Grizzly Bear Class Action Law Suit
This past week Ron Fleming, owner of Love Bros. & Lee, filed a class action law suit seeking compensation for all B.C. guide outfitting businesses allegedly harmed by the hunting ban.
The Tahltan Central Government, which represents the Tahltan and Iskut First Nations, is in support of Fleming’s initiative to pursue the class action law suit. Although this law suit is seeking compensation for the lost revenue for guide outfitters it will have a ripple effect for resident hunters. This law suit will now have to be certified in Supreme court as a class action before moving forward. The final ruling is anticipated to take a few years.
Your SCI West Coast board members have been in contact with Ron Fleming and GOABC Executive Director, Scott Ellis, to applaud them on taking the initiative to file this law suit. During our conversations we were advised that GOABC is more than willing to accept changes to the hunting regulations requiring hunters to keep all edible portions of a Grizzly Bear if the hunt is reinstated. We have offered our support and are actively working to back this initiative through public education programs and financial support.
Further updates will be posted on the SCI West Coast website at www.sciwestcoast.org
2nd Annual SCI West Coast Banquet
The date for the 2nd Annual SCI West Coast Banquet has been set for April 6th, 2019 at the Murrayville Hall located at 21667 48th Avenue, Langley, British Columbia. This year’s event will again feature an auction with many amazing guided hunts and fishing trips. If you enjoyed the wild game cooking from Sossy Outdoors spread the word and bring some friends.
Tickets will be $100 which includes your dinner and door prize entry. If you enjoyed last year’s banquet, this year is shaping up to be even better. A maximum of 200 tickets are being sold for this event so hurry and purchase now. For tickets contact an SCI West Coast board member or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to make it to the banquet in person you will still be able to bid on auction items. We have partnered with onlinehuntingauctions.comto reach a greater number of hunters, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts.
Southern Mountain Caribou
The Provincial and Federal Governments are actively discussing plans to create mass closures to users for a large portion of crown land in Northern British Columbia. The closures are being discussed as part of a plan to help the Southern Mountain Caribou herd which is currently listed as threatened. The Klinse-za herd has been increased from 16 animals to 80 animals for the past four years.
We believe that the recent government supported wolf population management in portions of the Province have greatly assisted in the recovery of these Caribou herds. Predator management will be a key issue to see the continue recovery of ungulates populations.
The Provincial and Federal governments who have been working with First Nations in the areas are poised to sign an agreement banning activities in 2019.
A group of residents in North British Columbia have started a petition to speak out against these proposed changes. If you haven’t signed the petition go to change.org and checkout “Your back country access is being seriously threatened right now (BC Peace River Region)”.
BC Sportsmen’s Show
SCI West Coast will again be at the BC Sportsmen’s Show at the Tradex in Abbotsford, British Columbia from March 1-3, 2019. Please drop by our booth where we will be happy to discuss how we are putting the interest of hunters first in the Province of British Columbia.
SCI West Coast is actively working on other benefits for our membership which includes off road liability insurance. Further updates will be provided in the new year.
When join, renew or upgrade your 2019 SCI membership you will also enter you into a draw to win a Yamaha Wolverine X2.
Questions / Concerns
If you have a question, concern or want to become a member of SCI West Coast contact us at email@example.com and one of our board members will get in contact with you. You can also follow us on Facebook @SCIWestCoast.
SCI West Coast Board Members wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays with your families and friends.
The Board of SCI West Coast Chapter to take a moment to provide our members with an update to what has been happening as we head into the fall hunting season.
In June, we hosted our first Annual SCI Westcoast Banquet. It was a success and we could not have done it without the support of our Sponsors and SCI members, of not only our chapter but chapters around the world. If you were not able to attend you missed out on a tremendous gathering to support hunting in BC and make sure you are there next year.
This event showcased the great table fare that game animals are thanks to Tammy Wood of Sossy Outdoors and her team for putting together such an outstanding meal.
With the in-house raffles, Door Prizes and Live/Online Auction, we were able to raise approximately $30,000that will seed our ability to accomplish some projects in B.C. and help bring awareness to the sustainability of hunting in BC.
Since starting this chapter in May 2017 with 30members we have been able to more than double our membership. Our current membership is 84 active members. There are 30 members thathave not yet renewed for 2018-19 so please do so online at www.safariclub.org If you are not planning on renewing please share with us a confidential email to firstname.lastname@example.org to what we can do to gain back your support. It is important that we continue to grow our membership numbers to gain a stronger voice and positively impact the preservation of our hunting heritage in BC. There is true strength in numbers and we have had a great start in this inaugural year to do so.
The Board would like to stress that our Chapter members be active in what we select as our Chapter Projects and the successful execution of the plans. Therefore, would like to ask for idea submissions from the membership as to what project we can do in 2019 to make a positive impact in our BC community. This can be anything from Youth initiatives, goodwill, charities, conservation, habitat enhancement, etc… Where you feel we can make an impact please make a suggestion. These suggestions will be evaluated against our chapter values and after careful consideration the projects will then be selected. Project committees of our members will then be formed to accomplish these goals.
There is a form for submissions attached to this email or available for download from our website so you complete and send back to email@example.com.
As our chapter moves forward, we anticipate the SCI West Coast Annual Banquet to be even more successful next year and have already started working on venues, Auction items and prizes. As we finalize the details on dates and location we’ll get the word out so you can add it to your calendars and invite your friends. If you have any feedback on how to improve our event or input on what type of hunts you would like to see made available for the fundraising effort, please send us a note.
Good luck this fall in your pursuits and when you are around the camp fire please share with your group the how much it means to you to be able to share in their company and protect the rights to do so. Invite them to join together with you to conserve this important part of our Canadian heritage and we will be able to ensure it continues forward for generations to come.
West Langley Hall, 9400 208th Street Langley, BC
Tickets available for purchase, $90 per person
Catered by Master Chef Canada Contestant Tammy Wood
2018 SCI Westcoast Chapter Banquet
take part in 2019
SCI West Coast members,
We would like to thank all current members for their continued support. It has been a while since our last update to our members. Although an update email is overdue, we have been continually working to turn our new chapter into a success. The process may be slow at times but be assured that we are focused on creating a group that can have a positive influence towards protecting hunting within British Columbia.
We recently had a booth at the BC Sportsman’s & BC Hunting show at the Tradex March 2-4. We had the opportunity to meet numerous people, explain what we are about and signed up many new members. Our membership is growing, and this is key as we need a good membership base to do the work we hope to do, as well as to be able to offer benefits to our members.
We are also in the process of providing our members with an online western Canadian magazine to provide more Canadian content for everyone. At the show we were also able to make contacts within several hunting related industries and to develop some relationships that we hope will be a benefit to our chapter in the future.
Our website has now been created and is live. Please check it out at www.sciwestcoast.org. We’ve also started a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sciwestcoast/ and will be adding to our social media presence in the near future. Look us up and give our page a “like”. Both the website and Facebook page will have updates added periodically. Help us get our name out there by engaging in content and sharing posts. This will be one of the more effective ways for us to grow and give all our members a stronger voice. Your participation is necessary.
Our first fundraiser was held last June. This was a pig roast at Vice President Ken Pamplin’s home. The event was good for our club as we were able to sign up numerous new members as well as raise the funds needed to set up our chapter. Now that the setup phase of our chapter is complete, we will be having our second fundraiser in June again. This will be our first annual banquet and will be held June 23rdin at WEST LANGLEY HALL, 9400 208thStreet, Langley BC . This is a change of venue that was originally printed on the Tickets so please note this change.
We will have Tammy Wood of Master Chef Canada and Sossy Outdoors catering the event and our dinner will include several domestic dishes to choose from as well as some interesting appetizer dishes made from game meats including Mountain Lion.
We have various raffle and prize items donated including cougar/lynx combination hunt with Skinner Creek hunts in Tatlayoka Lake BC, and other hunting prizes including wolf, turkey, and several exotic destinations as well. There will also be guns and gear and gift certificates to auction off. Tickets for this event will be $90 per person and our seating will be limited so please do secure your tickets sooner rather than later. All are welcome, no need to be an SCI member to attend.
Tickets are available now for 3 of the draws that will be featured at the banquet:
1. Cougar/lynx hunt with Skinner Creek. Tickets are $100 each and there will only be 200 sold. Skinner creek is one of BC’s premier cat hunting operations and is a high success hunt.
2. Hunt in Namibia for 2 people. Includes 4 days hunting 2 baboons, 2 warthogs, 1 common duiker and 1 red hartebeest. Days can be added as well as species. The hunt value is $5150USD Tickets for this draw are only $40 and there will only be 100 tickets sold.
3. Gun Draw, Savage 7mm-08 rifle with scope tickets are $10.
Please contact any SCI board member to purchase tickets or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Both the dinner and the raffle items are really important to the future success of our organization so please come out and support us and bring friends and family. The goal of our chapter is to raise funds to bring awareness to the non-hunting public on the importance of wildlife management within BC. The role that the North American Wildlife management model has played in the increased numbers and success of wildlife across BC including the role that predator hunting plays in the well being of all species in BC.
Lastly, with spring bear season just under way, Black Powder Tannery has recently offered 10% discounts off of tanning for SCI Westcoast members.
If there are any concerns, issues or suggestions you may have or if you’re looking for ways to help out please feel free to email our email@example.com or call one of the board members.
Our banquet is fast approaching and will be paramount towards our success as a chapter. As this is our first banquet as a chapter please let us know as soon as possible to purchase tickets as we need to gather a solid idea of attendance.
SCI West Coast, Board of Directors