Hunting permit system violates Constitution

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011

This year alone, 337 Alaskans and their families will be denied meat and sport hunting privileges guaranteed and provided for them under the Constitution. For years, the State has breached the rights of the above-mentioned and others in order to politically show favoritism toward Alaska's wealthy big game guides and their non-resident and foreign national clients, which denies Alaska families right of access to a common resource afforded them under the eighth amendment to the Alaska Constitution. No non-resident or foreign nation should be given access to Alaska's wildlife until every Alaskan who applies for a permit is awarded one, based upon availability of the wildlife the permit is applicable to. Even the Governor has a drawer full of big game tags that he is privileged to pass out at will to visiting dignitaries and non-resident V.I.P.s. I hate to think of how many Alaskans will be forced to poach meat for their family this year because the State gave their hunting privileges to a non-resident or foreign national.

John A. Anderson, Kenai

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