A couple of proposals have been made to bring the feril reindeer herd on Kodiak Is. under seasonal and bag limit managment. From what I understand the herd size is now between 50-150 animals that are being hunted into extiction by a very few with no closed season or bag limit.
As a kid in the mid sixties I several times saw as many head 500 herded up on the beachs and hills behind Bumble Bay and Gurney Bay. At that time they were considered to be owned by the villagers. I think it was in the early eighties they were signed over to the STATE and the slaughter began. I am in favor of supporting both proposals (159 &160)to save and manage the reminates of this herd. Hell they have survived for over 75 years with out hurtin the bears or ducks so lets keep em. whadaya think.
I`m not too sure about proposal 163 by the Kodiak AC to eliminate the draw and combine the goat areas into 1 registration hunt with a longer season. Sounds good but will it increase opertunity for off island residents and nonresidents or will the Islanders flock to the easy access areas in droves and push everthing back into the hard to get places. Kodiakians are pretty posessive towards the Islands resources so I wonder about that one.
Proposal 164 to allocate 30% of the goats to non residents humm sounds good if you are a guide.
Proposal 165 to eliminate the late registation hunt kind goes against my grain as I`m in a position to register and hunt in November but I gotta tell ya huntin goats in November ain`t no fun unless you got a warm cabin where you can sit and wait for em to come down. Any way just my thoughts lets get some comments in.