Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Fish and Wildlife Branch

Important Messages to Hunters, Anglers and Trappers

October 6, 2017 Hunting closures will help protect moose in the Cariboo

Two areas of the Cariboo Region that were severely impacted by wildfires this summer will be closed to moose hunting for the October 15-31 and November 1-15 seasons.

Zones A and C of management unit 5-13 in the Cariboo contain high quality moose habitat that was severely affected by the Chilcotin Plateau Fire. In addition, the area is important to First Nations for sustenance hunting.

Closure of these zones applies to all licensed hunting, including resident and guided hunters. The moose hunting closure announced today is for an area immediately north of Highway 20 and west of Williams Lake and Quesnel. The closure was recommended by ministry biologists. It comes on the heels of a ban on motor vehicles for the purpose of licensed hunting within the Chilcotin Plateau and Hanceville-Riske Creek area last week.

These measures were a first step to mitigate wildlife vulnerability to hunters as a result of increased access and sight lines following the burning of major tracts of forest this past summer.

The areas impacted by today’s hunting ban will be assessed over the winter to determine what levels of sustainable hunting opportunity will be available in the coming years.

For Zones A, B and C of Management Unit 5-13 please click here to see Map.

Quote from Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development:

“This has been an unprecedented wildfire season, with parts the Cariboo particularly hard hit. With moose populations already declining in this management zone, we need to take steps now to protect wildlife and ensure healthy moose populations in the future.”

Sept 29, 2017 New Hunting ATV and Motor Vehicle Restrictions

The Province is taking action to protect big game wildlife in areas severely impacted by wildfires this summer.

In the long-term wildlife benefit from wildfire; however, in the short-term there can be negative impacts. For example, wildfires in the Thompson and Cariboo regions have enabled motor vehicle access by hunters to remote moose and mule deer habitats that were previously only accessible by foot. In addition, loss of vegetation from fires has significantly increased lines of sight for hunters.

To address the increased vulnerability of wildlife to hunters, two motor vehicle restrictions are being implemented under the Wildlife Act:

  • ATV for Hunting Restrictions in M.U. 3-28, 3-29 and 3-30 and that portion of M.U. 3-17 north of Highway 99. Click here to see Map
  • Motor Vehicle Hunting Restrictions, except designated roads, within portions of M.U. 5-4, 5-13 and 5-14. Click here to see Map

The restrictions are expected to be in place until access and visibility conditions return to a state where wildlife is less vulnerable. These new restrictions do not apply to First Nations exercising aboriginal rights to hunt.

The restrictions are immediate and government will monitor their effectiveness. Dependent on the review, further hunting restrictions may be implemented.

Sept 8, 2017 Wildfire Notice

Due to severe wildfire activity, please be advised that vehicle and access restrictions are in place in portions of the province to prevent human-caused wildfires and protect human safety. While planning your angling, hunting, or trapping expedition please visit fire bans and restrictions for the most up to date information.

May 24, 2016 Babine River Synopsis Publishing Error

Please be aware that the following regulation was omitted from some copies of the 2015-2017 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis Water-specific table located on page 58 of the Skeena Region:

Babine River: Canadian residents only on Saturdays and Sundays from the juvenile fish counting weir located at the outlet of Nilkitkwa Lake to the Nilkitkwa River confluence, Sept 1-Oct 31 (See map 7, page 63)

Please be aware that the regulation is in effect, and the omission has been corrected in the online synopsis

April 25, 2016 BC Hunting Online Service Now Available

The new BC Hunting online service is now available at You will need a basic BCeID to access the online service. Registration for a Basic BCeID is quick and easy. You can also use a Personal BCeID, if you choose; this is obtainable online but requires in-person verification.

The fall 2016 Limited Entry Hunting draw is now open for applications. You can apply online at or visit a Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or participating vendor.

The Fish and Wildlife Branch establishes legislation, policies and procedures for managing fishing and hunting activities, and for the allocation of fish and wildlife resources for recreational and commercial use. This is done by

  • administering the Wildlife Act of British Columbia
  • preparing all Fish and Wildlife Program regulations in consultation with regions and others
  • preparing the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis and the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis
  • managing the Guide Industry to ensure compliance and optimum use of resources
  • administering licences and permits
    [The Wildlife Act Permit Regulation – an Introduction]
  • collecting and analyzing hunter and angler harvest and effort data

The goal of the provincial Freshwater Fisheries Program is to conserve the natural diversity of fish and fish habitat and to sustainably manage the freshwater sport fishing in B.C. The province exercises delegated authority, under the federal Fisheries Act, for the management of non-salmon freshwater fisheries.

The vision of the provincial Wildlife Program is “naturally diverse and sustainable wildlife supporting varied uses for current and future generations.”  To achieve this vision, the Wildlife Program focuses its efforts on the adaptive, proactive and coordinated delivery of wildlife conservation, use and enjoyment opportunities.

Our mailing address is:

Fish and Wildlife Branch
PO Box 9391 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria B.C. V8W 9M8
Toll free 1-877-855-3222

For Limited Entry Hunting enquiries ONLY, please phone: 250 356-5142