Establish a moose archery season.
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).
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.
What solution do you prefer? In other words, if the Board adopted you solution, what would the new regulation say?
Establish an archery Moose season for Units 13, 14 and 16.
Open season dates: Sept 20 – Oct 15. All the same rules that applies for rifle hunts.
Also Hunters would have to choose, when purchasing hunting license if they will be hunting with rifle or bow.
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 a separate season was establish for 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?
Any hunter that wants to hunt in both the rifle and bow season would not be able to do so.
List any other solutions you considered and why you rejected them.