Frankly, simply doubling the current 5 year wait to get back into the bison draw doesn't address the issue....not at all.
The pool of people entering the drawings for bison is huge. And the number of permits is small. The resource is limited.
In the PDF, under Proposal 8, the "other solutions considered?" quote was annoying, completely biased and arrogant.
"OTHER SOLUTIONS CONSIDERED? One bison per lifetime, rejected because populations and regulations change. If larger herds are someday established people may like to get another."
Who are these twerps representing? According to this brain-trust the guys who already got a bison may want to get another. Wow...quite an insight. How about the people who never get a permit. Their opportunity to hunt wild bison in Alaska is of no concern to the board's pooh-bahs. They're basically not dealing with the issue, because they think it's the way it should be, and it isn't worth fixing.
Further, game populations always change, and regulations always adjust to the current realities. That's the Board's job, and it's supposed to be an ongoing process. Bison number are limited, as are permits. A limit of one bison per lifetime is fair to everyone. No one should get a second permit, until all hunters entering the draw have had their chance to have a first permit. If larger herds are established in the future, the Board can then adjust the regulations to reflect the new facts. They claim that the "one in a lifetime" solution is unreasonable because there may be bigger herds someday. Simply amazing.
I've been donating $20 - $40 in fees each May, for 26 years, trying to draw a bison permit. The system is a dandy fund raiser for Ak F&G. No wonder they like it the way it is. The system is unfair and broken.
The solutions are simple....bison should be "residents only", and "once in a lifetime."
Once the Fish and Game establishment grows those "larger herds" years in the future, then the regulations can become more generous. The current realities render the choice clear....atleast to anyone willing to approach this as an issue of fairness for all Alaskan hunters.