PUBLISHED: 4:42 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Gov. Palin highlights hunting to returning Alaskan troops
Gov. Sarah Palin recently informed Alaska National Guardsmen and women serving in combat that big game hunting opportunities will be available when they return from combat zones this fall.

"I heard from many Alaskans serving overseas during my trip to Kuwait in July," said Governor Palin.

"One of the most frequent questions was about the status of hunting seasons upon their return. While I can't grant our troops the chance to hunt in closed areas or in places with species restrictions, I do want to recognize them and help them hunt this late fall or winter when they get home."

Regulations adopted by the Board of Game affect hunters with Tier II subsistence permits and Alaska's drawing hunt permits. In a letter to the commanders of the Alaska Army and Air National Guard, the Governor also explained that service members unable to participate in hunts themselves may transfer Tier II subsistence permits to substitute Alaska hunters. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will also re-issue permits for service members who were successful in obtaining lottery permit hunts but were unable to use them.

Service members are encouraged to contact their local ADF&G office to learn more about the hunting opportunities that may be available to them. Information may also be found at the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation web site: