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Private guide concessions an ill-conceived policy

Posted: April 20, 2012 - 8:57am

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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potomac 04/20/12 - 04:33 pm
Ken Lamb a commercial hunting guide

What next do guides want, the entire state fish and game is already in their pocket, they abuse every part of AK, over hunt, fish, etc. and at the same time have made it too expensive for the Alaskans to hunt a fly out as we don't tip like the non res folks do so are told they are booked up sorry can't fly you in etc. I would like to see these folks put out of business and I think most Alaskans that are not guides would agree. If the state can't seem to get off their duff I hope all federal land ends up off limits to these game hog arrogant idiots who live off Alaskans game and fish!

kenai-king 04/21/12 - 06:29 am
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I agree with potomac there are to many guides as it is.

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