Many hunters dream of traveling to Alaska, but opportunities to do so are coming under fire from a federal board that controls hunting on federal public land in our 49th state. Alaska’s Federal Subsistence Board (FSB) regulates hunting on federal public lands in the state, above and beyond the state wildlife agency, which is unlike every other state in the nation.
In the last few years, we’ve seen the FSB take a more aggressive approach to restrict non-local users from hunting in a certain place. Sometimes people from other rural areas of Alaska could come in and hunt there, but only those who are federally qualified subsistence users. It’s messy, and it doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, but it’s important for anyone looking to hunt some of the last intact ecosystems on the continent to understand.
The future of hunting in Alaska is at stake, so it’s worth considering how we got here in the first place and where we need to go in the future.