My take on the BOG decisions regarding the Nelchina caribou Tier II hunt:
BOG has to make some difficult decisions in order to show that ADF&G is capable of offering subsistance hunting to a degree that will satisfy the courts thus the means tested qualification requirements. IIRC, there will be meetings/hearings in 2008 regarding same with the intent being to eliminate the Federal Subsistance Hunt on the same herd IF ADF&G can show proficiency at managing this subsistance hunt.
Those that don't like the subsistance hunts, have a beef with the courts not with ADF&G.
Regardless of opinions on the State Tier II hunt, the Federal Hunt is really messy IMHO. Many of my neighbors are recent immigrants....not US citizens yet and only recently have moved to AK yet the BLM folks set up office here in Delta for two days each summer to provide locals with two caribou and one moose tag for the Fed area. This is WRONG!.....Many of you are born Alaskans but can't hunt the Fed area because you live in the wrong area of Alaska while a recent arriving foreigner qualifies.....DUH!
BOG has taken heat for several years over the Tier II hunt being a "big money" subsistance hunt with motor homes, track vehicles and other expensive toys. I'll take my hat off to the BOG guys for making the tough decisions regardless of the heat. Many of these issues have been under consideration for years and they now feel they have the right members on the BOG and the Governor's support to move in the right direction.
Those that feel the Tier II hunt is a travesty, may want to brace themselves for further disappointment as the number of hunters and their equipment encroaches further on a deminishing number of game animals. Further restrictions on ORVs is inevitable.