Introducing 1Campfire

As some of you know, Mike has been working with 1Campfire on their latest short films. The last film “From Vegan to Hunter” is now live and so is the official 1Campfire website.

Check it out and let us know what you think.

On the face of it, a hunter could not possess a more contrasting set of values than with the vegan. But are the ideals behind these two lifestyles so different? Karl's personal exploration of the industrial food production system and its impact on the planet will undoubtedly make you think.
Butchering a Pig

On episodes 82 and 83, we discussed the pig harvest. There is a lot of good reading material out there, but when it comes to butchering, a good visual certainly helps. Bon Appetit created this great video with butcher and author Bryan Mayer. Mike used this as his guide and had excellent results.

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Mike Appears on Salt, Fresh & Field

Last season, Mike and the Journal of Mountain Hunting’s Adam Janke, were invited to join the Salt Fresh & Field crew for a whitetail hunt right in here in Kelowna, BC. Check out the episode below.

Salt, Fresh & Field - S3E1 - Whitetail

Is bow hunting the purest form of the hunt? Chad hits the target in this thoughtful exploration of our ancestral relationship to the bow, hunting for our food, and our primal role in the natural world.

80: Endangered Steelhead

BCWF Calls for the Interior Fraser Steelhead to be Listed Under the Federal Species at Risk Act (SARA)

The BCWF wants goals set for steelhead and salmon stocks on the Pacific Coast to ensure that their genetic diversity and habitats are preserved. Government must support immediate implementation of the recommended COSEWIC listing for Thompson and Chilcotin steelhead and follow the Species at Risk Act (SARA) regulations to save this iconic species from extinction.

The BCWF believes receiving proper protection under (SARA) will be more effective than the current approach. Steelhead and other many at-risk marine fish species are managed by DFO through the Fisheries Act. Scientists have found this alternative approach to be flawed and concluded that it provides inadequate protection for the endangered fish. DFO developed the 2009 Sustainable Fisheries Framework to manage commercial fisheries using what is described as a precautionary and ecosystem-based approach.

How You can Help Interior Fraser Steelhead to be Listed Under the Federal Species at Risk Act:

Read BCWF full news release on this initiative Here.

Complete the survey on the emergency listing of Interior Fraser Steelhead Here.

Submit your comments via email Here.

Use the sample letter prepared by the BCWF to send to your MLA Here.

Sign the petition to oppose gill netting E-1795 (FISHING INDUSTRY) Here.

(This petition is open for signatures until November 24th, 2018 at 9:06 a.m. (EDT)

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72: BC Moose Hunting Ban

BC Wildlife Federation

September 10, 2018

Enough is Enough

During the last few weeks several First Nations have called on the government to ban hunting in their territories under the guise of fires impacting wildlife. The provincial government has responded in the case of the Tsilhqot’in Nation call for a ban by noting that the science indicates no measurable impact on wildlife (moose) due to the 2017 fires. The BC Wildlife Federation (BCWF) applauds the government for sticking to science in its response to the Tsilhqot’in demand.

The BC Wildlife Federation has no issue with legitimate requirements for First Nations right to food, social and ceremonial (FSC) use of wildlife. Resident and non-resident use are set after FSC has been met. A few in the public seem to forget that some non-indigenous people do rely on wild meat for their families. BCWF President Harvey Andrusak stated “we are respectful of First Nations’ FSC requirements that are set by government after conservation levels are satisfied. The BCWF objects when First Nations’ demands for hunting bans are not based on science nor due to conservation concerns. When there are true conservation concerns, then the BCWF calls for no hunting by non-indigenous and indigenous people. This is not what is being put forward by most First Nations.” The government has stated that impacts of fire on wildlife numbers to date have been insignificant.

Using the argument of impacts of fire to call for a ban on resident hunting is disingenuous since a) the call does not include a ban to all hunters and b) the area of fire impact, although very large and clearly disastrous to humans and their dwellings, is in fact a very small portion of any of the identified traditional territories involved.

The continued First Nations call for hunting bans predicated on fires impacting wildlife is an example of First Nations asking the BC government to make wildlife management decisions based on non-science or populism. The BCWF is saying enough is enough, let the wildlife managers do their job and make decisions based on science.

The BCWF works with a number of First Nations including the Tsilhqot’in Nation and other First Nations to improve wildlife populations, especially moose that are a prime source of food for their people. The solution to the current issue of calls for hunting bans is not to eliminate one group of hunters but rather to restore wildlife numbers through collaborative restoration of wildlife habitat. 

The BC Wildlife Federation is British Columbia's largest and oldest conservation organization. Our 40,000 members are passionately committed to protecting, enhancing and promoting the wise use of the environment for the benefit of present and future generations. Our volunteers and donors give generously of their time and finances to support to a wide range of wildlife conservation programs and projects.

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EP 65: Backpacking Meals - Granola Bars

On Episode 65, Mike mentioned a granola bar recipe he uses before each trip into the backcountry. You can find the complete recipe from the Minimalist Baker by clicking HERE .

Do you have favourite dehydtared food recipies you think we should try? Leave us a link in the comments section or send an email to

EP 64: Wildlife & Habitat Engagement

On Episode 64, Kelly mentioned the opportunity to engage with the B.C Provincial Government to express your concerns and to share your ideas. You can do so from this link:

"Share your knowledge and ideas to help create a new wildlife and habitat conservation strategy for B.C.

B.C.’s diversity of wildlife provides many environmental, cultural, social, and economic benefits to all British Columbians.

The purpose of this engagement is to open a discussion among Indigenous peoples, rural communities, wildlife organizations, natural resource development industry stakeholders, and the public so together we can identify ideas on ways to improve the way we manage wildlife and their habitat.

The Province seeks a better understanding of the challenges facing wildlife management and habitat conservation, and ways to explore opportunities for developing more effective management tools.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is looking for thoughts and feedback on:

  • The engagement approach and how you would like to be involved in the future;
  • Questions posed in the challenges section;
  • Issues or concerns you think we should be aware of;
  • Ideas or solutions you or your organization wishes to share;
  • Anything you wish to share on the topic of how wildlife management and habitat conservation can be improved in B.C.

Join the discussion on challenges and opportunities below. Submit your feedback by July 31, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

The Province is using this online discussion tool to seek a better understanding of the challenges facing wildlife management and habitat conservation, and ways to explore opportunities for developing more effective management tools.

There are a series of challenges currently facing wildlife management and habitat conservation in British Columbia that are posted to this site. All of the challenges have been determined through discussions with Indigenous peoples, rural communities, wildlife and habitat organizations, natural resource development industry stakeholders and the public over the last number of years. This list is by no means exhaustive and is provided as a starting point for sharing your thoughts. Each Challenge includes “Our Opportunities” and then a question for you to comment on."

Caribou herds and habitat continue to decline: federal report (The Canadian Press)

-Bob Weber, The Canadian Press

Link to Original Article: CLICK HERE

A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. The first federal survey of what the provinces are doing to preserve caribou says both herds and and habitat continue to generally decline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

A wild caribou roams the tundra near The Meadowbank Gold Mine located in the Nunavut Territory of Canada on March 25, 2009. The first federal survey of what the provinces are doing to preserve caribou says both herds and and habitat continue to generally decline. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Mike and Kelly on Beyond the Kill

Last week the guys we're invited to spend a few hours chatting with Adam Janke who hosts Beyond the Kill and is also the Editor in Chief of The Journal of Mountain Hunting. They covered a lot of topics on this episode, so make sure to check out the show and SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes.

You can also subscribe to the Journal of Mountain Hunting's monthly online magazine for FREE by clicking HERE

Are we losing what makes B.C. special?

British Columbia is known for its spectacular wilderness and diverse fish and wildlife. But habitats are under pressure and the province’s natural abundance is diminishing.

The BC Wildlife Federation is concerned about the decline in many fish and wildlife populations in the province. That’s why we’re hosting town hall meetings in dozens of communities to outline the problems and present solutions.

The 50,000-member BCWF represents more than 100 individual clubs in nine regions of the province, as well as direct members and partner groups. To address deteriorating conditions for fish and wildlife in individual regions, we examined a number of provincial trends.

Declining funding

From 1998 to 2011, provincial government funding for renewable resource ministries dropped by 56 per cent. In the 1960s, B.C. was investing 0.60 per cent of its provincial budget on the Fish and Wildlife Branch; it has been in continuous decline and the branch now gets 0.06 per cent of the provincial budget. With more people and pressure on our natural resources, combined with fewer resources to manage them, we are seeing long-term declines in abundance across the landscape.

Declining wildlife      

Caribou, moose, elk, and mule, and black-tailed deer populations have been declining for decades. For example, on Vancouver Island, the black-tailed deer estimate has declined by 70 per cent over the past four decades. In central B.C., moose populations have recnetly declined 50 to 70 per cent. Several central and southern caribou populations, which have been closed to hunting for decades, continue to disappear.

Declining fish stocks

British Columbia’s lakes, streams, tidal waters and stocks of salmon, steelhead and trout attract anglers from B.C. and around the world each year. But some famous fisheries are in serious trouble. The Kootenay Lake kokanee and Gerrard rainbow trout used to be popular catch (and release) fish for sport and recreation angling. But in 2015 and 2016, kokanee spawner returns were very low; at about 40,000, they are only a fraction of the 500,000 to one million kokanee that normally spawn.

Fraser River steelhead has long sustained First Nations people; steelhead was also central to this interior region’s world-class recreational fishery. At the present time, Fraser River late-run summer steelhead stocks are at extremely low levels of abundance and in a state of “Extreme Conservation Concern.” The Thompson and Chilko Rivers, which saw combined returns of approximately 5,000 fish in the 1980s, both reached record lows of 430, and 134 fish, respectively, in 2016. The Thompson fishery declined from 14,000 angler days in 1985 to 4,000 angler days in 2005 — and, more recently, to no fishing.

Increasing demand

The popularity of eating fresh local food has encouraged an increase in hunting and fishing activity. A comparison of resident freshwater angling licences issued from 2005 to 2015 in B.C. shows a steady increase in the number of anglers, from 250,000 to 280,000. Resident hunter licences went up from 90,000 to 112,000 annually over the same 10-year period.

Reversing the trend

To turn things around, we need to act. Funding is a fundamental pillar to sustainable fish and wildlife management, yet B.C.’s fish and wildlife branch is one of the most under-funded and under-staffed agencies in North America. While most agencies in northwest North America spend $180 to $850 per square kilometre, B.C. is spending approximately $36 per square kilometre. Places like Washington, Montana, and Idaho – which are much smaller and have a fraction of the diversity of fish and wildlife – have budgets which are two to five times greater than B.C.’s.

Fish and wildlife populations can be restored

  • The BC Wildlife Federation has created an on-line petition calling for all hunting licence revenues to be directed back to managing the resource. We also call for all natural resource users to contribute directly to recover and increase fish, wildlife and their habitats across B.C.
  • Science should identify legislated objectives for habitat, fish and wildlife populations. There is currently no road map to ensure future generations can enjoy what B.C. currently has to offer and basic monitoring of wildlife populations are not being met.
  •  Social support should come from a roundtable with First Nations and those with a vested interest to work together collaboratively. It’s up to all of us to ensure that there are fish and wildlife in our wild spaces. Let’s make sure future generations can enjoy the outdoor legacy of our beautiful province.

To find out how you can take action, sign our petition and join the BCWF, please visit

This story was provided by the BC Wildlife Federation for commercial purposes.

More from Jesse Zeman and the BCWF on Episode 36

Mike & Kelly to Host BC Interior Sportsman Show

If you  live in the BC Interior, make sure to get your tickets for the 2nd annual BC Interior Sportsman Show. The show runs from April 7th - 9th, with Mike and Kelly MC'ing on the 8th (Saturday). Please come out and say hi! 

If you'd like to win free tickets, make sure to listen to the podcast throughout the month of March for more details. There will be 4 episodes, each one highlighting a different presenter from the BCISS.  

To get your tickets, click HERE. We'll see you at the 2017 BC Interior Sportsman Show.