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Posted by Camptender on May 19 2006
I am a Washington State resident. I worked all over Alaska with Shell Oil in the early 60s and Alaska was part of my sales territory for almost 25 years. I have hunted all my life and bagged many deer and elk and a Mountain Goat. But, I have never had the chance to hunt in Alaska until this coming August. My life long hunting partner and I are going to drop a lot of money in Alaska just to spend a 10-11 days doing what the locals do all their lives.
I hate reading, with ominous overtones, about how the "non-Resident" hunters are such a burden to the locals. I am a nice guy. I do not wish to burden anyone. The better we feel about Kotzebue the more money we’ll leave - it’s called human nature.
I take care of my meat. Circumstances beyond my control have caused me to loose some meat but it was not wanton waste. I despise the thought of willful waste. We have no problem with being generous and would love a local firm to handle the meat for us. That continues to be a major concern. We are not at home and do not have a table where we can cut up the meat and double wrap it like we would usually do. We would gladly pay someone any good price to take good care of the meat, hides and antlers for us.
We do not want to kill 5 caribou each. I think that limit is way to high for a non-resident. I am not foolish enough to believe anyone will shoot 3650 caribou a year. That argument left the writer with egg on his face.
Someone said 500 hunters went through Kotz a year. How many kill 5 caribou? If the average is 2 animals apiece that means there are about 1000 animals to care for. At only $100 per animal that would $100,000 in a short time to provide that service.
Someone on this thread lamented about why should some business “have” to do it for us. Business is not about having to do anything. Business is about wanting to earn a living and profit by providing something others would willingly pay for. What a boon to the economy if someone would have a storefront and cut and package the meat for shipment and/or donation to a local charity. Frankly we do not want hundreds of pounds caribou of meat at home. We want some to have and want invite others to a caribou dinner. There we could brag about what a great experience and how well the locals took care of our problems.
The people of Kotzebue and Noatak would be far better off if they worked with the non-residents and not against us. If we don’t know what we should or should not do, teach us. If we are not polite in your local culture explain it to us. Actually the non-resident hunters are no different than the locals. 2% of each are jerks. That is a rule of thumb you can take to the bank.
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