Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Fish and Wildlife Branch

Important Messages to Hunters, Anglers and Trappers

Sept. 18, 2014 UPDATE: Notice to hunters: First Nations blockade at Ealue Lake Road

Members of local First Nations have established a blockade at the Ealue Lake Access Road near Iskut and government has been advised that resident hunters may be stopped at the blockade.

Hunters planning to use the Ealue Lake Access Road are advised as follows:
  • We ask everyone to remain respectful of one another on the ground while we seek a resolution to the situation.
  • The Province considers the licences of guides, resident hunters and non-resident hunters to be valid. There is the possibility that resident hunters in the area may encounter protests.
  • All British Columbians have a constitutional right to peaceful protest and to express their point of view in a safe and legal way.
  • Hunters seeking direction on what to do if they encounter a protest, or who wish to report any confrontation should contact the local RCMP detachment.

The blockade of resident hunters at Highway 51 between Dease Lake and Telegraph Creek has been lifted following a dialogue between ministry staff and First Nations community members and leaders.

Oct. 7, 2015 Tsilhqot’in Nation Aboriginal Title and impacts to hunting,
angling and trapping

On June 26, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) recognized the Tsilhqot’in Nation has Aboriginal title. Aboriginal title includes the right to exclusive use and occupation of the land, as well as the ability to determine the uses to which the land will be put.

The map below shows the land that is subject to the declaration of Aboriginal title as well as land that is subject to a strong aboriginal title claim. 

As a result of the SCC’s decision, the lands identified in the map below are not publicly available for hunting or trapping at this time. Nor is access through Aboriginal Title Land permitted for hunting purposes.  The Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) and Xeni Gwet’in have authorized registered guides to carry out hunting on Aboriginal Title Land for the 2015 season. The Province is asking hikers, fishers and others wishing to access the title land to contact the TNG at (250) 392-3918 or Xeni Gwet’in at (250) 394-7023 in advance of their visit. A provincial fishing license is required for lakes and rivers within the title lands.

The Province is working with the Tsilhqot’in Nation to seek long-term solutions related to hunting, angling and trapping. 

Thank you for your interest in hunting, angling and trapping and for your continued interest and support of these activities in B.C.

Tsilhqot’in Nation v. BC (June 26, 2014) SCC Decision Tsilhqot’in Nation v. BC (June 26, 2014) SCC Decision [PDF 141KB]

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