The Alaska Board of Game got it right the other day when it created an exemption that will allow a second chance for Alaska soldiers who had drawn hunting permits but were deployed to the Middle East before they could be used.
At its meeting in Wrangell, the board also decided, unanimously, to allow deployed soldiers to hand off subsistence hunting permits to alternate hunters. That will enable friends to hunt for the families of troops away on combat assignments.
The numbers involved are expected to be small, officials say, probably fewer than 50 regular and subsistence permits, and the changes likely will go into effect sometime in January.
The lobbying effort to change the regulations was spearheaded by Heather Christianson, whose husband's sheep hunting trip to the Alaska Range this year was derailed when his tour in Iraq was extended. She pressed her case and the board listened.
It is difficult to do enough for the men and women who are fighting for freedom halfway around the world in tough conditions, but the Game Board is on the right track.
Congratulations to its members and to Heather Christianson.