I haven't used this forum much but have had a renewed interest since witnessing the bufoonery on the dalton highway this year.
Ive lived here all my life and hunted the dhcma since 2002.
6 October I had a very interesting experience, in the evening at 130 miles form prudhoe I noticed headlights on the tundra, must be an alyeska truck on the service road right? No, what I witnessed we're a couple guys in a white Toyota fj cruiser driving on the tundra. they made it about 1/2 a mile and got stuck. I was in disbelief, especially after what happened a few years ago, my friends told me not to confront them. We stopped a truck driver on the way to prudhoe and asked him to report it at prudhoe, he agreed and we assumed our job was done. After I returned I contacted the state troopers, it would appear they got away with it and it was not reported. Other hunters in the area said they had shot a bull a few miles out and were using their truck to retrieve it.
I returned a couple of weekends ago and was in the middle of a nice stalk when I heard a rifle shot about 2 miles off the road. I don't understand, I guess since their is no cell service people are getting away with this kind of stuff. We're they possibly taking a fur animal under trapping regulations? Im not sure.
Well my point of this post is to see if other hunters have noticed these same type of violations and have had any trouble reporting this stuff or is it rare? Are the regs not clear about the dhcma that you cannot drive on the tundra? Or that you cannot shoot one mile off the road?
Any ideas on what we can do as responsible hunters? Maybe carry a sat phone or ham radio?
Thanks for listening.