Things I feel the RCMP should be more concerned about...

  • So, a bunch of friends and I are going to BC (from Alberta) for a week this summer. Out of the 8 of us going, 3 are archery addicts, 2 more are interested, and one has no interest but is annoyingly good at it. Therefore, finding a property we could set up targets on was a big deal. Having found a couple places, I made the responsible decision to contact the local RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police for you non Canadians) detachment to see if there were any regulations about distances between properties etc. This is how that conversation went.
  • Officer: Hello, this is Officer So-And-So with the Nelson detachment of the RCMP. You called about... *papers shuffling* umm. Archery? Am I reading that right?
  • Me: Absolutely. You see, my friends and I are going to be renting a cabin out near Kaslo, and we wanted to set up an archery range for target shooting. I'm wondering if there are any regulations or bylaws about how far away we need to be from the nearest property or town, or anything like that?
  • Officer: Um. Are you shooting onto a walking trail?
  • Me: Oh God no.
  • Officer: Are you shooting at children?
  • Me: ..... Good God, why would we - I mean no. No we will not be shooting arrows at kids.
  • Officer: Are you doing it in a park?
  • Me: Are you seri- I mean... No. No, it's a private property we're renting.
  • Officer: Then why the hell are you calling?
  • Me:
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  • Me: Well. Alright then. No shooting children, no shooting in a park, no shooting hikers. Gotcha.
  • Really BC? In Alberta, we can't set up an outdoor archery target within 500m of the next nearest resident, because, you know... arrows can go that far and are rather lethal. In BC, apparently they don't give a damn as long as you give scouts honor you won't take out a little kid. I know the Kootenays are "mellow" but COME ON.