Hunting & Access

Hunting is at risk. It's time to speak up.

You can help change the future of conservation and hunting in B.C. by getting involved. Your actions and your voice matter.

Join us in advocating for science-based wildlife management and a dedicated funding model for wildlife. Together, we can make a difference and protect the future of conservation and hunting in British Columbia. Your active involvement and your voice are vital to protecting the natural heritage of our province. Help us oppose emotionally charged campaigns and ensure the sustainable coexistence of wildlife and responsible hunting.

Hunters have historically been among the strongest advocates for wildlife. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation is the world’s most successful system of policies and laws to safeguard fish and wildlife and their habitats through sound science and active management.

We have watched a multitude of species brought back from the brink of extinction using this model. In just over 100 years, we have watched North American elk go from 40,000 to more than one million. We have watched whitetail deer skyrocket from 500,000 to over 30 million.

Hunting Advocacy and Initiatives

Click the ‘+’ to learn more about each initiative.

BC Provincial Election 2024

With a provincial election coming this fall, the B.C. Wildlife Federation is bringing your concerns to the top of the campaign agenda. BCWF will press each and every candidate to commit to a management and funding model that will conserve and protect wildlife, with science as its foundation.

Read parties’ responses to our questions, engage with your elected officials, and find a town hall near you.

Peace Region Hunting Regulations

The BCWF and our members are deeply concerned about changes to moose and caribou management in Wildlife Management Region 7B for resident British Columbian hunters. In summary, the BCWF strongly opposes the proposed changes because:

  • They ignore a science-based approach to wildlife management.
  • They disregard the importance of moose and caribou hunting to resident British Columbians.
  • Though we support the protection of treaty rights, the provincial government has not demonstrated why such drastic and sweeping changes are required to achieve that outcome.

Click the button to read the BCWF’s letter to Minister Katrine Conroy, watch a statement from BCWF Executive Director, Jesse Zeman, and learn more about how you can take action on our Peace Region Hunting Regulations page.

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a fatal prion disease affecting the deer family (cervids). Surveillance for CWD in B.C. has been ongoing since 2002. In early 2024. two cases were confirmed in the Kootenays. The B.C. Wildlife Federation funded ten freezers that were placed at the different drop-off locations throughout the Kootenay and Peace Region to protect B.C. from CWD and educates hunters on how to stay CWD-safe.

Click the button to learn more about CWD, find out how you can help keep B.C. CWD-free, and important updates.

BCWF Speaking Up For Hunting and Access

Education Programs for Hunters and Anglers

The B.C. Wildlife Federation is offering education – both in person and virtual – to teach new hunters how to get started and to give experienced hunters the tips and tricks they need to elevate their skills.

Learn to Hunt and Fish Series (Online)

Learn to Hunt and Fish Series online episodes cover everything from virtual sessions with the B.C. Conservation Officer Service that touch on common infractions in the backcountry, and how you can avoid them- to learning how to hunt turkey, as well as how to fish for kokanee, and more!

A BCWF membership gets you free access to all episodes of the Learn to Hunt and Fish Series, plus our back catalogue of episode recordings.

Learn to Hunt Academy

The BCWF Learn To Hunt Academy is an immersive hunter education program that will help you gain the practical skills, knowledge, and confidence to be a safe and successful hunter in B.C.

Women Outdoors Weekends & Workshops

Unleash your inner adventurer! Join the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s Women Outdoors Weekends and Workshops to start your unforgettable journey into the wild. Discover the skills and confidence you need to navigate the wilderness, forage for mushrooms, shoot a rifle, go fishing, and even learn the art of hunting and game butchering. Gain the confidence to explore the great outdoors and enjoy all that British Columbia has to offer.

Support Our Advocacy Work

Please become a member or donate to support us. We are doing the work, raising our voices in Victoria and Ottawa, and we need your help. Donations of $10 and above are eligible for a tax deduction. Become a monthly donor, leave a legacy gift, start a fundraiser, or find other ways to support the BCWF.

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To get involved, or to find out what you can do to help change the narrative, email our Conservation, Hunting, Angling and Firearms Policy & Engagement Coordinator Steve Hamilton, at

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