I know that this is Mr. Rosi's first year and I'm not going to say anything bad about his efforts thus far because I simply do not know the details of the managment plan(s) for the state and the various units.
That being said; where is there an available resource to view such data? I'd like to see a repository available to the general public that is easy to read and does not leave information to decipher. I've not been overly enthused to research the fishing items I'm so passionate about because there is not a fact sheet; the reports are filled with the all the neccessary data used to compile them and for that I'm grateful but I think there should be a summary at the end/beginning of each to go off of first and then research the details in the reports if desired. Since I'm beginning to be as much of a hunter as I'm a fisher; this doubles the frustration of research and information gathering... JMO.
As for the moose management; I spoke with a fella this weekend and in the unit that were in he claimed that there used to be moose everywhere before the 50" and brow tine restriction came into effect. He said that the only things you could hunt were the spikes and forks and it was no problem becuase they were plentiful; that was back in 1983.
I would like to know what everyone thinks of a possible new proposal:
To restrict the brow tine and 50" in units 13, 14 & 16 since they get the bulk of the hunting pressure. Letting the larger bulls proliferate would allow for higher populations since the spikes and paddle horns have a great deal of difficulty and mostly just don't succeed in rounding up a harem; let alone mate during the rut.
I witnessed it first hand; a small paddle chasing 6 different cows with ALL of them running away from him. On other occassions, I've seen larger bulls with more impressive head gear have cows willingly walk up to them.
Another justification to revert to the older days is that we have altered the genetics by targeting the 3 & 4 brow tine bulls. Like any other animal on earth, the genetics determine the rack and when you take out the contributors to the gene pool it dries up.
My rough idea is to allow a draw permit for the larger bulls and try out the spike/fork (with the fork restriction allowing a third tine) for the next three years and see how the moose populations do in the high pressure areas like Knik, Boulder Creek and Hick's Creek (Pinnochle Trail). The bulk of us are not trophy hunters and are just looking fill our feezer anyway and smaller moose will do that quite well. I, as well as others, agree that the larger bulls just do not taste as well and we prefer the smaller spike/forks.
Any input is welcome; any bashing is not. Let's keep this on a polite discussionary level if you please.