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BCWF Annual Awards 2020

BCWF Annual Awards

Honouring our members for outstanding achievements

The BCWF Awards honour individuals and member clubs for hunting, angling, and conservation achievements in 2020. Awards will be presented at the BCWF’s 65th annual AGM & Convention on April 24 & 25, 2021. For the description of the award and to nominate someone using the online form, please click on the award below.

The deadline for the nominations are as follows:

January 15th, 2021: Wild Sheep Foundation Silver Buckle Awards, BCWF Youth Big Game Award, Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Award

February 14th, 2021: All other awards

Awards Listing

Art Downs Memorial Award

This award was established in 1997 in memory of Arthur (Art) Downs, who passed away in 1996. Art was a member of the Quesnel Rod & Gun Club for many years, serving in many capacities, including as President. He was a founding member of the Chilco Dredgers Club and a long-time member of the Surrey Fish & Game Club.
Art served on the Board of Directors of the B.C. Wildlife Federation from 1969 through the 1970s. He was elected to the position of President of BCWF in 1975 and served with distinction until the end of his term. Art was a publisher, writer, and editor with a strong interest in the environment, wildlife, and the outdoors. He was the founder of the BC Outdoors magazine and served as editor until the late 1970s. As the first real environmental editor, he used the pages of his magazine to inform the public about conservation
issues of the day and encouraged writers to address those issues. Art used his own “Travellers” column to focus attention on important conservation issues; such focus which is badly needed today.
Art made a page in the magazine available to BCWF every month, allowing them to publicize their issues and projects. In the 1960s and early 1970s, many of his writers were strong BCWF members, including several directors. Art knew that he could encourage people to become involved in conservation issues through writing and publishing, but there had to be an action group that could set the ideas and issues in the magazine into action. In Art’s view, the B.C. Wildlife Federation was that organization.
The BC Outdoors, Art Downs memorial award is designed to carry on Art’s life work of recognizing excellence in writing and a commitment to conservation and the environment. It is awarded annually to the writer who has produced the best information over the past three years, exemplifying the Art Downs philosophy as evidenced in his “Travellers” column.
This award is for writing that is factual, accurate, well-researched, and focused on the real issues where governments, private or public companies need to be taken to task on environmental infractions. Priority consideration for winning this award will be given to the author who has managed to bring about change with their writing in a significant and positive way.

Nomination deadline: February 14th, 2021

Art Downs Memorial Award

Nomination Form
  • Nomination

  • Nomination by:

  • Describe your rationale for this nomination. Supporting documents may be sent in with the application for consideration of this award.
  • Drop files here or
    Maximum file size limit: 100MB
Barsby Trophy Conservationist of the Year

This trophy is sponsored by the Board of Directors, on behalf of all the members of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, and is awarded annually at the AGM convention banquet. The winner was originally selected by Ted Barsby, the first president of the Federation, and is now selected by a committee comprised of B.C. Wildlife Federation Past Presidents.
This award was first presented to Ted Barsby by the B.C. Wildlife Federation board of directors in 1974. Since then, it has been presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to conservation in British Columbia.
The trophy, itself, is a large polished uncut piece of native B.C. jade – resembling a mountain – mounted on a block of Douglas Fir. The trophy was created and donated by the late Pete White of North Vancouver, who was a life member and staunch supporter of our Federation for many years.
This trophy honours the late Ted Barsby of Nanaimo and represents the greatest honour the Federation can bestow on any individual for an outstanding contribution to conservation over many years.
Criteria:
1. Dedication to the long-term conservation of natural resources, shows integrity in the performance toward conservation goals and displays attributes of true conservation stewardship.
2. Outstanding contribution to conservation at a provincial level over a continued number of years. This should demonstrate innovation and impact of work done, dedication, leadership, personal commitment, and instances of exemplary behaviour.
3. Involved in conservation-minded committees or boards outside of the BCWF.
4. Has been responsible for or involved in a decision that has benefited the province’s fish and wildlife resources, or their habitat. This may include the protection or restoration of the natural environment and of wildlife.
5. Helped create a legacy of sustainability and responsible use of the resource through hard work and dedication.
6. Has demonstrated exceptional results over a number of years through outstanding personal service, a strong commitment to conservation, and expending an extraordinary amount of volunteer time, making it a personal mission to protect or improve fish and wildlife resources.
7. Has made a difference through hands-on work or by educating or informing the public.
8. Is well respected by his/her community and peers.
9. Has succeeded in helping and encouraging people to understand the natural world, resulting in them becoming enthusiastic supporters of conservation and environmental protection.
10. Shows distinguished public service that resulted in an exceptional environmental achievement Candidates for the Ted Barsby Conservation Award do not need to be members of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, nor do they need to reside in British Columbia. However, the contributions, service, or work recognized by the established criteria must have occurred in the province of British Columbia.

Nomination deadline: February 14th, 2021

Barsby Trophy – Conservationist of the Year

Nomination Form
  • Nomination

  • Nomination by:

  • Describe your rationale for this nomination. Supporting documents may be sent in with the application for consideration of this award.
  • Drop files here or
    Maximum file size limit: 100MB
Bill Otway Award for Most Effective Regional President

“Bill Otway was more than just a friend to the B.C. Wildlife Federation over the years. His good works stand as a monument to a lifetime filled with a meaningful impact on fish and wildlife policies at all levels of government. During those years, he was consistently and
unselfishly at the forefront of the fight for good management of our environment. We owe a heartfelt thank you and a special salute to our very good friend, Bill Otway, and to his family who generously shared him with us for half a century.”
Dave White, Past-President BCWF (2004-2006)
For over 55 years, the late Bill Otway worked tirelessly on conservation projects that had a significant impact on wildlife habitats. He served the Federation well on a number of fronts, including his services on our Board of Directors and the chairing of several committees and special projects, including:
• Port Coquitlam & District Hunting & Fishing Club
• Lower Mainland Regional Branch
• Pitt Waterfowl Management Association
• BC Salmon Society
• Canadian Nature Federation
• Ducks Unlimited
• Shooting Federation of Canada
• Outdoor Writers of Canada
• B.C. Wildlife Federation
• Trout Unlimited
• Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
• Sport Fishing Institute of BC
• Steelhead Society of BC
• National Sport Fishing Institute
• North American Fisheries Society
• Quatsino Sound Enhancement Society
• BC Conservation Foundation
• Sportfishing Defence Alliance
• Bill is an Honourary Life Member of Port Coquitlam & District Hunting & Fishing Club, the North Peace Rod & Gun Club, the North
Shore Fish & Game Club and the B.C. Wildlife Federation.
• 1982 Canadian Outdoorsman of the Year
• 1990 Ducks Unlimited Teal Award for raising over $100,000 as a volunteer.
• 1991 Ted Barsby Trophy – British Columbia’s Conservationist of the Year
• 1993 Silver Teal Award for raising over $250,000
• 1999 BCWF Special Recognition “One who has made a Difference”
• First ever, Member Erituts of the Sport Fishing Advisory Board
• National Recreational Fisheries Award presented by the Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Bill Otway exemplified the mission, vision, and values of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, and we are proud to have his name on this award for the Most Effective Regional President.
The jury for this award will be comprised of the BCWF Executive for the Current Year and three Designated Past-Presidents, chosen by the current President.
Judgment will be based on the testimony of the person or group nominating the candidate and balanced by the actions and provable results of the nominee.

Nomination deadline: February 14th, 2021

Bill Otway Award – Most Effective Regional President

Nomination Form
  • Nomination

    Nominations will be accepted from individuals, clubs and regions.
  • Nomination by:

  • Describe your rationale for this nomination. Supporting documents may be sent in with the application for consideration of this award.
  • Drop files here or
    Maximum file size limit: 100MB
Bert Palmer Memorial Big Game Award

Vancouver building contractor, Bert Palmer, had an abiding love for fish, wildlife, and the environment. Bert was an early member of the Vancouver Angling and Game Association, a founding member of the Lower Mainland of BC Gun Association, President of the Lower Mainland Zone, a director of the BC Fish and Game Council, and one of the original directors of the BC Federation of Fish & Game Clubs, later to be the B.C. Wildlife Federation.
RULES:
• Trophy killed in 2020 season with fair chase rules.
• Boone and Crockett point system will be used in this contest.
• The head which rates highest in comparison to the best trophies recorded by the Boone and Crockett Club, will be the winning trophy head.
• All scores must be computed by a person competent in the Boone and Crockett scorer, and/or BC Wildlife Records Book scorer.
• ONLY MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION, IN GOOD STANDING, MAY ENTER.
MEMBERSHIP MUST BE PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE HUNT IN WHICH THE TROPHY
WAS KILLED.

NOTE: Will accept green score. Please send a picture. (Digital photos are preferred.)

Nomination deadline: January 15th, 2021

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Wild Sheep Foundation Silver Buckle Awards

#1 Biggest Sheep Taken in BC
#2 Biggest Trophy Other Than Sheep Taken In BC
#3 Youth Outstanding Big Game Award
The winner of each category above will be awarded a silver Wild Sheep Foundation belt buckle at
the BCWF Annual Convention.
RULES:
• Trophy killed in the 2020 season with fair chase rules.
• Boone and Crockett point system will be used in this contest.
• The head which rates highest in comparison to the best trophies recorded by the Boone and
Crockett Club, will be the winning trophy head.
• All scores must be computed by a person competent in the Boone and Crockett scorer and/or
Wildlife Records Club scorer.
• ONLY MEMBERS OF THE BCWF IN GOOD STANDING MAY ENTER. MEMBERSHIP MUST
BE PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE HUNT IN WHICH THE TROPHY WAS KILLED.

NOTE: Wild Sheep Foundation Awards may accept green score. Please send a picture. (Digital photos
are preferred.)

Special Note: Any Youth entered in the BCWF Youth Big Game Award is automatically entered into the
Wild Sheep Foundation Award competition.

Nomination deadline: January 15th, 2021

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BCWF Youth Big Game Award

The “BCWF Youth Big Game Award” is open to youth members of the B.C. Wildlife Federation who are
18 years of age or younger and who have taken a big game animal in B.C.
RULES:
• Trophy killed in 2020 season with fair chase rules.
• Boone and Crockett point system will be used in this contest.
• The head which rates highest in comparison to the best trophies recorded by the Boone
and Crockett Club, will be the winning trophy head.
• All scores must be computed by a person competent in the Boone and Crockett scorer,
and/or Wildlife Records scorer.
• ONLY MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION IN GOOD STANDING MAY ENTER.
MEMBERSHIP MUST BE PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE HUNT IN WHICH THE
TROPHY WAS KILLED.

NOTE: We will accept green score. Please send a picture. Digital format is preferred.

Special Note: Any Youth entered in the BCWF Youth Big Game Award is automatically entered into the
Wild Sheep Foundation Award competition.

Nomination deadline: January 15th, 2021

Sorry. This form is no longer available.

Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award

Frank Shannon was born in 1911 in Grand Forks, B.C. As a young man living in the East Kootenay region, he became a pioneer in the promotion and protection of the province’s outstanding endowment of fish and wildlife. His leadership and inspiration provided the foundation for many organized public groups in the pursuit of a myriad of worthwhile conservation causes. Whether fighting to protect habitat or working to enhance it, Frank Shannon spent his lifetime promoting environmental citizenship.
Established in 1994, the Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award was developed by the Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks in cooperation with the BC Wildlife Federation. It is designed to permanently enshrine the outstanding lifetime contribution of Frank Shannon in the protection and management of fish and wildlife and their habitats. This award is presented to youth or youth organization for participating in activities aimed at the conservation of wild organisms in natural habitats.
Eligibility:
Nominees will have demonstrated innovation, initiative, and leadership in one or more of the following
aspects of the conservation of natural resources:
1. Information and Education – print/video/computer/multi-media.
2. Protection, Restoration and Enhancement – field projects.
3. Inventory and Status – field and computer projects.

The award recipient will be a person or group up to Grade 12 or equivalent.

Notification: Each year, B.C. Wildlife Federation Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, School Boards, and other conservation groups will receive a nomination package and the opportunity to nominate a youth or youth organization for the award.

Selection Panel: The selection panel will comprise of the President of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the Directors of the Wildlife and Habitat Branches, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, and the Director of the Fisheries Management Branch, BC Fisheries.

Nomination deadline: February 14th, 2021

Frank Shannon Junior Conservation Award

Nomination Form
  • Nomination

  • Please enter a number less than or equal to 12.
    Up to Grade 12 or equivalent.
  • Nomination by:

  • Describe your rationale for this nomination. Supporting documents may be sent in with the application for consideration of this award.
  • Drop files here or
    Maximum file size limit: 100MB
Lee Straight Fishing Award

The B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Lee Straight Fishing Award is sponsored by the Pfleiderer Family and is given in memory of avid fisherman and BCWF member, Lee Straight.
This award was instituted in 2004 to give member anglers of the Federation an equivalent to the Bert Palmer Big Game Award, and is dedicated to all members “who love to fish.”
This award is open to all adult members of the Federation.
RULES:
• Must be a fish caught in British Columbia.
• All entries must have been caught in the calendar year from January 1 to December 31, 2019.
• Must submit a picture of the fish and angler.
• Must include the name and birth date of the entrant.
• Must have species, weight, date caught, and name of the lake, stream, or ocean.
• Must be witnessed.
• ONLY MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION IN GOOD STANDING MAY ENTER. MEMBERSHIP
MUST BE PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE FISH BEING CAUGHT.

All species entered will be compared to the North American record book. The entry scoring the highest

percentage in comparison to the record in that category will win.

Special Note: Any Youth entered in the BCWF Youth Fishing Award is automatically entered in the Lee
Straight Award competition.

Nomination deadline: February 14th, 2021

Lee Straight Fishing Award

Nomination Form
  • Entrant

  • Catch

  • Lbs. & Oz.
  • Witness Information

  • Drop files here or
    A photo of the angler with the fish caught must be submitted to be considered. Entries without photos will be disqualified.
Roderick Haig-Brown Project Award

This prestigious award recognizes the accomplishments of a BCWF club whose recently completed conservation project – benefiting fish, wildlife, or habitat – is deemed most worthy.
Initially sponsored by the Carling O’Keefe Brewery of Vancouver in 1959, and generously supported for many years by two long-time members of the BCWF, both recipients of the Barsby Trophy, Howard English of Victoria, and W.W. “Curly” Chittenden of West Vancouver, it is now funded by the BCWF Memorial Awards Fund.
In 1990, the Board of Directors proposed that the name of the award be changed, in a fitting tribute to this long-time resident of Campbell River, who was a world-renowned writer, lecturer, and conservationist. With the assent of the family of the late Roderick Haig-Brown, the award was dedicated and presented by his daughter at the 1991 convention in Cranbrook.
The magnificent trophy, a totem pole mounted on a wooden base, was carved by Ellen Neale, a renowned West Coast Indigenous artist.

In addition, there are also cash grants provided to the top three winning projects.

1st Prize of $300
2nd Prize of $200
3rd Prize of $100

Nomination deadline: February 14th, 2021

Roderick Haig-Brown Project Award

Nomination Form
  • Club Entrant

  • Project

  • Drop files here or
    Maximum file size limit: 100MB
BCWF Youth Fishing Award

The B.C. Wildlife Federation “Youth Fishing Award” is open to youth members of the Federation who are 18 years of age or younger and who have caught the fish in British Columbia.
Rules:
• Must be a fish caught in British Columbia.
• All entries must have been caught in the calendar year from January 1 to December 31, 2019.
• May be a catch and release or retention.
• Must have a picture of fish and angler.
• Must have the name and birth date of the entrant.
• Must have species, weight, date caught, and name of the lake, stream, or ocean.
• Must be witnessed.
• ONLY MEMBERS OF THE FEDERATION IN GOOD STANDING MAY ENTER. MEMBERSHIP
MUST BE PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE FISH BEING CAUGHT.

All species entered will be compared to the North American record book. The entry scoring the highest percentage in comparison to the record in that category will win.

Special Note: Any Youth entered in the BCWF Youth Fishing Award is automatically entered into the
Lee Straight Award.

Nomination deadline: February 14th, 2021

BCWF Youth Fishing Award

Nomination Form
  • Entrant

  • Catch

  • Lbs. & Oz.
  • Witness Information

  • Drop files here or
    A photo of the angler with the fish caught must be submitted to be considered. Entries without photos will be disqualified.

For more information

For more information on the 2020 BCWF Awards, please email Cidalia Martin or call the BCWF office at 604-882-9988 ext.  or 1-888-881-BCWF (2293).

If you would like to submit your nomination by mail/fax, please use the Awards Package below.