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    Default How Much is a Game Animal Worth

    Here are the values the State has determined for restitution for illegally taken animals:



    Alaska Statutes.

    Title 16. Fish and Game

    Chapter 5. Fish and Game Code

    Section 925. Penalty For Violations.

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    AS 16.05.925. Penalty For Violations.

    (a) Except as provided in AS 16.05.430 , 16.05.665, 16.05.722, 16.05.723, 16.05.783, 16.05.831, 16.05.905, and AS 41.14.860 , a person who violates AS 16.05.920 or 16.05.921, or a regulation adopted under this chapter or AS 16.20, is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

    (b) In addition to a penalty imposed under (a) of this section, a person who is convicted of unlawfully taking an animal listed in this subsection may be ordered by the court to pay restitution to the state in the amount set out in this subsection for each animal unlawfully taken:

    (1) Bear, black ............................................ $ 600

    (2) Bear, brown or grizzly ................................. 1,300

    (3) Bison .................................................. 1,300

    (4) Caribou .................................................. 850

    (5) Deer .................................................. ... 400

    (6) Elk .................................................. .... 800

    (7) Goat .................................................. ... 800

    (8) Moose .................................................. 1,000

    (9) Musk oxen .............................................. 3,000

    (10) Sheep ................................................. 1,100

    (11) Wolf .................................................. .. 500

    (12) Wolverine ............................................... 500.

    I have no idea how they came up with these numbers.
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    Wink The value

    gotta be the result of scientific studies,,,
    or possibly using a dart board at the favored bar in Juneau,
    logic tells me its a result of both, animal values added up at closing time.

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    Not sure what the point is which you are trying to make ?

    Do you feel the values are too low, too high ?

    Searching for some enlightenment as to how the values where put forth ?

    I have no answers, only questions as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .338WM View Post
    Not sure what the point is which you are trying to make ?
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    You think f&g would have a higher trophy fee on some other animals,what makes muskox so special?Mt goat should get a higher price!There the only one that walks were no man will go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kotton View Post
    You think f&g would have a higher trophy fee on some other animals,what makes muskox so special?Mt goat should get a higher price!There the only one that walks were no man will go.
    These aren't trophy fees these are the value of the animals so if you harvest one illegally it is what you will pay for "Restitution". Of course there will be other fines as well but this is one more thing they will add to the mix. Perhaps Mountain Goat wasn't listed because they are so darn hard to hunt so they rarely get poached?

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    Actually goat is listed for $800 but I think his point is that he believes that is too low. I think, (I know bad habit) that the fees have something to do with the rareity of the animal and their numbers.

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    I think the fees are adequate especially for the accidental harvests of sub-legal animals. Fine for the associated crimes in the case of intentional poaching.

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    Seems a little odd that the "value" of a muskox is much higher than a bison given that a person can do registration muskox hunts, but winning a bison permit is like winning the lottery.
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    Default Tag fees?

    Maybe a function of tag fees--say double the price of a tag. Seems to fit some, but not all.

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    Maybe there's a higher rate of poaching Musk Ox than Bison...of course you'd think Dall Sheep would be higher if that was the case....

    Who knows...I'm sure somebody has a completely logical explanation that doesn't make a whole lot of sense....

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    Default According to my wife,

    Game animals are worth the sum of all $$$ spent in the planning, pursuit, harvesting and processing of said critter. Oh yeah, she would also add the taxidermy bill to that total. In general, she says that game animals are waaaaay more expensive than they are worth...I completely disagree!!!!!

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    Default Nothing for MM?

    No restitution for shooting Marine Mammals including polar bear, walrus and seal, or is that only a federal deal?
    Personally I'd at least double if not triple goat, moose, sheep, bison, and elk.

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