In another thread we were having a discussion on whether paddle bulls were legal or not under the spike/fork regulation. I put a PM in with the 'Ask the Alaska Widlife Trooper' section here and haven't heard anything back. Since I haven't, I'll see what the masses think.
On page 34 of the regs, it states:
'A bull is legal if it has one antler on either side the is a SPIKE (2 point) or a FORK (2 points). The antler on the other side can be any configuration. Bulls with palmated antlers (paddles) seldom are legal under the "spike or fork" requirement.'
The last sentence in that quote is what is in question. Because the sentence is there in the first place, it means that palmated bulls ARE legal sometimes as spike/forks.
Here's the question:
Say you see a small bull that has one point that appears to be a brow tine and then a thin paddle with no points accompanying that 'brow tine'. Do you shoot?
Remember, on page 33 of the regs, it says "A point or tine is an antler projection at least one inch long, and longer than it is wide, with the width measured one inch or more from the tip."
Reading that sentence, the thin palm (antler projection) is a second 'point' because it is A) over an inch long, and B) longer than it is wide.
BOOM....is my thoughts...
Convince me I'm wrong and I'll give you five bucks...