Place, Penticton BC, V2A 7C8

Phone: 778-622-6843 | Email: [email protected]

Region 8 Chronic Wasting Disease Sampling Incentive Program

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The Okanagan Region of the B.C. Wildlife Federation (OKBCWF) and Westside stores have teamed up to offer an incentive program to encourage hunters to submit cervid heads for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing.

Support CWD monitoring and increase confidence that Region 8 remains CWD free.

For each hunter-harvested cervid (white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose) head you submit to a designated Okanagan drop off location, you’ll receive one free entry into a random draw for cool prizes!

Prizes:

  • First prize – Zeiss Terra ED 10×42 binoculars, retail value $750
  • Second prize – $250 gift certificate to Westside Stores
  • Third prize – $175 gift certificate to Westside Stores

Learn more about the contest rules, procedure, and fine print here: OKBCWF CWD Incentive Program 2023 V1.1

Please visit www.westsidestores.ca for store location and to support our generous partner!

Contact OKBC[email protected] with any questions!

South Okanagan Sportsmen’s Association 76th Annual Turkey Shoot

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The South Okanagan Sportsmen’s Association (SOSA) in Oliver, BC presents their 76th annual turkey shoot on Sunday, December 10th at 9am. Guests are welcome to attend! For more information, please reach out to the SOSA club.

352 Sportsmen’s Bowl Road,
Oliver, BC, Canada
V0H 1T5

www.okanagansportsmen.com

Southern BC Cougar Project Update

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Clink here for the fall update for the Southern BC Cougar Project.