Went to Hatchers Pass on the Wasilla side on Saturday to do a little looking around. While running around I ran into the Head Ranger for that area and inquired as to when one of the side roads would be open. The response I got was "when I decide to open it". Kinda Harsh I thought for a simple question. She then explained that they wait until the roads are good and dry because people with trucks like mine tear up the wet roads. I have an F-150 stock and she was using an f-250 both about the same truck and she has been driving them routinely to see when they can open. I have no problems with why they keep the roads closed and perfectly understand some people thrash them, I was just asking if she might have an idea as to when. I asked what activity she had seen on these roads and areas and she told me, almost mockingly. She then explained to me that while hunting on that side was "legal" they would prefer it not to happen. Apparently ptarmigan hunters packing in guns scares the winter trail users, and the shooting really scares them. It was also explained to me that with this area being a non ATV area hunters packing out their "bloody packs, and animal parts during bear and moose seasons creeps out the recreational users. They do not like hiking in the areas and seeing animals being dressed out. You have to be 1/4 mile off the trails and main road to shoot. The numbers of recreational users versus hunters was quickly ran by me and how dangerous the encounters had become. She stated that she would like to see hunting stopped in that area and hopes to have it in front of the BOG within the next couple years. She followed up with the dwindling moose population for people to view and the fact that the bears in these areas have never caused anyone any problems so they would prefer no hunting on that side. This is a brief synopsis of the conversation and as I was walking away she was kind enough to remind me that " it is legal though". The whole conversation didn't sit well with me due to the initial attitude factor and then one sentence being nice and helpful and the next being sorta condescending. I wasn't camo'ed out packing guns, just tooling around checking out ground squirrels with the wife and daughter and of course checking out the snow line . I noticed a Ranger and decided to pull over and ask a question. Just a heads up for those of you that apparently use Hatchers for hunting and not recreational. I thought hunting, trapping and fishing were recreational. We honestly have never ran into another person while hunting, hiking to our hunting area with the guns yes, but where we hunt no. So the gears are in motion, not sure how slow they are turning but they are turning.