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A podcast about fishing and hunting, wildlife, nature and outdoor pursuits in magnificent British Columbia (BC) and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and every week, I talk with people on a wide variety of topics and issues related to wild things. Some specific topics include fly-fishing, chironomids, hunting mule deer, bow hunting and learning all that's required to become good in the field with archery equipment. I have lived in Kamloops for nearly 30 years and have come to love all aspects of the outdoors in B.C., from our great stillwater fishing lakes to our wild mountains, prime fishing rivers, incredible rainbow trout and spectacular scenery. There is so much to talk about when it comes to the outdoors in British Columbia, and I hope to provide outdoors folk with a wide range of meaningful information about so many of the outdoors activities that have become my life's passion. Please subscribe, and let me know what you want to hear about by sending email to bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com.

Hunting & Fishing British Columbia Robert Koopmans

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    • 4.4 • 30 Ratings

A podcast about fishing and hunting, wildlife, nature and outdoor pursuits in magnificent British Columbia (BC) and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans and every week, I talk with people on a wide variety of topics and issues related to wild things. Some specific topics include fly-fishing, chironomids, hunting mule deer, bow hunting and learning all that's required to become good in the field with archery equipment. I have lived in Kamloops for nearly 30 years and have come to love all aspects of the outdoors in B.C., from our great stillwater fishing lakes to our wild mountains, prime fishing rivers, incredible rainbow trout and spectacular scenery. There is so much to talk about when it comes to the outdoors in British Columbia, and I hope to provide outdoors folk with a wide range of meaningful information about so many of the outdoors activities that have become my life's passion. Please subscribe, and let me know what you want to hear about by sending email to bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com.

    Changes to BC hunting regs, and stories from "fishing trip of a lifetime"

    Changes to BC hunting regs, and stories from "fishing trip of a lifetime"

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans. I’ve hunted and fished in BC for more than 30 years, and come to love everything about this province and all it has to offer.
    This year, I’ve teamed up with Randy Nelson, a retired fisheries officer and a skilled hunter with a lot of wisdom and experience to share. We’re going to chat through the coming months about a wide range of topics related to wildlife, hunting and fishing.
    If there’s a specific topic you’re interested in, let us know, we’ll see what we can do. If nothing else, send us an email letting us know how we’re doing. Reach us at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com … 
    This week, Randy I talked about changes to B.C.’s hunting regulations that came into effect on July 1. We also talked about upcoming fall hunting plans, as well as Randy’s "fishing trip of a lifetime" to a prime wild lake in northern Saskatchewan...
    BCWF membership page — https://bcwf.bc.ca/membership/
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    Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send us an email at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com …  I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Would you release a potential world-record salmon? A BC couple did, and C&R of big salmon is becoming more common

    Would you release a potential world-record salmon? A BC couple did, and C&R of big salmon is becoming more common

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans. I’ve hunted and fished in BC for more than 30 years, and come to love everything about this province and all it has to offer.
    This year, I’ve teamed up with Randy Nelson, a retired fisheries officer and a skilled hunter with a lot of wisdom and experience to share. We’re going to chat through the coming months about a wide range of topics related to wildlife, hunting and fishing.
    If there’s a specific topic you’re interested in, let us know, we’ll see what we can do. If nothing else, send us an email letting us know how we’re doing. Reach us at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com … 
    Today’s episode is the story of what could have been a new world-record chinook salmon, caught by a BC couple in 2019. It was a monstrous fish estimated to weigh approximately 106 pounds. I say estimated because these anglers released the fish alive instead of killing it, and without a carcass to officially weigh, the current official world record of 97 pound four ounces set in May 1985 remained unchallenged.
    Randy spoke to the woman who caught this chinook and while she was happy to share the details of the catch with hm, she didn’t want to chat with us live. Instead, we reached out to James McGregor at Advanced Taxidermy, who was the taxidermist who made a replica of this monster salmon. He shared his perspective about this salmon as well as about catch-and-release fishing, which he agrees is a growing trend.
    Lastly, we talked to Ted Walkus, the maager of the Good Hope Cannery Eco-Tourism Lodge in Rivers Inlet in BC. His lodge is heavily involved In efforts to promote and support catch-and-release of big chinook salmon. Ted hopes that catch-and-release for chinook will spread across the BC coast.
    But first, Randy and I chatted at length about catch-and-release and was it means to fishing … And just a quick note, this episode was recorded mostly in the spring, which is why you’ll hear us chatting about early season fishing in July… It took a bit of time to get all the bits and pieces for this one together …
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    Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send us an email at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com …  I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.
     Links:
    James Anderson Advanced Taxidermy — https://www.advancedtaxidermy.com
    Ted Walkus Good Hope Cannery Eco-Tourism Lodge — https://goodhopecannery.com
    BCWF membership page — https://bcwf.bc.ca/membership/

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Where does our hunting and fishing money go? Partly to conservation, thanks to the HCTF

    Where does our hunting and fishing money go? Partly to conservation, thanks to the HCTF

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans. I’ve hunted and fished in BC for more than 30 years, and come to love everything about this province and all it has to offer.
    This year, I’ve teamed up with Randy Nelson, a retired fisheries officer and a skilled hunter with a lot of wisdom and experience to share. We’re going to chat through the coming months about a wide range of topics related to wildlife, hunting and fishing.
    If there’s a specific topic you’re interested in, let us know, we’ll see what we can do. If nothing else, send us an email letting us know how we’re doing. Reach us at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com … 
    This week, Randy I talked to Greg Anderson and Dan Buffet from BC’s Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. A portion of all hunting and angling licence dollars in BC goes to the HCTF, which uses the money for a wide variety of conservation and land acquisition projects.
    We talked to Dan and Greg about the history of the HCTF, how it chooses projects to support, and other related topics.
    But first, we talked about an interesting moment I had on the water — a moment that could have been frightening but for some good luck ….
    BC HCTF website — https://hctf.ca

    BCWF membership page — https://bcwf.bc.ca/membership/
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    Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send us an email at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com …  I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Hunting bears or fishing for trout: Making the 'terrible' choices of spring ...

    Hunting bears or fishing for trout: Making the 'terrible' choices of spring ...

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans. I’ve hunted and fished in BC for more than 30 years, and come to love everything about this province and all it has to offer.
    This year, I’ve teamed up with Randy Nelson, a retired fisheries officer and a skilled hunter with a lot of wisdom and experience to share. We’re going to chat through the coming months about a wide range of topics related to wildlife, hunting and fishing.
    If there’s a specific topic you’re interested in, let us know, we’ll see what we can do. If nothing else, send us an email letting us know how we’re doing. Reach us at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com … 
    This week, Randy I had a rambling chat about the terrible choices of spring. With so much opportunity for outdoor activity available this at this time of year — what do you choose to do with your time? 
    We also discussed successes and failures we’ve had on recent trips. Both of us have had some great days on our local lakes fishing chironomids for trout. I’ve also been chasing bears with my bow, and despite my best tries, have not been able to find a way to close the deal on a bruin.
    We wrap it up with an update on the court case for the two dudes busted for filming a 30-day survival challenge in Banff National Park, a two-hour show they posted on YouTube.

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    BCWF membership page — https://bcwf.bc.ca/membership/
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    Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send us an email at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com …  I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Part 2 — Want changes to hunting regs? Be prepared to speak up ...

    Part 2 — Want changes to hunting regs? Be prepared to speak up ...

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans. I’ve hunted and fished in BC for more than 30 years, and come to love everything about this province and all it has to offer.
    This year, I’ve teamed up with Randy Nelson, a retired fisheries officer and a skilled hunter with a lot of wisdom and experience to share. We’re going to chat through the coming months about a wide range of topics related to wildlife, hunting and fishing.
    If there’s a specific topic you’re interested in, let us know, we’ll see what we can do. If nothing else, send us an email letting us know how we’re doing. Reach us at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com … 
    This week, Randy I talked to Toby Tobiasson and Sara Dirienzo from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department about how their state manages hunting and access to wildlife. It’s remarkably different than how it is done here in BC, and most of western Canada.
    Randy and I decided the most important difference, however, is in the way they treat the hunting community. Game officials there have regular, meaning conversations with hunters and treat them more like partners.
    Today’s chat is a loose continuation of the last episode, which focussed on Limited Entry Hunting and people’s perceptions of the system. The same as last time, Randy and I concluded the number one thing that western Canadian hunters need to do is pay attention to what is happening and be prepared to speak up.
    Decisions around hunting and fishing opportunities are often socially or politically based, and groups that speak on behalf of the sporting community become crucial. Groups like the BCWF are a great way for hunters to have their voices counted and heard.
    But before we continued our gripe about LEH, Randy and I chatted about our late May outdoors activities
    Links:
    BCWF membership page — https://bcwf.bc.ca/membership/
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    Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send us an email at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com …  I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Want changes to hunting regulations in BC, such as Limited Entry Hunting? “Join a gang,” says BC Wildlife Federation

    Want changes to hunting regulations in BC, such as Limited Entry Hunting? “Join a gang,” says BC Wildlife Federation

    Welcome to Hunting & Fishing BC, my podcast about fishing, hunting and other wild pursuits in British Columbia and western Canada. I’m Robert Koopmans. I’ve hunted and fished in BC for more than 30 years, and come to love everything about this province and all it has to offer.
    This year, I’ve teamed up with Randy Nelson, a retired fisheries officer and a skilled hunter with a lot of wisdom and experience to share. We’re going to chat through the coming months about a wide range of topics related to wildlife, hunting and fishing.
    If there’s a specific topic you’re interested in, let us know, we’ll see what we can do. If nothing else, send us an email letting us know how we’re doing. Reach us at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com … 
    This week, Randy I talked to Jesse Zeman, who is the executive director of the BC Wildlife Federation, about B.C.’s Limited Entry Hunting regulations. The LEH system has been used in B.C. for many years and is designed to balance hunting opportunity against wildlife resources.
    Jesse wrote a research paper in 2009 that found 60 per cent of hunters are not happy with the LEH system. His paper also outlined the current system and possible alternatives to the LEH regulations. It’s a complex topic and Jesse has done his homework in regards to the system and how it works.
    We also talked about how hunters and anglers can influence government to protect their sports and activities for future generations. The short answer — “join a gang,” said Jesse, such as the BCWF or another group such as Backcountry Anglers of BC or the Wild Sheep Society, to name a few. Being part of a community such as the BCWF carries weight and can significantly influence decisions government make. Decisions around hunting and fishing opportunities are often socially or politically based, and groups that speak on behalf of the sporting community become crucial. 

    We also talked about the BCWF’s recent set of resolutions passed at the April convention. The resolutions are full of incredibly valuable recommendations around hunting and fishing in B.C. and everyone should have look to see how the BCWF is working on our behalf.
    I’ve included a few links in the show notes to some key documents we discussed in this episode, including Jesse’s research on LEH, and the BCWF’s recent resolutions. Lastly, I’ve included a link to the BCWF’s membership page. For those who have never considered membership — and I was one of them — have a look and think again.  There is value in being engaged and active.
    But before we started our gripe about LEH, Randy and I small-talked about the unseasonably cold spring and early season fishing …
    Links:
    Jesse Zeman’s research paper on LEH in BC — https://bccf.com/sites/default/files/LEHReviewOct2009.pdf
    BCWF resolultions passed at the April 2022 convention — https://bcwf.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/2022-AGM-Resolutions-Submitted.pdf
    BCWF membership page — https://bcwf.bc.ca/membership/
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    Thanks for listening to this week’s episode. If you want to share a thought, send us an email at bchuntingandfishing@icloud.com …  I’m Robert Koopmans, thanks again, and we’ll catch you next time.

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Deer-Dave ,

Great podcast

Nice to have multiple viewpoints on how much to get into the tech side of archery. Kevin needs to leave some deer for the rest of us though

Fozzyw ,

Podcast

Great podcast!!!

Pedlic ,

love it.

So Glad Robert has found this medium to share his stories with us. Welcome back Koops!

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