Minister Steve Thomson defends new hunting allocation in op-ed

first_imgOn average, both resident hunters and outfitters produce a combined total of $350 million annually to the B.C. economy, according to Minister Thomson. Before making this claim, Minister Thomson also writes that “resident hunters continue to be recognized as having priority over non-resident hunters.”“It was for this reason that I revisited my December 2014 determination and found strategic ways to reduce the transfer of animals from 110 down to 60,” writes Minister Thomson.Minister Thomson says his policy’s priority is to have conservation at the top of the list, meet the needs of First Nations, and prioritize allocation to resident hunters.“Now that a decision is made, I am hopeful that resident hunters and the guide outfitter community can work together with government in support of these goals, which are supported by all hunters,” Minister Thomson concludes.Advertisement Under the new hunting allocation, an estimated 60 out of the 7,500 big game animals have been moved to guide outfitter hunts, according to Minister Thomson.“Regardless of this decision, resident hunters will continue to harvest about 92 per cent of the approximately 48,000 big game animals taken annually by hunters,” writes Minister Thomson.There are also a number of big game species not affected by the new allocation, which include mule deer, white-tailed deer, most rocky mountain elk, and black bear, according to Minister Thomson.- Advertisement -Minister Thomson says there are currently 102,000 resident hunters spread across the province – compared to 82,000 ten years ago.“Resident hunters make an important contribution towards the economy in this province by pursuing their passion for hunting and fishing, and it is anticipated this will continue,” says Minister Thomson.He is quick to defend the guide outfitter industry as well, claiming “out-of-province guide outfitter clients are some of the highest spending tourist per capita in British Columbia.”Advertisementlast_img read more