April 28, 2010
Should Native Alaskan Subsistence Hunters Have to Buy a Duck Stamp?
By Dave Hurteau
From the Anchorage Daily News:
As waterfowl wing their way to northern nesting grounds by the thousands, key Alaska Native groups are fighting a new federal requirement that subsistence hunters must buy duck stamps….
Native members of a migratory bird panel, meeting in Anchorage last week, said the law is unfair.
Many subsistence hunters don't work and can't afford the stamps or the $100 [for not having one]. Others can't buy the stamps because they're not available in all villages, they said….
John Reft, representing the Sun'aq tribal government in Kodiak, told the panel he's worried about villagers that don't have money.
"These people in outerlying villages don't have jobs," he said. "They want to eat, support their families. That's all we want to do here, just to survive."
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