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!!