I'm wondering if anyone's interested in the proposal up in front of the Board of Game this March, that would allow any Alaska resident to take up to 2 non-residents brown bear hunting in Unit 13? We can already take family members (up to 2nd degree of kindrid), but we can't take non-resident friends hunting. They have to pay for a guide. This proposal would allow us to take these friends hunting for brown bears. Any AK resident could go to F&G and get a 'resident guide license', same as Wyoming residents can do for hunting in their wilderness areas (info on their F&G website). The resident cannot charge anything.
This would bring a new group of hunters to Unit 13 to take brown bears, and would help the rest of us by maybe producing more moose. I know the guiding industry will not like this idea because it may set a precedent, and lead to more areas where guides are not required. But, it is a way to increase the take of an animal we have plenty of (in Unit 13 anyways). Guides will still have clients too, because their high success rate and trophy size should still draw the hunters with money. Besides, Unit 13 has 'interior' grizzly bears, but B&C counts them as brown bears - so for the most part, this is not a trophy hunting area anyways. I think it's strange that any non-res can come up to AK and hunt moose without a guide, but they can't legally harvest a grizzly bear they run in to. This proposal could fix that, if they were accompanied by an AK resident. We're already trusted to take our close relatives (non-residents) hunting bears, why not friends?