I put in a letter today to request an extension on the DX003 Musk Ox hunt. I spoke with the Boards Support section at Fish and Game and hopefully it will make its way through the ranks and they will extend the season. Anybody that is wanting the season to be extended can send me a pm and I can give you the contact information for the folks that I'm working with.
The reason I'm requesting the extension is because of the poor weather this season. My attempts to get to Bethel and Mekoryuk have failed, and because I was on the alternates list, getting me scheduled in with the transporter on the last several days will not happen. I've got a large deposit down with him, a pricy tag and now a few plane tickets, and I didn't even get to Mekoryuk. The transporter I booked with has tried to work things out, but the soonest that I can give it another attempt is around the 22nd-23rd of March.
The transporter said he would like to see a longer season, and he will put in a call to extend the season as well. I'm not sure how many other hunters are in the same boat as me, but hopefully we can make it work. Somebody needs to put in a proposal to lenthen the season for this hunt. The biologist said that they would be willing to have it start earlier, but they aren't too interested in extending it much beyond the 15th of March due to the cows getting closer to dropping calves and they don't want to stir up the herds with hunters.
Unfortunately, what was a dream come true by getting the tag has really become a burden. I'd drop the whole thing in a heartbeat if I didn't have so much invested in it, but I'm hoping for one last chance to get out there and do this hunt. I guess you win some and you lose some.