OK, This is what I found out (I have permission to give name and number from him).
I talked with "AL CAIN" from the dept. of fish and game in anchorage, he is a 25yr fish and wildlife state troop and now for the last 5yrs he is the dept. holy lama for the "game laws bible". He did tell me that if anyone had any questions what so ever, please call him, he loves to talk about this kinda stuff, and trust me, he does, great guy to talk to. Here is what he had to say...
The defininition of the word "TAKE", is just the way it is spelled out in the reg's book. They defind it that way to use as a kind of "umbrella term", meaning......
EXAMPLE: If you were "fishing", actually casting bait or a lure and F&G came up and asked for your licences and you do not have one, they can write you a ticket for trying to "TAKE".
If you were "hunting", actually out in the field stalking game and F&G came up and asked you for your licence and or tags and you do not have one, they can write you a ticket for trying to "TAKE".
Understand the definition of the word "TAKE".? OK, For the rest of the story!
If you stalk a animal and DO NOT SHOOT AT IT, you DO NOT HAVE TO PUNCH YOUR TAG.
If you stalk a animal and TAKE A SHOT BUT MISS, you DO NOT HAVE TO PUNCH YOUR TAG.
If you SHOOT AND WOUND a animal, it is YOUR RESPONCABILITY TO DO EVERY THING IN YOUR POWER to find that animal. i.e. spend a day or 2 to recover said animal. Now, if you DO NOT find that animal, you DO NOT HAVE TO PUNCH YOUR TAG. BUT! You have better made every way possible to find said animal. Because that is another spot where the term "TAKE" can come into play.
**SIDE NOTE** He does agree with me that you should ETHICALLY punch your tag because that would be the right thing to do, but it is up to your descression. *personally, I would punch my tag, and yes, I have done this once in my hunting life and explained it to the law and was cleared.*
NOW, There are some places down along the coast where hunting for "BEAR" that if you SHOOT AND WOUND A ANIMAL AND LOOSE IT, YOU MUST PUNCH YOUR TAG! Please refer to your reg book for those units.
This is the only time you need to punch your tag.
"5 AAC 92.010(B)
(b) After killing an animal for which a harvest ticket is required, the hunter shall remove immediately, before leaving the kill site, the day and month of the kill from the harvest ticket without removing any other day or month, and shall keep the validated harvest ticket in possession until the animal has been delivered to the location where it will be processed for human consumption.
You will notice that the actual regulation states killing, not taking"
So, there you have it from a 30yr verteran, and he did state, if anyone has anyyyyyy kind of question, please call him, he loves to talk about this stuff and would be happy to explain any of the reg's with the Alaska Dept. Of Fish and Game.
AL CAIN (907)267-2157 ADF&G