My name is Aaron Bloomquist, here's a little about what I know:
#1 I have been in the field since mid-april (not sitting in front of a computer making up things (slander) about people and groups that I know nothing about). I have noticed that most of the parties participating don't list their names. I have not posted on a forum in years although I do pay money to advertise on this forum (for now) but I was informed that my name was mentioned in several posts with the insinuation that I may be breaking the law.
#2 I own Full Curl Outdoors, LLC, which operates Tyonek Lodge. I am a new registered guide(#1259). And was lucky enough to secure a lease with Tyonek Native Corporation for hunting and fishing rights on their lands. I have a guide, registered for unit 16-01 on my staff that does the contracting. I communicate with the Fish and Wildlife Toopers and ADF&G regularily and they are aware of my operations. I strive to follow all laws to the letter in my operation.
#3 SFW/SFH-Alaska does not and will not have any of their bear camps on Tyonek Lands or any other native lands that I am aware of. I volunteered to do much of the scheduling for the SFW/SFH bear effort so I have been a contact for many people. I have since turned the scheduling over to others so I can concentrate on my operation. I am not a board member or a policy maker for either group. SFH/SFW in conjunction with Tyonek Native Corporation, Full Curl Outdoors, Paralyzed Veterans of America, The Wonded Warrior Project, and AM-Vets are sponsoring several groups of wounded and disabled soldiers on guided black bear hunts through Tyonek Lodge.
#4 The sport hunt bait permit was re-instated with intense pressure from the Alaska public, the advisory committees, board of game, and most outdoor groups that were paying attention. If we only had a predator hunt, ALL youth under 16 would have been eliminated from hunting over bait as well as all non-residents.
#5 As for SFW/SFH needing a guide-client aggreement I think the $30 membership dues hardly meets the definition of compensation. They have spent thousands of dollars on camps and supplies and other expenses. I believe they have also allowed non-member hunters to participate.
The state defines compensation as:
"Sec. 08.54.790. DEFINITIONS. “compensation” means payment for services including wages or other remuneration but not including reimbursement for actual expenses incurred"
SFH has incurred much more than 30$ per person in expenses.
#6 Those that have said the bear managment effort in unit 16 is just to help the natives are just ignorant racists. The truth is, Anchorage and Wasilla resident kill many times more moose in unit 16 than natives (even under tier II).
#7 Those that say they are just out to make more money for guides are just plain ignorant. SFW/SFH-Alaska has only one goal: more ungulates for all hunters. Unit 16 will not see a non-resident moose hunt for at least five years even if the moose numbers rebound. Even if this happens I doubt Tyonek will allow me to hunt moose on their lands, ever, as they depend on moose for a portion of their diets. The bear control effort will hurt my business as well as the business of any guide that depends on black bears as a portion of his income. There are no other animals other than bears for most guides in 16-B to hunt. I have helped the effort because I believe it is the right thing to do.
#8 Helicopters were legal to use for a short time under the predator control effort. The Board of Game authorized their use (twice actually), and ADF&G decided to unilaterally over-ride the board. Helicopters are the only practical way to take the numbers of bears ADF&G has said need to be taken, and spread out hunter effort across the unit.
#9 If we are going to throw stones, at least throw stones that are based in fact, like this:
I will not be joining, at any time soon, the so called "moderate" outdoor group that shares a common board member with Defenders of Wildlife (Backcountry Hunters and Anglers). Gloria Flora of Helena, MT just happens to be listed on both the BHA advisory board, http://www.backcountryhunters.org/index.php?link=board
and the defenders of wildlife board of directors,
All you have to do is read their website and you will find that they also have other board members that belong to Audubon, Natural Resources Defense Council, Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Clearwater, Wildlands Center for the Prevention of Roads, Hells Canyon Preservation Council and the Wilderness Society. Many of these groups are not only anti-access, anti-logging, and anti-development but some actually hold anti-hunting agendas.
#10 SFW-Utah has no say in how SFW/SFH-Alaska operates. They are two seperate groups. SFH (Sportsman for Habitat)-Alaska is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. SFW is a 501(c)(4). Their boards are made up of a diverse group of Alaskans that are influential in their respective fields. Alaskans (including the SFW-Alaska group) obviously have different priorities than many in the lower-48.
#11 SFW did not lobby to have any animal exempt from the wildlife asset bill or the intensive managment bill. SFW, AOC, APHA, SCI, and several Alaska native groups teamed up to get the Asset bill passed and it applies to all game. If it eliminates "ballot box biology" as intended, it will be the most important pro-hunting legislation in our state's history. The IM Bill was killed in the senate by Hollis French and the Judiciary committee.
I'm sure there is more B.S. on here, but I don't have time to read through all of the posts.
I am in town for 24 hrs and will be back with the bears tomorrow. This forum is a great place for the exchange of ideas and info but some people need to get some fresh air once in a while, and spend less time making up things about people who are actually more friend than foe.
I am the current chairman of the Anchorage Fish and Game Advisory Committee, and contribute hundreds of hours of volunteer time and thousands of dollars annually to helping manage our wildlife resources. I have done volunteer work for no less than a dozen outdoor/hunter's groups and seldom turn down a request for help from any group.
Respond all you want but don't expect a reply for a while, if ever, I will be hunting or fishing till October.
Keep your rod tip up and your barrel pointed down range.