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 a course report or first time PAL issued after Sept. 1st, 2015, 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.

2020 Schedule

June 27th & 28th

July 18th & 19th

September 19th & 20th

Oct 17th & 18th

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
  • Field Dressing (Non-examinable)

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