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Soldiers winning Alaska big game hunting permits that would be used during their deployment have been given an opportunity to use them later, thanks to a ruling earlier this month by the Alaska Board of Game.

The Anchorage Daily News reported it this way: "The board, meeting in Wrangell earlier this month, created an exemption for Alaska soldiers who won drawing permits but had deployed to the Middle East before using them. Instead of losing the permit, soldiers serving in combat zones can hunt with it after returning to Alaska.

The Game Board also agreed to let deployed soldiers transfer subsistence hunting permits to alternate hunters back home in Alaska. Those hunters can use the Tier II permit to provide meat for hunters' families, said board member Cliff Judkins."

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