So my brother was applying for fall permits last year only to be informed that he was not eligible for permits becaus he had failed to report one of his harvest tags. My brother appealed this because he was sure that he had mailed in each of his harvest tags. As a hunter that knows the severe consequences of not returning harvest tags, my brother always made sure that he had proptly returned the required information. He appealed F&G's decision to not allow him to apply for permits, but only to be let down again. The decision was final, he would not be able to apply for those coveted permit drawing tags like every other Alaskan hunter.
A couple of weeks ago my brother recieved two letters and one phone call appogizing for a certain harvest report that was lost, but now it is found! Just in time for my brother to put in for permits too! Oh, wait - No, they were'nt in time. The potential for my brother to draw a coveted permit for 2006 was gone forever. Apologies are nice but Delta buffalo and TMA rams are nicer.
I realize Fish and Game is comprised of a system that is fallable because it is run by humans. I do not wish to celebrate the fact that a mistake was made. I just want to know what can be done to rectify the situation.
I thougt of Fish and Game allowing my brother to put in twice for tags for the upcoming year to make up for the year he lost, but this is probably not in their power.
Does anyone have any advice on this? What recourse does one have when dealing with a soverign entity? (A letter to the editor excercising free speech my be the only option)