Hunting Regulations Could Change, Exempting First-Time Violators from Serious Punishment
New bill introduced in State House
ALASKA - Thousands of Alaskans apply for their hunting permits and head out into the wild every year, but killing the wrong animal or hunting in the wrong place could potentially land you in serious trouble.
The current laws and regulations could change soon though.
Under House Bill 318, hunters would be exempt from first-time violations of Alaska hunting laws if they immediately report the infractions to wildlife troopers and turn over their kills.
Violators already get a break, according to troopers.
While serious violations could be punished by equipment seizures, steep fines and even jail time, troopers said most violations are "honest mistakes."
In those cases they say they'll usually downgrade the crimes from misdemeanor offenses to minor violations and in almost all of those cases troopers said offenders don't need any more incentive to report the kills.
The bill has been referred to the House Resources Committee, but so far hasn't been scheduled for a hearing.