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    Default Possible changes in GMU 26 for Caribou ?????

    I just talked to one of the long time guides that we work with & he said that he heard that the board of game is proposing changes to bag limits in GMU 26.

    He heard it could go to ONE Caribou limit.

    Has anyone else heard this or anything different.

    I think it came from the meeting that was held for Caribou .

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    file:///C:/Users/House/Downloads/proposal_202.pdf

    They'll probably get to this tomorrow.

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    I cant get the file to open Capnmike.

    Don't know why.
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    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm...ting=anchorage

    It's Proposal 202, about halfway down the page.

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    Thanks CapnMike

    That cleared that up.

    I had a LOT of guys come in from 26A with Multiple Bulls each year & Now that is going to be over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by protaxidermy View Post
    Thanks CapnMike

    That cleared that up.

    I had a LOT of guys come in from 26A with Multiple Bulls each year & Now that is going to be over.

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    I believe he's speaking from a business standpoint?

    Thst would be one expensive caribou....
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    Very Expensive Caribou, the whole point of going to the Ivashak is to harvest as much meat as possible for the coming winter. I don't see the worth in traveling all that way for one bou. I guess I will go to chicken, or maybe even king salmon at those limits.

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    Just another sliver of what was alaska being shaved off...
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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    Not the end of the world to shoot one caribou, per person, per year...


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    Western Arctic bou herd has been reducing in size. Non res are hit first when harvest reductions are deemed necessary. (except when it comes to sheep?)
    Human take of bou is pretty small in the overall picture of the herd. Non res take is exponentially smaller then res. Habitat changes, weather, and other species of predators account for the largest percentage of reasons the herd is decreasing.
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    Keep in mind, this is still just a possible change, not necessarily one set in stone yet (although I haven't followed this specifically, so maybe it has passed by now....).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jojomoose View Post
    Very Expensive Caribou, the whole point of going to the Ivashak is to harvest as much meat as possible for the coming winter. I don't see the worth in traveling all that way for one bou. I guess I will go to chicken, or maybe even king salmon at those limits.
    Looks like the Unit 26B limit would remain at 5. The 1 caribou limit looks to be further West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerod View Post
    Looks like the Unit 26B limit would remain at 5. The 1 caribou limit looks to be further West.
    Thanks for the clarification Jared. I totally agree with game management, but this is a far way to travel for this type of rule change. I guess the road bow hunters will still go up there in droves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    Not the end of the world to shoot one caribou, per person, per year...


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    I agree, I think one or two per person is quite plenty. As a family of 6, we went through one moose a yr.
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    It must all depend im sure. When I was a kid our family was four and we finished off a moose and often a caribou as well. I have a family of seven now, not sure how much we go thru. But they aren't teenagers yet either. Lol
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    They were deliberating on changing the non-res limit to 1 bull, and not changing the resident limit. I didn't hear what the final amended version was

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    Apparently, none of you have read proposal 202. The majority of change will be in non res bag limits and these changes are in units 26A, 24, 23, and 22.
    Resident bag limits will change little.
    Correct me if I'm wrong, Jojo, but the Ivashak is 26B and no changes there.
    Juli, 2 may be enough for YOU! Please don't think that you know what is "enough" for all the other families in this state. Especially the ones who live within the range of the WACH. Bag limits are not, and should not, be set by what is "enough". They are set by a management plan harvest rate and the number of animals available to harvest.
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    Gonna get even more crowded now in 26B with the shift of non-resident hunters moving east so they can bring more than one set of antlers home with them. Saw the changes happen up there when the Mulchatna herd crashed and people started hunting up north. It has gotten progressively more crowded over the years. With the WAH declines and the success of the CAH, it's gonna get even busier. I'd love to do another trip up there, haven't been up the Ivishak in years. That country is truly awesome. Probably going to go do a bowhunt around the end of April or beginning of May since we are out of bou meat now. I think 2 will be enough to get us through for a little while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    I agree, I think one or two per person is quite plenty. As a family of 6, we went through one moose a yr.
    With all due respect, I disagree! We eat way more Alaskan meat apparently.
    Glad they are not screwing around with the resident bou numbers on the Ivishak.
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    Ah... I knew I would get thrown under the bus. If a family of 4 takes two family members to go caribou hunting, that is 4 caribou, or about 400 lb of meat (if mature bulls). If they take 3 family members - that is 600 lb of meat. That is .41 lb of meat per day, every day. I assume most people don't eat 'just caribou' - there are fish, black bear, deer, moose to put in the freezer too.

    From a rural perspective I agree that two per person is not enough. I should have clarified.

    And no - I did not read the proposal.. I was just agreeing with the notion that one or two caribou per person is 'usually' enough.
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