Well theres been lots of talk about our sheep problems and many already know where I stand. If you dont, heres my stance. Sheep hunting has become a very popular activity for our state. Guides are booked out years in advance, and some are charging outrageously high fees and having no issues booking them. Its obvious that the non-res are far more successful than residents are because theirs no $$$ spared in scouting and access to the point of keeping residents out of many areas by controlling much of the business done by local air charters. The residents arent becoming any more successful than they were and the sheep numbers arent growing. So in addition to predator control my main concern right now is that there is no limit or control on how many sheep are killed by the efficient guided non-res sheep hunters annually in the non-draw units, which are vastly large areas of sheep country. I believe the issue is not about charging more money, but restricting the number of sheep hunters from out of state that are allowed to harvest sheep in the non-draw units. The Dall Sheep is a precious and easily categorized as a prized trophy worldwide and why should Alaska just sell each one with no difficulty to a non-resident in obtaining the privaledge to harvest one of these magnificent animals other than writing a check for it!
So with that said, how would one generate a proposal requiring all non-res sheep hunters to draw a tag and how do we determine how many tags they should be allowed? Our voice as residents must be voiced and heard or what has happened in units 13 and 14 this past year will repeat itself in every other unit at some point. I am not against non-res sheep hunters haing the opportunity to harvest a dall sheep but its gotten out of control as to how easily it can be done with the effectiveness of guided non-res in big numbers and the resource cant handle the continued pressure combined with the predation problems we already have.All those with ideas please voice your thoughts.