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    Dear Member
    These are busy times for the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation. Please take a minute to read the attached Member Update to learn more about the organization and see what we have been doing over the last few months.
    As always we are looking for new members and volunteers to help us build the organization and help it reach full potential. Please feel free to share this update letter with interested friends and hunting partners and encourage them to join the organization. We have attached a copy of the Membership Procedures to pass to your interested friends.
    I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in the near future.

    Kevin


    Kevin J Kehoe
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    Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation




    Members Update
    The Wild Sheep Foundation has returned to Alaska with the creation of a new non-profit corporation in December 2014 registered as the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation. Although the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) has continuously maintained members throughout the Last Frontier, the creation of an Alaska-based organization facilitates a much more active role in sheep hunting and management here in the State. The new organization was formally chartered by the Board of Directors of the Wild Sheep Foundation at the annual convention in January of 2015.
    The initial Board of Directors elected Kevin Kehoe from Anchorage as President and Aaron Bloomquist from Tok as Vice President. Jack Atcheson Jr. of Montana is the other member of the current board.
    The new organization comes with a completely new set of bylaws which requires among other things, dual membership in WSF and background checks for board members and officers. AK WSF also recently adopted an Ethics Policy which helps guide the organization in the performance of its duties.
    The mission of Alaska Wild Sheep Foundations (AK WSF) is only slightly different than the parent WSF organization to give it an Alaskan focus:
    ďThe mission of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation is to enhance wild sheep populations, promote scientific wildlife management, educate the public on wild sheep, and protect and enhance sheep hunting and viewing opportunities in Alaska.Ē
    The purpose of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation is to:
    Enhance and increase the population of Dallís sheep in Alaska and wild sheep in general.
    Inform and educate the people of Alaska concerning wild sheep, their habitat, health, population, and general welfare.
    Promote professional management of wild sheep with special focus on Dallís sheep to increase the number, size and distribution of the herds; promote the use of hunting and sustainable harvest as a legitimate conservation and game management tool; achieve an optimum population of wild sheep; and safeguard against their decline or extinction.
    Sponsor fund-raising events for the purpose of acquiring the necessary resources to directly benefit the Dallís and other wild sheep.
    Provide financial or direct assistance to wildlife managers for: Research projects, emergency relief, transfer of animals to new locations, inoculations or other medical assistance, and supplemental training of professional wildlife managers working with Dall sheep in Alaska.
    Safeguard and improve Dall sheep habitat in Alaska.
    Membership in the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation is open to all persons and organizations that subscribe to the mission and purpose of AK WSF and comply with the stipulations set forth in the Bylaws, Ethics Policy, and the other AK WSF guidance documents. Dual membership is required so each member of the AK WSF must be a member in good standing of the Wild Sheep Foundation. AK WSF signed up almost 180 new members during itsí first month of operation.
    AK WSF is currently looking for volunteers to create area chapters and to staff positions in the virtual headquarters and serve on various committees in conservation projects, fund raising, and legislative action. Future board members will likely be chosen from these volunteers.
    Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation plans to create area chapters in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Mat-Su, and the Kenai Peninsula, although any group of hunters or volunteers who would like to be involved and conduct a fund raising event in their area are welcome to request chapter status.
    AK WSF priorities over the next year include but are not limited to:
    Developing solid working relationships with appropriate government agencies and
    alliances with fellow sportsmenís groups
    Active participation in the ongoing sheep-focused regulatory process
    Furthering the Disease Prevention Initiative in Alaska
    Assisting with the re-writing of Dall Sheep Management Plans in Alaska
    Efforts in the on-going sheep hunting regulatory process led us recently to clarify our position on the overall allocation process: ďAK WSF strongly endorses hunting as a viable use of the resource and valuable conservation tool. However, we feel the allocation of hunting permits between resident and non-resident hunters and other parties should be left to each state or province to decide unless it negatively impacts the resource or overall hunting opportunities. We believe that combined efforts by all stake holders to increase the sheep populations would result in greater access and opportunities for all hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. AK WSF supports fact-based decision making consistent with science-based game management. As such we are happy to provide information and assistance to game management organizations that helps facilitate sound resource decisions.Ē
    Those interested in joining the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation or current members who would like to get more involved with the conservation and fund raising efforts are asked to email kevinkehoe@alaskan.com.




    Membership Enrollment Procedures
    The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is back in Alaska! (Some of you may have been around long enough to remember the old name FNAWS which technically changed several years ago). We are pleased to announce the creation of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation (AK WSF) as a non-profit corporation established here in Alaska and chartered under the WSF.
    Our Bylaws require dual membership in both the national organization (WSF) and the Alaska Organization (AK WSF). The cost is normally $45 for WSF plus $10 for AK WSF. As part of an initial membership drive we have sponsors who have generously agreed to cover the AK WSF fees. So if you are new to WSF you can sign up for just $45. If you are a current member of WSF you can sign up for free.
    Current Members of WSF:
    If you are a current member of WSF simply send me an email and I will verify your name on the list and confirm your enrollment in the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation. Please email me at kevinkehoe@alaskan.com
    New Members to WSF:
    Simply go to www.wildsheepfoundation.org to become a member of the national organization and then contact me at the email address below. We will accept your word as having enrolled in WSF and confirm your membership in AK WSF. Please email me at kevinkehoe@alaskan.com
    Thank you and we looking forward to hearing from you and meeting with everyone in the near future.
    Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain
    Kevin J Kehoe President

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrettAKSCI View Post
    Dear Member
    These are busy times for the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation. Please take a minute to read the attached Member Update to learn more about the organization and see what we have been doing over the last few months.
    As always we are looking for new members and volunteers to help us build the organization and help it reach full potential. Please feel free to share this update letter with interested friends and hunting partners and encourage them to join the organization. We have attached a copy of the Membership Procedures to pass to your interested friends.
    I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in the near future.

    Kevin


    Kevin J Kehoe
    President
    Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation




    Members Update
    The Wild Sheep Foundation has returned to Alaska with the creation of a new non-profit corporation in December 2014 registered as the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation. Although the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) has continuously maintained members throughout the Last Frontier, the creation of an Alaska-based organization facilitates a much more active role in sheep hunting and management here in the State. The new organization was formally chartered by the Board of Directors of the Wild Sheep Foundation at the annual convention in January of 2015.
    The initial Board of Directors elected Kevin Kehoe from Anchorage as President and Aaron Bloomquist from Tok as Vice President. Jack Atcheson Jr. of Montana is the other member of the current board.
    The new organization comes with a completely new set of bylaws which requires among other things, dual membership in WSF and background checks for board members and officers. AK WSF also recently adopted an Ethics Policy which helps guide the organization in the performance of its duties.
    The mission of Alaska Wild Sheep Foundations (AK WSF) is only slightly different than the parent WSF organization to give it an Alaskan focus:
    ďThe mission of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation is to enhance wild sheep populations, promote scientific wildlife management, educate the public on wild sheep, and protect and enhance sheep hunting and viewing opportunities in Alaska.Ē
    The purpose of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation is to:
    Enhance and increase the population of Dallís sheep in Alaska and wild sheep in general.
    Inform and educate the people of Alaska concerning wild sheep, their habitat, health, population, and general welfare.
    Promote professional management of wild sheep with special focus on Dallís sheep to increase the number, size and distribution of the herds; promote the use of hunting and sustainable harvest as a legitimate conservation and game management tool; achieve an optimum population of wild sheep; and safeguard against their decline or extinction.
    Sponsor fund-raising events for the purpose of acquiring the necessary resources to directly benefit the Dallís and other wild sheep.
    Provide financial or direct assistance to wildlife managers for: Research projects, emergency relief, transfer of animals to new locations, inoculations or other medical assistance, and supplemental training of professional wildlife managers working with Dall sheep in Alaska.
    Safeguard and improve Dall sheep habitat in Alaska.
    Membership in the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation is open to all persons and organizations that subscribe to the mission and purpose of AK WSF and comply with the stipulations set forth in the Bylaws, Ethics Policy, and the other AK WSF guidance documents. Dual membership is required so each member of the AK WSF must be a member in good standing of the Wild Sheep Foundation. AK WSF signed up almost 180 new members during itsí first month of operation.
    AK WSF is currently looking for volunteers to create area chapters and to staff positions in the virtual headquarters and serve on various committees in conservation projects, fund raising, and legislative action. Future board members will likely be chosen from these volunteers.
    Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation plans to create area chapters in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Mat-Su, and the Kenai Peninsula, although any group of hunters or volunteers who would like to be involved and conduct a fund raising event in their area are welcome to request chapter status.
    AK WSF priorities over the next year include but are not limited to:
    Developing solid working relationships with appropriate government agencies and
    alliances with fellow sportsmenís groups
    Active participation in the ongoing sheep-focused regulatory process
    Furthering the Disease Prevention Initiative in Alaska
    Assisting with the re-writing of Dall Sheep Management Plans in Alaska
    Efforts in the on-going sheep hunting regulatory process led us recently to clarify our position on the overall allocation process: ďAK WSF strongly endorses hunting as a viable use of the resource and valuable conservation tool. However, we feel the allocation of hunting permits between resident and non-resident hunters and other parties should be left to each state or province to decide unless it negatively impacts the resource or overall hunting opportunities. We believe that combined efforts by all stake holders to increase the sheep populations would result in greater access and opportunities for all hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. AK WSF supports fact-based decision making consistent with science-based game management. As such we are happy to provide information and assistance to game management organizations that helps facilitate sound resource decisions.Ē
    Those interested in joining the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation or current members who would like to get more involved with the conservation and fund raising efforts are asked to email kevinkehoe@alaskan.com.




    Membership Enrollment Procedures
    The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF) is back in Alaska! (Some of you may have been around long enough to remember the old name FNAWS which technically changed several years ago). We are pleased to announce the creation of the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation (AK WSF) as a non-profit corporation established here in Alaska and chartered under the WSF.
    Our Bylaws require dual membership in both the national organization (WSF) and the Alaska Organization (AK WSF). The cost is normally $45 for WSF plus $10 for AK WSF. As part of an initial membership drive we have sponsors who have generously agreed to cover the AK WSF fees. So if you are new to WSF you can sign up for just $45. If you are a current member of WSF you can sign up for free.
    Current Members of WSF:
    If you are a current member of WSF simply send me an email and I will verify your name on the list and confirm your enrollment in the Alaska Wild Sheep Foundation. Please email me at kevinkehoe@alaskan.com
    New Members to WSF:
    Simply go to www.wildsheepfoundation.org to become a member of the national organization and then contact me at the email address below. We will accept your word as having enrolled in WSF and confirm your membership in AK WSF. Please email me at kevinkehoe@alaskan.com
    Thank you and we looking forward to hearing from you and meeting with everyone in the near future.
    Putting and Keeping Sheep on the Mountain
    Kevin J Kehoe President
    "The mission of Alaska Wild Sheep Foundations (AK WSF) is only slightly different than the parent WSF organization to give it an Alaskan focus:"

    I am curious as to WHY and WHAT it is that makes AKWSF different than the parent organization.

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    I don't know. Ask Kevin.

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    Hey Aaron,Brett, and Kevin,,,, I'm not "Drinking the Kool-Aid", and if this is all about Alaska, as your email address de-notes (@alaskan.com) what hell is Jack Atcheson from Montana, doing on an Alaskan Sheep Management Board, as Atcheson is one of the largest Hunt Planners, and Guide/Outfitters in the lower 48, with Hunting Opportunity's all over the world:
    REALLY, REALLY,,,,so, it doesn't take "Rocket" Science here, to figure out why he's on this board, to secure Non-Resident Sheep Hunter's, a place at the table in Alaska, for "ALL" time to come, man, you guys take the the "Cake", that's for sure.
    What say you;

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrettAKSCI View Post
    I don't know. Ask Kevin.

    Brett
    Right...Kevin, Bloomquist and none of the 180 new members are reading the forum here...

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    I was glad to see the new AK WSF has addressed the Board back ground check issue.(FLORY) One problem with the old AK FNAWS was that the Board would go to the AK BOG and present on behalf of AK FNAWS proposals or issues that the majority of the AK FNAWS members were actually opposed to, but the AK FNAWS Board or National FNAWS approved of/wanted. So there was nothing in the recent newsletter addressing this issue. I know you can't poll the entire membership and it comes down to are people elected (Did we elect anyone?) to speak as how they feel or how the membership feels???

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    I'm just 1 of the 180 members, so like I said ask Kevin. His email is above. As far as Jack Atcheson......Jack is a long standing member with excellent organizational knowledge of FWS. (Take off the tin foil conspiracy theory hat for a moment.) Being the president of a non profit conservation organization I can attest to the large amount of work and compliance that must be done. It's not exactly a bunch of guys getting together over beers in a kitchen. A new chapter has to comply with organizational policies and procedures, incorporate, file taxes, submit reports, keep records, create bylaws, recruit new members, fundraise, and if possible maybe address a few issues pertinent to sheep. Having a resident hunter Kevin and guide Aaron represent are logical since they are two of the major sheep hunting groups. Also having Jack is logical since he has a command of organizational knowledge and no doubt has started other chapters in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polardds View Post
    I was glad to see the new AK WSF has addressed the Board back ground check issue.(FLORY) One problem with the old AK FNAWS was that the Board would go to the AK BOG and present on behalf of AK FNAWS proposals or issues that the majority of the AK FNAWS members were actually opposed to, but the AK FNAWS Board or National FNAWS approved of/wanted. So there was nothing in the recent newsletter addressing this issue. I know you can't poll the entire membership and it comes down to are people elected (Did we elect anyone?) to speak as how they feel or how the membership feels???
    The background check was certainly a step in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrettAKSCI View Post
    I'm just 1 of the 180 members, so like I said ask Kevin. His email is above. As far as Jack Atcheson......Jack is a long standing member with excellent organizational knowledge of FWS. (Take off the tin foil conspiracy theory hat for a moment.) Being the president of a non profit conservation organization I can attest to the large amount of work and compliance that must be done. It's not exactly a bunch of guys getting together over beers in a kitchen. A new chapter has to comply with organizational policies and procedures, incorporate, file taxes, submit reports, keep records, create bylaws, recruit new members, fundraise, and if possible maybe address a few issues pertinent to sheep. Having a resident hunter Kevin and guide Aaron represent are logical since they are two of the major sheep hunting groups. Also having Jack is logical since he has a command of organizational knowledge and no doubt has started other chapters in the past.

    Brett
    So you joined but you don't know what makes the Alaska chapter different?

    BTW...nice spin on Atcheson's roll in the Alaska Chapter...didn't know Keough and Bloomquist lacked the skills to to comply with organizational policies and procedures, incorporate, file taxes, submit reports, keep records, create bylaws, recruit new members, fundraise, and if possible maybe address a few issues pertinent to sheep. Good to know. Thanks.

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    Well that didn't take long. Just mention sheep on this forum, and people come with fists clinched, yielding internet swords and all kinds of ugly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlingitwarrior View Post
    Well that didn't take long. Just mention sheep on this forum, and people come with fists clinched, yielding internet swords and all kinds of ugly.
    Yep. I wouldn't expect less. This is the internet.........

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    tsunami, it is understandable the doubt you have in a new group getting going up here, but realize that each and everyone of the members do all this work for free. I have known Kevin for years and to say that he pours his heart and soul, not to mention sweat, into these organizations would be an understatement. He is not a guide and stands to gain nothing from his efforts, short of perhaps increased opportunities to hunt. With the reputation left by others, changing the perception of WSF in Alaska is going to be a challenge, but if you take the time to read the documents you will see they are focused on sheep on the mountain, not allocation, that is best left to others. If you put more sheep on the montain, you benefit all groups.

    Before any of you pass judgement, I would recommend contacting Kevin, his email is in the letter, and put forth your questions. He is not the kind of person to dance around issues, he is straight forward and will tell it to you straight. If want to help, roll up your sleeves and dive in, if not, please step aside and allow others to take up the effort, someday you too may benefit from their hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERDucker View Post
    tsunami, it is understandable the doubt you have in a new group getting going up here, but realize that each and everyone of the members do all this work for free. I have known Kevin for years and to say that he pours his heart and soul, not to mention sweat, into these organizations would be an understatement. He is not a guide and stands to gain nothing from his efforts, short of perhaps increased opportunities to hunt. With the reputation left by others, changing the perception of WSF in Alaska is going to be a challenge, but if you take the time to read the documents you will see they are focused on sheep on the mountain, not allocation, that is best left to others. If you put more sheep on the montain, you benefit all groups.

    Before any of you pass judgement, I would recommend contacting Kevin, his email is in the letter, and put forth your questions. He is not the kind of person to dance around issues, he is straight forward and will tell it to you straight. If want to help, roll up your sleeves and dive in, if not, please step aside and allow others to take up the effort, someday you too may benefit from their hard work.
    Are you a new member of this organization? If you are do you know why an Alaska WSF chapter needs to be 'slightly different' from the parent organization and what that difference is?

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    What about all of the "good" members of FNAWS who had lifetime memberships that basically now have to start again? One of the good faith things that could happen is that some of the old guard guys like Ethan Williams, Chris Tomlinson, or Tony Russ get on the board to restart the things that they had in place 10 20 30 and 40 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaboku68 View Post
    What about all of the "good" members of FNAWS who had lifetime memberships that basically now have to start again? One of the good faith things that could happen is that some of the old guard guys like Ethan Williams, Chris Tomlinson, or Tony Russ get on the board to restart the things that they had in place 10 20 30 and 40 years ago.

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    You should contact Kevin and bring that up. That's a reasonable point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsunami View Post
    Are you a new member of this organization? If you are do you know why an Alaska WSF chapter needs to be 'slightly different' from the parent organization and what that difference is?
    Instead of being a pain to everyone within typing distance why don't you email Kevin and get the word from the horse's mouth? I would echo ERDucker's comments that he's a pretty good guy and straight forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrettAKSCI View Post
    Instead of being a pain to everyone within typing distance why don't you email Kevin and get the word from the horse's mouth? I would echo ERDucker's comments that he's a pretty good guy and straight forward.

    Brett
    It seems to me your advocating here that AKFWS is worthwhile and worth of an OP at least implies the you SHOULD also know why the AK chapter has to be different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsunami View Post
    Are you a new member of this organization? If you are do you know why an Alaska WSF chapter needs to be 'slightly different' from the parent organization and what that difference is?
    First, I am not a sheep hunter, not that I am opposed to sheep hunting, but I prefer to focus my hunting efforts on species with a higher rate of return. I am a meat hunter and if I return with empty bags, it impacts my ability to hunt in the future. One day I would like to get a nice ram, but it is not at the top of the to do list right now.


    I am, however very much interested in seeing WSF succeed in Alaska. I am a hunting conservationist and Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. I am aware of the history of WSF in Alaska and why it went away. I also understand that Alaska presents opportunities unlike other states, especially in the opportunities for resident hunters. The trick is finding a way to preserve those opportunities without negatively impacting others. Remember, all the efforts in the world need money, and if this chapter is successful, it will need money, and much of that can come from outside. Again, not going into the allocation side, but it would be my personal opinion that if you make it too difficult for an outside individual to take advantage of opportunities in Alaska, their potential support of efforts to increase opportunity will not develop.

    There are hunter advocacy groups and conservation groups. Two seperate and distinct missions, however they need to work together. Before we move down the path of protectionism, and removing any single user group, would it not be worth the effort to try and solve the problem of declining stocks? Can any one person with 100% certainty point out what is causing stocks to decline? For that matter, is there any one person that with 100% certainty that can scientifically state that stocks are declining? Anecdotal evidence points to it, but when was the last comprehensive population survey done?

    As far as "slightly different", you are quoting someone else, not me. Do I believe it will be different...? Yes, based on what I have seen so far, WSF as an organization needs to change in order to become more effective in their own misson. Why do I say that? Because even with all the efforts WSF has put forth, there are still problems with stocks, and the unified voice is too quiet. Having a headquarters standing up claiming to represent a group is one thing, but having all those groups stand up together and claim they support the efforts of each other is what creates an environment of change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaboku68 View Post
    What about all of the "good" members of FNAWS who had lifetime memberships that basically now have to start again? One of the good faith things that could happen is that some of the old guard guys like Ethan Williams, Chris Tomlinson, or Tony Russ get on the board to restart the things that they had in place 10 20 30 and 40 years ago.

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    Like Brett said, contact Kevin. He has already thought this through and he can discuss it with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERDucker View Post
    First, I am not a sheep hunter, not that I am opposed to sheep hunting, but I prefer to focus my hunting efforts on species with a higher rate of return. I am a meat hunter and if I return with empty bags, it impacts my ability to hunt in the future. One day I would like to get a nice ram, but it is not at the top of the to do list right now.


    I am, however very much interested in seeing WSF succeed in Alaska. I am a hunting conservationist and Life Sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. I am aware of the history of WSF in Alaska and why it went away. I also understand that Alaska presents opportunities unlike other states, especially in the opportunities for resident hunters. The trick is finding a way to preserve those opportunities without negatively impacting others. Remember, all the efforts in the world need money, and if this chapter is successful, it will need money, and much of that can come from outside. Again, not going into the allocation side, but it would be my personal opinion that if you make it too difficult for an outside individual to take advantage of opportunities in Alaska, their potential support of efforts to increase opportunity will not develop.

    There are hunter advocacy groups and conservation groups. Two seperate and distinct missions, however they need to work together. Before we move down the path of protectionism, and removing any single user group, would it not be worth the effort to try and solve the problem of declining stocks? Can any one person with 100% certainty point out what is causing stocks to decline? For that matter, is there any one person that with 100% certainty that can scientifically state that stocks are declining? Anecdotal evidence points to it, but when was the last comprehensive population survey done?

    As far as "slightly different", you are quoting someone else, not me. Do I believe it will be different...? Yes, based on what I have seen so far, WSF as an organization needs to change in order to become more effective in their own misson. Why do I say that? Because even with all the efforts WSF has put forth, there are still problems with stocks, and the unified voice is too quiet. Having a headquarters standing up claiming to represent a group is one thing, but having all those groups stand up together and claim they support the efforts of each other is what creates an environment of change.
    The title BrettSCI gave to this post is "Message from Alaska Chapter FWS". The quote is in the message BrettSCI felt compelled to get up on this forum today.

    So, the difference was apparently important enough to put in the "message".

    I'm just looking for someone who is a member of this organization to tell the rest of us what the difference is?

    I concur with you that "There are hunter advocacy groups and conservation groups. Two seperate and distinct missions...".

    I suspect what makes the Alaska Chapter "different" than the parent organization is AKFWS somehow wants to be both a conservation org and a hunter advocacy org....Sort of like the same smoke and mirrors game SFW (sportsman for fish and wildlife) Alaska played a few years back of blending a conservation group with a NON RESIDENT hunter advocacy group. The blending didn't turn out so well for SFW Alaska and....who knows right now....maybe the "parent" organization is in the dark about the intent of the AK Chapter of AKWSF to be different?

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