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Hunting debate in Northwest Alaska
Posted by northwestalska on May 03 2006
The commercial hunting debate in NW Alaska rages on!

This morning on KOTZ radio (which serves all of the NANA Region and parts of the N Slope) there was a hot and heated debate over the value of the fall commercial hunting season. The overwhelming tone was that the out of region hunters only take from the region and leave very little behind but trash, trespass and no money to speak of for the local economy.

Most of you know how I feel about this debate and I will not take up any space rehashing my feelings. What all of us need to look at is how youíre viewed to the folks who live here year round. It is important to understand that there are only a few transporters who live here year round and the advice most of you will receive from your transporter regarding the transfer of meat will not reflect the local view. No one on todayís talk show thought the transfer of meat to the poor and needy locals was acceptable.

How does this affect us?
1. We are seeing an influx of hunters coming into Kotz and it will only get worse because we have the largest concentration of animals in the state.
2. The total number of acres available to you will not increase and you need to understand more hunters means less elbow room for the hunting experience.
3. The 450,000 WACH is going to crash at some point and we need to treat this as a limited commodity.
4. All of us need, no MUST think about the care of the meat we take and take it home with you. The locals donít think itís a good idea to dump it in Kotz period!

I understand that hunting will continue in Northwestern Alaska but all of who were not born here(including me) need to understand that we all are visitors here and we would be pissed if a bunch of folks hunted in our back yards like many people hunt in this backyard. At some point this resource will reach saturation and the doors will close in some fashion. Hunting ethics are critical up here just like they are in any place in the lower 48. This land up here is like nothing else anywhere in the state and let's be responsible to each other and take care of it like you take care of your back yard!


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