Had a concern regarding this community harvest hunt in Unit 13. I have watched over a dozen bulls taken out of an area I've hunted for a lot of years. The CH allows any bull, and most of these bulls are tweeners. This drainage I hunt only produces 10 to 12 bulls a season, during the regular 20 day Sept season. So I expect by the time over 2000 CH harvest hunters get done, there will be very few moose anywhere in Unit 13.
So for those that don't know about community harvest, you should check into it. Basically, it allows any minimum of 25 people to form a "Community". Each community member gets a moose tag. One community member could come up and shoot all 25 moose anywhere in Unit 13, plus a caribou for each of them too. I'm not as concerned about caribou as much as I am about moose.
The tough part is that the CH season starts on Aug 10th. They may shut down the 'any bull' quota at any time, but anyone in the community can still hunt under normal spike/fork/50"/4brow regs all the way through Sept 20th. So, by signing up for the CH, you turn your moose season from 3 weeks to 6 weeks! Sounds pretty cool, right?? Well, no, because there is no way that the population of moose can sustain this type of hunting, and it will ruin the moose hunting in 13 for years to come.
I can understand why people are signing up! What a great advantage! But in 3 years or less, what is left? The community harvest members went from 900 last year to over 2000 this year, and this number is going to keep growing! The end is near if something isn't done. I have a lot of friends that are signed up, because they know the chances of a moose go down if they wait till the general season...
Anyhow, I'm going to submit an emergency petition to slow this down and have folks look closer at it. I'd like your guys input on what you think. No one has to agree with me, and I'd really like to see the argument on the other side of the fence. If I get good input, that will help me get the emergency petition started with good information from outdoorsman like yourselves.