A mule deer gathers his harem as fall mating season begins. Photo by Ray Crook

Updates to rifle range, waterfowl boxes for wetlands

A quarterly report by the Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club

The Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club is embarking on a quarterly update of items it is working on and topics of concern before the club. Over the summer we have been preparing plans for upgrades to the rifle range areas as part of maintenance and to keep it in compliance with government regulations. These upgrades will take place this fall and next spring. The same holds true for our archery range, both the static and 3D areas where members have made some great changes and improvements.

Recently we delivered wood to the David Thompson Secondary School shop where students will be building waterfowl boxes that will be placed in the Columbia wetlands this winter as part of a replacement project. This is the third year the class has done this for us. To date 50 new boxes have been installed with a target of approximately 100 boxes to be replaced. Twelve blue bird boxes were constructed by club members and placed on SL 48 (Nature Conservancy) land a few weeks ago. We are just in the planning stages for our winter programs which include indoor air rifles and archery as well as our habitat enhancement work we carry out on Nature Conservancy lands. So watch our website (lwdrodgun.com) for more information on these.

On the habitat side of things the club has been working on trying to lessen the impacts to the mountain goats in the Goldie Creek complex. We met with Canfor regarding their intent to carry out harvesting in the Kreuder Creek portion. After spending two days in the field looking at proposed access and cut blocks, changes were made for the better of the goats. We also initiated discussion with Panorama Resort regarding access as well along with possible education signage in areas where patrons were entering critical goat areas from the resort properties.

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