It has been years since I started a thread, but there are a couple of things that have been bothering me for quite a while. I have always believed that Alaska's resources belong to Alaskan's first. Harvesting Alaskan game should be a right for residents and a privilege for non-residents and those wishing to make a profit off these animals. Why does it often seem to work the opposite way? Why do guides, outfitters, and transporters (some of whom reside in Alaska only during hunting season) have such a large voice in what belongs to you and I? Although I still think hunting is a right, I would gladly pay more for my tags to help make up for some of the profit to Alaska lost in downsizing these hunting services.
This is not a completely separate issue, but the number of hunters being outfitted by hunt planners such as Michael Strahan and Larry Bartlett are steadily increasing. I spent years finding my current hunting area. I work hard all year to go there. All of a sudden this river has been flooded by hunters being sent there by Bartlett and other planners, and to top it off this river was already being looked at by the feds for low moose numbers. While I am definitely frustrated by my area being basically ruined, this ties into my frustrations about making a profit off a resource that belongs to you and I. Is it right for a person to find a good hunting area and then get paid to send other hunters there? I don't think so. As far as I'm concerned this is a form of guiding and at the very least needs to be better regulated.
Should guiding be allowed? Yes, there are many people who would rather use a guide. Should outfitters continue business? Absolutely. But why should making a profit off of harvesting our animals come before our needs and wants as residents?
I'm tired of the status quo. Do what you like. As for me, I think it's time to get more involved in hunting politics in Alaska.