The 2010/2011 CUA’s expired on 12/31/2011. The proposed action will renew the CUA’s for 2012-13.
The far western portion of NOAT (i.e., west of the Kugururok River & Maiyumerak Mountains) receives a substantial amount of hunting use due to its proximity to Kotzebue.
Since at least 1990, subsistence hunters in this area have consistently contended that transporter services negatively impact subsistence opportunities. Village representatives express concern that competition exists between non-federally qualified hunters and subsistence hunters for specific groups of caribou. Village representatives consistently state that activities associated with transporter visitor services (i.e. aircraft overflights, hunting, camping along migration corridors) actually alter local migration patterns or behavior, interfering with or even precluding subsistence hunting opportunities in those local areas."
When 10,500+ people pass through, conflicts arise.....guys in airplanes running Caribou pizzed off alotta people up this way. Anybody who can afford it comes up and hunts Unit23, there all kinds......
Read the above as a Parks meeting in Noatak around 1990 "I couldnt belive it!! Guides with an airplane moved thos Caribou to thoe guys over there, and buzzed the herd, running them full blast into the water, and buzzing them back to those guys, untill they shot what they wanted, and I called for a Trooper!".
I bellive this was a complaint with the same outfit up Kobuk River, near Onion Portage. Twas in the Local paper several times, and something was done about it. One idiot ruins it for the many.
Did you notice that the plane restriction is specificly ONLY for Caribou Hunters, and the ammount they could fly into the 'fringe" for lack of a better word?
The village does not have state city status. It is run by the tribe that lives in the preserves confines, and predate the preserve. They are run by an elders council, and the elders council speaks for the village of Noatak. When ever laws are propsed Local folks can speak up and give opinions at meetings. Stopping the herding of Caribou by Guides/transporters was the cause, and it truely seems to have eliminated the problem. Theres plenty of Caribou for everyone, but herding isnt hunting.
"The 2010-11 system unduly restricted transporters and did not adequately address the stipulation to minimize the potential for conflicts with traditional subsistence users. To resolve these issues, the NPS will implement the following changes for the 2012-13 CUA’s:
- The limits on the number of transporters and clients will be eliminated.
- Commercial Transporter Visitor Services CUA holders will be authorized to transport non-federally qualified caribou hunters into the area west of the Kugururok River and Maiyumerak Mountains after September 15th unless authorized by the Superintendent to provide services before September 15th.
- The Superintendent will consult with Commercial Transporter Visitor Services CUA holders, local villages and other agencies on a regular basis beginning on August 15 of each year to discuss the status of the caribou migration across the Noatak National Preserve.
- The State of Alaska Noatak Controlled Use Area and pilots of private aircraft will be unaffected by these conditions (see map in PEPC file attachments). Holders of Commercial Transporter Visitor Service CUA’s will still be authorized to transport non-federally qualified caribou hunters east of the Kugururok River and Maiyumerak Mountains throughout the hunting season, without a restriction on dates or numbers of clients.
Commercial Transporter Visitor Services for Dall Sheep and Moose sport hunters are not limited by the September 15 provision.
The CUA’s will continue to include stipulations for transporter operations to protect wilderness values, visitor experience, and biological and cultural resources. The CUA stipulations will be reviewed by the Superintendent and revised as appropriate at the end of every year."
I could be wrong, but the above Seems like MORE Hunting opportunitys arriving.
It looks like, to me, that they are trying to let the first Caribou pass through by Septs beginning, when the reach the Noatak vally in early september , establishing trails of poop and piss that other Caribou will most definitly follow. These trails are especcially usefull for Caribou to move along safely and for Hunters to be able to intercept them. Any time after 9/15 there will be well established trails made by the lead bands of cows passing through , undisturbed at the rivers crossings, and ANY hunter, floating, walking, boating will have a good place to catch what they came for, prime Bulls. I look for caribou tracks on the rivers edge and when I find a 'ditch' where more than 50 have moved over, I wait and hunt that place, and my chances at catching a Caribou go up 99 percent. Bull arrive later, following the females south as rut approches in the beginning of Octocber and Caribou Bulls are banding up at the rear of the herds.
"Essentially NPS trumps BOG's authority to establish seasons and regulate hunting."
That has been the biggest bone in the whole 'subsitance laws" fight between the state and the Feds. Even I cannot hunt under Fed regs there, and Im in the same Unit, and follow state laws and limits.
"So if you have your own airplane it's not closed. IF you rely on a transporter to get you there....it's now closed by order of the Noatak Park Superintendent"
Its been closed for alotta years, The no-fly is in effect Only if your a Caribou Hunter and you dont want to boat up or float down or walk, and over 11,000 people access the preserve every year..