True or False? The Alaska Wildlife Alliance is an anti-hunting organization.
False. Many people think that we are against hunting because we are a wildlife conservation organization. However, the Alaska Wildlife Alliance supports ethical hunting and fair chase concepts— we even have hunters on our Board of Directors. We do not support the Alaska Board of Game management decisions that promote unethical hunting methods and do not allow for fair chase. These practices jeopardize future hunting opportunities by degrading wildlife populations and ecosystems. Are you part of a hunting organization or group that shares these values and wants to work to preserve functional ecosystems so future generations of ethical hunters can share in this tradition? If so, we’d love to hear from you.
What do we mean when we say we support ethical hunting and fair chase?
We believe that the principles of ethical hunting and fair chase not only honor hunting traditions, but also the wildlife we aim to protect. We are not against hunting, but we do not support management decisions that promote unethical hunting methods and do not allow for fair chase. These practices jeopardize future hunting opportunities by degrading Alaska’s wildlife populations and ecosystems.
There are numerous definitions and sentiments regarding ethical hunting. We feel the Boone and Crockett Club’s position statement on fair chase does a good job explaining these concepts. Below are some key points from that statement: