It seems like every year once tags come out, people come on the forums asking questions and seeking information about the tag they drew. There are usually 2 different types of responses. Some people genuinely try to help those asking questions; others immediately reprimand them for putting in for a tag about which they know nothing.
I can understand a little bit of frustration, and before some super search savvy person finds where I've done it, before, I'll admit - I've probably asked someone to try the search function or know more about an area before they apply, etc.
But, it occurred to me that I also put in for a few random tags each year knowing absolutely nothing about the area for the permit. Why? I may otherwise never see that part of Alaska. I look at it as a way to force me to get out and see different parts of the state. If a person draws a tag and doesn't know much about the area, at least they're on here seeking advice from someone that may have been/hunted there before. Give 'em a little slack, they're trying to do the right thing. Wouldn't you rather have someone on here looking into the permit and making a plan to hunt it rather than sitting at home not knowing about the area and deciding to just not hunt it? Seems like if a fellow outdoorsman is willing to put the tag to good use, regardless of the knowledge of the area, we should try to help out. From this point forward, I'm going to try to help those who are asking about areas with which I'm familiar and I think the site would be better if most would try to do the same. Another thread talks about how most people don't want a point system because it's somewhat discouraging to a new hunter - see where I'm going?
Just my perspective, I've seen a few this year and it always seems to be the same. I was in that boat a few years ago and received some really good advice and will pass on any knowledge I have, albeit slim, to those wondering. No one is asking you to give your secret spots away, but you can give sound advice about an area without divulging honey holes. I'm probably just as guilty as anyone else, but I'm going to try to help out where I can from now on.
Sorry to rant, I've just been thinking about this since tags came out.