Need for Outdoor Passport

Need for Outdoor Passport
Herd jumping fence

Easy access to manmade nutrition, reduced predation, relatively mild winters and limited hunting opportunities have all contributed to increased wildlife populations in agricultural areas.

Wildlife does not recognize the difference between private and public land. Survival is their primary concern and this instinct costs landowners every year in crop damage or depredation, broken fences and livestock mortality. Ungulates such as deer and elk quickly determine the best access to forage and will live, sleep and feed on crop products all year around.

One key resolution to this issue is increased hunting opportunities on private and leased lands. Hunting access will manage the herd and in turn, reduce crop damage. This is the rationale behind the development of the Outdoor Passport.

The Outdoor Passport initiative is just one of the many ways the BCWF serves its members while contributing to conservation in the province.