Monday, May 29, 2017

Setting sail!!

We are sailing off into the sunset for the next 2 months!! No wifi, no internet, no cell service! Got hooks, needles, yarn and cameras!!
See you in August with lots of fun new photos!! Have a great summer everyone! !

Friday, May 26, 2017

Beauriful day!

Pioneer Home in Sitka, Ak

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The truth about hunting in Alaska!

Subject: Alaska Wildlife Management & HJR69

Dear Ms. Hartman

Thank you again for calling with your questions about the repeal of the federal rule. The repeal simply nullifies new regulations in effect since last September that allowed the federal government to override state wildlife management authority on Alaska’s 16 wildlife refuges. Contrary to what some activists have claimed, it does not allow hunters to gas wolf pups in their dens, to shoot bears and wolves from airplanes, or allow bears to be taken in steel-jawed traps.

With regard to your question about taking bears in dens, nothing in the regulations has changed. As I mentioned in our conversation, the harvest of black bears at dens is allowed under state and federal regulations in a limited, very remote wilderness area where the practice is considered customary and traditional for obtaining food. The harvest is small and carried out mostly, if not entirely, by Alaska Native people who have taken bears in dens for thousands of years. It is not a common or popular hunting method and is not employed by the general hunting community. To learn more about this practice and the people who undertake it you might consider reading the book “Shadows on the Koyukuk,” by Sidney Huntington and Jim Rearden, which details the subsistence lifestyles of the people of the Koyukuk River Basin, where this is allowed.



Here is some more information that may be of interest to you:

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA PERMIT AERIAL GUNNING OF BEARS?
A. Aerial hunting of bears is prohibited under general hunting regulations. Bears may be taken from the air in state-approved intensive management programs in limited areas by state staff only. The state is not conducting intensive management for bears on any federal lands, nor was it prior to the FWS rule.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW AERIAL HUNTING OF WOLVES?
A. Aerial hunting of wolves is prohibited under general hunting regulations. Only agents of the state in approved intensive management programs in limited areas may hunt wolves from the air. There are no state intensive management programs on National Park Service or FWS lands.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA PERMIT THE GASSING OF WOLF PUPS?
A. This is prohibited under general hunting regulations.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW THE DENNING OF BEARS AND/OR CUBS?
A. The harvest of black bears at dens is allowed in a limited area under state and federal regulations where it is considered a customary and traditional practice for obtaining food.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW DENNING OF WOLVES OR WOLF PUPS?
A. No. This can occur only in approved intensive management programs and only by state staff. It was done in one program in 2008 and 2009.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA PERMIT THE TAKING OF BEARS OVER BAIT?
A. Yes. The harvest of bears over bait is a form of regulated take in many areas of Alaska and the Lower 48 states. The Federal Subsistence Board also allows federally qualified subsistence users to harvest bears over bait on federal land.

Q. DOES THE STATE OF ALASKA ALLOW BEARS TO BE TAKEN IN STEEL-JAWED TRAPS?
A. No.

Q. WILL THE STATE BOARD OF GAME AUTHORIZE PREDATOR CONTROL IN REFUGES?
A. No, only the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can authorize predator control programs in refuges.

*For more Q&A on this subject, visit http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hottopics.res69



I hope this information helps. Thank you again for your phone call.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Bear back!!

A little privacy please!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

In search of whales!!

Found some gray whales but don't strain your eyes trying to see them in my bad photos!!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

And they just keep going!

Herring season must be close,  the eagles are returning in great numbers. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

We have had more snow this year than ever before!

 We have had more snow this year than ever before!

Well that is as long as we have been here since 2009.

Beautiful day for a sail.....

But baby it's cold outside!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy birthday Jim!!

Looking forward to many more years of adventure with you!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Lunch at the marina.

~Sent by mobile,  Mistakes in text brought to you by auto correct!!~

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Yer!!

May your year be serene! !