How to apply for the new BC LEH online

Well, with change comes trouble. But I am sure in the long run, the new BC LEH online system will be better than mailing in our cards of past that could be mishandled, lost, or destroyed. I am sure there are a lot of hunters in British Columbia that do not even have computer access ,so this new system will pose problems for them, and I do have empathy for those in that situation. But here is how you get started on the new BC LEH online system:

Step 1: Apply for a BCeID. Which is just an electronic ID to sign in with.
https://www.bceid.ca/register/personal/

You will need to present legal documents/ID like a drivers license at a BCeID Point of Service Office Location.

Click here to find one closest to you:

https://www.bceid.ca/register/POS/pos_locator.aspx?type=personal

Once you have chosen your BCeID and password, you can log in here:

https://logon.gov.bc.ca/clp-cgi/capBceid/logon.cgi?flags=0011:0,8&TYPE=33554433&REALMOID=06-53680be9-dbab-4eae-9911-8d32e4e84e8f&GUID=&SMAUTHREASON=0&METHOD=GET&SMAGENTNAME=$SM$opOj4rPInHHvA02LI6UTQwEl3oubRofuprH882EqZCTkqLosSIpRu%2fR7WDq1MmJP&TARGET=$SM$https%3a%2f%2fj100%2egov%2ebc%2eca%2fcit%2fwild%2f

Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia book and DVD.

Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia book and DVD.

Meopta MeoPro HD 80 Spotting Scope Wins Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice Award

MeoPro spotter

MeoPro spotter

HAUPPAUGE, NY, May 16, 2016 – The Meopta MeoPro HD 80 spotting scope is the winner of this year’s Outdoor Life Editor’s Choice award in the spotting scope category. Beating out 11 competitors for this prestigious award – one of the largest fields in years – the MeoPro HD 80 impressed the test team with its “crystal clear Schott glass, high-speed center-barrel focus, and very appealing price”.

The MeoPro HD 80 is assembled in the United States at Meopta’s Long Island, New York facility using Czech components and is a favorite amongst guides and hunters who appreciate exceptional performance and durability in addition to stylish design.

Here are excerpts from the June-July 2016 issue of Outdoor Life:
“Most high-end spotting scopes ship with a variable-power eyepiece that can be swapped out for a fixed-power unit (usually 30X) that’s sold separately. The fixed-power eyepiece generally has better light transmission and field-of-view than the zoom. The problem is, few hunters actually buy the second eyepiece, so the versatility of the system is offset by the additional cost and dust-introducing components of the detachment mechanism.
Meopta has addressed this problem with the MeoPro 80, a lovely 80mm spotter that has an integrated, non-removable 20X–60X eyepiece. The simplicity of the scope allows Meopta to bring the MeoPro to market at about two-thirds of the cost of its flagship spotting scope, the 82mm MeoStar S2. But we found the MeoPro has nearly identical optical performance to its big brother.
It was runner-up in the 12-scope field for low-light performance. The MeoPro wowed the test team with its edge clarity, brightness, and durability. In a competitive field of high-power units, the Meopta was the spotter that testers reached for most frequently when they wanted to glass bull elk on a mountainside miles away, or to assess hits on our 600-yard rifle target.”
“We are honored that a Meopta optic has once again been named Editor’s Choice by the Outdoor Life test team,” said Reinhard Seipp, general manager and COO of Meopta USA. “We truly appreciate the time and effort the editors put into the rigorous testing of optics year after year, and it is very gratifying when experts like these recognize our efforts to produce exceptional optics at an attractive price point.”
MSRP: $1,724.99

About Meopta
The Meopta Group is a U.S. family-owned, multinational company with facilities in the United States and Europe. Founded in 1933 in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Meopta is a leading manufacturing partner to many of the world’s finest optical brands. In their Czech facility, Meopta conceives, develops and manufactures precision optical and electro/optical systems for semiconductor, medical, aerospace and military industries as well as for consumer markets. In their New York plant, precision optical products are manufactured and assembled to exacting standards in clean-room environments for the military, industrial and consumer markets.

For more information regarding Meopta, please visit www.meoptausa.com.

Meopta scope

Meopta Introduces the ZD 6-24×56 RD Riflescope

HAUPPAUGE, NY, March 8, 2016 – Meopta is pleased to introduce the new 30mm ZD 6-24×56 RD riflescope.  Designed for sniper rifles, the Meopta ZD 6-24×56 RD is a precision long-range riflescope that allows shooters to achieve deadly-accurate shot placement at extreme distances. This scope features a 30mm one-piece, aircraft-grade aluminum alloy tube.  The new MilDot II RD illuminated reticle, located in the second focal plane with integrated range-finding markers, is calibrated for accurate target estimation in standard calibers  – 7.62×52 NATO, .308, .338WM and 12.7mm.  The turret mounted parallax adjustment ranges from 27 yards to infinity, guaranteeing precision aiming at any desired range.

Meopta’s advanced RD illumination system control is located on the ocular of this scope.  The push button control allows the user to choose between seven reticle intensity settings to adjust for varying light conditions from extremely low light to bright daytime sunlight.  Intermediate off positions between every setting allows the user to quickly find their preferred illumination setting.  If the illumination control is not used in three hours, illumination automatically turns off to prolong battery life.

The ZD 6-24×56 RD features Meopta’s MeoTrak II posi-click windage and elevation turrets delivering precise ¼ MOA click adjustments with superior repeatability, unparalleled tracking capability and ultimate accuracy.  Meopta’s proprietary MeoBright™ lens multi-coatings eliminate glare and reflections and deliver 99.7 percent light transmission per lens surface while the MeoQuick™ fast-focus eyepiece rapidly brings targets into sharp focus.  MeoShield™ ion-assisted coating protects external lens surfaces for enhanced resistance to scratching and abrasion in extreme conditions and meets military specifications for durability and surface hardness.  This scope also features an anodized

exterior for scratch resistance and is waterproof, shockproof and fogproof for

maximum performance and durability.  The ZD 6-24×56 is covered by Meopta’s North American lifetime transferable warranty.

MilDot II RD Reticle 

MSRP:

ZD 6-24×56               $2,069.99 

Specifications:

Meopta ZD

6-24×56 RD

  min max
Magnification 6 x 24 x
Objective Lens (mm) 56
Main Tube Size (mm) 30
Exit Pupil Diameter (mm) 9.1 2.3
Eye Relief (in) 3.5 3.1
Field of View (°) 3.37 0.90
Field of View (ft @ 100 yds) 18 5
Focal Plane Position 2
Dioptric Compensation (dpt) ⁺⁄₋3
Daylight Transmission (%) – minimal 88
Daylight Transmission (%) – typical 92
Twilight Transmission (%) 89
Twilight Factor 18.3 36.7
Impact Per Click ( inch @ 100 yds) 0.25
Windage and Elevation Adjustment Range (MOA) 83 Windage

42 Elevation

Parallax Correction 27yd – infinity
Length (in) 15.2
Weight (oz) 30.6

 

About Meopta

The Meopta Group is a U.S. family-owned, multinational company with facilities in the United States and Europe. Founded in 1933 in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic), Meopta is a leading manufacturing partner to many of the world’s finest optical brands. In their Czech facility, Meopta conceives, develops and manufactures precision optical and electro/optical systems for semiconductor, medical, aerospace and military industries as well as for consumer markets. In their New York plant, precision optical products are manufactured and assembled to exacting standards in clean-room environments for the military, industrial and consumer markets.

Meopta scope

Meopta scope

Sport Pellet Line of Airguns

A new line of Sig airguns can help LE/MIL personal train with the real feel and action of a service weapon using .177 & .22 pellets:

SIG SAUER® Launches World-Class Advanced Sport Pellet Line of Airguns

Newington, NH (January 14, 2016) – SIG SAUER, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world’s most reliable firearms, optics, ammunition, airguns and accessories is pleased to introduce its first-ever Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) line of airguns.  These world-class CO2-powered pistols and rifles are a new breed of firearms for training and recreation, elevating airguns to a new level of performance and use.  SIG SAUER is also offering a wide variety of ASP targets and pellet ammunition.

sig airgun

MCX-FDE-Left-Scope

The introductory line of SIG SAUER high-performance Advanced Sport Pellet airguns includes CO2-powered SIG MPX™ and SIG MCX™ semi-automatic rifles in .177 and .22 (pellet-only) calibers, and P226® and P250® semi-auto CO2 pistols in .177 caliber.  SIG SAUER ASP airguns not only look like the original guns, they are the same weight and have similar trigger pull.  This makes them ideal for training with the added benefit of reduced cost and minimal noise.

sig airgun .22

MPX-Blk-22-Rdot-Left

“SIG SAUER is known for making firearms of exceptional quality, and that same expertise is being applied to the design, engineering, and production of the new SIG SAUER Advanced Sport Pellet line of airguns,” said Ron Cohen, president and chief executive officer of SIG SAUER, Inc. “Our semi-auto Advanced Sport Pellet offerings will allow those who already own these models of SIG SAUER centerfire guns – be they recreational shooters, competition shooters, or professionals – to train extensively with less noise and reduced expense. They are also ideal for first-time airgun owners or those who wish to upgrade from their current airguns.”

.177 pistol Sig P226

.177 pistol Sig P226

The SIG MPX and SIG MCX ASP air rifles feature the RPM™ (Rapid Pellet Magazine) Pellet Drive System, the industry’s first encapsulated belt-fed pellet magazine capable of 30 rounds in 3.5 seconds.  Both models have an integral Picatinny optics rail and accessory rail in addition to flip-up front and rear sights, both of which are adjustable.  The robust metal housing and double reinforcement of all seals

ensures durability.  SIG ASP air rifles are also available with optics – the SIG MPX MRD package comes with the SIG 20R red dot sight and the SIG MCX comes with two optics options – the Scope package featuring a 1-4×24 scope with fast focus and a mil-dot reticle or the MRD red dot sight package. The SIG MPX .177 caliber shoots up to 600 feet per second (fps); the SIG MPX .22 caliber – up to 475 fps; SIG MCX .177 caliber – up to 750 fps; and SIG MCX .22 caliber – up to 525 fps.

P250-Sig .177

P250-Sig .177

The SIG SAUER P226 and P250 semi-auto ASP air pistols shoot pellets in .177 caliber and feature realistic blowback action of the metal slide just as the original centerfire models do.  Both models have an auto decocking feature for enhanced safety, a 16-round rotary-clip magazine (8×2), rifled barrel, front blade sight, and fixed rear sight.   Accessory rails on the P226 and P250 also allow mounting of a laser or tactical flashlight.  The P226 .177 caliber shoots up to 510 fps and the P250 .177 caliber – up to 500 fps.

SIG SAUER is offering an assortment of ASP targets including spinners, traps, and a Texas Star with nine center-mass targets that spin around one central axis.  All of these targets are compatible with .177, .22 and .25 calibers.  SIG also offers various lead-free and lead copper-jacketed pellets.

SIG SAUER Advanced Sport Pellet airguns are currently available in the following models and colors: SIG MPX .177 (Black), SIG MPX .177 MRD (Black or Flat Dark Earth), SIG MPX .22 (Black), SIG MPX .22 MRD (Black or FDE), SIG MCX .177 (Black), SIG MCX .177 Scope or MRD (Black or FDE), SIG MCX .22 (Black), SIG MCX .22 Scope or MRD (Black or FDE), P226 .177 (Black or FDE) and P250 .177 (Black or Olive Drab Green).

SIG SAUER Advanced Sport Pellet airguns are designed and engineered to the same exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles.  Each SIG SAUER airgun goes through rigorous testing and must be approved by the SIG SAUER Academy before entering the market.  This stringent quality control process ensures that professionals who train with these airguns experience exceptional performance.

For more information, visit www.sigsauerasp.com and www.sigsaueracademy.com. 

About SIG SAUER, Inc.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is a New Hampshire-based weapons systems provider leading the industry in American innovation, ingenuity, and manufacturing. SIG SAUER® brings a dedication to superior quality, ultimate reliability, and unmatched performance that has made it the brand of choice among responsible citizens, and many of the world’s most elite military, government, and law enforcement units. As a complete systems provider, SIG SAUER offers a full array of products to meet any mission parameter, from handguns and rifles to silencers, optics, ammunition, airguns and accessories. The largest member of a worldwide business group of firearms manufacturers that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland, SIG SAUER is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified company with approximately 1,000 employees. For more information on SIG SAUER, any of its products, or the SIG SAUER AcademySM, log on towww.sigsauer.com.

New Copper Bullet Option

Got this press release from Sig today. New Copper Bullet Option for 300 BLK hunters:

sig copper 300 BLK ammo

sig copper 300 BLK ammo

SIG SAUER® Introduces New SIG HT™ 300BLK Supersonic Ammunition for Hunting

Newington, NH (January 11, 2016) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce a new supersonic 300BLK Elite Performance Ammunition round designed specifically for hunting. The SIG HT™ 300BLK cartridge features a 120gr all-copper bullet that delivers deep penetration, consistent 1.8X expansion and maximum terminal ballistic performance, creating an effective hunting round in the 300BLK caliber. The muzzle velocity of this 120gr, lead-free supersonic round is 2,250 fps from a 16-inch barrel rifle with muzzle energy of 1,349 ft-lbs.

Excellent for hunting deer, pigs and predators, the new SIG HT centerfire rifle ammunition gives those who hunt with 300BLK rifles an edge in the field. Its all-copper bullet profile and nose geometry are optimized for feeding smoothly in AR-style rifles. The SIG HT cartridges are made with newly designed premium nickel-plated 300BLK shell cases, not reworked 5.56 cases, and SIG SAUER uses flash-reduced propellant to minimize visible signature while shooting in low-light situations. Premium quality primers are also used to minimize variations in velocity.

“Given the popularity of the 300BLK, we wanted to offer ammunition truly designed for hunting that expands upon impact,” said Dan Powers, president of the SIG SAUER Ammunition Division. “The 300BLK is our first offering in this new SIG HT hunting line of premium grade rifle ammunition. The SIG HT 300BLK supersonic hunting round is in addition to our Match Grade subsonic and supersonic 300BLK rounds. In the coming months, we will be introducing a 220gr subsonic 300BLK hunting round in addition to new rifle ammunition in a variety of other calibers.” Exacting standards as the company’s premium pistols and rifles.

For more information, visit www.sigsauer.com/ammunition.

BC LEH now online

It is about time British Columbia got online with their Hunting Lottery system. Alberta has had their system online for years. I am happy about this as it will streamline the whole process as well as eliminate the rumour mill surrounding the BC LEH draw.

Hunter
 Registration
 and the
 Limited
 Entry
 Hunting
 (LEH)
Application
 Process 
Are
 Changing. The
 Province
 will 
introduce
 a
new
 online
 system
 for 
hunters
 in 
2016, 
making 
it 
easier
 for 
you 
to
register
 and
 apply 
for 
Limited 
Entry
 Hunting
 (LEH)
 permits.
 You
 can
submit
 LEH
 applications 
online
 at
 home 
or 
at 
a
 Service
BC,
FrontCounter
BC,
 or
 vendor 
location.
 The 
online 
service
 will 
be 
available 
for 
the 
Fall 
2016 
LEH
 Draw. 
More 
information 
will 
be
provided 
in 
the 
2016‐2017 
Limited 
Entry 
Hunting 
Regulations 
Synopsis. You
 can
 no 
longer 
purchase
paper 
application 
forms 
for 
the 
Fall 
2016 
LEH 
Draw
 or 
the 
2016 
Special 
Sheep
 LEH 
Draw. 
Forms 
for
 the
 Spring
 2016 
LEH
 Draw can
 be
 purchased
 only at
 the
following
 locations:

All
 Service 
BC
 locations 
during 
regular 
business 
hours; 
Monday
 to
Friday 
from 
8:30
a.m. 
to 
4:30
p.m. 
  I tried going to Wholesale sports in langley to purchase a LEH card but they were all out and told me to buy them from the Service BC locations.

Note:
You 
do 
not
 need
 a
 hunter
 number
 or 
license 
to purchase
 an
application
 form. If
 you
 have 
already 
purchased 
LEH
 application
forms,
 you
 can
 use
 them
 for
 the 
Spring
 2016
 or 
Fall
 2016
 Draw.
After 
that, 
paper 
application
 forms 
will 
NOT
 be 
accepted.

This bear was harvested using the BC LEH lottery

BCGrizzly

BCGrizzly

 

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/fishing-hunting/hunting/limited-entry-hunting/leh-online-applications

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Dry Brine Smoked Salmon in 5 Easy Steps

Wild Smoked Salmon Fillet

The finished product.

I have tried multiple ways to smoke salmon and the dry brine method is my favorite. It is much simpler, cleaner, and quicker than keeping your fillets in a gooey tub overnight. Not to mention, the taste is far superior.

What you will need: 

  • A smoker, alder chips, and salmon fillets (obviously).
  • Dark brown sugar.
  • Non iodized salt. I like to use coarse canning salt.
  • Garlic cloves.
  • Mixing bowl
  • Tupperware type container for salmon fillets and brine.

1. Prepare the fillets

  • Make sure you are using wild fresh salmon. Best is Sockeye or Chinook, but any wild salmon will do.
  • You can cut them into 2-3″ wide strips or leave them whole if they are not too thick, and leave skin on.
  • Slice diagonal lines into the fillets to allow greater brine penetration.
Dry brine

Dry brine is ready for the garlic.

2. Prepare the brine.

  • The ratio is 4 cups of brown sugar, 1 cup of salt, 10 cloves of garlic.
  • If you need more brine, keep the ratio the same.
  • Mix in mixing bowl.
Fillets in Brine

Fillets in Brine

3. Brine the fillets.

  • Cover the fillets generously with the brine mix.
  • Stack in Tupperware starting with skin side down.
  • Stack flesh to flesh, and skin to skin.
  • Cover and let sit in fridge for approximately 6 hours.
  • The container will turn into a gooey mess

 

Dry brine turns gooey

Dry brine turns gooey

4. Rinse and Rack

  • Gently rinse coarse granules off fillets under the tap.
  • Spray racks with non stick cooking spray like Pam. This will make removal later much easier.
  • Place on rack.
  • Let dry with good circulation for 6 hours to develop sticky top layer.
Salmon ready for smoking

Salmon ready for smoking

Salmon in the big chief

Salmon in the big chief

5. Smoker time

  • Use smoker outdoors with nothing flammable in close proximity. Don’t use extension cord.
  • Pre- heat smoker for 15 mins.
  • Add alder chips and racks of salmon fillets.
  • You can add chips to determine strength of flavour. Usually more pans of fresh chips at the beginning.
  • Keep in smoker for around 6 hours. You can check earlier if you would like.

 

 

Bonus info

  1. The fillets always taste better the next day after cooling and sitting in the fridge.
  2. You can vacuum pack the smoked fillets to preserve them longer in the fridge.
  3. Some people use a blanket or a box over the smoker, but I never had good success with that method.
  4. I got this recipe from salmonuniversity.com

2011 Fraser Sockeye and Chinook Journal

2011 was a great year for fishing. I would have to say it was my favorite fishing year ever. On the majority of days you could expect to get 2 Sockeye salmon and 1 Chinook. This year I really got the feel for landing Chinook salmon on the river.

Chinook salmon

Chinook salmon

Chinook Salmon

A Spring in the sink

Fraser Chinook

Fraser Chinook

Chinook and Sockeye salmon

My Chinook with 2 Sockeye salmon alongside my friends Chinook salmon. This was a common day in 2011.

This little reel had a few draw backs. The major one is that it did not hold a lot of line, the other being it was light duty. The positive was I could cast this Diawa Exceler reel further than anyone in the river and get into the spring holes. I only got so much life out of it before it finally broke immediately after landing a Chinook salmon. I had to replace the line multiple times that year but it was worth it.

Broken reel

My Diawa Exceler reel breaks after reeling in a Spring salmon.

 

2015 BC LEH Results and Rumours

2015 BC LEH Results and Rumours

Every year there seems to be a set of different stories that run in the circles of BC resident hunters around Limited Entry Draw time. I have heard superstitious people swear by using blue ink, black in, red ink, felt pen etc. I have heard in years past that “anti’s” (Anti-Hunters) have been completing C.O.R.E, getting their hunter numbers, and buying LEH draws so they take chances away from legitimate hunters in the province. This year there was a believable rumour going around that postal workers who were not fond of hunters, would just throw out any LEH draw cards or envelopes addressed to Wildlife Branch on Jutland rd that would pass through their hands. This story made cautious LEH applicants send in their LEH cards in by registered mail or express post insuring no chance of being discarded.

Just in time for spring bear hunting season.

Imagine, having the convenience to bring up the field care chapter, or any other reference material from the entire Black Bear Hunting Encyclopedia book and DVD, while you are in the bush hunting with your mobile device?

Purchase: On iTunes

or on: google play

So what did you put in this year? I put in for the basics, Moose, doe, elk. Last year there was a delay in getting results due to the increase in applicants, I assume this is the case again this year.

Check 2015 BC LEH results here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/wildlife/hunting/resident/leh.html#Status

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