VANCOUVER GUN CLUB

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

The CORE course 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.  For details on the firearms course, please see the Firearms Course page.

2022 Schedule

CORE March 12 & 13 Full

CORE May 14 & 15 Full 

CFSC  June 11 Full

CORE September 17 & 18 - Full (waitlist available)

CORE October 15 & 16 - open for registration

CFSC & CRFSC November 19 & 20

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

Course Fees

CORE $160, CFSC (PAL) $189 and CRFSC (RPAL) $94.50.  Course fees includes tests and tax.

Pre-registration and prepayment via EMT is required.  

You will receive a full refund in the event the course is cancelled (e.g. in response to health orders).

Cancellations by students within 2 days of the course date are not refunded if not for public health reasons.


Please contact Marc at  bcoutdoorsafety@gmail.com to register of for additional information.

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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