The hunt is on for 2017 in the West Kootenay-Boundary
Kootenay-Boundary hunters now have the ability to buy their hunting licences online.
Licences will still be available at Service BC locations, and participating sporting goods stores, but hunters can purchase their licences at www.gov.bc.ca/hunting.
As of May 15 hunting licences will also be available at FrontCounter BC locations. Paper versions of resident hunting licences and other non-species licences (youth, initiation and special area licences) will be eliminated.
In addition, the species licences are also being redesigned. All types of species licences purchased online will be mailed to the applicants; however, they can also be purchased and obtained immediately at Service BC and FrontCounter BC locations.
Hunters must carry photo ID and their species licence at all times while hunting, and must cancel the licence by notching it as soon as they harvest an animal.
Not only are the licences going online, conservation officers will be able to check a hunter’s registry and licensing information in the field by using a new mobile phone app.
How to buy
To purchase a hunting licence using the new online system, hunters will first need a basic BCeID, a provincial government access for programs and services.
The BCeID provides access to individual Fish and Wildlife profiles on the BC Hunting online service. Hunters also need a Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID) to buy hunting licences.
The FWID replaces the old BC resident hunter number card and is permanently linked to a hunter’s personal Fish and Wildlife online profile, which contains details about hunter credentials, licences and LEH applications. Hunters must also know or carry their FWID while hunting.
For those who already have a hunter number, the new FWID will be the same number with three extra digits at the front end. FWIDs can be obtained online, or from any Service BC or FrontCounter BC location.
BC Hunting online: www.gov.bc.ca/hunting
Money doled out for flood, backcountry safety
The Kootenay-Boundary will receive a portion of money the province has earmarked for flood risk management and B.C. search and rescue services.
The city will be part of a $600,000 program for flood risk assessment, floodplain mapping and flood mitigation planning — which also includes Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford. Each community will receive equal support of $150,000.
Other investments, which will have a positive benefit to the Kootenays, include:
- $100,000 to PEP Air to support capital purchases and recognize the effort of the volunteer air search and rescue teams throughout the province;
- $500,000 for deployable communication systems for the BC Search and Rescue Association to assist in communication in B.C.'s backcountry;
- $500,000 to Avalanche Canada to support public education and avalanche alert throughout B.C.; and
- $32 million to the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund to be administered by UBCM that will include items like $3 million for flood plain and hazard mapping, $20 million to support structural mitigation and $4.2 million emergency social services.