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Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Fish and Wildlife Branch

Important Messages to Hunters, Anglers and Trappers

April 25, 2016 BC Hunting Online Service Now Available

The new BC Hunting online service is now available at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting. 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 www.gov.bc.ca/hunting 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