I am all in favor of strong hunting ethics, but this one really makes me think. I don't own a plane nor have I chartered one to look for game. But I'll tell you what, when I'm in the air in Alaska I usually have my eyes peeled looking at the country. I'm definitely looking at the beautiful mountains and the fall colors but I'm almost always looking hard for floatable rivers, fishing potential and animals. I may be looking in places I know I'll never hunt, but I'm almost always looking. If I see a big bull moose or a nice dall ram I file it away in my head and I try to remember it, so to me that means I'm looking with the intention of locating game.
It seems that most of us are scouting to a certain degree from the air. Don't guides watch for animals when flying out to set up camps? If they see some big bulls in a particular drainage or a couple of big rams in the same cirque aren't they likely to let it affect their plans when hunting season rolls around? Won't guides new to an area fly the country and won't they always be looking for animals? I guess it's hard for me to imagine owning a super cub and not cruising around before season checking out the country and looking for animals.