I work on the slope on night shift, and at breakfast (dinner) this morning I decided to sit at a table with a few guys that I normally don't sit with. I know all of them but its not like they are my good friends. One of the people is a guy that just turned 21, not that I am old being only 25.
Myself and a couple guys my age are talking about hunting next weekend as we are all going home on Thursday, I explain that I'm going to be going up the Denali highway to help my younger brother harvest his first caribou. The 21 year old that we will just call bob states that he to will be on the Denali highway this weekend, and that he had gone once previously this season as have my brother and I. One of the other guys at the table that knows bob better than I do tells bob to tell me the story of his first attempt.
He starts out by saying that him his dad and his uncle all go up to the Denali highway. bob had borrowed his uncles .338 which he has never shot, his uncle tells him "oh I just shot a bear with it last month from my bait stand." Bob proceeds to state that after a day or two they spot some caribou. Bob goes to take a 150 yd shot and misses all three rounds in his gun. I asked him why he only had three rounds on his persons and he stated that they had forgotten the rest of the ammo in the truck. This first part didn't really bother me as i just figured oh well it happens when you are young and haven't hunted much at all if any.
The conversation continues about other hunting plans at the table, then the discussion starts to go into draw permits. I asked bob what permit he had and he couldn't tell me, he said "my dad told me to apply and I did". Then I ask him what sub unit it was in, he couldn't tell me. Then I asked if he knew the boundaries of his hunt, he couldn't tell me. At this point I was getting a little frustrated about how he didn't know anything about his hunt, but I let it go as there is no need for me to lay into this kid a the dinner table.
Again the conversation continues and I'm almost done with my food. Bob says "well the weekend wasn't a total bust because we picked up a fresh road kill caribou and a road kill lynx on the way out." This got me to thinking if that was even legal which I'm pretty sure its not, correct me if I'm wrong but you are supposed to report it to F&G or AST. I also told him that the lynx isn't in season right now and he really didn't seem to care. The final straw that got me to get up and leave was this statement "all you do is kill a caribou and if the troopers aren't around you don't mark your permit and you can kill another one." I couldn't believe my ears, not only is he saying this publicly but how naive can you possibly be. I told him this is the point where I'm leaving this conversation and he gave me grief about be mister "by the book".
I know there are people out there like this, but come on man. I just wanted to lay into him about reading the regs, and knowing your permits boundaries, do a little research for crying out loud. Not the mention the blatant disrespect to hunting in general. I told him that if I ever saw him while i was out hunting that i would turn around and go 10 miles the other way. Am I wrong for being upset over this? is this how young hunters are? I know that growing up as a kid my father taught me how to respect the hunting regulations and that they are there for a reason even if you don't agree. I mean this kid was with his dad and his uncle and this behavior seemed to be promoted by them. I hope that this behavior isn't as common as it probably is.