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Business Opportunity for Hunting Guide Services at Katmai


The National Park Service has published a business opportunity (prospectus) to solicit offers to operate hunting guide services within Katmai National Preserve.  With this public solicitation (#CC-KATM 90X-13) the National Park Service is seeking two qualified concessioners to provide these services for the general public within specific, exclusive, guide areas within Katmai National Preserve.  Both guide areas are in the State of Alaska Game Management Unit 9C, and the NPS anticipates these concession contracts to extend for 10 years.  

The application period for this prospectus is from November 9, 2012 through January 18, 2013.

The prospectus document is available at: http://www.nps.gov/commercialservices/prospectuses.htm

Hunting and trapping in the 418,000 acre national preserve were authorized by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, although guided hunting took place for decades before the preserve’s establishment. Hunting takes place in accordance with State of Alaska general season hunting laws and regulations in addition to the overall NPS requirements to conserve park resources and values in perpetuity.

In order to provide a range of hunting guide opportunities, the two concession contracts will be awarded to two different concessioners.  Guided hunting services will be authorized for legally hunted species as defined by State of Alaska hunting regulations, unless further restricted by the concession contract or other closure actions.  These species may include moose, brown bear, or caribou.  The hunting seasons and bag limits, methods and means are set by the State Board of Game.

Alaska hunting regulations require non-resident brown bear hunters to either use the services of licensed hunting guides or hunt with a close relative who is an Alaska resident.  Hunt guide concession operations provide the means for U.S. citizens who are not Alaska residents, as well as non-citizens, to access national preserves for general season hunting.

Katmai National Preserve is managed by the same staff which manages Katmai National Park. National preserves in Alaska are administered and managed in the same manner as national parks except that the taking of fish and wildlife, and trapping, are allowed under applicable state and federal law and regulation. The NPS manages commercial services that are consistent with enabling legislation in a manner that is complementary to the NPS mission and visitor service objectives.

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