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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 11:55 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

Nov. 2, 2012

To the editor:

If you enjoy outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing you need to vote on Nov. 6. We need senators and representatives who want to put Alaska residents first and keep the Board of Game balanced.

Both the Board of Game and Board of Fisheries represent the commercial operators before Alaska residents. The Board of Game has tried to stay under the radar, but residents are becoming more aware of inequitable treatment.

Our legislators confirm the board members. Our elected officials need to take a close look at the composition of each board and listen to their constituents rather than commercial operators’ lobbyists. There were 23 proposals presented to the Game Board in the statewide meeting in Anchorage last January requesting a preference for residents, and all 23 were rejected.

All western states have high game allocations and preferences for their residents — usually a 90 percent resident preference and a 10 percent nonresident allocation. I realize that nonresident tags bring a lot of money to the state, but other states seem to fund their departments and give preferences to their residents. Where else but Alaska can a nonresident purchase an over-the-counter moose, caribou, bear, etc. tag, cheaper than you can purchase a nonresident deer tag in most western states?

Commercial operators are using a public resource owned by all Alaskans, and many aren’t residents of Alaska. I am endorsing the candidates that put Alaskans first and are dedicated to keeping family hunting traditions and creating opportunities for young Alaskans.

Please ask your candidates if they support hunting and fishing preferences for Alaskans. Stay involved and see who gets appointed to the boards.

Tom Lamal

Fairbanks

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