Learn To Hunt and Fish Series

You MUST be a paid BCWF member OR have paid the $30 episode fee to attend these webinars. 

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Registration closes at noon for weekday events, 4:00 pm Friday for Saturday events.

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Wednesday 15 March
7:00 PM
Are you as excited as Mark about hunting wild turkey? They are an amazing animal, with a rich natural history- and that’s what makes them challenging and engaging to hunt! They provide beautiful, free-range meat, and will leave you with incredible memories that keeps you coming back for more. This course is specific to hunting Merriam’s Wild Turkey in British Columbia. Key topics that will be covered include finding wild turkeys, calling, decoy set up as well as hunting strategies & tactics.
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Thursday 23 March
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Trout feed on a wide variety of aquatic food sources including insects and other invertebrates. Being able to identify what the trout are feeding on is the first step in matching the hatch. Understanding where in the lake each food source is most concentrated helps to narrow down fishing locations.
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Monday 3 April
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Having the right gear from fly rods to fly lines to proper boat and anchor setups allows you to present flies in the right depth zone and maintain control over retrieves. This will go a long way towards having an enjoyable and successful day on the water.
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Wednesday 5 April
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Are you curious if Black Bear hunting is for you? Dylan Eyers from EatWild will lead a conversation on breaking down the barriers and stigmas associated with bear hunting. Next, Dylan will share the potential opportunities and values of Black Bear hunting. Lastly, Dylan will introduce a step-by-step guide for how to hunt Black Bears in BC.

Bear hunting is an excellent way to source organic meat for the freezer. If you are starting your hunting journey or are well along the way, black bear hunting offers a relatively low barrier and highly accessible hunt for folks. The presentation will provide an overview of the tactics, timing and strategies for the spring bear hunting season.

As a hunting community, we must recognize that there is stigma and many misconceptions about the values associated with bear hunting. Many see bears differently than other game species we hunt. So it can be a complex journey to feel comfortable hunting bears. I know because I have been on the journey too. So let's talk about it!
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Wednesday 12 April
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Chironomids are the most prolific and prolonged insect hatch found on productive trout lakes. Mastering this hatch is an extremely rewarding and lifelong endeavor. This is not a complicated hatch to figure out but attention to detail is essential to having a great day on the water.
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Monday 17 April
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Freelance Outdoor Writer Danny Coyne, an avid angler since childhood, loves to share his passion for fishing with others. In his presentation, he will discuss the biology of kokanee, their habitat, where to locate them, what gear to use, and what fishing methods will target kokanee throughout the year.
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Tuesday 2 May
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
For TJ Schwanky the hunt is as much about the adventure as it is about the pursuit of game and he has hunted around the globe. TJ has a passion for big game hunting and has hunted on six continents, but his real love is hunting sheep, elk, moose and deer in North America. He has taken a grand slam of North American sheep and has several animals in the record books with rifle and muzzleloader. TJ is a well known conservationist, outdoor writer, and co-host of Canada’s longest running hunting show – Outdoor Quest.
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Monday 15 May
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Conservation Officer Jeremy Pauls will discuss common violations observed in the field and provide some tips on how to avoid common mistakes. This presentation will discuss Firearms Safety, Hunting on Private Property, Common Hunting License Violations, and Compulsory Inspections in British Columbia.
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Wednesday 31 May
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Mayflies and Damselflies are both seasonally important aquatic insect hatches that trout and other fish species target. This lesson will introduce their respective live cycles and cover effective fishing strategies.
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Monday 5 June
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Caddisfly emergences offer the best “dry fly” fishing of the season. Dragonfly nymphs are one of the largest aquatic insects and trout search them out both as juvenile nymphs and as migrating mature nymphs. Understanding both caddisfly and dragonfly life cycles will help you catch more fish.
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Wednesday 21 June
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Freshwater shrimp or scuds are the “bread & butter” food source of trout in productive still waters. The presence of shrimp in a lake indicates nutrient rich water and the potential for growing large fish. Leeches are an opportunistic food source that fish will eat in both juvenile and adult life stages. These aquatic segmented worms are highly sought out by trout at all times of the open water season but are particularly important food sources in the early spring and late fall periods.
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Tuesday 27 June
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mike Gass from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC will join us to discuss their stocking program and how your licence dollars are allocated.  The session will include information on the various species and strains that are stocked to achieve various fisheries management objectives.  As well as how anglers can use stocking reports to their advantage when planning a fishing trip.
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Monday 10 July
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Beverly Rice and Sarah Bellows present “Learn to Fish: An Introduction for Women Anglers”
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Saturday 29 July
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Stan Troyer from Stans Custom Cutting will take a full carcass down to the primals.
A great step-by-step that covers everything from:
- Field dressing tips
- Full carcass breakdown, including some regulation details
- Gutless method/Breaking off the rail
- Primal/Sub-Primal Identification and utilization

This will be a sensitive episode, as an animal will be broken down. Please keep that in mind for younger viewers.
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Wednesday 23 August
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Inspector Shawn Brinksy will be joining us for the second episode of the Conservation Officer Service Series. This episode will cover a multitude of topics, including regulations questions and commonly faced infractions that they face in the field.
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Monday 28 August
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Presented by Travis and Tiffany Bader of Silvercore
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Wednesday 6 September
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Presented by Travis and Tiffany Bader of Silvercore
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Sunday 24 September
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
This 40-minute seminar is geared towards people interested in learning about fly-fishing rivers for trout. Attendants will learn about the five key parts for success:
• Equipment
• Basic entomology
• Fly pattern selection
• Basic strategies for nymphing, dry fly and streamer fishing
• Reading water
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Monday 16 October
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Learn how to best use cameras on the trail
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Tuesday 21 November
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Do you want to learn about ice fishing?

Join us and learn about ice fishing safety, ice conditions, tools, tackle, techniques, and staying warm on the ice.
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