HUNTING PRESERVATION FUND
Hunting Preservation Fund
“In a civilized and cultivated country, wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest again all hunting and consider sportsmen as enemies of wildlife are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds, the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extinction.” – Theodore Roosevelt
The Hunting Preservation Fund (HPF) was established by GOABC to help ensure that non-residents will continue to have the opportunity to hunt in British Columbia, Yukon, and NWT.
Hunting by non-residents is coming under increasing pressure in British Columbia. While animal rights activists appear to be focusing on bear hunting, their long-term objective is to stop all hunting. The anti-hunting pressure from the “anti-everything” organizations is united and organized. They have unlimited resources and are using new strategies and building alliances to advance their agenda.
Unfortunately, much of the public are misinformed or under informed. As hunters, we must be vigilant about communicating the benefits of hunting to the 70% of people who sit “in the middle.” The GOABC will continue to take the lead in being a respected voice for the outfitting industry in BC. If we want hunting to be around for future generations we must have our story told: hunters are the true conservationists who care about wildlife.
The hunting community is relatively small and must be more united. Our opportunity will be lost if we are fragmented by where we are from, the equipment we use, the species we pursue or the reasons we hunt.
GOABC members in British Columbia charge their non-resident hunters a $200.00 fee. This fee is collected by the outfitter, held in-trust for GOABC and remitted at year end. Non-resident hunters who contribute to the HPF receive a one year subscription (3 issues) to Mountain Hunter™ Magazine. This world-class publication continues to grow in circulation.
Angling Preservation Fund
The freshwater fishing community is experiencing changes to the industry that is impacting the quality experience that angling clients expect.
The Angling Preservation Fund (APF) was established by the Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia (GOABC) at the request of the industry to better fund freshwater angling efforts. These efforts are intended to directly improve the business environment that freshwater angling guides operate and to help improve quality fishing opportunities in British Columbia.
By contributing to the APF, the angler plays a direct role in helping preserve quality fishing opportunities in BC’s streams, rivers, and lakes.
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