At age 16 many kids don’t have the money to afford the licenses, so they are discouraged from attempting to buy at least one of the permits to hunt, trap, or even fish. And if that discourages 16 year-olds, then people who move to Alaska are going to be even more discouraged from these price rates. Think about it, if you just moved to a state where hunting, trapping, and fishing is a way of life, you would want to incorporate those hobbies into your schedule. The prices for the permits might discourage you from living in Alaska, and people wonder why this state is so unpopulated.
Non-residents travel to Alaska to experience the way we live, and they end up breaking our hunting laws, snow machining on our trap lines, and ruining our fish population; this also needs to stop. The prices on the permits should be raised a reasonable amount for non-residents, for the reason that some non-Alaskans invade the state with their big army guns blowing up the country. We Alaskans use our hunting rifles to shoot a moose for the winter, and at the same time try to avoid getting shot by the visitors. The big game in Alaska is definitely decreasing; there are only 175,000 moose, 60 bison in south central Alaska, and 750,000 caribou. If the out of state hunters’ access to hunting in Alaska were to be limited, the amount of big game animals for all species would be well over 2 million, like when the native tribes were the only dwellers in the state. Uninhabited, the true Alaska.
If the price hike isn’t eliminated, a lot more people are going to be fined, for the reason that people don’t want to pay the amount of money to do these activities. A lot of Natives and even other people who have lived here all their lives aren’t going to pay that amount of cash to participate. As a result, the Troopers are going to be giving out an unusually high number of tickets.
Alaska, a vast, spacious state that was once had an abundant source of wildlife is no more. Bison roamed the river sides; millions of caribou roamed the tundra. Fish crowded the lakes, rivers, and streams. Although what was once then, is now lost. I was here when the wildlife was everywhere, and I was here when it left. I hope soon the animals will return and the fish will again swim. Soon Alaska will again be complete.