Nov. 20, 2012
To the editor:
I read with interest, but with more disgust, the article on the upcoming caribou hunt and all the confusion that accompanies this hunt. It’s the same story, different year.
There is a simple solution to this yearly problem, and other hunters I’ve talked to about this agree with me. From Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, the Department of Fish and Game should open the permit drawing process for the upcoming year. Winners would be announced about six months in advance, giving permit winners the time to prepare for the hunt.
Since Fish and Game is so worried every year that the number of caribou shot will exceed the allotted number, a permit system is the best way to control this. If the department wants 125 caribou to be taken, then 125 permits should be awarded. Anyone caught with a caribou without a permit would be charged with poaching.
Maybe it’s not perfect, but it’s better than the current situation hunters put up with every year. I think this would be the fairest and simplest way to handle the problem.