2. What is the problem you would like the Board to address?
The “Same day airborne” rule states “It is against the law to hunt or help someone else take big game until 3:00am the day following the day you have flown”. I believe this rule is weak and need to be changed.
I believe the original intent of this rule was to prevent hunters from searching for an animal from the air, land close to it and kill it? If so, this rule is not working! Some hunters are using aircraft late in the evening to spot game, land and shot them at 3am. This in not fair to the game they hunt nor to other hunters. I find this type of hunting unethical!
3. What will happen if this problem is not solved?
This is not fair chase and those with aircraft will continue to use this loophole to their advantage (results in higher success rate) over those that don’t have or choose not to use aircraft in this manner. In areas where a tag is required, this high harvest success rate could reduce the number of available tags for next years permit draw.
Game will continue to be harassed by these aircraft. Once these so called hunters leave the hunting area or areas, they may have harassed more game then the ones they harvested. Game that has been harassed are much harder, if not impossible, to hunt. This makes it harder for honest hardworking hunters fill their tags.
4. What solution do you prefer?
I would like to change our current rule to read as follows:
“It is against the law to hunt or help someone else take big game [REPLACE (until 3:00am the day), WITH (24 hours)] following the day you have flown”.
5. Does your proposal address improving the quality of the resource harvested or products produced? If so, how?
No, it does not improve the quality of the resource, but it will preserve the ethical standard of fair case that all of us should have while hunting.
6. Solutions to difficult problems benefit some people and hurt others:
A. who is likely to benefit if your solution is adopted?
All hunters except (see below). All game that is being harassed by aircraft.
B. Who is likely to suffer if your solution is adopted?
Those that enjoy using this loophole will find that their harvest success rate may drop. All hunters that are transported via aircraft will have to wait 24 hours before pulling the trigger.
7. List any other solutions you considered and why you rejected them.
• Having a 48 hour wait. I personally prefer this choice but believe the 24hrs is more likely to be implemented.
• Allow same day airborne hunting as long as hunters are 5 miles from the drop off point. I believe this would be hard to enforce.