By Mike Bodenchuk, Editor-at-Large
Back in June, we told you about Alaska
House Bill 211, which would have required nonresidents to be guided when hunting caribou in the four North Slope caribou herds. The bill apparently died in committee during the regular session and does not appear to have been resurrected during any of the three special legislative sessions.
Alaska distinguishes between nonresidents and nonresident aliens (who are not residents of the US). Nonresident aliens are required to have guides for all big game species in Alaska. US citizens who are nonresidents of Alaska are required to be guided for brown and grizzly bear, Dall sheep and mountain goat. As it stands today, nonresidents do not need guides for caribou.
This is especially important this month, as applications for 2018 caribou draw tags are being accepted between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, 2017. Had the bill gone into effect, nonresidents would have needed a signed client-guide contract to apply....