Sorry I just had to vent: I thought the proposals to eliminate general season hunts in the Talkeetna and Chugach mountains were rumors. Seeing them in writing proposed by ADFG is alarming. These draconian proposals eliminate vast areas of sheep country and greatly reduce the opportunity for Alaskans to participate in sheep hunting. Because they will shift hunting pressure to other areas they may create more problems than they solve leading to further or total restrictions on sheep hunting. Sheep hunting will go the way of goat hunting on the Kenai, reduced to a rare to nonexistent opportunity equally available to someone in Alaska or Florida. Because drawing odds are so prohibitive, hunters who do draw are rarely successful as they are not familiar with the area. The Kenai sheep and goat areas have extremely low harvest rates. There are more creative and realistic proposals for reducing the harvest proposed by others which would preserve the opportunity to hunt, but probably wont be given as much weight as they are not proposed by ADFG. Harvesting a ram every few years is one. The proposals ignore the real problem: Guides familiar with the areas spotting game from planes and machines and overharvesting areas for their out of state clients. Resident hunters have much lower success rates and could be managed easily by restricting access or reducing bag limit. Many areas of Alaska have different regulations for residents vs nonresidents so I donít think that is the problem ADFG say it is. And every sheep survey I have every seen over the years has shown stable sheep populations statewide so this entire debate may address an issue that does not exist. For instance a recent survey of the Western Wrangells that was described as declining sheep populations for years by ADFG found that the populations were in fact stable and at historic levels. I guarantee that once the general hunt is eliminated it will never be returned and a wonderful benefit to being an Alaska resident will be lost. In my opinion we need to restrict the guides or harvest, but not eliminate hunting opportunity for resident hunters.