The Craig Community Association, the Organized Village of Kasaan and the Hydaburg Community Association have submitted proposals to change Federal Subsistence Board regulations regarding deer hunting on Prince of Wales' federal public lands.
One proposal would cut POW deer bag limits from four to two for hunters from Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg, and increase POW residents' limit from four to five.
Another plan would prevent all nonrural users from hunting on POW for two months of the hunting season.
The published proposal would close POW to nonrural hunters for August and December. However, Kerri Sheakley, a technician with CCA's Environmental Protection Division, said the group wants to alter the proposal to close POW for August and from Oct. 15 to Nov. 15.
The current regulations, which expire on June 30, allow residents of Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg and POW four deer each.
"The deer population is getting so low from the off-island residents coming to Prince of Wales to hunt," said Sheakley. The community made the proposals "so we can have a chance of getting our subsistence for the year," Sheakley said.
According to Boyd Porter, a wildlife biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Ketchikan, POW's deer population is not dwindling.
"(Rule changes) are unwarranted because we feel like the deer population is just fine," Porter said.
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