Conservation officers revive historical game check over long weekend

By Jill Sperling / Adam Donnelly
October 11, 2016 - 12:20pm Updated: October 11, 2016 - 2:20pm

CACHE CREEK, B.C. — Conservation officers are wrapping up a weekend, spent talking to hunters and ensuring all firearms, vehicles, and animals are legal. Members of the BC Conservation Officer Service from all over the province gathered in Cache Creek for a Game Check, over the long weekend.

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Conservation officer Kevin Van Damme says Cache Creek was home to a permanent, full-time game check from 1946-1976. 

"A lot of the information was used to sort of determine harvest levels, determine population, just to see the health of the animals, and to set regulations and rules for those hunters." 

This weekend's game check collected similar information. 

Van Damme says it's an opportunity to not only inspect the harvested animals, but also ensure hunters are fully aware of all regulations. 

"Sometimes we just need to guide them a little bit to make sure," Van Damme said. "For the most part we're just seeing good, honest, hard-working people through the check here." 

Wildlife biologists are also checking boats for invasive mussels and other harmful species. 

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