Big game hunting statistics have been compiled in British Columbia on an annual basis for many decades. In the days of the old B.C. Game Commission, records were kept in hand written ledgers. More recently, annual hunting survey results were published in book form from 1964 through 1975. In 1976, wildlife management switched from 28 game management areas to 7 regions which were further subdivided into over 200 management units. In 1980 parts of Regions 3 (Thompson Region) and 4 (Kootenay Region) were re-assigned to a new Region 8 (Okanagan Region). The regions have remained quite consistent since that time, with only a few management units being subdivided to make new management units and a few minor boundary changes. There are currently 225 management units.
Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. 2002. Big Game Hunting Statistics for the 2001/02 Season. Ministry of Environment