I am working on my first attempts to submit proposals to the BOG. I know I am openning myself up for comments like (you're a dumb ass! Jerk! etc...) Bring them on!
Youth hunt for Moose
2. What is the problem you would like the Board to address?
I have a concern that fewer and fewer youngsters are getting involved with hunting. More and more we see our youth becoming involved with video games, illegal drugs, and other distractions rather then getting a hands-on-contact with the outdoors, in particular hunting.
3. What will happen if this problem is not solved?
The information below was copied from: http://www.savingourhunting.com
Are Hunter Numbers Declining? Yes! Dramatically! According to an estimate by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the number of Active Hunters has decreased from 23 million to 20.6 million in just the last five years. However figures from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service indicate that the number of persons who have a paid, certified hunting license is an even lower number, 14.7 million a decline of almost 11.5% over some previous years. When one considers that the overall population has grown a significant amount during the same time frame, you can begin to see an even greater unhealthy trend. Since 1990, the number of license holders in Massachusetts has dropped by 50,000, or 40 percent; in California since 1980 the number has fallen by almost half, from 540,000 to 300,000. In Michigan, there were 1.2 million licensed hunters in 1992 — but fewer than 850,000 in 2004.
Age Matters - In 1980 only 40% of all hunters were over 35 years old, in 2004 that had increased to over 70% over 35 years, and according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, today more than 90 percent of hunters are 35 years or older. And nearly 80 percent of current hunters started between the ages 6 and 15, the shooting sports foundation says. According to a Horton Study, the average age of the general hunting population has increased to 43.8 years, indicating that young people are not being recruited to the sport in anywhere near large enough numbers.
Will This Affect The Future Of Hunting? - You Bet! Here is an eye opening quote... "For every 100 adult hunters today, only 69 youth hunters are coming up to take their place. If allowed to continue, economic projections indicate funding for wildlife conservation could drop 25 percent by 2025. This decline could cause a 24 percent drop in revenue for the hunting industry".
Why Should I Care? Well, not to mention the obvious impact that fewer and fewer hunters entering the sport will have upon the hunting industry as a whole, a far greater impact will be felt upon our State Conservation Departments across the U.S. You see, a major portion of the funding for State wildlife Agencies is derived from not only the sale of hunting licenses, but also from a distribution of Federal funds distributed to the various states according to a formula based in part upon the number of hunting licenses sold in that state. As hunter numbers drop, the state wildlife agencies feel a double pinch. Less revenue from license sales and less federal revenue distributed to that state as a result of those shrinking license sales. Obviously with fewer and fewer dollars to fund these agencies, enforcement efforts will also decline. Poachers are going to be free to go wherever they please. The quality of YOUR hunting will suffer!
If we begin an effort to recruit new hunters by getting young people interested in the sport, it will have a tremendous impact for years to come.
4. What solution do you prefer?
I propose that the Board of Fish and Game authorize a “Draw Only, Moose Youth Hunt” starting the first Saturday after Christmas break and continue for the next 10 days. This hunt would be open to all youth aged 10 -16 and ideally it would be open to all game management units that could support such a hunt.
In particular, I would like to see this hunt in Unit 14C. The overabundance of moose within Anchorage has lead to high number of vehicle/moose collisions and several deaths as the result of these collisions. It is possible if these moose where harvest by such a hunt these deaths could have been eliminated. Under the direction of a professional guide or ADF&G, Alaskan youth would be able to safely hunt within the city limits.
5. Does your proposal address improving the quality of the resource harvested or products produced? If so, how?
Yes, the quality of harvesting a moose in Dec compared to an August harvest would improve and result in less spoiling of meat, thus less waste of this resource. Also a moose in the freezer is better then one on the hood!
6. Solutions to difficult problems benefit some people and hurt others:
A. who is likely to benefit if your solution is adopted?
Alaskan youth, State of Alaska, all hunting industry business, anyone with a drivers license, insurance agencies. Etc…… This would be a vital first step to insure that hunting will have a brighter future.
B. Who is likely to suffer if your solution is adopted?
People that enjoy seeing moose within the city limits and those individuals that are signed up for the road kill program.
7. List any other solutions you considered and why you rejected them.
Set aside a set # of tags from our current moose draw areas and apply them towards “youth only” hunts. I would prefer to leave the current system alone and let everyone have an equal chance on getting these prized tags. I just believe there is enough local moose in the Anchorage bowl area to justify a new youth hunt.