Is a hunting guide required?

by Tyler
(British columbia)

This bull and cow pair are turning to leave town!

This bull and cow pair are turning to leave town!

I'm from Vancouver island and have been hunting black tail only for a few years.


Is it required to have a guide if I go up to northern BC with some guys I know or could we do our research and set up a camp and do it on our own?




It's a good thing to ask questions when you don't know Tyler.

As long as you are a Canadian Citizen and have resided in British Columbia for at least the previous 6 months you don't need to hire the services of an outfitter or guide. This rule applies to each member of your hunting party that is hunting.

Quoted from the 2014 - 2016 Synopsis


BC Resident - means a person who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, and whose only or primary residence is in British Columbia and who has been physically present in BC for the greater portion of each of 6 calendar months out of the 12 calendar months immediately before doing a thing under the Wildlife Act, or if not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, but whose only or primary residence is in British Columbia, and has been physically present in BC for the greater portion of each of the 12 calendar months immediately before doing a thing under the Wildlife Act.

NON-RESIDENT HUNTERS
Non-residents of British Columbia hunting big game must be accompanied by either a licensed BC guide or a resident who holds a Permit to Accompany.

You do of course need to have passed the CORE, have a current hunting license, have the correct species tags and be licensed to carry firearms if you hunt with a rifle.

Most of British Columbia moose hunting is covered under the LEH regulations but there are some areas of general open seasons (GOS).

If you go, be sure to consult the hunting synopsis as well as the LEH synopsis. If in doubt, stop in at the local Conservation Office and ask about local regulations and restrictions.

There are many portions of the province where, even during a GOS there are restrictive antler size limits, closed areas, etc.

It's up to you to know the regulations!

So yes, by all means. Do your research, find out a likely hunting spot and go hunting.

Be safe and have fun!


Mark
"The Moose Man"

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