Private guide concessions an ill-conceived policy

The state has directed the Department of Natural Resources to implement a statewide private guide concession program. If you are involved in or benefit from the Big Game Guiding Industry in any way it's time to take notice.

This ill-conceived program is based on a short list of perceived or alleged problems that have never been studied or proven to exist. If there are any such problems they would be relatively minor and exist in small areas of the state. If the well funded state agencies involved in the industry were doing their job, there would be no issue. Guided nonresident tourist hunters are a very small percentage of the hunters in Alaska yet they pay for a huge portion of our wildlife management budget and inject millions into the state economy. The guiding industry is already over regulated however we always get blamed for any perceived problem pertaining to wildlife.

This bureaucratic nightmare with it's expensive over regulation is a witless insult on your Alaskan way of life and specifically designed to put a huge portion of guiding families out of business -- this could mean you!

The state government should be promoting small business not bankrupting us in favor of the chosen few who can afford an attorney to work them through an incomprehensible application process.

Now is the time to stand up and be counted. Contact all senators and representatives and voice your opposition.

You may prefer to spend months dealing with a burdensome application process only to be put out of business for your efforts.

You are either for it or against it.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

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