So, you want to use a bow or a firearm to hunt in British Columbia or you just want to use your firearm for recreation. Well we can help.
Firstly there are Provincial requirements to legally get out there and hunt. The advantage of the program is that everyone in BC will be on the same page. Kind of like a drivers licence, we all know the rules and follow them, well most of us.
So if you are going to hunt you will need to take the Conservation and Outdoor Recreational Education (CORE) program regardless of the weapon that you will use.
Now, there are no mandated bow/arrow training requirements but would you want to go out there based on You Tube video training? If not, consider meeting with the Cariboo Archer group who are members of the WLSA.
Now if you want to use a firearm (long gun) to hunt or for recreational use (target practice) there are additional Federal requirements. You will require a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) This will authorize you to purchase long guns and ammunition through out Canada. The course will give you a solid base in weapon safety and handling, again so that everyone is on the same page for safety. The PAL is renewable and the onus is upon you to do so.
Would like to own and shoot a restricted weapon? Firstly you can NOT hunt with it and federal statute limits the reason you may own a restricted weapon but one permissible purpose is for target shooting and competition BUT at an approved club or range and that is us.
The WLSA facilitates independent instructors that can offer you personal hands on training and course material for any of the training requirements at reasonable prices.
Contact the individuals below for dates and costs.
PISTOL OR REVOLVER PROFICIENCY
To achieve a level of confidence in the handling of a pistol or revolver beyond current legal requirements, individuals may wish to consider enrolling in a Black Badge Course.
Upon successful completion of this 2 day course, the student will have enhanced their skill and confidence beyond any mandated requirements and if they chose, will demonstrate all of the necessary skills to shoot an International Practical Shooters Confederation at Provincial, National and lnternational events. Black Badge Certification will allow match entry at any IPSC events.
Details available at the Black Bade Course page.