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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-22-2019, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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Default Gov Dunleavy budget cuts and how it'll filter down

Any thoughts on how AK State budget cuts might filter down and affect hunting?

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has cut $444 million from the $8.3-billion state operating budget that took effect July 1.
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Well a number of folks in the Wildlife division have retired and I'm seeing them have some communication problems right now. They reduced the caribou bag limit down here in parts of GMU 18, 17 and 9 on August 26 but didn't get public notices out until this week. Even then its very spotty. I got busy and did a huge email and some face book posting to help get the word out. Even the troopers had not heard. My fear was troopers would know but hunters wouldn't. I'd hate to have normal honest hunters come home happy w 2 caribou only to get busted.

The summer survey only found 13,500 Mulchatna caribou where we were expecting over 20,000. What a bummer. I loved it when we had 100,000 to 200,000.

So far it seems the wildlife enforcement guys are still busy with planes and all but I hear they were short for officers during the salmon season.
And thanks to the Obama years of gun and ammo buying, there has been a lot of research money available for studies.

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I take exception with the idea that the Dividend was passed by the legislature, at least initially. The first pay out was done by Gov. Hammond, trying to buy popularity with the voters. The legislature may have thought this was a good idea and passed something later; they were trying their best to spend all the oil money as fast as they could (which was why the Permanent Fund was set up, by voter initiative to begin with).


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