I didn't believe those words so I looked it up as best I can. I'm surprised because its seems your right in what you say here; I'm disappointed there is no simple common sense reg. that says simply that wasting of harvested wildlife should not be done. As I read the rules, it is perfectly legal to take harvested fish home (thus accomplishing your responsibility to "salvage") and throw it into the front yard for the ravens to eat.
Originally Posted by Huntress
I don't mean to be flip - I'm saying thats the way I read the regs and I'm surprised.
No. I did 'click', being a sorta computerized guy, you're right there. The first time that click told me two days, then the recipient changed to a different address (due to previously experienced delays in that same destination post office building) in the same metropolis and my new click said 3 days (not 3-5), and in person my post office said 2.
Originally Posted by Huntress
Don't get me wrong - I blame me. There is no doubt I trusted the wrong people. I will learn (albeit slowly, if history is any indication). Have you ever planned a hunt best you can, there in your house, and then the real hunt turned out entirely different in every detail, because you hadn't done that exact hunt before, exactly there, exactly the same time of year, rainage, drainage and more? That's where I am in this deal.
Back to the regs. While I'm happy that Alaska has fewer laws than any state in the union (my opinion) I'm not happy that they don't make any attempt to prevent actual waste of wildlife once it is "salvaged", with the one notable (below) exception of during further transport/transfer of possession.
But, my reading of the regs now firmly convicts the usps when it says:
1) "It is your responsibility to make sure game is legally taken before you accept or transport it."They didn't. No check of my license or the F&G Transfer of possession form. But that's irrelevant because it was legal so no harm no foul there.
2) "If you accept game or parts of game from someone else, either permanently as a gift or temporarily in order to transport that game, it becomes your responsibility to salvage all edible meat for human consumption."Isn't it clear that usps did not satisfy that responsibility, which responsibility was clearly theirs by virtue of their acceptance of game meat that was clearly marked in many ways?
I don't allege that they intended to screw up; I'm do say that clearly they did screw up in a way that (when combined with my screwup in trusting them) did indeed waste 25 pounds of fine salmon, and that said screw up appears (to me) to be illegal & inept on their part, and legal & inept on my part.
I mean come on, what if you screwed up and accidentally wasted 25 pounds of fine game meat in a way that could and should have been avoided - though many times before you did avoid that problem? That's where usps is on this, right now, i.e., my box of fish has still never left anchorage even now, after 4-5 days now; I track it online via usps.com. Of course it is not the norm for usps priority shipping to sit in its origination city for 5 days. As a previous poster said online regarding that, that delay was likely a reaction to my dutiful/legally-following way of marking the outside of the container according to their rules for shipping dry ice, with DOT Class 9 Miscellaneous Hazardous Materials symbols, because a legal amount (5#) of dry ice was inside.
Would you really say to the F&G guy writing the ticket "gosh, this never happens... I didn't mean to..."?