Code of Ethics

Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club
DO NOT DESTROY THAT WHAT WE CANNOT REPLACE
Member’s Code of Ethics
Effective January 1, 2009
OBJECTIVE
The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club has a proud existence for some 90 years. We are a conservation minded organization dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment and to the promotion of outdoor recreational activities. We have in excess of 200 local members and are affiliated with the 30,000 strong BC Wildlife Federation. Through the efforts of our Club and its members, we have been
instrumental in many local conservation and environmental sustainability projects.
As a Club whose members participate in shooting, hunting, and fishing activities, we are concerned about the image portrayed to the public by illegal or unethical behaviour by shooters, hunters, or anglers whether these are members of the Club or not. The objective of this document is therefore to outline a Code of Ethics and a set of behaviours which the Club considers acceptable and which reflect positively on the sport of target shooting, hunting, and fishing including archery.

This Code of Ethics is outlined in five basic principles, which are shown in the following. This document also lists certain unacceptable behaviour, the impact of unlawful or unethical behaviour on Club membership and
the annual trophy competition as well as other guiding principles.
Each member of the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club shall observe the Code of Ethics and failure to do so could result in loss of membership in the Club. Membership in the club is a privilege and is open for review by the executive at any time. The Executive may propose a Special Resolution to be voted on at a General, Annual General or Special Meeting to expel a Member who is in breech of
this Code of Ethics by giving notice of the Special Resolution to all Members at least 14 days prior to such meeting. The Member who is the subject of such Special Resolution may attend the meeting to justify why his membership should not be revoked and failing to attend, forfeits his right to be heard.
The Special Resolution expelling a Member requires a 75% majority of Members present at such meeting in order to be passed.

1. ACT RESPONSIBLY AT ALL TIMES
All Members, Hunters, or anglers responsibilities surpass the demands of the law.
Responsible members, hunters and anglers learn as much as possible about the game pursued, its habitat and lifecycle. They are familiar with the reasons for fishing & hunting seasons, restrictions and bag limits. Members believe strongly in the sustainable use of resources. Responsible members, hunters and target shooters are skilled in the use of the tools of hunting. Whether they use guns or bows, traditional or more advanced firearms, they must be well practiced and know the firearm’s capabilities and limitations. When they shoot, they do so accurately and safely.
Responsible members, hunter and angler’s interests in wildlife extend beyond the field and table. They have a concern for the environment, non-game and endangered species and they support wildlife research, conservation efforts and law enforcement.
Responsible members will shoot safely at all times, obey all shooting range rules as posted, and help to keep our shooting ranges clean and safe by cleaning up after shooting not only their own targets, etc. but also any litter seen on the ranges.

2. SHOW RESPECT FOR THE LAW
Virtually every aspect of shooting, hunting, and angling is regulated by provincial and, in some cases federal laws. Laws determine who can hunt or fish, where and under what conditions. Laws exist to maintain public safety and to ensure that wildlife is conserved.
Our Code of Ethics requires that each member:
• Obey all applicable laws and regulations.
• Insist that other shooters, hunters, and anglers obey all laws and regulations.
• Report offenders, lawbreakers and poachers
• Respect the customs of the locale where the shooting, hunting, or angling occurs.

3. SHOW RESPECT FOR LANDOWNERS
A license to hunt or fish is not a license to trespass. Trespassers and vandals who disrespect private property hurt the image of all sportsmen. Such actions encourage landowners to post their property. Landowners have every right to expect lawful and responsible behavior from the hunters and anglers who enjoy their property.
Our Code of Ethics requires that each member:
• Seek permission to enter and hunt or fish on private lands.
• Respect any conditions placed by landowner on where and when to hunt or fish on his property.
• Respect all buildings, fences, crops and livestock.
• Attempt to develop a positive relationship with the landowner.

4. SHOW RESPECT FOR WILDLIFE
Hunters have a deep respect for the game they pursue. Their interest in wildlife extends beyond the field and their concern for wildlife and the environment extends to non-game and endangered species.
Fundamental to all hunting and fishing is the concept of conservation of natural resources. Hunting or fishing in today’s world involves the regulated harvest of individual animals or fish in a manner that conserves, protects, and perpetuates the hunted population.
Our Code of Ethics requires that each member:
• Harvest game only in Fair Chase. FAIR CHASE, as defined by the Boone and Crockett Club, is the sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and harvesting of any free-ranging, native North American game animal in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper advantage over such                                                                                  • Recognize and live by the capabilities and limitations of yourself, your equipment and otherduring your hunting or fishing.
• Attain and maintain the skills necessary to make the kill as certain and quick as possible.
• Shoot only when a quick, clean kill is assured and forego the long-range or obscured shot that may wound an animal or be unsafe.
• Make every effort to avoid injuring an animal and to retrieve a wounded animal.
• Make full use of any game harvested, avoid letting edible meat spoil or be wasted.
• Measure success of the day by the quality of the outdoor experience, not by the quantity of game or fish taken.

5. SHOW RESPECT FOR OTHERS
In today’s society it is critical that all shooters, hunters, and anglers behave in a manner that is not offensive to other shooters, hunters, anglers, and the general public. They must demonstrate their respect for both the written law and unwritten moral code that dictates a deep respect for the wilderness and the game they seek.
Our Code of Ethics requires that each member:
• Exercise a personal code of behavior that reflects favorably on your abilities and sensibilities as a shooter, hunter, or angler.
• Behave in a way that will bring no dishonor to either the hunter, the hunted, the angler, the fish, or the environment.
• Avoid displaying your harvest on your vehicle or in your yard.
• At all times use safe and responsible firearm handling.
• Obey all firearm storage and transportation laws and observe the rules of safe litter. Do not dispose of garbage either in your shooting, hunting, or fishing area or on the route to and from. Leave your camp area and shooting range cleaner than when you found it and take out and dispose of any garbage properly.
• Take the time to share your shooting, hunting, and fishing skills and experiences with novices.
UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR
The LWD Rod & Gun Club considers the following types of behavior unacceptable:
• Shooting, hunting, or fishing outside of prescribed areas and hours as dictated by the Regulations.
• Hunting with the use of lights, except for recovery of game shot during legal hours.
• Shooting, hunting or fishing in protected or closed areas or on private lands without the Owner’s permission.
• Spotting or herding game from the air, followed by landing in its vicinity for the purpose of pursuit and harvesting.
• Herding or chasing with the aid of motorized equipment.
• Use of electronic devices such as but not limited to, artificial lighting, night vision optics, and thermal imaging equipment or any device deemed unfair chase or illegal by law.
• Confining game by artificial barriers, including escape-proof fenced enclosures.
• Transplanting game for the purpose of harvesting.
• Harvesting by use of traps or pharmaceuticals.
• Harvesting game while in the act of swimming, helpless in deep snow or helpless in any other natural or artificial medium.
• Harvesting game on another person’s license.
• Use of bait of any kind where illegal by law.
• Abusive language or actions toward other outdoorsmen whether fellow shooters, hunters, fishermen,
hikers, or any persons.
IMPACT OF CHARGES, OFFENCES AND UNETHICAL BEHAVIOUR ON CLUB MEMBERSHIP
Any Member of the Club charged with an offence under the Wildlife Act or any Act and in either case deemed by the Executive to be unethical or harmful to the club shall immediately become a Member Not in Good Standing and shall be subject to being expelled in accordance with the procedure earlier defined under
“Objectives”. If the subject person is not expelled, he shall remain a Member Not in Good Standing for the balance of the calendar year and may apply to have his membership re-instated in the following year.
Club Members who have reason to believe that another Member or any person in that Member’s immediate family have engaged in unlawful or unethical practices or are accused of multiple offences deemed to be unethical or harmful to the Club are to refer the matter to the Club President. If warranted by the circumstances, the President may convene a committee consisting of the President, 2 member of the
Executive and 2 Club members at large to consider the facts and circumstances and make recommendations for further action to Club members at a General, Annual General or Special Meeting.
ANNUAL TROPHY COMPETITON
Members who are expelled or who are Members Not In Good Standing will not be allowed to enter any of our trophy competitions for that year.
Persons must have paid their annual Club membership at least 3 days prior to harvesting an animal/fish in order for that animal/fish to be allowed entry into the trophy competition.
OTHER CLUB PRINCIPLES
The LWD Rod & Gun Club condemns the pursuit and killing of any big game animal kept in or released from captivity to be killed in an artificial or bogus “hunting” situation (“canned shooting”) where the game lacks the equivalent chance to escape afforded free-ranging animals, virtually assuring the shooter a certain or
unrealistically favorable chance of a kill. The LWD Rod & Gun Club condemns artificial and unnatural enhancement of a big game species’ genetic
characteristics. Unacceptable practices for genetic enhancement include, but are not limited to, artificial insemination, controlled or unnatural breeding programs, cloning, and translocation of breeding stock for “canned shooting” purposes.
APPENDIX “A” Trophy Entry Rules and Regulations
APPENDIX “A” TO Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club
Member’s Code of Ethics
With Effective Date of January 1, 2009
Lake Windermere District Rod &
Gun Club
Trophy Entry Rules and Regulations
Effective January 1, 2010
HUNTING TROPHY COMPETITION
1. To participate in the Trophy Competition, the person entering must be a member of the Club in good standing and have purchased their membership at least 3 days prior to the harvest of any animals or fish entered.
2. The Trophy Competition runs on a calendar year from January 1st to December 31st
3. Each animal entered must have a tag attached that states the species, tag number, LEH Authorization #, Compulsory Inspection #, Date of Kill, Location of Kill (MU # ex: 4-01) Hunter Number, hunter’s name and phone number and if you are an adult or junior and/or male or female and means of harvest (Rifle, Archery, X-bow)
4. All entries must be taken during the current calendar year’s hunting season.
5. The boundary of the competition shall be MU’s 4-01 to 4-06, 4-19 to 4-27, 4-34 to 4-37, 4-40.
6. Out of Region Category: Outside of the competition boundaries stated in #5 but within British Columbia.
7. Out of Province Category: Outside of British Columbia but within North America.
8. Junior Category: Must be under the age of 19 at the time you harvest the animal entered.
9. There will be 5 placings in all categories if warranted. Categories will be: , Adult Men’s Rifle, Adult Men’s Archery, Adult Men’s X-bow, Adult Women’s Rifle, Adult Women’s Archery, Adult Women’s X-bow, Junior Rifle, Junior Archery and Junior X-bow.
10. All trophies will be scored according to the latest Boone and Crockett Club and Pope and Young Club’s rules and regulations.
11. The Windermere District Rod and Gun club has adopted all rules, regulations and fair chase statement of the Boone and Crockett club and the Pope and Young Club.
12. The following items apply to all entries.
a. Trespassing:
Trespassing is covered under the Windermere District Rod and Gun Clubs By-laws and Code of Ethics.
b. The Use of Radio Tracking Collars:
Electronic collars with radio transmitters are used in some areas where dogs are used to pursue bear and cougars. The Fair Chase Statement does not exclude their use to locate dogs after the hunt is over. However, so far as the Club is concerned, any trophy taken once the receivers are turned on, is disqualified from entry. Hunter must be present when the dogs are initially released
to pursue bear or cougar and can not be called by radio, cell phone or any other device to direct the hunter to the location of the animal for harvest.
c. Electronic Communication devices:
Two way Radios (and CB Radios) probably top the list of electronic devices that disqualify a trophy from being entered if used to direct a hunter to a trophy. In this modern age, it should go without saying that trophies taken with cellular phones to direct a hunter would also be disqualified from entry.
d. Archery tackle
A bow shall be defined as a long bow, re-curve bow or a compound bow that is hand held and hand drawn and that has no mechanical device to enable the hunter to lock the bow at full or partial draw. Other than energy stored by the drawn bow, no device to propel the arrow will be permitted. If a crossbow is used to harvest an animal, that entry will be placed either in the rifle category or a crossbow category if present.
13. All entries must be cleaned of all hair and flesh and have no odor present, also have name tag attached.
FISHING TROPHY COMPETITION:
1. Boundaries for the fishing trophy competition are the same as the big game trophy competition:
MU’s 4-1 to 4-6, 4-19 to 4-27, 4-34 to 4-37 and 4-40 and also uses the calendar year for each year of the competition.
2. Categories are: Largest Cutthroat trout, Rainbow Trout and Brook trout, there will be 3 placements in each category with Adult Male and Adult Female and junior categories, one small keeper plaque and a larger yearly trophy will be presented to the first place winner and a keeper plaque to the other placements entries.
3. Actual fish does not need to be present to enter, entry must be made to any member of the Executive/Director. Entry information must contain the fish species, length in either inches or centimeters, date fish was caught and what lake or stream it was caught in.
4. Awarding of the trophies will be made at the annual Celebration of the Harvest Rod and Gun dinner.