PROPOSAL 70 - 5 AAC 92.085. Unlawful methods of taking big game; exceptions. Restrict the use of aircraft for spotting or locating big game species while hunting as follows: Changes to "Use of aircraft for hunting”: Aircraft may only be used to place hunters and camps, maintain existing camps, and salvage meat, trophies and associated equipment while used for the purpose of hunting big game species. Using an aircraft for the purpose of spotting big game species or locating big game species during the open hunting season is prohibited. What is the issue you would like the board to address and why? The use of aircraft while hunting big game species in Alaska. I fully support the Alaska Board of Game's recent passage of proposal 207, option A, at the March 2015 meeting in Anchorage and would like to see that type of regulation extended to all big game species in Alaska. I strongly feel that this will broaden the efforts to promote and practice ethical, fair chase hunting for ALL hunters that engage in hunting in Alaska and will help strengthen Alaska's conservation efforts. Thank you very much. PROPOSED BY: Fred Harbison (EG-C15-022) ************************************************** **************************** xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx PROPOSAL 71 - 5 AAC 92.085(8). Unlawful methods of taking big game; exceptions. Clarify same day airborne prohibitions as follows: 5 AAC 92.085. Unlawful methods of taking big game; exceptions. The following methods of taking big game are prohibited: … (8) a person who has been airborne may not take or assist in taking a big game animal and a person may not be assisted by a person who has been airborne in taking a big game animal until after 3:00 a.m. following the day in which the flying occurred; however, this paragraph does not apply to (A) taking deer; (B) repealed 7/1/92; (C) a person flying on a regularly scheduled commercial airline, including a commuter airline; (D) taking caribou from January 1 through April 15, in Unit 22 if the hunter is at least 300 feet from the airplane at the time of taking; (E) repealed 7/1/2009; 61 (F) repealed 7/1/2008; (G) a hunter taking a bear at a bait station with the use of bait or scent lures with a permit issued under 5 AAC 92.044, and if the hunter is at least 300 feet from the airplane at the time of the taking; What is the issue you would like the board to address and why? The current unlawful methods and means listed in regulations prohibit an individual from taking a big game animal the same day they are airborne; however, it does not prohibit an individual from taking a big game animal using information given to them by an individual who was airborne. If any individual takes a big game animal on the same day they receive information from an individual who was airborne on the same day only the individual who was airborne would be in violation of the regulation. Another loophole in this regulation may include a pilot spotting big game and landing at a strip to provide the location of a big game animal to the hunter. In this scenario, the hunter has not been airborne and therefore could not be charged under this regulation. Since the use of radios to take big game is already prohibited, a person utilizing radios to communicate may be cited for the use of radios from the ground to the aircraft; however, they would not be cited for same day airborne. By changing the regulation as requested, it would allow Alaska Wildlife Troopers to consider charges for same day airborne in very narrow circumstances when a person who has taken a big game animal receives information from the person who was airborne that directly impacts the take of the big game animal. This proposal would make both individuals responsible for violating the regulation. PROPOSED BY: Alaska Wildlife Troopers (EG-C15-044) ******************x