(Posted by Amber Dibble on Sun, Apr 10, 2011)
The WRST (Wrangell St.Elias National Park & Preserve) – Hunting Guides Concessionaires yearly meeting was held on April 5th, 2011 at the Copper Center Lodge Club 96 building in Copper Center, Alaska.
The typical gather / gossip that always starts the meeting was slightly less than normal with a few of the Registered and Master Guides missing for this one. We had the many of the usual suspects there, however, including the Park’s Superintendent, Meg Jensen, Lona Ward the Park’s secretary, and Mark Keogh the head of concessions.
The disturbing news that our local spunky biologist, Becky Kellyhouse, shared with the group was how lucky we were to have sheep hunting left in our business as Master Guides and Registered Guides hunting big game in Alaska. (That would be a huge thanks to Jason Hooley for the re-appointment of Ted Spraker!) The seriousness of this is that in two years, when the vote comes up again, putting so-called subsistence hunting against non-resident hunters, it could very well go the other way. If this happens, no non-resident of Alaska will be permitted to hunt a Dall Sheep.
I mention “so-called subsistence hunting with a sneer on my face because in actuality, no one that hunts for “subsistence” is going to hunt a sheep. Why, some of you may wonder? There is approximately 50 pounds of meat, once you take into consideration of the wound that will bring him down. Subsistence is the minimum (as of food and shelter) necessary to support life.