I wanted to post this in the Ask a Trooper forum, but can't for some reason.
The question I have, is say an outfitter has 2 planes at his beck and call. They have clients hunting every day, and planes flying every day looking for moose. At what point can the pilots inform the guides of what they've seen and not break the law?
The reason I ask is because I was hunting in an area that had air traffic 2-3 times a day, I know they were spotting moose because we'd see them on occasion circle over moose we spotted. We know that they had clients out hunting every day, all day as well.
To me this is morally and ethically wrong. Flying non-stop to find game for clients, or even yourself is about as lame as shooting animals in a pen. I mean when did hunting become shooting? IMO there two reason behind this chickenpoop way of hunting. Number 1 is fear of failure, number 2 is $$$. Hunters get so hung up on success they fail to see the satisfaction of actually hunting and being successful. Maybe I'm naive, but I haven't found the hunting in AK to require constant air surveillance to be successful.
The 'easy way out' is slowly killing our sport.