The Region III Board of Game meeting starts next friday, Feb. 14th. Proposals, comments by public and ACs and agencies are all at this link:
AK BHA has a proposal in, #44, to put all interior nonres sheep hunts to draw only. There are other proposals asking for earlier resident-only season.
It is really going to take the public showing up to testify at the meeting if we want to change things. The BOG is on record claiming that unlimited guides and unlimited nonres opportunity in some areas is harming the resource and causing conflicts and crowding. For years now the Board has said that the guide concession program would solve these problems. Even when the guide concession program was stalled out. We're beyond stalled out now with a guide concession program.
A sheep working group will look at this over the next year.
But we're well past time where we need another study or working group. It really is time for the board to act. That won't happen if enough hunters don't get involved. I urge everyone here, if you are in the Fbks area, to show up and put in your card to testify to the board in support of limiting nonres sheep opportunity in the interior to draw only. It's not just the right thing to do, it's the fair thing to do for all resident Alaskan sheep hunters.
Public testimony will likely start on Saturday, Feb 15th. The meeting is at the Alpine Lodge. I'll be there to testify on our Proposal 44, feel free to say hi, look fwd to meeting more AOD members.