Interesting meeting last night, the AC did bring up and voted to allow the cow moose hunt in 14. The vote was 8-7.
Several members changed there mind to allow the moose hunt, since stopping this hunt would not stop the Potlatch harvest and that the moose numbers are near the objectives.
So the hunt will happen, but the issue with Potlatch will continue.
BOG chairman Cliff gave us a brief on how the program will work. Not going to quote him, but for the most part they have authorized that the Tribal leader be the person in charge of the issuance of these permits (unlimited in number) and that they are to report back to the department with the number of moose harvested. He mentioned he would like to see that they issue one permit at a time. Once a moose is harvested they return the permit and get another.
The department had a different look and said he thought that the each community would get permits (unlimited) and once a moose is harvested they would be required to send in the harvest data back to the department.
Tony did mention that the Potlatch harvest numbers are a part of the formula that is used to determine how many permits are available for the draw.
I asked the question about what are the consequences for failing to report. Couldn’t answer since they are still working out the details. The current consequences in NADA!
Lots of unrest within our AC, when both BOG (cliff) and ADF&G (Tony) where explaining the Potlatch program. Overall very little info and what was given sounded like everything was going to be up to the native corporations will be the ones running the program. My overall opinion was that turning over this program over to the native corporations will be a big mistake.
Time will tell. Not sure why the department has so much faith that these Potlatch harvest reports will be returned.
Found the below is a harvest report that speaks volumes!