Kamloops hunters should expect roadblocks this long weekend

By Greg Fry
October 6, 2017 - 2:28pm Updated: October 6, 2017 - 3:09pm

KAMLOOPS — If you plan on spending your Thanksgiving long weekend hunting, don't be surprised if you run into a roadblock.

Sgt. Kevin Van Damme with the BC Conservation Officer Service in Kamloops says COs will be out in full force making sure you're playing by the rules.

"We will be setting up roadblocks this weekend and we'll be checking hunters," he tells CFJC Today. "We'll be looking to ensure hunters have the licensing and are lawfully transporting animals they've harvested."

He says the roadblocks will also be a chance to help educate hunters in light of a new licensing system the province introduced last spring.

As for those caught breaking the rules, Van Damme says penalties vary.

"We can seize equipment, we can send hunters to court and face higher penalties by judges or we can deal with them at the time depending on the severity of their offence with ticketable offences."

He encourages anyone who witnesses unlawful activity while out in the bush to call their 24/7 reporting line at 1-877-952-7277,

 

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