SCHOOL CLOSURES

School will be closed for classes on all long weekends.

NEW ADDRESS

Effective July 1st our address will be 17655 57th Ave, Cloverdale.   Same building, new entrance!!

BC ROD & GUN SHOW

BC ROD & GUN SHOW – 2016

BC Rod and Gun Show 2015 was such a success that there will be a bigger and better show in 2016.  The new dates are April 15 – 17.  Hope to see everyone there.

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE

We have Gift Certificates for all courses to make your Christmas shopping a breeze.  Just call us to arrange for pick-up or delivery.  604-671-5523

K-9 FIRST AID

Our partner Critical Choices First Aid is now offering K-9 First Aid Training. First scheduled class will be Saturday June 22nd at our Cloverdale location. Please call Jim @ 604-357-3432 for more details.
Good Luck Jim with this new venture.

Are you against Hunting? This may change your mind.

Today, hunting is a controversial issue.  The killing of wild animals for food used to be a part of everyday life.  My mother, up until about 15 years ago when she moved here from the prairies, still ate squirrels.  Hunting/ fishing is a big part of my family’s history.  Anti-hunting people feel it’s unethical, cruel, bad for the environment, etc. and hunting is un-necessary when you can just go to the grocery store.  Few of us know how our food animals are harvested.  Take Veal for example.  Did you know the baby calves are taken away from their mother shortly after birth, put in small pens with barely enough room to turn around in for about 18 weeks and then slaughtered?  Some can’t even stand and are dragged.  Personally, I’m against this kind of harvesting and don’t buy Veal because of it.  I don’t know one hunter who would ever behave in this manner.

There are very strict rules for hunting and huge fines and penalties if you don’t follow them.  Last year hunting generated revenues of $350 million dollars for BC.  In 2007 The Ministry of Environment, worried about the decline in hunters, proposed many recommendations to attract more.  Here are some excerpts: “Hunters are essential to species protection and species management.  Today, the healthy populations of game animals that thrive across much of Canada owe their well-being to hunters.  To take a single example, waterfowl in the central flyway have been greatly enhanced through the efforts of Ducks Unlimited.  This organization has worked hard to preserve vital wetlands and to secure the co-operation of farmers in the enhancement of waterfowl habitat.  Funds generated by hunters pay for these lands by an over-whelming margin.  The introduction of municipal bylaws prohibiting the discharge of firearms has greatly restricted hunting and has contributed significantly to the very rapid population growth of many species which have now become a real problem in some areas.  Increasing hunting opportunities will allow hunters to lessen the number of problem animals, which will save taxpayer’s money.  Hunting could be used to reduce bird and animal problems around airports, reduce introduced species such as starlings or grey squirrels, and even to lower safety concerns with black bears.”

Whether you are for or against it, hunting is beneficial on so many levels.  Tighter restrictions on hunting have cost taxpayers millions annually because of problem animals alone.  If you are interested in hunting, the Firearm Training Centre in Cloverdale, one of the top training schools in the province, is a wonderful place to start.

Steven Bednash, Publisher, Cloverdale Magazine

Hunters take aim at green groups

OTTAWA — Canadian hunting groups are loaded for bear after the sport hunting of polar bears got some bad international press this week.

A story in the U.K. newspaper the Daily Mail reported that rich Chinese sportsmen were trophy hunting endangered polar bears in Canada’s Far North.

“It was very biased and misleading,” said Glen Williams, a wildlife consultant with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc in Iqaluit.

“Polar bears are not endangered in Canada; they are probably the best managed wildlife species in the country,” Williams said. “There’s millions of dollars spent each year doing surveys and population estimates on polar bears.”

Trophy hunting is when only a head, pelt or antlers are taken by a shooter, leaving the meat to rot and waste.

Williams says all of the polar bear is used, eaten and shared in the host village closest to the kill.

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“It’s food. We just had polar bear ribs for supper on Sunday,” said Williams, who says the taste and texture is similar to pork roast — with a bear flavour.

“You are legally required to hunt with a dog team; it’s not mechanized; you cannot hunt from an airplane; you cannot hunt from a snowmobile; and you have to go with an Inuk guide,” Williams said.

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The hunting of polar bears is strictly controlled and monitored using a quota tag system in Canada, similar to elk tags or moose tags obtained by hunters every season.

Each Inuit community decides how they want to use their allotted tags, either leasing them to sport hunters or using them for sustenance. Young people who are employed as hunting guides raise their own dog teams and make their own incomes with sport hunts.

“In Nunavut, hunting is a part of everyday life,” said Steve Outhouse, director of communications to Minister Responsible for the North and Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq. “When any hunt takes place, including a sport hunt, the meat from the animal is used to feed community members, no usable part of the animal goes to waste.”

Conservation groups continue to sound the alarm over the bears.

“Canada is home to two-thirds of the world’s polar bears, and the southernmost polar bear population lives here with you in Ontario, but not necessarily for long, unless something is done about it,” Richard Branson, a British billionaire and the founder of Virgin, told a Toronto press conference Tuesday. “Climate change and disappearing ice are forcing polar bears to go ashore earlier every year than they did the year before, preventing them from properly nourishing themselves.

“The southern populations especially, in Hudson Bay and Baffin, could vanish in 20 years unless current trends are reversed,” Branson said. “Many throughout Ontario are committed to their protection, including members of the First Nations, who have lived and interact with polar bears and understand the vital role of polar bears for the millenia.”

Williams, the wildlife consultant in Nunavut, says there is a lot of misinformation about polar bears.

“When I go south, I get approached by people who say ‘My goodness, you have actually seen a polar bear?'” he said. “There’s this belief that there are 10 left, and they are all on this one iceberg as it melts away and they are going to drown — and that’s not the case.”

Victory for Gun Rights Advocates…

According to multiple sources, the Canadian Parliament voted Wednesday, to nullify a long-gun registry law which has been in place since 1995. The bill still needs to be ratified by the Canadian Senate.

Bill C-19 passed the House of Commons with 159 votes in favor and 130 opposed, marking the end of a hotly contested political debate on the House floor.

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In a quote first published in National Post, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said “[C-19] does nothing to help put an end to gun crimes, nor has it saved one Canadian life,” said Toews, “It criminalizes hard-working and law-abiding citizens.” Proponents of the nullification further argued that the registry did nothing but introduce an expensive obstacle to lawful gun ownership.

The conservative House of Commons agreed 159 times.

Opponents of C-19 say that passing this law will be a step backward for Canadians. Charmine Borg, MP from Quebec, is a such an opponent. Borg had this to say on openparliament.ca: “There is absolutely no question the registry gives police officers essential planning tools they use for their interventions […] Victim’s groups have condemned Bill C-19. It is grotesque, insensitive and cruel to all these victims to abolish a registry whose records can save lives.”

A non restricted firearm, as defined by Canadian law, is an airgun, shotgun, or sporting rifle more than 660mm in length. If this bill passes, Canadian gun owners will no longer have to register their non-restricted firearms.  Gun owners will still need possession and acquisition licenses.