... Half way through the moose hunting season.
For the period 18 September to 20 October, the entire portion of the Donnelly West Training area of Ft. Wainright will be off limits to all users because of a scheduled Red Flag exercise. Moose hunting in this area continues through 25 September and in previous years hunters have coexisted in this area during Red Flag exercises as long as they stayed out of the normal impact areas as outlined in the US Army maps.
This has a serious and detrimental impact on a number of groups. You have a large number of local hunters. You have those individuals, both in and out of State, who hire local transporters and outfitters for a hunt of a life time. Then you have the air operators themselves and their staff, to which this is a significant source of their income. Finally, and to me unconscionably, you have soldiers just returning from their deployment, who have the time and desire to go hunting, many in this area. All of these individuals are now left with little or no time to find alternate sites.
During the Public Comment about the Donnelly Training Area, it was stressed that they were going to work with the locals and there would be no change from previous usage. It appears now that this is not going to be the case.
Just another case of the Fed's sticking it to us again when it comes to hunting in AK.