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Surrey, BC V3S 6M3
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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, NWT and Nunavut.
Trophy hunting by non-residents is coming under increasing pressure in British Columbia. While animal rights activists appear to be focusing on black bear and grizzly bear hunting, their long-term objective is to stop all hunting. The anti-hunting pressure from the “anti-everything” organizations is strong and organized. They have unlimited resources and are using new strategies and building alliances to lobby their agendas.
Unfortunately, much of the public are misinformed or under informed. As hunters, we must be vigilant and diligent about relaying 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 our industry. If we want hunting to be around for future generations we must have our story told: hunters are the true conservationists because hunters pay for conservation.
The hunting community is relatively small and must work together. 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 $150.00 grant. This grant is collected by the guide 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 contains hunting stories told from the non-resident hunter’s point of view.
The guide outfitting industry contributes between $2 million and $3 million each year to the government in license and tag fees, surcharges and royalties, and millions of other dollars in general taxes.