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Old 01-08-2014, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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One of the first things I learned about hunting and fishing in Alaska is there are three kinds of Alaskans:
  1. Sport hunters, who are just interested in the trophy;
  2. Those who hunt and fish for food; and
  3. Those who hunt and fish for the enjoyment, as well as for the food, but that is secondary.
I fall into the latter category, as do I think you do as well judging from your post. If I do not catch my limit of Silvers on a particular day, no biggie, I just go to the store and buy my food. Even if I catch nothing, I still enjoy the stress-free morning on the water. When I do hunt and fish, I want it to be a challenge. For example, I use 4 pound test and a ultralight rod when fishing for Reds or Silvers. I want the challenge of a fight, and they give it to me on that rig.

Other Alaskans view hunting and fishing no differently than going to a grocery store to get the food they need. They often are looking for the easiest means to obtain the food they require, and I can understand that perspective. These types of Alaskans will use 10 or 20 pound test to land a Silver, or dip-nets, or fish-wheels. They are not interested in a challenge, they just want their food.

The last type of Alaskans, those only interested in trophies, I cannot comprehend.
You hit the nail on the head.
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Old 01-08-2014, 03:48 PM
 
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I think it's all relative. Technology is always evolving and changing the world around us, so why should the "sport" of hunting be expected to remain "pure" and unaffected? After all, at the end of the day, isn't the ultimate purpose of the hunt supposed to be the killing of the animal? If not, then what is the purpose of wasting your time and resources in the chase?
Sorta. Yes the object is to "kill" the animal and hopefully more for the eating than the trophy. I don't trophy hunt - even when I caught a gator we sold the skin to pay for the hunt and I brought the meat to work and cooked it for my co-workers to share. Other hunters brought some deer and wild hog meat too.

However, in today's world the resources are limited which is why there are bag limits and technology use limits to the hunt. I can almost guarantee you that someone was flying and hunting and abused it, which is why the you can't hunt until the next day after you fly rule was made. As someone who wants to go hunting I think it stinks, because you have to use a minimum of two days to hunt but I respect the rule.
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Old 01-08-2014, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Sorta. Yes the object is to "kill" the animal and hopefully more for the eating than the trophy. I don't trophy hunt - even when I caught a gator we sold the skin to pay for the hunt and I brought the meat to work and cooked it for my co-workers to share. Other hunters brought some deer and wild hog meat too.

However, in today's world the resources are limited which is why there are bag limits and technology use limits to the hunt. I can almost guarantee you that someone was flying and hunting and abused it, which is why the you can't hunt until the next day after you fly rule was made. As someone who wants to go hunting I think it stinks, because you have to use a minimum of two days to hunt but I respect the rule.
I agree. If the technology makes hunting and fishing too easy, then the ADF&G should reassess bag limits. After all, we do not want to deplete the resource.
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