Originally Posted by Chinook
Agreed! As a an AK nate. Ive seen it first hand. It used to be that we hunted for all of our meat for the table.. now.. Not so much. but I do remember seeing the massive, 50 mile long Caribou migration, and now, while still impressive, is nothing compared to what it used to be, and I blame the wolves. For sure. Still, we are prolly to blame for the lack of size in todays big game in general. Same idea as why nobody sticks 75# Kings on the Kenai anymore? I dunno, but I do know many more people are aware about conservation efforts, and that is something we can be proud of, even while todays trophies are not as impressive as those of years past.
Ya know, the bear & wolves really do take way more than all the hunters combined, like 10X-20X more, no joke. But, today is first day of early moose, rain so I'm doing what I like best ROAD HUNTING. Tomorrow we're riding in on 4&6 wheelers to a good local spot,,,, and I'll probably find 25 out of towner hunters every stationed every 50 feet where I plan to go, man it's getting bad. Ya know, I live way out here, deal with everything, then come moose season 400 hunters show up from Anchorage or whereever and our moose populations are way down anyway. I wonder what they think? But ya know, when the moose completely go extinct around here, they will just go somewheres else, wish it would be sooner than later too. I don't know, they have to have some sort of controls as the resource won't take such a hit from so many outsiders coming in. Man, so many more moose around Anch anyway.
Couple years back, our VPSO got a 58 incher along the road. Well, there was a trk caravan of outsiders from the Mat valley that were coming from the other direction around the bend, VPSO & other group didn't see each other, Our subsistence season started a week before regular season. So the outsiders were watching moose cross the road and then seen it get shot. They come flying up thinkng thought they had just caught themselves a poacher, our VPSO, ha ha. We came by and all of us got into it with the outsider idiots. They didn't even realize our moose season had already started.
I heard there's literally hundreds of outsiders camped at every pull off on our road out of here, unreal; usually don't see anything for 50 miles. So, I'm going to get going and get depressed at what I'll see I figure. Something has to be done to improve the situation. Did you see the same thing down yakutat?