AOC Mission: "Dedicated to the preservation of outdoor pursuits in Alaska - hunting, fishing, trapping, and public access - and conservation of the habitats upon which they depend."
5th Annual Anchorage
Banquet & Fundraiser
Saturday February 7, 2015
No-host Bar open at 4:30 pm - Fabulous Dinner at 7:00 pm
Door prizes, Raffles and Auctions
Dinner ticket @$75.00 each
Get Tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling Pam Iverson (907) 260-5723
or Gary Stevens (907) 229-4710
There are a limited number of tables
(reserved seating for 8) Available for $1000 & $2000.
$1000.00 Tables - includes 8 dinner tickets and each table guest will receive $240.00 worth of raffle tickets. Table, as well as program, recognition. Value $2520.00
$2000.00 Tables - Includes 1 Ruger AR-556 Modern Sporting Rifle per table and 8 dinner tickets and each table guest will receive $480.00 worth of raffle tickets. Table, as well as program, recognition. Value $5189.00
Door prizes, Silent and Live Auctions, Dessert Auctions with surprise drawing.
Limited Seating so get your tickets early.
Tickets purchased by January 25th will be entered into a drawing for:
Ruger 10/22 - 22LR Rifle.
Alaska Outdoor Council 2015 Annual Meeting - Invitation
AOC Reconfirms its Purpose
Annual Meeting will take place at the Westmark - Baranof Hotel
At the Friday, March 6th (open to the public) meeting AOC delegates, members and knowledgeable guests will discuss current regulations, policies, legislation, and court decisions directly effecting Alaskan's ability to continue their outdoor activities on Alaska's lands and waters. How regulatory changes affect AOCs abilities to achieve its stated Purpose, AOC Bylaws, Article 3, and whether or not AOCs past policies are still relevant, will be discussed.
AOC member clubs may review the AOC Bylaws/Policies (posted on the AOC website) with their chosen club delegate prior to the Juneau, March 6 - 7, 2015, AOC Annual Business meeting. Specifically AOC Bylaw, Article 29. Policies and Resolutions. Time is scheduled on Saturday 7th during the AOC Business meeting for delegates to make recommendations to the board on any possible changes to current AOC Policies.
Current concerns striking at the very root of AOCs purpose:
AOC Purpose #1. Perpetuate the natural resource base upon which member groups activities depend.
A lot of attention has been given to the declines in Chinook salmon, halibut, and Dall sheep statewide, plus the declines in the Western Arctic caribou herd. What is being done about those declines? What can we expect the harvestable surplus for human use will be in the near future? On State lands? Federal lands?
AOC Purpose #2. Insure equality in access and use of Alaska's natural resources.
Equality in access and use of public resources on federal lands (62% of the state) in Alaska has already become unachievable with the passage of ANILCA, Title VIII. That leaves less than 25% of the State owned lands where equality in access and use of public resources could be possible under today's state laws. Who will regulate harvest on any of the Alaska native lands that could be taken back into trust with the U.S. Department of Interior? What are the Alaska Boards of Fisheries & Game doing to insure equality in access and use of fish and game for Alaskan residents? Are the boards shunning residents who choose to live in non-subsistence areas as not truly qualifying as subsistence users and thus restricting their opportunities to gather a wildfood harvest?
AOC Purpose #3. Support state management of natural resources.
The National Park Service (NPS) says it's finished allowing the state to alter predator/prey populations on any of their lands in Alaska, 52 million acres. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are following suit on their lands, 22 million acres. The Gates of the Arctic NP&P has submitted a Species Conservation Plan for Dall sheep that will allow them to allocate non-subsistence sheep harvest in the Gates of the Arctic Preserve. The state is losing its sovereign authority to manage public resources on all lands.
There are other purposes listed under Article 3. Purposes that may also require a review.
The purpose of the Alaska Outdoor Council (AOC) is mainly to perpetuate the Alaskan lifestyle which is centered on the harvest of fish and game. First and foremost that means AOC must remain a true conservation organization dedicated to making sure that there is an adequate harvestable surplus of fish and game for human use. Sustainable harvests of fish and game comes out of a healthy ecosystem. That is why AOC works first to protect wildlife habitats and the natural resources of Alaska.
Allocating a limited surplus of a public resource, fish and game, to a growing user group is no easy task. AOC member clubs need to send their delegate to the Juneau 2015 AOC Annual meeting to help figure out how best to go about achieving AOC's purpose.
Delegate and update info forms are on our website under the Clubs tab.
It is important to have all Club delegates attend this meeting this year, so to help get as many Club delegates get to our meeting AOC is offering:
Please return signed 2015 Delegate Certification form and Club Renewal Form (which are available on the AOC website under the Member Clubs tab)
Also send any proposed Resolutions or Policies by mail or email to:
Or fax to: 1-888-932-3353 Toll free.
All AOC club delegates, who need assistance, will be reimbursed their "Alaska Airlines constituency" airfare into and out of Juneau.
Please let Bill Iverson know your request.
Baranof Hotel is offering rooms @109.00 per night
(please call 1-800-544-0970 and reference Group Name:
"Alaska Outdoor Council” to get the $109.00 rate)
We are looking forward to seeing you March 6 – 7th in Juneau at the AOC 2015 Annual meeting.
Sheep hunting opportunity for Alaskans could change forever.
The "Alaskan Hunter Head-start program" proposals submitted to the Board of Game by sheep hunters has now blossomed into limited drawing permits for resident sheep hunter proposals.
Written comments on changes to how sheep hunting will be regulated statewide are due in to Board Support by January 30, 2015.
Proposal #208 with options to reduce resident sheep hunting opportunity for the start of the sheep season has been created by the Board of Game:
During the 2015 Work Session, the Board of Game requested this proposal be scheduled for the Central/Southwest region meeting scheduled for February 2015.
PROPOSAL 208 - 5 AAC 85.055 Hunting seasons and bag limits for Dall sheep, and 92.057. Special provisions for Dall sheep and mountain goat drawing permit hunts. Review and potentially modify sheep hunting opportunities statewide.
1. Current hunt types, seasons, and method and means will remain unchanged.
Existing draw hunts:
1. All existing drawing and registration hunts will stay in place and remain unchanged.
Options for nonresident hunters:
1. Nonresident hunters on private, state, and BLM managed lands will be entered into a limited draw for the entire season, permit allocation by Subunit.
2. Nonresident hunters on private, state, and BLM managed lands will be entered into a limited draw from Aug. 10 to 31, (permit allocation by Subunit) followed by a general season harvest ticket hunt.
3. NOTE: Nonresidents hunting on National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service managed lands are already limited due to guide concession programs, so this proposal does not address those hunters and hunt areas.
Options for resident hunters:
1. Resident hunting season will change from a general season harvest ticket to a limited draw for August 10 – August 31, and will remain a general season harvest ticket for the remainder of the season. Drawing hunt areas will be defined on a Game Management Subunit level.
2. Resident hunting season will change from a general season harvest ticket to a limited draw for August 10 – August 25, and will remain a general season harvest ticket for the remainder of the season. Draw hunt areas will be defined on a Game Management Subunit level.
3. Resident hunting season will change from a general season harvest ticket to a limited draw for August 10 – August 19, and will remain a general season harvest ticket for the remainder of the season. Draw hunt areas will be defined on a Game Management Subunit level.
4. Hunters must chose to apply for current drawing hunts or one of the registration hunts by the December Drawing deadline. Hunters may not choose a registration hunt if they apply for any drawing hunt. All hunters may hunt the late open season.
a. 1st season registration: August 10-13 (length of season is very short to discourage choosing the “opener”, length of season could be up to 5 days if desired)
b. 2nd season registration: August 14-21 (short season but not too short to encourage choosing this option over 1st season)
c. 3rd season registration: August 22-31 (longer season for those that want a traditional ten day hunt)
d. 4th season general harvest: September 1-20 (Open season for all applicants that didn’t get drawn in drawing hunts, forgot to apply for either drawings or registrations or were not successful in earlier hunts.)
5. Hunters must register according to his/her last name. The season will be divided into three hunt periods. Hunters with a last name starting with letters A through I can only hunt during the first period (August 10 – August 23); hunters with a last name starting with letters J through Q can only hunt during the second period (August 24 – September 6); hunters with a last name starting with letters R through Z can only hunt during the last period (September 7 – 20). The following year, hunters from the first period hunt second, hunters from the second period hunt last and the last group hunts during the first period. This rotate allows hunters to hunt the first period once every three years.
WHAT IS THE ISSUE YOU WOULD LIKE THE BOARD TO ADDRESS AND WHY?
During the last few Board meetings, the Board of Game (board) has received several proposals requesting changes to sheep seasons statewide. Hunters are expressing dissatisfaction with Dall sheep harvest opportunities. Many of the concerns expressed have noted increasing conflict among Alaska resident sheep hunters, hunting guides, transporters, and non-resident sheep hunters. Proposals were deferred until the February 2015 board meeting in Wasilla. At that time, the board will consider changes to all aspects of sheep hunting seasons across the state.
The Department of Fish and Game has contracted with the University of Alaska to survey the public that may be impacted by these changes, including sheep hunters, guides, transporters and air taxi operators. The survey attempted to learn more about sheep hunter characteristics and behaviors, to quantify the extent of hunter satisfaction or dissatisfaction with current sheep hunting opportunities, and to quantify the extent of hunter approval or disapproval of potential changes to sheep hunting regulations and management. The results are available on the Board of Game website at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=gameboard.main
The public is encouraged to review the results of the survey and provide comments to the Board by January 30, 2015 for the February 2015 meeting.
PROPOSED BY: The Alaska Board of Game [WS-2015-02] ******************************************************************************
The Board of Game may take up Proposal 208 and/or all the other sheep proposals at the February 13th meeting in Wasilla or they may choose to defer some or all of the sheep proposals to the March 13th BOG meeting in Anchorage.
Your public comment should have some bearing on the outcome of over 30 proposals on regulating sheep hunting, but only if you participate in the public process.
Meeting materials on these sheep proposals and how to submit public comments are available on the ADF&G website under Regulations - Board of Game: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=gameboard.main
Thank you to the Jack McCombs estate for his generous donation to AFWCF.
At the AOC/AFWCF November Banquet in Fairbanks, the Jack McCombs estate donated $240,000.00 to Alaska Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund (AFWCF).
Check presented here to Bill Iverson, AOC president, by Jack’s daughter Mary Pate and her husband Ken Pate of Anchorage.
He also left us many firearms and artwork to raffle and auction off.
This brings to light the need for all of us to think about estate planning and possibly include AOC or AFWCF in your thoughts.
Land Acquisition in the State of Alaska
Attached is the link to the Federal Register proposed rule which if adopted would negate the enacted Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 (ANCSA) by allowing the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) to transfer 44 million acres of fee simple lands to trust status in Alaska on a case-by-case basis.
What does that mean to Alaska outdoor folks? At worst 225 recognized tribal entities and possibly 12 Regional and Village Corporations could manage fish and game on their lands. The disruption to fish and game management due to the checkerboard pattern of land ownership in the state is incomprehensible.
While it is doubtful that any amount of comments from the Alaskan public will make a difference on whether or not DOI adopts this proposed rule the public does have an opportunity to submit comments up until June 30, 2014. Information on where to submit comments by either mail or email is available in the attached link.
Contacting Alaska's congressional delegation may also be of some value.......
“The Alaska Native Subsistence Co-Management Demonstration Act of 2014”
Tell Alaska's lone U.S. Representative Congressman Don Young to drop any attempt to pass federal law allowing private individuals or corporations to manage, and allocate the harvest of wildlife, on state or private lands in Alaska.
Federal intervention into wildlife management on federal lands has been enough of a disaster already. ( two recent example; caribou on Unimak Island, moose on the Kenai Peninsula) Alaskans don't need to put up with any further fragmentation of game management. More federal overreach into state management and allocation of publicly owned game resources won't help put anymore wildfood on Alaskan's dinner table. It will only further divide Alaska's hunting public. Let your Congressman know how you feel about more federal laws taking game management authority away from the State of Alaska.
Please be sure to keep your comments respectful and constructive.
Please send your comments to:
Erik Elam at email@example.com or 202-225-5765.
Here is the site for the hearing on co-mgt. bill