The access restrictions, infighting, ridiculous over-regulation, etc is working!:
And look who is replacing us:.....But the number of people hunting and fishing in Alaska and across the United States has declined overall, according to a survey released last week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Across the U.S., the number of people fishing has dropped 12 percent, and the number of people hunting has decreased 4 percent since 2001.
There's been an especially steep decline in Alaska compared with the agency's 2001 survey, said Jerry Leonard, a Fish and Wildlife economist who crunched the numbers for the report. Recreational fishing is down 26 percent in Alaska, Leonard said, and hunting is down 24 percent in the state......
Remember that in controlled use areas a "viewer" can use motorized vehicles in the area to enjoy their activity......Yet even as the number of people hunting and fishing has slid, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife survey found that the number of people who are actively engaged in what they term "wildlife viewing" has risen. Those activities include just about any outdoor pursuit, ranging from bird-watching to whitewater rafting. Nationwide, the numbers jumped 8 percent from five years ago, the study found. In Alaska, it went up 22 percent.
"Those wildlife viewing numbers, we're talking dollars, tourists coming up to look at bears and leaving money in Alaska," said Danny Consenstein, chief operating officer of the Renewable Resources Coalition, a group that is fighting the development of the Pebble copper-and-gold project near Iliamna in Southwest Alaska.....
You just can't hunt using the vehicles.
And there's a mystery to all this?