House Re-invigorates Big Game Permit Auctioning Program
Gattis’ HB 161 encourages partnerships between hunting community, nonprofits and state
Monday, March 3, 2014, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska House of Representatives today passed a bill to re-invigorate a worthwhile program that allowed nonprofits to auction off big game permits. Representative Lynn Gattis’ House Bill 161 was filed in hopes of rekindling interest and making the “Governor’s license” program more beneficial to the nonprofits it was created to serve.
“It’s a tradition and opportunity that, frankly, needs to be re-energized,” Gattis, R-Wasilla, said. “We’re conservation-minded and have worked with the Dept. of Fish & Game for a responsible increase in permits. We want to nurture and improve not only our big game species, but also the wonderful nonprofit and hunting groups that stand to benefit and work so well with us.”
The bill increases the number of Big Game and Delta Bison permits from 19 to 42, and increases the share a nonprofit can keep as proceeds from 10-percent to 30-percent of the net profits. The changes, Gattis said, are so the users and nonprofits will work in partnership with the State to foster ethical and competent hunting skills, and assume responsibility for the stewardship of the resource.
HB 161 now moves to the Alaska Senate for consideration.