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    Default Board of Game Waterfowl Regs - GET INVOLVED

    Fellow waterfowlers:

    Upcoming Board of Game meetings will consider several important proposals for waterfowl hunting--we all need to weigh in to support good waterfowl management and delete bad ideas. Please submit comments or go testify--otherwise stuff happens!
    Check http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...rd.meetinginfo for details and info.


    Central/Southwest Region - Feb 13-20 Wasilla. Written comments due Jan 30. Mat -Su Adv Comm Meeting Jan 21 at MTA Palmer.

    Proposal 105. Board should ask legislature to add several purchased parcels to PHF State Refuge. Over 1,300 acres purchased deliberately with ADFG for the refuge since 1990--mostly with non-state money. These were private lands where willing sellers got value for non-buildable lands. They are in state ownership with covenants requiring use as wildlife habitat and related public uses, consistent with PHF Refuge management. These parcels were closed private lands and now may be managed only for refuge activities--hunting, fishing public access to habitat (e.g., Rabbit Slough public access is an example). All we want is a letter from the Board supporting legislative boundary changes to consolidate our refuge. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PROPOSAL.


    Proposal 131. Reduce bag limits for goldeneyes. OPPOSE THIS PROPOSAL. Goldeneyes are included in the general duck limit nationally. Goldeneyes are abundant and widely distributed here in Sept-Oct (they are scarce afterward in Central and Southwest). Barrow's goldeneyes are abundant in coastal waters Oct-Jan. There is no evidence of decline in goldeneyes and no conservation need for restrictions--anywhere. The proposer has supported micromanagement of sea ducks by individual bays, an approach that is not feasible and not supported by USFWS or ADFG. This proposal would reduce limits across an entire region for no good reason.

    Proposal 132 (same as Proposal 34 for Southeast, 192 for Southcentral). OPPOSE THIS PROPOSAL. Requires a detailed harvest ticket for all migratory bird hunters and records of all migratory birds (waterfowl, cranes, snipe) by species. Failure to report precludes future hunting. This proposal would required burdensome recordkeeping for hunters, substantial workload for ADFG and creation of unnecessary large databases of harvest information from individual hunters.--for no good reason. USFWS and ADFG cooperate in the Harvest Information Program (HIP) to annually estimate waterfowl harvests at appropriate levels sufficient to manage bird populations and hunting regulation. This proposal is an attempt to gather reams of data that will not add much useful information, and it is intended to promote micromanagement of hunting in specific areas--an approach that is not appropriate or feasible.

    Southcentral Region - March 13-17 Anchorage. Written comments due Feb 27. Anchorage Adv Comm meets Jan 9.

    Proposal 192. Same as #132 above.
    Proposal 194. Prohibit use of dogs for upland birds > Oct 31. OPPOSE THIS. Trappers should use good judgment about where to trap and bird hunters should carry cable cutters to free dogs that may rarely be snared. Prohibit trappers from using snowmachines??


    PLEASE TAKE 10 MINUTES TO MAIL OR EMAIL COMMENTS AND IDEALLY GO TO BOARD OF GAME MEETINGS TO STRENGTHEN TESTIMONY. THERE ARE ALREADY UNNEEDED DUCK RESTRICTIONS IN KACHEMAK BAY THAT WERE ADOPTED WITHOUT ANY SUBSTANTIVE DATA--ARBITRARY RULES THAT WERE APPROVED FOR MINORITY SOCIAL PERCEPTIONS. STAND UP NOW!!

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    AWA will draft up a letter against these proposed proposals.

    I will be there again this year if possible as I was last year fighting the non-sense.

    Thanks for posting this.
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    You fellows willing to give up 5-7 goldeneyes in your limits? Board of Game Proposal #131 to take away your birds will be addressed at the Board meeting on South-central Region - Anchorage March 13-17. Written comments due Feb 27. Please take 10 minutes to send comments opposing this unjustified move to chip away at opportunity from the Alaska to Cordova! If you snooze we all lose.

    Check http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...rd.meetinginfo for details and info.

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    these people write up the same proposals every year. I feel like there should be some sort of law where if it gets shot down 3 years in a row you cant propose it again for another 5 years or something along those lines.
    I will never be a "Prostaffer" its not that I am not good enough
    but its because I refuse to pimp products for free.

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    Proposal 194. Prohibit use of dogs for upland birds > Oct 31. OPPOSE THIS.

    Proposal 194 has been withdrawn.

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    Thanks for posting the information everyone.

    We are helping to spread the message this next week. Regardless of where you stand on the Goldeneye limits, I think it’s important that both birds be addressed with some sound scientific data to back up the proposals. If not, then this is just another attempt to get the feathers ruffled up a bit.
    I have spoken with Alaska Biologist and contacted the Feds.There is no major concern regarding the health population of either species at this time.
    There was even a study done last year on Kodiak. Not a huge study, but nerveless done on a positive note indicating positive breeding and raising trends.
    http://www.seaducks.org/resources/2014-kodiak-island-cooperative-goldeneye-nest-box-project

    It’s important that we remain focused on managing and maintaining a healthy waterfowl population across North America and Alaska. To bring a proposal to the floor without sound scientific data to back it up is pathetic. This is an attempt to manipulate the standards put in place by the Dept. of Interior and the North American WaterfowlManagement Plan and is an insult to the Federal biologist and their hardwork to research, obtain, and publish data.
    Even though Alaska is considered a remote area. These birds receive a pretty good amount of attention due to the proximity of their major wintering and breeding areas. Pacific and Atlantic flyways carry the majority of their population.
    North AmericanWaterfowl Management Plan 2014.


    TraditionalSurvey Area
    Abundance estimates
    of ring-necked ducks(0.6 ± 0.1million) and
    goldeneyes (0.5 ±0.1million) in 2013 were 24%
    and 17% above their2012 estimates and 25% and
    10% above thelong-term averages, respectively.


    Breeding population estimates and 90% credibility intervals (in thousands) for the 6 most abundant species of ducks in the survey 1990–2014a.

    Species 2014 2013 % Change from
    2013
    Averageb % Change from average
    Mallard 445 501
    12
    404
    +9
    American black duck 619 626
    1
    623
    1
    Green-winged teal 236 291
    19c
    260
    10
    Ring-necked duck 494 635
    22c
    519
    5
    Goldeneyes (common and Barrow’s) 392 457
    15
    418
    7
    So Bottom line is there is a decrease of 7% in Goldeneyepopulation and pertains to both species combined. Both are considered to begrouped in the 6 most populated species out there. There is NO immediateconcern for this species of waterfowl at this time according to the professionalsor the ones that get paid to do DD.

    Thanks
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    President of Alaska Waterfowl Assoc.
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