‘Namgis voluntarily participates in Tlawals (Roosevelt Elk) management as set by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) using a Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) System. Tlawals numbers were decimated and elk hunting in our territory has been managed by LEH, where a lottery determines the recipients of the elk to be harvested that year. We have participated since 1993 when ‘Namgis negotiated for 50% of the Limited Entry Hunt Elk (LEH) tags in ‘Namgis Territory. ‘Namgis administration, at the request of members agreed that ‘Namgis hunters will abide by the rules set out in the B.C. Wildlife Act, and summarized in the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis in regard to Roosevelt Elk hunting in our territory.
‘Namgis Elk Tag Allocation
Each year when ‘Namgis receives our allocated tags, we divide them, with one half for hunters and the other half for Food, Social, Ceremonial (FSC, commonly called ‘ceremonial’). The hunter tags are then put into our own lottery for ‘Namgis hunters who are eligible. Eligibility is determined based on our rules (see below). The FSC elk are currently all butchered and delivered to elders here at ‘Yalis. Management of this process is done by the Natural Resources Department. All hunters must fill out their tags and return them to the NRD after their successful hunt. If you are unsuccessful, the tag must be returned so it can be reported.
‘Namgis Elk Tag Hunter Eligibility
The rules set out for eligibility are:
- Must be a ‘Namgis member, with a valid status card
- Must have a valid Canadian Firearms Licence (Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL)
- Must be 19 years of age
- Must not have received a ‘Namgis elk tag within the past 3 years
- One tag per household, per cycle.
- Hunter must be present during the harvesting of the animal.
FSC Elk Tags
The FSC tags are held for local ‘Namgis hunters to harvest, and for this, they receive a hind quarter. Local hunters are selected because each elk needs to be delivered, butchered and stored in freezers in Alert Bay until distribution.
After all FSC elk are butchered; delivery will begin to elders in Alert Bay. All ceremonial elk is distributed as food, none is kept for social/ceremonial purposes. All First Nations elders in Alert Bay will be delivered elk meat regardless of registered nation.
All hunters wishing to harvest FSC elk must fill out the Hunter Report given with the tags.
The NRD Staff manage the tags, organize butchering, and manage the delivery of FSC elk.
- BC Conservation Officer Service does not recognize that ‘Namgis members have an aboriginal right to hunt with lights, or at night. If you participate in this activity you may be charged with a crime.
To Apply: Complete form and bring to ‘Namgis Administration Office. Alternatively, FAX to 250-974-5900 or EMAIL to firstname.lastname@example.org
The application must be filled out completely, or your application will not be accepted (email address is the only optional field). Must include copies of your PAL and Status Card (Both Sides)