B.C. Reg. 190/84
O.C. 1109/84
Deposited June 15, 1984

Wildlife Act

Hunting Regulation

Note: Check the Cumulative Regulation Bulletin 2014
for any non-consolidated amendments to this regulation that may be in effect.

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 198/2013, August 9, 2013]

Point in Time

Schedule 3

Region 3 — Thompson-Nicola

Part 1 — Open Seasons and Bag Limits

[en. B.C. Reg. 163/2008, App. 5, s. 8; am. B.C. Regs. 143/2009, App. 4, s. 10; 175/2010, App. 2, s. 12; 301/2010, App. 2, s. 5; 80/2012, App. 2, s. 15.]

* Season bag limits for big game and small game; daily bag limits for upland birds.

** See Part 2.

*** See Part 3.

Item Species Management Units Open Season Bag Limit
1 MULE (Black-tailed) DEER Bucks

(Youth season)
3-12 to 3-14, 3-17 to 3-31, 3-34 to 3-44** Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 1***
2 MULE (Black-tailed) DEER Bucks

(4 pt. or better)
3-15, 3-16, 3-32, 3-33** Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 1***
3 MULE (Black-tailed) DEER Bucks

(4 pt. or better)
3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44** Sept. 10 to Sept. 30 1***
4 MULE (Black-tailed) DEER Bucks

(4 pt. or better)
3-46** Sept. 20 to Sept. 30 1***
5 MULE (Black-tailed) DEER Bucks 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44, 3-46 Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 1***
6 MULE (Black-tailed) DEER Bucks

(4 pt. or better)
3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44, 3-46** Nov. 1 to Dec. 10 1***
7 WHITE-TAILED DEER Bucks 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44** Sept. 1 to Sept. 9 1***
8 WHITE-TAILED DEER Bucks 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44** Sept. 10 to Dec. 10 1***
8.1 WHITE-TAILED DEER Bucks 3-46 Sept. 20 to Dec. 10 1***
9 WHITE-TAILED DEER Antlerless 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44, 3-46** Oct. 10 to Oct. 31 1***
10 WHITE-TAILED DEER Either Sex 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44** Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 1***
11 MOOSE Bulls 3-34 to 3-44, 3-46** Sept. 20 to Oct. 31 1
11.1 MOOSE Bulls 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33** Oct. 15 to Nov. 15 1
12 MOUNTAIN SHEEP Full curl ram only 3-17, 3-31, 3-32** Sept. 10 to Oct. 20 1
13 MOUNTAIN SHEEP Mature ram only 3-17** Sept. 10 to Oct. 20 1
14 BLACK BEAR 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33 Apr. 1 to June 15

Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
2
15 BLACK BEAR 3-34 to 3-44 Apr. 1 to June 30

Sept. 1 to Nov. 30
2
16 BLACK BEAR 3-46 Apr. 1 to June 15

Sept. 20 to Nov. 30
2
17 COUGAR 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33 Nov. 15 to Mar. 31 2
18 COUGAR 3-34 to 3-44 Sept. 10 to Mar. 31 2
19 WOLF 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-33 Sept. 10 to June 15 3
20 WOLF 3-34 to 3-44 Aug. 1 to June 15 NBL
21 COYOTE 3-12 to 3-16, 3-18 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-30, 3-33 to 3-44 Sept. 1 to Mar. 31 NBL
22 COYOTE 3-17, 3-31, 3-32 Sept. 1 to June 30 NBL
23 RACCOON 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 No Closed Season NBL
24 BOBCAT 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Nov. 15 to Feb. 15 1
25 LYNX 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Nov. 15 to Feb. 15 1
26 SNOWSHOE HARE 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Apr. 1 to Apr. 30

Aug. 1 to Mar. 31
10 per day
27 COLUMBIAN GROUND SQUIRREL 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44** April 1 to Mar. 31 NBL
28 BLUE (Dusky) GROUSE;

SPRUCE (Franklin) GROUSE;

RUFFED GROUSE
3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 10 to Nov. 30 5(15)
29 SHARP-TAILED GROUSE 3-31 Sept. 10 to Nov. 30 5(10)
30 BLUE (Dusky) GROUSE;

SPRUCE (Franklin) GROUSE;

RUFFED GROUSE
3-46 Sept. 30 to Nov. 30 5(15)
31 PTARMIGAN 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 1 to Nov. 30 5(15)
32 PHEASANT Cocks 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 2(6)
33 GRAY PARTRIDGE (HUNGARIAN) 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 3(9)
34 CHUKAR PARTRIDGE 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 5(15)
35 DUCKS 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 10 to Dec. 23 8(24)
36 COOTS 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 10 to Dec. 23 10(30)
37 COMMON SNIPE 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 10 to Dec. 23 10(30)
38 SNOW GEESE; ROSS'S GEESE;

WHITE-FRONTED GEESE
3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 10 to Dec. 23 5(15)
39 Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 80/2012, App. 2, s. 15 (d).]
40 CANADA GEESE;

CACKLING GEESE
3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 10 to Sept. 20

Oct. 1 to Dec. 23

Mar. 1 to Mar. 10
10(30)
41 MOURNING DOVES 3-12 to 3-20; 3-26 to 3-44 Sept. 1 to Sept. 30 5(15)
42 BAND-TAILED PIGEONS 3-13 to 3-17 Sept. 15 to Sept. 30  5(15)

Part 2 — Restrictions on Open Seasons

Deer

1  (1) and (2) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 288/95, s. 21.]

(3) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 180/96, s. 22 (a).]

(4) A person commits an offence if the person kills a mule (black-tailed) deer buck

(a) in M.U.s 3-12 to 3-14, 3-17 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-31 and 3-34 to 3-44 from September 10 to September 30, or from November 1 to December 10, or

(b) in M.U. 3-46 from September 20 to September 30, or from November 1 to December 10, or

(c) in M.U.s 3-15, 3-16, 3-32 and 3-33 from September 1 to September 9, or from September 10 to September 30, or from November 1 to December 10,

unless the buck has at least one antler which has at least 4 points (tines) not including the brow tine.

(5) A person commits an offence where he or she kills a mule (black-tailed) deer buck as described in subsections (4), (6) and (7) and does not, while returning from hunting, keep the antlers of the deer and the species licence under which the animal was killed, together and available for inspection by an officer.

(6) It is a condition of a hunting licence that the holder not hunt

(a) mule (black-tailed) deer bucks in M.U.s 3-12 to 3-14, 3-17 to 3-31 and 3-34 to 3-44, or

(b) white-tailed deer bucks in M.U.s 3-12 to 3-20 and 3-26 to 3-44

during the period September 1 to September 9, excepting bow only seasons, unless that holder is less than 18 years of age.

(7) The open season for hunting

(a) mule (black-tailed) deer bucks with a bow only in M.U.s 3-12 to 3-14, 3-17 to 3-31 and 3-34 to 3-44, or

(b) white-tailed deer bucks with a bow only in M.U.s 3-12 to 3-20 and 3-26 to 3-44

is September 1 to September 9.

(8) It is a condition of a hunting licence that the holder not hunt antlerless white-tailed deer in M.U.s 3-12 to 3-20 and 3-26 to 3-44 from the period November 1 to November 30, unless that holder is less than 18 years of age.

[am. B.C. Regs. 173/86, s. 12; 234/88, s. 22; 184/90, s. 15; 203/91, s. 27; 225/92, s. 18; 203/94, s. 22; 288/95, s. 21; 180/96, s. 22; 226/98, s. 11; 216/2000, s. 19; 168/2007, s. 10 (a); 159/2008, s. 2 (c); 175/2010, App. 2, s. 13.]

Mountain sheep

2  (1) For the purpose of section 26 (1) (c) of the Act, there is no open season on mountain sheep ram during the period September 10 to October 20 in M.U. 3-31, 3-32 and that portion of M.U. 3-17 contained within the following described boundaries:

commencing at the point of intersection of the midlines of Highway 97 and Highway 99, thence westerly along the midline of Highway 99 to the point of intersection with the midline of Hat Creek Road (road #2101), thence southerly along the midline of Hat Creek Road to the point of intersection with the midline of Pocock Creek, thence westerly along the midline of Pocock Creek to Cairn Peak, thence westerly and southerly along the midline of Cinquefoil Creek to the point of intersection with the midline of the Fraser River, thence northerly along the midline of the Fraser River to the point of intersection with the midline of Kelly Creek, thence easterly along the midline of Kelly Creek to Kelly Lake, thence northerly along the midline of Kelly Lake to the point of intersection with the midline of Cutoff Valley Creek, thence easterly along the midline of Cutoff Valley Creek to the point of intersection with the midline of Highway 97 at Clinton, thence southerly along the midline of Highway 97 to the point of commencement,

unless it is a full curl bighorn ram mountain sheep.

(2) Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 236/97, s. 11 (a) (ii).]

(3) For the purpose of section 26 (1) (c) of the Act, there is no open season on mountain sheep ram during the period September 10 to October 20 in that portion of M.U. 3-17 contained within the following described boundaries:

commencing at the point of intersection of the midlines of Highway 97 and Highway 99, thence westerly along the midline of Highway 99 to the point of intersection with the midline of Hat Creek Road (road #2101), thence southerly along the midline of Hat Creek Road to the point of intersection with the midline of Pocock Creek, thence westerly along the midline of Pocock Creek to Cairn Peak, thence westerly and southerly along the midline of Cinquefoil Creek to the point of intersection with the midline of the Fraser River, thence southerly along the midline of the Fraser River to the point of intersection with the midline of the Thompson River, thence northerly along the midline of the Thompson River to the point of intersection with the midline of the Bonaparte River, thence northerly along the midline of the Bonaparte River to the point of intersection with the midline of Highway 97, thence northerly along the midline of Highway 97 to the point of commencement,

unless it is a mature bighorn ram mountain sheep.

(4) For the purpose of section 26 (1) of the Act, there is no open season on mountain sheep in M.U. 3-32 contained within the following described boundaries:

commencing at the bridge crossing of the Yalakam Forest Service Road over Junction Creek, thence northwesterly along the Yalakam Forest Service Road to the point of intersection with the management unit boundary between 3-32 and 5-3, thence northeasterly following the management unit boundary until the point of intersection with the Fraser River, thence southeasterly along the west bank of the Fraser River until the confluence with French Bar Creek, thence southwesterly along French Bar Creek until the confluence with South French Bar Creek, thence southerly along South French Bar Creek until the point of intersection with the West Pavilion Forest Service Road, thence southeasterly along West Pavilion Forest Service Road to the point of intersection with Leon Creek, thence westerly along Leon Creek until the point of intersection with UTM10 Point N551791 E5647541 located on Leon Creek, thence in a straight line to UTM10 point N557558 E5649515 located on Junction Creek, thence westerly on Junction Creek to the point of commencement.

[am. B.C. Regs. 212/93, s. 17; 236/97, s. 11 (a); 195/99, s. 18 (a); 80/2012, App. 2, s. 16.]

Repealed

3  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 195/99, s. 18 (b).]

Repealed

4  Repealed. [B.C. Reg. 236/97, s. 11 (b).]

Columbian ground squirrel

5  The open season for Columbian ground squirrel is restricted to private land only.

[en. B.C. Reg. 225/92, s. 20; am. B.C. Reg. 212/93, s. 6.]

Moose

6  (1) Except as permitted under the Limited Entry Hunting Regulation (B.C. Reg 134/93), for the purpose of section 26 (1) (c) of the Act there is no open season for bull moose in Region 3 unless the bull moose has no more than two tines (points) on one antler.

(2) A person commits an offence where he kills a bull moose as described in subsection (1) and does not, while returning from hunting, keep the antlers of the moose and the species licence under which the moose was killed, together and available for inspection by an officer.

[en. B.C. Reg. 212/93, s. 19; am. B.C. Regs. 288/95, s. 23; 152/2006, s. 12 (a).]

Waterfowler Heritage Days

7  (1) In M.U.s 3-12 to 3-20, 3-26 to 3-44, the open season for ducks, snow geese, Ross's geese, white-fronted geese, Canada geese and cackling geese is the first two-day weekend in September.

(2) The open season set out in subsection (1) is restricted to persons under 18 years of age.

[en. B.C. Reg. 168/2001, s. 13; am. B.C. Regs. 269/2003, s. 11; 291/2004, s. 11; 222/2005, s. 12; 152/2006, s. 12 (b); 168/2007, s. 10 (b); 159/2008, s. 2 (c); 163/2008, App. 5, s. 9.]

 

Part 3 — Bag Limits and Possession Limits

Deer

1  (1) The bag limit for mule (black-tailed) deer is two, of which only one may be a buck.

(2) The bag limit for white-tailed deer is two, of which only one may be a buck and only one may be antlerless.

[en. B.C. Reg. 177/89, s. 30; am.B.C. Regs. 212/93, s. 20; 175/2010, App. 2, s. 14.]

Grouse

2  For blue (Dusky), spruce (Franklin) and ruffed grouse, the daily aggregate bag limit is 10.

[en. B.C. Reg. 195/99, s. 19; am. B.C. Reg. 143/2009, App. 4, s. 11.]

Contents  |  Sections 1 to 19  |  Schedule 1  |  Schedule 2  |  Schedule 3  |  Schedule 4  |  Schedule 5  |  Schedule 6  |  Schedule 7  |  Schedule 8 and 9