Core Hunting Course

CORE Course Description

The Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) course encourages safety and conservation in the enjoyment of the outdoors.  Successful completion of the CORE course enables participants to obtain a BC Fish and Wildlife ID (FWID) which permits the purchase of an annual hunting license and participate in Limited Entry Hunting draws. A Firearms License (PAL) is not required for the CORE course.  The CORE course includes a multiple choice exam and firearms handling exam. The multiple choice exam is based on the CORE manual and the Hunting & Trapping Synopsis.  A minimum of 75% is required to pass the exams.  Proof of successful CFSC completion through presentation of your CFSC Non-Restricted Course Report, provides an exemption from the firearms handling exam. 

Course Dates and Hours

This is a two day course offered on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to approximately 5:30pm in the Clubhouse of the Vancouver Gun Club.

2021 Schedule

February 27 & 28 - Full - please contact for waitlist.

March 27 & 28 - Full - please contact for waitlist.

May 29 & 30 - Registration available (cancellation occurred).

September 4 & 5

October 23 & 24

November 6 & 7

Course dates can be custom scheduled for small groups (minimum five).

Course Fee

$160 which includes tests and tax.  The optional CORE manual may be purchased for $15.   

Pre-registration is required.  

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Topics Covered

  • Conservation & Ethics
    • Wildlife habitat
    • Fair chase
    • Shot placements
  • Hunting Regulations
    • Licenses, Species licenses, Limited entry hunting
    • Bag limits
    • Transportation requirements
    • Mandatory reporting requirements
  • Laws & Regulations
    • Legal hunting methods
    • Site access and no shooting areas
  • Outdoor Safety & Survival
    • Trip planning
    • Survival

  • Firearms Safety
    • Field use of firearms
    • Bullet and shot selection
  • Animal Identification
    • Cervids
    • Bovids
    • Canids
    • Felids
  • Bird Identification
    • Waterfowl
    • Migratory game birds
  • Indigenous People
  • Field Dressing (Non-examinable)

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