Last week I received a packet from the State of Alaska, containing the newest version of the Guide and Transporter regulation synopsis. In that same packet were two sheets outlining the professional ethics standards for Guides and Transporters. I was impressed.
I thought a discussion of this part of the guide regulations would be fruitful here. Especially as it relates to aerial spotting of game, an issue I've discussed here and one which is covered in these regulations.
In short, the regulation states that aerial spotting for a particular animal is illegal.This same regulation applies to both Guides and Transporters (air charters). Obviously it is difficult to prove that the circling airplane you see from a distance is a Guide or Transporter violating the law, but I'm glad to see the state making the effort to reinforce these standards by printing them out separately as a reminder.
Below is the citation of the entire segment that was sent out. Sorry for the length.
12 AAC 75.340. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS STANDARDS FOR GUIDES. (a) Unethical activities. As
used in AS 08.54.710(b) and this chapter in reference to a registered guide-outfitter, assistant guide, or class-A
assistant guide, “unethical”
(1) means failing to or being unfit to meet a professional standard of conduct that satisfactorily and safely
implements, under field conditions, the knowledge, skills, qualifications, and judgment required for the license held;
(A) failing to comply with the standards set out in (b) – (f) of this section;
(B) failing to fulfill a condition or requirement established as a disciplinary sanction under
AS 08.54.710; and
(C) failing to fulfill the supervision, hunt participation, and other requirements of this chapter.
(b) Compliance with law. All classes of guides shall
(1) comply with applicable state and federal statutes and regulations; and
(2) obtain prior authorization as appropriate before entering or remaining on private, state, or federal land
during the course of providing big game hunting services.
(c) Client and employee care standards. All classes of guides shall
(1) take every reasonable measure to assure the safety and comfort of the client, including ensuring that
during the hunt
(A) adequate supplies are present to provide first aid for injuries that are reasonably expected in the
(B) sufficient supplies are present to provide for emergencies, including food, clothing, and a source
of heat; and
(C) food and shelter are present that are normally considered satisfactory under field conditions;
(2) avoid intentionally, recklessly, or carelessly exposing an employee or client to undue hazards;
(3) advise clients and employees involved in a hunt of the applicable state and federal statutes and
regulations relating to hunting, land use, wildlife, big game hunting services, and conservation;
(4) ensure that the proper hunting licenses, hunt record, game tags, and harvest reports for the big game
species being hunted are in the client’s possession before the hunt begins;
(5) ensure that the appropriate tags are attached to any game taken by a client and all game is sealed or
marked as required by 5 AAC 92;
(6) advise a client before a hunt of the game population in the hunting area; and
(7) provide remuneration in a complete and timely manner of debts or refunds owed to clients or
contracting guides, or wages owed to an employee.
(d) Field craft standards. All classes of guides shall
(1) use every lawful means at the licensee’s disposal to bag a wounded animal while it is in danger of
escaping, or, in a serious emergency, while human life or well-being is endangered;
(2) barring unforeseen conditions, properly prepare according to generally accepted procedures, all antlers,
horns, hides, and capes to be delivered to the taxidermist or to the client at the conclusion of a hunt in a satisfactory
and unspoiled condition, unless the guide is providing only outfitting and transportation services for the client;
(3) endeavor to salvage all meat of animals taken by clients, in accordance with state statutes and
(4) except for brown bear, grizzly bear, wolves, and wolverine, transport the meat of a big game animal
taken by the client in accordance with 5 AAC 92;
(5) respect gear, equipment, food, shelter, and camps established by other users;
(6) avoid staging unused or unattended camps and gear to discourage other users from utilizing a location;
(7) allow appropriate buffer areas between hunters and camps so as to avoid disrupting hunts and hunting
(8) avoid using an aircraft in any manner to spot big game for the purpose of taking a specific animal;
(9) avoid utilizing, in any manner, global positioning system (GPS) or other electronic devices to assist in
the taking of a big game animal; and
(10) respond personally or through an assistant to requests for assistance communicated during the hunt; a
contracting or employing guide must respond within a reasonable time based on the urgency of the request, weather
conditions, and other safety factors.
(e) Standards for cooperation with law enforcement officers and for conservation awareness. All classes
of guides shall
(1) cooperate with state or federal law enforcement officers;
(2) provide any information to assist law enforcement or state and federal wildlife officials; and
(3) practice sound wildlife conservation and create an awareness of conservation needs and practices when
dealing with the public.
(f) Standards of professionalism. A guide of any class may not
(1) make guarantees as to the success of a hunt or the number of animals to be taken on a hunt;
(2) shall provide supervision as required from a guide of that class, and make a good faith effort to make
the verbal or, if applicable, the written client communication as required in 12 AAC 75.240;
(3) if permitted to advertise or sell big game hunts under AS 08.54, may not advertise or sell big game
hunts to be conducted solely on tidelands; in this paragraph, “tidelands” has the meaning given in AS 38.05.965; and
(4) if permitted to advertise under AS 08.54, may not misrepresent services by false or misleading