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Non-residents
Posted by B_M on May 04 2006
You "feel strongly" that this isn't a non-resident issue?  On what do you base that observation?  From reading your post, the only support for your feeling that I could find is the difference in bag limit between residents and non-residents.  You even threw the 10 per day/3650 per year number.  Come on...you can't be serious.  Do you really think any one person shoots hundreds of caribou a year?  That would break wanton waste laws in so many ways.  The intent of regulations like 10/day is to allow people who practice a subsistence lifestyle to harvest their food supply for a year or two when the animals, which can be unpredictable in their migration patterns, are in the area.  There's nobody out there shooting 10 per day every day and just throwing the meat away.  I'm quite certain you can't cite a single example, so that's not a very solid argument.

Whether it's non-res hunters or residents, take a look at the number of people that hunt out of Kotz.  There are some residents, but the majority of hunters flying out of there are non-res hunters.  Additionally, it costs non-res hunters WAY more to ship their meat all the way home, thus giving them more incentive for "donating" the meat to a local...dumpster.  This problem is only compounded when someone comes into town with 2-5 sets of antlers, but without the desire or money to ship 1,000 pounds of meat home.  Now, I know that there are resident hunters who are wasteful as well.  I'm not naive enough to think that all Alaskan hunters are conservationists that put a premium on the meat as much as the trophy.  For the most part, however, those Alaskans who put in the effort to hunt are good about keeping the meat.  Those, of course, are just my informal observations...but I think they typically hold true.

I'm not saying that I have the answer.  I just wanted to point out that your assumption that it's not a non-resident problem is like sticking your head in the sand.  Maybe we need changes to resident regulations too...but that's not the only source of the problem.

-Brian

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