Can someone that was at the BoG meetings make sense of what they did with regards to the Nelchina herd? There's an article in today's ADN that explains that the board approved the community harvest permits for the Ahtna villages in the region. It also states that this move does away with the Tier II system, but it doesn't say what is going to be done in it's place.
So...will there be a drawing hunt for the surplus caribou? Can anyone shed some light?The Board voted to give a portion of Nelchina hunting permits to eight Alaska Native villages, where local hunters would then share the meat with neighbors. The regional Native corporation, Ahtna Inc., proposed the idea and will oversee the village hunts.
The vote does away with a controversial subsistence scoring system that rated applicants on how long they've hunted in the region. The state limits the number of moose and caribou hunters can bag in the region each year, so hunters who don't live in one of the villages will apply to hunt for the remaining eligible game.