(Originally published in the Merritt News)
© By Othmar Vohringer
The article also made mention of “abundant pheasant hunting opportunities in the Nicola Valley.” Since that time, pheasant numbers have drastically declined in our valley and as someone who grew up hunting pheasants, among many other animal species, I regret that the opportunity to hunt them in Merritt has virtually disappeared.
As popular as our valley is with anglers and hunters you can find very little information about this anywhere in our city’s regular tourist information literature. Mayor Susan Roline recently asked residents to provide ideas on how to attract more tourists to Merritt. Here is my suggestion: Include our hunting and fishing opportunities into Merritt’s tourist guides and related media. Provide more tourist information on the topic, not just “Fish a lake a day for as long as you stay.”
The Nicola Valley is an ideal habitat for many game species such as mountain sheep, bear, moose, elk, mule and whitetail deer, grouse, partridge making Merritt and it’s surrounding areas an excellent destination for hunters. Likewise the hundreds of lakes in our valley which are highly productive, having big trout in large numbers for the anglers looking for plenty of fish to catch or for that once-in-a-lifetime trophy trout.
Simply put, the Nicola Valley has the right ingredients to make it a hunter and anglers paradise and should be promoted and marketed as such.
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