Board of Game proposal to allow hunters to position game with snow machines generates local interest

Feb 21, 2018

The Alaska Board of Game held a lunch hour meeting to solicit public opinion on a proposal to allow hunters to use snow machines to position caribou, wolf or wolverine for harvest on the west side of Bristol Bay.

More than 30 people attended a lunch hour meeting to discuss Proposal 148. A class from Dillingham Middle School sat in the back of the meeting and listened.
Credit Avery Lill/ KDLG

The Alaska Board of Game is meeting in Dillingham this week to consider hunting and trapping regulations for the Central and Southwest Region of Alaska. That includes the Palmer, Wasilla, Glennallen, Bristol Bay and the surrounding communities. The board is tasked with establishing open and closed seasons, areas for taking game, setting bag limits and regulating methods and means. There are 94 proposals before the board. In the front half of this week, the board has focused on game management units in the Palmer and Glennallen areas.

One issue particular to Bristol Bay has generated significant local interest. So the Board of Game held an informal lunch hour discussion about Proposal 148 to hear additional community input before the board considers the proposal later in the week.

KDLG’s Avery Lill has more on the proposal to allow snow machines to position caribou, wolf or wolverine for harvest on the west side of Bristol Bay.

The meeting will conclude Friday, Feb. 23. More information about specific proposals and the meeting can be found here. The board’s decisions will be reflected in the 2018-2019 Alaska Hunting Regulations.