I was conversing with someone that works with some Alaska guides. They commented that they can get all the moose meat they want for free from these guides. Their freezers (yes multiple) are full at the end of the season every year.
Recent threads where out of state hunters have mentioned that their guides are happy to receive the hunters donated meat got me wondering. Just how much meat do some guides end up with, and what happens to it? I know they say they give some to local families, but if you have a ton of it, are you still "tickled" to receive more?
I might be opening a can of worms here, or asking to get flamed, but perhaps when clients leave meat with a guide or anyone else for that matter, there ought to be forms filled out and submitted by each party. I know about the transfer of possession forms. I'm not referring to those. They aren't reported afaik. Then we could find out just exactly how much of this meat is getting left behind.
Every non-resident hunt I have ever done, included me taking home the exact same amount of meat I would have from the animal if I harvested it in my back yard. I'm not giving any of it away, unless it is to my hunting buddy that helped me with it. After I get it home, i may share a little here and there. Just today I took a pack each of moose burger and stew meat to my Elder neighbor. But, he gives me smoked salmon, so I guess that may be bartering in the community. Regardless, i ain't leaving it behind. That just seems wrong to me.