This proposal is the one that wants to reduce the number of TOK sheep permits from 100 to 80.
I am not a big fan on reducing our hunting opportunities, but I do understand the problem. I asked the MAT valley AC to amendment to this proposal.
I asked that they reduce the numbers to 80 permits as the proposal is written, but to issues an additional 40 archery permits.
It passed 10 to 3.
I basically told them that the reduction in permits has reduced the income to the air taxi operators, guides, ADF&G funding, hotels, food etc…. One thought that might have been overlooked is when we reduce the number of hunters in the field we also reduce the number of predators that are being harvested. Bottom line is more predators’ means less sheep.
Also mentioned that issuing these additional permits are just that. Additional! We are not taking away from one group and giving to another.
I truly hope the BOG listens, but it is doubtful since I know several BOG members will vote against this.
So if you are for more hunting opportunities and/or an archery hunter it will be important to back this amendment.