Even though this will prolly end up in the management thread i started it here to get the interest up... and i would like an opinion if you hunt moose..
I had a few meetings this afternoon, and have some questions as to common ground.
coming before the BOG this month is a antler less hunt there are many proponents and many OPPONENTS to these hunts.
Moose is currently the only hunt you may not take a calf. even in any caribou hunt with a limit of one YOU MAY shoot a calf.
most deer hunts with the exception of CA and maybe another state.. you may shoot a fawn or doe... CA says no spotted fawns.
cow hunts is to pull the surplus of cows to keep the bull cow ratios.
all calf's are surplus if you don't take the cows attached to them leaving all the breeding stock...
coming before the board is you may take a cow.... or a calf but not a cow accompanied by a calf... this would mean one could harvest the calf, his buddy could take the cow. but no calf will be left orphan...
the biggest issue i hear is the WINTER antler less hunts allow the taking of bulls who have shed.
opponents argue that by allowing the antler less bull hunts they are harvesting the large breeding bull who shed first.
winter antler less hunt affect trappers and the trap lines as folks flee to field and stream for meat.
taking cows is taking breeding stock,
one argument is that in the fall cow permit hunts the tags state you MAY NOT hunt a bull... WHY????? can you do it in the winter???
SO!!!!!!!!????? what is the real deal.. not HOW YOU IMAGINE moose bambie... WHY do some prefer cow hunts why do some despise them???
this all goes to the board of game in 22 days, i expect the only hotter issue will be the Denali park wolf buffer zone... maybe some sea duck remains too.
personally i see the benefit in both sides of the argument so am some what confused by the emotion that runs so deep why can i shoot a calf caribou with acceptance or a doe deer.... have folks willing to harvest bear cubs...but moose are exempt from reason of mind, for some and reason for dinner for others?
Where do we find common ground that all but the tree hugger will be happy? there is no shortage of guys that will harvest a cow, as well no shortage of cow supporters