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Feb. 5, 2016

Changes to the LEH Applications

The Province is no longer selling paper application cards for the LEH draw. If you previously purchased a paper application card, you can use it for the fall 2016 draw, or submit the unused card for a refund.

To request a refund for unused LEH application cards, fill out the return address section on the back of the unused application card and print “Refund” across the front. If you are submitting more than one card, include all of them in one envelope. Requests must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2016, and mailed to:

LEH Refund
Fish and Wildlife Branch
2975 Jutland Road
PO Box 9389 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9M7

Note: Be sure to print clearly. Refund requests with incomplete or illegible names and/or addresses will not be processed.  Please make sure the Return Address area on the back of the application card has your first and last name, Hunter Number or FWID (if available) and your complete mailing address.

For more information about the new online service and changes to the LEH application process:

Jan. 27, 2016

Hunting Services Going Online!

In April 2016, the Province will introduce a new online system that will improve the overall efficiency of hunter services. Initially the online service will be for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) applications. In the future, the system will integrate a range of online services for hunters, including licensing.

Hunters will have 24-hour online access to hunting services from any computer with an internet connection and will be able to view and track their Limited Entry Hunting applications online.

To provide access to the new system, hunter numbers will be replaced with a new Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID).

Hunters with an existing hunter number will be assigned a FWID (which will include their old hunter number) and a Resident Hunting Credential. New hunters will need to register and apply for their FWID and Resident Hunting Credential.

What is the Fish and Wildlife ID?

The FWID is a personalized nine-digit identification number that is linked to a secure electronic profile. The electronic profile contains your name, address, date of birth, hunting credential, and other information, such as the status of your LEH applications. The FWID can be printed on paper or displayed on a mobile or other computing device. There is no cost to obtain a FWID.

Hunters who don’t have a computer can still access hunting services – including applying for LEH – through Service BC, FrontCounterBC or a vendor (your local hunting, fishing and sporting goods store).

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Dec. 10, 2015
Notice to Hunters - Changes are coming to Hunter Registration and the Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) Draw.
The Province will introduce a new online system for hunters in 2016, making it easier for you to register and apply for Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) draws. You can submit LEH applications online at home, or at a Service BC, FrontCounter BC, or vendor location. The online service will be available for the Fall 2016 LEH Draw. More information will be provided in the 2016-2017 Limited Entry Hunting Regulations Synopsis.

You can no longer purchase paper application forms for the Fall 2016 LEH Draw or the 2016 Special Sheep LEH Draw. Application forms for the Spring 2016 LEH Draw can be purchased only at the following locations:

    • All Service BC locations during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Note: You do not need a hunter number or license to purchase an application form.
    • Italian Sporting Goods, 804 Renfrew Street, Vancouver
    • Reliable Gun & Tackle, 3227 Fraser Street, Vancouver
    • International Shooting Supplies, 14904 104th Avenue, Surrey
    • Wholesale Sports, 20175 Langley Bypass, Langley
    • Belles Sports, 33089 First Avenue, Mission

If you have already purchased application forms, you can use them for the Spring 2016 or Fall 2016 LEH Draw. After the Fall 2016 LEH Draw, paper application forms will NOT be accepted. For more information, see the frequently asked questions. You can also email the Fish and Wildlife Branch at, or call 1-877-855-3222.

May 28, 2015 Notice to Hunters – The Limited Entry Hunt for Roosevelt Elk in Zone A of Management Unit 1-07 (in the vicinity of Port Alberni, on the south side of Sproat Lake), HUNT CODE 2040, Season Date October 10 – November 20, Bull Only underwent review and is now closed. Inventory surveys conducted on March 31, 2015 indicate that the population of this herd is in decline and may not be able to sustain a harvest. Individuals that have already applied for this hunt may contact Limited Entry Hunting staff at (250) 356-5142 and have their LEH application card changed. Note that this offer to change LEH application cards by phone is only available for this hunt (hunt code 2040) and only available up to 4:30, June 10th.
March 20, 2015

The 2015-2016 Limited Entry Hunting Synopsis is now available on-line. Hard copies (printed version) are currently being printed and should be available at your local vendor the week of Apri 6, 2015.

Please note: The application deadline is May 22, 2015.

November 26, 2014

Wildlife staff in the Kootenay Region are currently updating the regional Elk Management Plan for 2015-19. This plan will review and revise current elk management objectives, and identify actions to address key issues in the region.

To better understand the interests, experiences and opinions of First Nations, elk hunters, agricultural producers and the general public, we are conducting an on-line survey. Click here to participate in the survey by December 22, 2014. The results of this survey will be summarized in a publically available report, and used to develop the 2015-19 elk management plan.

We encourage you to briefly review or have available the following background information to facilitate survey completion:

2010-14 Kootenay Elk Management Plan [PDF 912KB]

Kootenay Elk Population Review [PDF 1.87MB]

Allow approximately 15-20 minutes to fill out this questionnaire. This questionnaire can only be filled in once per person.

May 9, 2014

The 2014-2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis, effective July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, is now available on-line. Hard copies (printed version) are currently being printed and should be available at your local vendor within the next couple of weeks.

October 8, 2013 Looking for a Map for your LEH Zone hunt? Click here for all LEH Zone maps.
Feb 16, 2013 Wildlife Act amendments grow hunter recruitment through an expanded youth licence and a new initiation hunting licence, both of which will be effective for the 2013/14 hunting season. For more information click here.