Here's the latest effort from APHA and the Comm. Services Board. This isn't the whole letter, but it gives you the idea of what they want:
With respect and consideration to all of the above:
We the undersigned organizations hereby request that you in as timely
manner as possible help us develop and implement a competitive
guide lease area program by requesting that the Department of
Natural Resources make this a priority project and work towards
implementation during the year of 2008 and,
That the first area of implementation be Game Management Units 13
and 14 and,
That you help to secure the budget needed to see this project established.
The Alaska Professional Hunters Association, Inc.
Big Game Commercial Services Board
Alaska Board of Game
As I read it, we go from a sytem of guides competing with each other for clients, and for hunting areas, to a system where guides lease hunt units and will most likely have sole use of that area.
Looks like a great idea if you get a lease area. Maybe not so great if your a small time guy just doing a few hunts and trying to keep costs down.
I don't get this CSB group. They've done all they can to make it harder to be a registered guide. Now they want to basically go back to the registered guide use areas this state had in the past. If things keep going in this direction, a relatively small number of large guide businesses will control all guiding in this state.