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Your somewhat right
Posted by martentrapper on May 04 2006
Your points are valid, Walt. Trash and waste of resources does not give the hunting public a good image. Transporters who do not encourage, and maybe even enforce, respectful practices are probably just stabbing themselves, and others, in the back.
Those of you unfamiliar with game management in Alaska should be aware that residents, and locals, will generally be given more say, by our regulating body, the BoG.
However, I disagree with your definition of "visitors" Anyone living in the region, whether born there or not, is a "local" and deserves as much respect as someone born there. It is a vital concept in this country that we are able to move freely within our borders and be welcomed whereever we decide to live. Attitudes against that do not serve to accomplish anything.
It is often difficult to see just how much money a non local business brings into an area. I noticed, Walt, you said Crowleys money just goes south, or something to that effect. Would those employed by Crowley agree with that? Anyone popping into Kotz, or any other town, for a month to 6 weeks, and running a business there, HAS to leave a respectful percentage of their gross in that town. What if we took the 6 weeks or so of hunting season in your business...........how much of your gross ends up spread thru the community? Food for employees, gas, repairs to equipment, rental of vehicles.......I just can't believe that hunting doesn't leave a substantial amount of money in that town. I have lived most of my adult life in rural Ak. This part of the state hurts BADLY for economic developement. Rural cities cannot afford to chase away businesses that bring money into their community.
There is good and bad in everything. Let's hope hunters can leave a good image in rural alaska, but let's also hope that rural alaska can see the benefits we bring.
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