Whether you are a hunter or a hiker or both, the advent of yet another hunting season means its time to chat about firearm safety and awareness around open hunting areas. The backcountry surrounding our beautiful little city is blessed with abundant wildlife and this means that hunters are taking to the hills to stock their freezers for winter. However as any hunters knows, a rifle needs to shoot accurately when the time comes, and thus most rifle owners are also heading to the hills to sight in their rifles and shake the dust off of their equipment. Many hunters will know to get the right scope for their rifles to improve their accuracy. If you’re interested check this site to better understand some of the higher quality scope options on the market. If you count yourself as one of these people then you should also be aware of where you are legally allowed to discharge your gun and how to ensure that we maintain a good relationship with hunters and non-hunters alike over the next couple of months. A few reminders: Please review the Fraser Valley Special Area Hunting License to see where it is lawful to discharge your firearm.

I know it must seem that all I harp on is the Chilliwack River Valley, and although this is true, my infatuation comes from my deep love of the place and the love that many other people have for it. Recently the Vice President of the BC Search and Rescue Association, Colin Weibe, said, “I argue that (the) Chilliwack River Valley is likely one of the busiest recreation corridors in North America.” In light of this perspective I think that there are a few things that need to be addressed, most important on this list is that Chilliwack Lake Rd., after it leaves the City limits, is technically a highway. Why is this significant you may ask? Well on highways there is a 800m no firearm discharge zone on either side of the blacktop, which as many people will know, means that in much of the Chilliwack River Valley is not only dangerous to discharge your rifle it is also very illegal. Please choose your target range carefully, shoot only into a hillside and ensure that no trails lay behind your shooting area, and most importantly please pick up your casings and take your targets home with you. Please take the time to pack out even more garbage than you take in and do your part in keeping your fellow hunters and firearms users accountable.

Hunters may get a bad name sometimes, however most are responsible and in fact many are the best and most adamant conservation benefactors and advocates. If this is you and you’re into bowhunting, you may want to see this review of hunting arrows to help you decide what gear is worth investing in – https://outdoorempire.com/best-carbon-hunting-arrows/. Or if you’re after some hunting equipment like a scope for your rifle, you can read https://theshootersoptics.com/best-scope-for-6-5-creedmoor-rifle/ for prices and reviews.

As for hikers and other trail users. Please be mindful of the fact that it is now hunting season so it might not be the best time to dress up like a sheep and go wandering around in the alpine. Seriously though it is a good idea to stick to established trails and be aware that most Forest District Land is open for hunting.

– Sam Waddington – Owner of Mt. Waddington’s Outdoors: Equipping you for Rock, Water, Snow, Sand, Wind and anything else the Outdoors can throw at you!

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Published in The Chilliwack Progress – Alive Outside Column – Sept 19th 2013

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