I am sending you three pages of statistics titled “British Columbia Ungulate Species Regional Population Estimates and status” 2011, 2014 and 2017
Find your wildlife region you hunt or live in and run your finger along that line and look at 2017 preseason estimates for ungulates which have been the heart of Open General Hunting Seasons: moose, elk, deer-blacktail, mule and whitetail.
Region 8 Okanagan Preseason whitetail/mule deer preseason estimates have no connection to reality in Okanagan/Boundary. It does not matter where you travel Okanagan/Boundary in grey light there are very few locations you will see deer and when you do it usually is on or adjacent to private property.
Region 8 Preseason: Mule Deer 2011, 2014 and 2017 – 28000-42000
: Whitetail 2011, 2014 and 2017 – 31,000- 44000.
If Gerald Kuzyk, the province’s ungulate specialist’s estimates for Region 8 Okanagan had any credibility than Granby Guides & Outfitters would still be offering a guide service for mule and whitetail deer.
It is true Gerald Kuzyk is only a small part of our problem to rebuild wildlife populations but in my opinion, his continued presence will guarantee a dark cloud over the future of the province’s wildlife resource.
Alex Rose “Who Killed the Grand Banks” once again offers insight on Professional Reliance “Many have questioned whether fisheries science- in particular its forecast models- can rightly be considered science at all” (page 32).
I am in the process of writing a newsletter that centers on the immediate next step to rebuild wildlife populations. Maybe it’s the impossible dream but we desperately need a few voices to publically announce wildlife populations in BC will not start to recover until there is a dramatic reduction in hunting opportunity and bag limits.
Ideally that journey starts with a few provincial politicians. Barry Brandow Sr.