In a letter signed by both GOABC Executive Director Scott Ellis and President Mark Werner, they say, "At this stage it is an enormous leap to conclude that this is a devastating ruling for wildlife, sheep, elk and mule deer' and that this decision will quickly result in a depletion of quality and quantity of trophy animals and might even result in huge restrictions on quotas and seasons&'
"Prior to the Daniels case, some of BC's 59,000 Métis held hunting licenses. Even if the courts deemed that Aboriginal hunting rights extended to Métis, it would really only affect the percentage of Métis that currently hold hunting licenses. It is illogical to conclude that a torrent of Métis who did not hunt in the past will suddenly start hunting if the license requirements change. We request that The Hunting Report issue a retraction on these statements."
President of the CFOA Dominic Dugré agrees with the GOABC. He adds, "The fact the Court states that Métis are included in the definition of Indians' does not automatically give them the same particular rights. & The Hunting Report falsely reported there is evidence that this decision will quickly result in a depletion of quality and quantity of trophy animals and might even result in huge restrictions........(continued)