Alaska Moose Hunting: Report or Pay

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Arizona hunter, Peter Amador, drew his dream hunting trip, loved the experience, and is now waiting for his ticket for not reporting his unsuccessful hunt. Amador was in Alaska for 10 days, most of which were rainy, he was able to fish, and when he went out to find his dream moose to bag, he was unsuccessful. He thought since he didn't tag out, he didn't have to turn in a report. Even if hunters don't make it to Alaska after drawing out they are required to fill out a success report, failure to do that results in a $110 fine. According to The Alaska Dispatch this is considered a bailable offense, once paid it is cleared.

Dale Rabe, the regional widlife supervisor overseeing the Nelchina Basin where this drawing hunt took place, said the state needs the information on hunter success for management purposes. "That's how we monitor harvests and determine we're not over harvesting the population,'' he said. "It's a key piece of information.''

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groovy mike's picture

just my two cents worth of opinion, but $110 fine seems harsh

It's just my two cents worth of opinion, but $110 fine seems a little harsh to me.  I understand that they need the reported data, but why make an out of state hunter’s first trip to the state of Alaska an unpleasant experience – especially on top of an unfilled tag and unsuccessful hunt in this case?  It would seem to me that there are some steps between not filing and a fine over a hundred dollars which would be better for all parties concerned here.  Perhaps spending the forty odd cents postage for a follow up inquiry letter would be a more appropriate first step. If they fail to get a response to a follow up letter (I think most hunters would respond immediately) in a reasonable time frame from the address of record say within thirty days of mailing it, they could assess a small fine.  Something on the level of perhaps $25 for a first offense but then immediately jumping to $100 for a second offense and going up from there with more severe consequences.  But $110 fine immediately assessed for what could amount to a stamped reply letter sitting on a desk but not dropped in the mail box  seems to be a bit harsh to me. 

hunter25's picture

I always try to send in or

I always try to send in or report on every survey requested to the various game departments as I know the information can be a valuable tool to the management programs. Plus I'm always afraid if I don't that for some reason my chances will be hurt in the next years draw. I know it won't but why take chances. I can see the need even if unsuccessful because if not required even the the guys that did get one might not send it in.

However I think a fine of over a hundred dollars is a little steep for such an infraction. Maybe just a warning and be notified you will not be allowed to participate in future draws until the harvest survey is complete. I just hate being fined for things when you really did nothing wrong. But I guess this comes back to the fact that as hunters it is our responsability to know ALL the laws before we head out to go hunting.