B.C. Peace hunters obeying the law

Local hunters are playing by the rules.

Shawn Brinsky is a Field Supervisor with the Conservation Officer Service. He oversees field offices in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and Chetwynd.

While he says it’s hard to tell the exact amount of poachers in the Peace, he estimates the number would be similar to last year’s numbers.

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Deer season lasts until the end of November, after which, Limited Entry Hunting begins. That season is for hunters lucky enough to get animal tags through the Ministry of Environment’s annual lottery.

Brinsky says officers conducted a compliance patrol on Thanksgiving Weekend throughout the Peace Region.

More recently, officers set up a stationary road check on Remembrance Day. Brinsky says numerous hunters were checked.

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This time of year, Brinsky says the top three complaints stem around individuals hunting on land without consent, hunters shooting from public roadways, and hunters who accidently shoot the wrong animal, then fail to report it.

Officers are asking residents to ‘Report All Poachers and Polluters’ (RAPP). Anyone with information can call the hotline toll-free at 1-877-952-RAPP or visit the RAPP website at www.rapp.bc.ca.