Board of Game Forms
The Board of Game considers proposed changes to regulations on a region-based schedule, wherein each region is discussed on a three-year cycle (PDF 77 kB).
The board is currently accepting proposed changes to hunting and trapping regulations for the Arctic and Western Region (Game Management Units 18, 22, 23, and 26A) and Interior and Northeast Arctic Region (Game Management Units 12, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26B, and 26C). Please read the Call for Proposals for the 2019/2020 Cycle (PDF 85 kB) for details. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Proposals may also be submitted using our fillable/printable proposal form (Word doc 31 kB).
The Board of Game invites public comment to help inform their decision-making process. To help the board better understand your viewpoint, comments should include your name, place of residence, proposal numbers, and clear indication of support or opposition to each proposal.Please read our commenting guidelines and submit comments by the specified deadlines for each meeting.
Agenda Change Requests (ACRs)
ACRs are requests to consider proposals that are not part of the current cycle (see the long-term meeting cycle schedule (PDF 77 kB)). The Board of Game recently modified the ACR policy (PDF 30 kB) at it's November 2017 Statewide Regulations Meeting, effective July 1, 2018. The updated policy changes the criteria for the board to accept an ACR and sets the ACR deadline as November 1 each regulatory year. Following the deadline, the board will schedule a teleconference meeting within 30 days to review the timely submitted requests.
ACR deadline: November 1, 2018
To submit an ACR, use the Board of Game Agenda Change Request Form (Word doc 35 kB).
The Boards of Fisheries and Game recognize that in rare instances circumstances may require regulatory changes outside the regular process. The problem outlined in an emergency petition needs to justify a finding of emergency. In accordance with state policy expressed in AS 44.62.270, emergencies will be held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist. Read the full policy on emergency petitions (PDF 14 kB) or contact the Boards Support office for information at (907) 465-4110.
About the Proposal Process
Call for Proposals Issued (PDF 85 kB)
The Board of Game operates on a three-year cycle (PDF 77 kB), alternating which subjects are under consideration. A "Call for Proposals" is issued, enumerating the subjects for a given meeting, and listing the deadline for receiving proposals (May 1, unless May 1 falls on a weekend, in which case the deadline is the Friday prior). See "Proposals" above for more information.
After the deadline for receiving proposals has passed, a proposal book is published and distributed statewide for comment.
The board accepts written public comment on proposals before each meeting. Comments are accepted online, via email, via fax, and by post until two weeks prior to the relevant meeting. These comments are "on-time" and are distributed to the board for review prior to the meeting. This opportunity for advance review facilitates the public process. Applicable comment due dates for each meeting can be found on the meeting information page.
Depending on the meeting, comments may be accepted after the "on-time" deadline, usually only via fax or in person at the meeting site. These are considered "record copies" and are distributed at the meeting.
Comments must be no longer than 100 single sided pages, or the equivalent, before the on-time comment deadline; after or at the meeting, comments must be 10 single-sided pages or less unless exceptions are requested by the board. Read our commenting guidelines for more information.
At the board meetings, the board hears reports from department staff and comments from the public. The board deliberates each proposal and acts by adopting, rejecting, amending, or deferring proposals.
The board meetings are open to the public during the entire process, with the exception of executive sessions which are rare and held only for issues of pending legislation, personnel, or confidential matters.
Adopted or amended proposals are then written into the proper legal format and submitted to the Department of Law for review and sent to the lieutenant governor for filing before becoming effective.
Summary of Actions Distributed
Staff prepare a written report summarizing the actions taken by the board. The reports are distributed to advisory committees and posted on the website.