What is the problem you would like the Board to address?
I would like to see additional hunting opportunities for archery hunters.
The majority of the lower 48 states, offer special hunts or dedicated hunting areas for archery hunters. These states offer their “best hunting times” as an incentive for those choosing harder, less successful means of hunting. Alaska does offer a few token hunts, but as a whole archery hunters are not being represented very well. (For example Moose season in Unit 14A/14B for archery is Aug 10 –Aug 17, truly the worst moose hunting days available).
Archery hunters represent a very small group of hunters and the harvest rates are just above those that hunt with rocks, so I don’t see how giving a few extra tags or setting up a special archery only hunting area would cause any harm.
What will happen if this problem is not solved?
Many hunters that are willing to hunt by bow have chosen not to since very few incentives are given to the archery community. By not having a separate area or hunting seasons for these user groups hunting pressure will continue to grow. We can continue to go with the status quo and continue to allow rifle hunters to have the majority of the harvest.
Over the next few years we should see an increase in the total numbers of available game (due to the low harvest numbers, restrictions, and increase in the bull/cow ratio) why not give archery hunters a better chance for success?
What solution do you prefer? In other words, if the Board adopted you solution, what would the new regulation say?
I would like to see an Archery only draw for Sheep in Unit 13D. I would like to see additional draw tags be available (not taken from current allotment) for this hunt. It would read as follows:
Sheep – Unit 13D –“Archery only” One ram with full-curl horn or larger by permit. Sept 20 – Oct 15
I would also request that we change the hunting dates for archery moose season.
Moose - Units 13-16 – Add/change hunting dates for archery hunters. Replace (Aug 10 – Aug 17), with (Oct10 – Oct 17).
Solutions to difficult problems benefit some people and hurt other:
A. Who is likely to benefit if your solution is adopted?
Archery hunters would benefit by having better dates which to hunt. The results would hopefully see an increase their success rate. All rifle hunters. If more units where available to archery hunters, hunting pressure would be spread over a longer period thus resulting in better hunting conditions for both user groups. Local archery shops would see an increase in business. ADF&G will see more $$$ because of the new 13D draw archery sheep hunt.
B. Who is likely to suffer if your solution is adopted?
List any other solutions you considered and why you rejected them.