Learn To Hunt and Fish Series
The knowledge you need to bridge the gap between CORE and the great outdoors
Have you ever wanted to take that plunge into the outdoors to join the ranks of sourcing the cleanest proteins available as a hunter? Perhaps you already have your hunting license, and are looking for some tips and tricks, and to fill some gaps in your knowledge.
Ever wanted to chuck a line into a lake but have no idea where to start?
The new B.C. Wildlife Federation Learn to Hunt and Fish Series is for you.
Episodes will cover everything from virtual sessions with the BC 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! Presentations are $30 an episode (except those offered by the BC Conservation Officer Service, and our first “Biology of a Trout Lake with Brian Chan” presentation, which are free to all)
$56 for a membership for a year gets you live access to all episodes, as well as the ability to replay them at your convenience if you missed one! Get yours today at bcwf.bc.ca/membership!
Note: You must be an active BCWF member prior to the session to be able to access it for free. No refunds will be provided for joining after an episode has occurred.
Learn to Flyfish with Brian Chan: Gearing Up for Lake Fly Fishing
Brian Chan of Riseform Flyfishing Ventures presents Lesson 3 in our Learn to Flyfish series, “Gearing Up for Lake Fly Fishing”
Monday, April 3, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
Having the right gear from fly rods to fly lines to proper boat and anchor setups allows you to present flies in the right depth zone and maintain control over retrieves. This will go a long way towards having an enjoyable and successful day on the water.
Learn to Hunt: Black Bears
Dylan Eyers from EatWild presents “Learn to Hunt Black Bears”
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
Are you curious if Black Bear hunting is for you? Dylan Eyers from EatWild will lead a conversation on breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with bear hunting. Next, Dylan will share the potential opportunities and values of Black Bear hunting. Lastly, Dylan will introduce a step-by-step guide for how to hunt Black Bears in BC.
Bear hunting is an excellent way to source organic meat for the freezer. If you are starting your hunting journey or are well along the way, black bear hunting offers a relatively low barrier and highly accessible hunt for folks. The presentation will provide an overview of the tactics, timing and strategies for the spring bear hunting season.
As a hunting community, we must recognize that there is stigma and many misconceptions about the values associated with bear hunting. Many see bears differently than other game species we hunt. So it can be a complex journey to feel comfortable hunting bears. I know because I have been on the journey too. So let’s talk about it!
Learn to Flyfish with Brian Chan: How to Fish Chironomids
Brian Chan of Riseform Flyfishing Ventures presents Lesson 4 in our Learn to Flyfish series, “How to Fish Chironomids”
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
Chironomids are the most prolific and prolonged insect hatch found on productive trout lakes. Mastering this hatch is an extremely rewarding and lifelong endeavor. This is not a complicated hatch to figure out but attention to detail is essential to having a great day on the water.
Learn to Fish: The Basics of Kokanee Fishing with Danny Coyne
Learn the Basics of Kokanee Fishing, with Danny Coyne, Freelance Outdoor Writer
Monday, April 17, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
Danny, an avid angler since childhood, loves to share his passion for fishing with others. In his presentation, he will discuss the biology of kokanee, their habitat, where to locate them, what gear to use, and what fishing methods will target kokanee throughout the year.
Learn to Hunt: Elk Hunting Basics with T.J. Schwanky, of Outdoor Quest
Elk Hunting Basics, with TJ Schwanky of Outdoor Quest
Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
For TJ the hunt is as much about the adventure as it is about the pursuit of game and he has hunted around the globe. TJ has a passion for big game hunting and has hunted on six continents, but his real love is hunting sheep, elk, moose and deer in North America. He has taken a grand slam of North American sheep and has several animals in the record books with rifle and muzzleloader. TJ is a well known conservationist, outdoor writer, and co-host of Canada’s longest running hunting show – Outdoor Quest.
Learn to Flyfish with Brian Chan: How to Fish Mayflies and Damselflies
Brian Chan of Riseform Flyfishing Ventures presents Lesson 5 in our Learn to Flyfish series, “How to Fish Mayflies and Damselflies”
Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
Mayflies and Damselflies are both seasonally important aquatic insect hatches that trout and other fish species target. This lesson will introduce their respective live cycles and cover effective fishing strategies.
Learn to Flyfish with Brian Chan: How to Fish Caddisflies and Dragonflies
Brian Chan of Riseform Flyfishing Ventures presents Lesson 6 in our Learn to Flyfish series, “How to Fish Caddisflies and Dragonflies”
Monday, June 5, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
Caddisfly emergences offer the best “dry fly” fishing of the season. Dragonfly nymphs are one of the largest aquatic insects and trout search them out both as juvenile nymphs and as migrating mature nymphs. Understanding both caddisfly and dragonfly life cycles will help you catch more fish.
Learn to Flyfish with Brian Chan: How to Fish Shrimp and Leeches
Brian Chan of Riseform Flyfishing Ventures presents Lesson 7 in our Learn to Flyfish series, “How to Fish Shrimp and Leeches”
Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 7:00pm PST via Zoom
Freshwater shrimp or scuds are the “bread & butter” food source of trout in productive still waters. The presence of shrimp in a lake indicates nutrient rich water and the potential for growing large fish. Leeches are an opportunistic food source that fish will eat in both juvenile and adult life stages. These aquatic segmented worms are highly sought out by trout at all times of the open water season but are particularly important food sources in the early spring and late fall periods.