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The Jurassic Classic

BC’s Full Curl Fishing Experience!

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The countdown is on for the 2018 Jurassic Classic Fishing Experience! This year, the Jurassic Classic 1event takes place Aug 17-20th, when sportsmen and women from across North America make their way to Chilliwack, BC to fish the Fraser River for white sturgeon, all while raising funds and awareness for wild sheep populations in British Columbia.  This collaborative effort between the BC Wildlife Federation, the Guide Outfitter Association of BC, and the Wild Sheep Society of BC is an annual event that’s becoming a household name in wild sheep conservation across North America, and is being noted as a model for conservation minded groups working together in the name of wildlife.

2018 marks the 3rd year for the Jurassic Classic and so far it’s shaping up to be one of the best years yet!  This year, SITKA Gear stepped up to support the Jurassic Classic as the “Signature Sponsor”, bringing a connection to the mountain hunting community that come together with a passion for wild sheep.   SITKA is also the Official Sponsor of the WSF “Sheep Show” and therefore has strong connections to the various Chapters and Affiliate members who attend the Jurassic Classic.  Having SITKA Gear support the Jurassic Classic fundraising efforts serves to elevate our event to higher peaks.

“SITKA Gear exists to elevate the standard against which all other hunting brands are measured – in product design, content authenticity, customer service, and environmental stewardship.”

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The mission of the Jurassic Classic fundraiser is to put fundraising dollars to on-the-ground conservation work that benefits the various wild sheep herds across the Jurrasic Classic 7province.  In 2017, over $42,000 was raised and almost all funds have been committed to sheep conservation projects in all areas of the province.  It is a true testament to the dedication and commitment of the 60 attendees and volunteers who help put the event on each year.  While the goal is wild sheep conservation, the Jurassic Classic committee has noted the connection that many feel with the white sturgeon, thus this year the committee is also dedicating a fundraising item (a BC First Nations sturgeon art piece) to be auctioned off, with all proceeds returning to the sturgeon fishery that so many enjoy each year.

The extensive reach of the Wild Sheep Foundation has ensured teams from various Chapters and Affiliates come up to support the event each year, bringing fundraising dollars into the province that were not available before the creation of this event. Teams for the Jurassic Classic are marketed to various WSF Chapters and Affiliates, Canadian wildlife conservation groups, BCWF affiliated clubs, SCI chapters, and sold as well at the WSF Sheep Show.  The value that groups have seen by supporting the Jurassic Classic has been great and only builds further on the collaborative efforts that the Jurassic Classic brings.

The group arrives on the Friday evening for a fun evening meet-and-greet.  From the Jurassic Classic 11moment they arrive, they are treated to an all-inclusive event. A full day of fishing (hosted by Great River Fishing Adventures) takes place Saturday.  Saturday evening finds the guests on the shores of the Fraser River for a BBQ of wild game and salmon, which has been a highlight for many.  Sunday brings another full day of fishing, followed by an awards banquet, guest speakers, and a live and silent auction fundraiser.  The guests depart Monday morning after an action packed weekend.

Guests return year after year and look forward to an event where they can laugh, fish, and enjoy a weekend discussing conservation topics with like-minded hunter/conservationists from various organizations.  The unique aspect of fishing while “Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain” really makes the Jurassic Classic “BC’s Full Curl Fishing Experience!”

~ Trevor Carruthers, Jurassic Classic Committee

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Jump for Wildlife

Join us at Wildplay Elements Park in Maple Ridge on September 29th, 2018!

Take a risk for BC’s at-risk species by facing your fears and jumping off the “What’s to Fear” jump at Wildplay Elements Park, with all proceeds raised going back to support the BC Wildlife Federation.

There are two ways you can come out and support the BC Wildlife Federation!

You can Jump for Wildlife: Participants can register through our online sign-up form to jump off the “What’s to Fear” jump, an unnerving plunge from 40 feet, to raise funds and awareness for BC’s at risk and endangered fish and wildlife! You can sign up as part of the BC Wildlife Federation team or you can create your own team. Once you’ve registered we will help you create an online giving page for you to share with your social networks and collect donations through a safe and secure online platform. You will also be given a pledge sheet to collect cash and cheque donations, as well as a list of fundraising ideas to try. The funds you raise will be put to work to protect and enhance BC’s fragile wild spaces and species at risk. As a thank-you for your fundraising efforts, your entry for Wildplay and the “What’s to Fear” jump will be complementary!

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You can come and watch: Not keen on taking the 40 foot plunge? That’s okay! Come on out on September 29th and watch others do the “What’s to Fear” jump. On September 29th, 25% of your Wildplay registration will go back to support the BC Wildlife Federation! Come and cheer on your family and friends as they take the jump and enjoy a day of fun activities. Don’t forget to support our jumpers! Your gift could be the encouragement they need to take the 40 foot plunge!

Have a question or need help signing-up? We are here to help! Contact Jessica at 604-882-9988 or giving@bcwf.bc.ca

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Family Fishing Day

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We were at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery on Saturday June 16th, taking in the festivities of Family Fishing Day. This year was the 19th annual province wide fishing event! It is a day for families to come out and fish for free without having to purchase a license. It’s a great way for families to get outdoors and experience to pure joy of fishing, with many of the youngsters catching their very first fish!

Knowledgeable volunteers were on hand to help parents and children bate their hooks and cast their reels. Conservation Officers were also around, measuring the fish the children caught and educating them on basic fishing regulations. Families were able to take home one fish per child, if the child caught the fish. At the end of the day each child was handed a bucket with a trout inside to replenish the ponds with more fish.

DSC_0059We would like to congratulate Dean Worrall on winning the Bass Pro fishing rod we raffled off.A big thank-you goes out to the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC who hosted the Family Fishing Day event in Abbotsford!

We hope everyone who came out had a fantastic time and we hope to see you again next year!

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