I joined this board only recently, as I plan my DIY '07 Moose Hunt. Something I've dreamt of as an avid hunter for quite some years now. I logged in, read a post or two containing the word "moose" and asked for a little help. And recieved just that "a little", very little. After a few weeks of following the board, I can see why. Guide bashing, guide supporting (with limits), out-of-stater bashing, out-of-stater supporting(as long as he's a freind of a resident), DIY-ers "too unsafe", DIY-ers OK, as long as they're "smart enough", F&G is "to blame", F&G is in it for the $, how "those people" are ruining "our way of life", and especially interesting is the commentary about us (those from the lower 48) who do one of two outlandish things- 1.- pay for a guide and 2. come to Alaska to use "your" land. WOW!!!! I asked for a little moose hunting help and got five replies, of which one was me. Local Alaskan Politics recieved 500+ replies. I thought the board was titled Alaska Hunting, not Alaska Political Views and Hunting Related Complaints. My Bad. To top it off, I'm an educated hunting advocate who loves this sport for the "hunt" part of it. So, I'm going to add my $.02 to the arguements, only in an effort to keep this board what it appears to me to be - a political hotbed of hunting related political commentary. Here goes (and please- this doesn't apply to everyone, just some of the ridiculous comments I've read):
Alaska is a beautiful, an awesome place to just visit, let alone hunt, and I've only ever witnesssed a very small section of it, when on a guided sheep hunt in the Talkeetnas. I know - some of you may be thinking - what a whimpy, dinner-bell shooter using a guide. I also made the mistake last year of going to Disney for a vacation, when I could have been a real man and built some thrill rides on my own using old bicycles, a welder, two washing machines and a wheelbarrow, and then two black paper plates with a rubberband and a moose call taped to my nose so the kids would think I was Mickey....
I've also forgotten my place in this nation of 49 states. You know, where we (from the United States) unwelcomely intrude in that far north nation, ruin it's residents way of life, trample all over it's national parks, unwelcomely supply millions upon millions of US dollars through the entire touristry industry, supply the unwanted billions of dollars to your nation's coffers by buying oil and other marketable items (crabs, fish, etc.). Spare me the hot-headed comments- I'm only refering to a select few here, and there's a smiley face insert here too- I'm simply saying that if you don't hold a deed, then it's not yours, so don't call it yours. We live in a great mixing pot of 50 states, not 49. We have to accept the person who stands up and yells at the top of his lungs that which makes our blood boil, and he must accept ours. That's what makes this country great!
And, don't you vote there? I thought you did. My bad. Here in PA, we actually vote the lawmakers in and out of office, and those lawmakers are responsible for appointing the heads of services like Fish and Game, etc. In all the ramblings I've read nowhere did I see a responsible, educated comment on a politicians position relating to fish and game. I was pretty sure up until now that Alaska F & G was run by ALASKANS, not Brazilian nationals. "They" "They" "They" - what's up with that? I certainly would never tell you how to run your state's F & G, but it seems that some of you can't even tell your fellow Alaskan's how- just complaining about the outcome.
And lastly, I'm sure most everyone who reads this board/post is a decent guy or gal, who like me is really heart & soul into hunting. And I appreciate that. I really appreciate the responses (though few) I've gotten from the few left here who actually want to discuss hunting (I know- I'll get blasted by someone for that too!). And, to prove my point, my moose post will probably remain at less than 10 replies- but this one will surely get some attention. All in all, Alaska is a beatiful place and though I have for the first time experience an aire of unwelcome feeling in my own nation because I'm an "outsider", "guide hirer", etc. I'm still gonna go, and I'm gonna love it! (and one more tiny comment- YES, views must be discussed as a lead into a political debate - I agree - my comments here are not reflective of the fact that these topics were discussed, just at foolishness of some of the commentary)