August 14, 2012
Bureau of Land Management to Limit Number of Hunting Guides in Alaska
The Bureau of Land Management is considering new rules to limit the number of guides operating on BLM lands in Alaska, following complaints that some parts of the state have too many guides operating on the same areas.
From this story in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner:
Following in the footsteps of its federal brethren, the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to limit the number of hunting guides on BLM land in Alaska. The BLM is conducting a “hunting guide capacity study” and asking for public input on where problems may be occurring, according to Bill Overbaugh, an outdoor recreation planner for BLM in Anchorage. “We want to find out where the hot spots are and where we’re having problems,” Overbaugh said. “We’ve had feedback that there has been overcrowding problems and other types of user conflicts with guides.
According to the story, there have been issues between guides and hunters in some areas where camps have been set up too close to each other. The BLM says whatever system it decides to implement is still at least two more years before any system is put in place to alleviate the overcrowding problem. Thoughts? Have you ever dealt with crowds on a guided hunt? Think this may help or hinder?