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    Default Bow Hunt Restriction Loophole

    On page 17 of the regs, the little box in the lower right states that although a certification is not required, it is SUGGESTED that you carry it in the field with you. There is no where on that page regarding bow hunting restrictions that states it is required BUT if you look in a managment area; say around Los Anchorage or Eagle River, the city limits managment areas will state at the end of the paragraph describing the number deliniation that it is required. So, my interpretation is that there are no statutes or laws REQUIRING a bow cert or IBHA equivalent OUTSIDE of the management areas... what do you think? Conceivably, I think that a hunter could argue this in court and win. (Not this one though)
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    Wrong. Just got checked by Officer Potter from Galena on Wed. on the Haul Road. You are supposed to carry your certification card with you.

    The regulations in the book are a collection of the ones that "fit" most hunting possibilities and have been interpeted and simplified for your use. For the actual written regulations, you need to contact your local F&G office for a correct reading of the regulation. The actual regulations are about 3" thick.

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    The license requirements that you're referring to states that for ALL special restrictions hunts (archery, muzzleloader, etc.), that you "should" carry the certification card for that particular weapon with you while hunting. It also states that you MUST be in possession of a hunting license and appropriate harvest ticket, permit, locking tag for ALL restricted weapons hunts.

    FOR EXAMPLE: If bow hunting the haul road for caribou, and you are hunting inside of the dalton hwy corridor, then it's archery only because you're NOT 5 miles off of the road. There are no permits or locking tags for this, just a harvest ticket. BUT, since it's an archery only "zone" and you're bowhunting in it, you need to be IBEP or equivalent certified. So, with that said, if F&G/Trooper stops you up there and asks to see your license, tags, and certification and you don't produce that certification, then YOU ARE WRONGFULLY hunting in a "restricted weapon" area in his/her opinion and you get a ticket. You "SHOULD" have carried that weapons certification card like the reg's say to do even though it reads "not required". The archery moose season that's open right now in certain units, same thing applies, you "should" possess the "card" while hunting.

    If you choose to bowhunt moose during the general moose season outside of a "management area", go for it, the certification card isn't required because it's NOT a "restricted weapons" hunt. But you really "should" carry it with you if you have one.

    All "management areas" (Anch., Eagle River, Ft. Rich, Birchwood, and etc.) have "special rules, restrictions or requirements" that apply. Read them carefully and call F&G if unsure about something, anything. Call them on it.

    All restricted weapons hunts REQUIRE a certification card, and if you have one, it's just wise to carry it with everything else. Just like the bear baiting permit classes for certain units, you get a card when it's over. Take it with you, it saves alot of heartburn if called on it by the cops.

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