Letters: Heritage trophy given away

Dear Editor,

I was disappointed to see the proposed changes made by the Guide Outfitters Association of B.C., in which the numbers of tags given to B.C. hunters would be drastically reduced in favour of non-resident clients, those being given huge shares of our province’s wild game tags. 

As a B.C. resident hunter, I supply about 80 per cent of the meat for my family from my hunting, and I resent that right being given over to trophy hunters coming in from the U.S. and other parts of the world. 

Currently, 70,000 B.C. hunters are granted 13,000 moose tags each year, which equates to one in five hunters receiving the opportunity to hunt moose in our province. 

Under the proposed changes, 25 to 40 per cent of those tags would be given to non-resident guide clients.

Most Canadian provinces and U.S. states limit foreign hunters to five to 10 per cent of the wild game allocation, so we would be setting an unreasonable precedent if the  changes were instituted.

I suggest that we British Columbians be left the right to provide quality organic meat for our families, by giving 90 per cent of the tags to resident hunters and 10 per cent to non-resident trophy hunters (guide clients).

B.C.’s wildlife is “not for sale,” but is a heritage to be shared both now and in the future by the people who live here. 

Brett Wade, Langley

Just Posted

Langley comes out on top in Special Olympics

Langley basketball players in the A/B Division took first place over Kelowna.

Budget cuts at Kwantlen Polytechnic will mean larger classes

President of Kwantlen faculty association says spending on administration salaries is going up

Fraser Valley Thunderbirds take silver in finals of new minor midget hockey league

Team of mostly Langley players will have a new look in the second season

Langley tutor lauded on ice

Sylvia Lloyd was recognized for the work she does – paid and unpaid – helping tutor children.

WATCH: Out and about in Langley

March 20-22; your guide to community happenings.

Free app launches to help immigrants, refugees as they settle in B.C.

Mobile app Arrival Advisor was developed by Vancouver-based non-profit PeaceGeeks

Catch-up immunization aims to stamp out B.C. measles resurgence

Vaccination records to be checked at B.C. schools next fall

Latest phone scam tricks Vancouver seniors out of $3.1 million

Police caution the public about using a landline phone

Bodies of two missing teens recovered in reservoir along Kootenay river

Volkswagen Beetle drove off the road down a steep embankment and into the Pend d’Oreille River Sunday

40 records broken across B.C. as hot streak continues

Abbotsford hottest spot in Canada on Tuesday

B.C. wildfire prevention budget bulked up as dry spring unfolds

Night vision goggles tested for early detection effort

Vancouver driver ticketed twice within 6 minutes for same offence

The man was written up by two different officers for using an electronic device

B.C. teacher reprimanded after incident with Grade 11 student in school gym

Gregory Norman Brock was teaching at a high school in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District

Most Read