This was brought up to me by someone on this forum, so I am taking it farther.
OK folks, we are faced with a real delima. The state is growing, our numbers are increasing. We are running out of places to hunt. The areas we are currently using has reached a point of saturation. Why are we locked out of one of the largest areas of the state reachable by the road system. Why can we not hunt along the pipeline corridor with a firearm within five miles of the haul road, above the Yukon? Is someone more likely to shoot the pipe North of the Yukon than they are south of the Yukon? OOps, We all know what happened south of the river. But I'm not going to shoot the pipe, are you?
Currently the area is controlled by a few miners and locals that live in the area, and they have the ear of the legislature to keep this locked up. There is roads and mining trails going back a long way from the Dalton Highway, why can't we use them? The people of Alaska need to talk to their legislature and let them know how you feel about this.
Putting porposals in to the game board to open the areas is not the way to do this. It will take legislative action to open the area along the Dalton Highway. That area has been closed by law since the highway was built.
We the public need to put forth a public outcry about this unreasonable approach to keep hunting in check. There is mining trails and other roads that should be totally accessible to the general public instead of to a select few.
Senator Seekins tried to get this opened a few years ago. Why did the rest of the legislator say no? Because the general public did not speak up and let them know how we feel. Especially you folks down in the Anchorage area, and the Valley as you go farther and farther afield to find good locations, you are moving into areas where their is already a good number of hunters there. Yet this huge area North Of the Yukon remains off limits to everyone but archers, why?
You want to get behind a movement. You want to make noise about something? This is an area where you can get something done. Let's start a movement here and get this huge chunk of Alaska opened up so we all can access it. Why leave it restricted to a few?