Kodiak Daily Mirror - Board of Game declines to change hunting license divisions
  
Board of Game declines to change hunting license divisions
by James Brooks and Wes Hanna
Jan 19, 2012 | 97 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KODIAK — The Alaska Board of Game has rejected a proposal to raise the percentage of Alaska resident drawing permits, giving Kodiak hunting guides a sense of relief.

The proposal called for allocating 90 percent of hunting permits to residents. In its recommendation to the board, the Kodiak Fish and Game Advisory Committee said one-third of bear hunters on Kodiak Island are nonresidents required to hire guides.

Raising the percentage of resident hunters “could be the death knell for our local guides,” the advisory committee commented.

Proposals to open hunts a week earlier for residents than nonresidents were also defeated during the board’s five-day meeting in Anchorage.

The board adjourned Wednesday afternoon without considering a proposal to allow the sale of big game trophies hunted in the state.

The proposal, put off until the board’s March meeting, was strongly opposed by the Kodiak Fish and Game Advisory Committee, the local sounding board for state game issues.

In its recommendation to the board, the committee said the proposal comes close to commercializing hunts. Committee member and registered guide Paul Chervenak said if the proposal passes, he could make more money selling a hide than he would through guiding.

Two proposals approved by the board involved banning use of felt-soled boots by hunters and a prohibition against using deer or elk urine as a hunting aid.

The Alaska Board of Fish banned felt-soled boots or waders in 2010, and the prohibition came into effect Jan. 1 this year. The proposal passed by the Board of Game closes a loophole that allowed hunters to use the boots.

Biologists have cited felt-soled waders as a significant means by which invasive species spread. Several other states have banned them.

The prohibition against game urine, not commonly used to hunt deer or elk in the Kodiak archipelago, is intended to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease.

In a presentation to the board, the state veterinarian’s office said the deer urine industry is not regulated and collects its material from captive herds vulnerable to the disorder.

The state has operated a chronic wasting disease monitoring program since 2003, and Kodiak has been a focus for the effort.

Alaskan hunters typically pursue deer by sound rather than scent because of bear danger.

In 2010, Juneau hunter David Phillips told ADF&G, “Around here you wouldn’t want to be spreading that stuff around because of bears. You might as well wear a hunting coat made out of steaks.”

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