You can donate your caribou meat to the village of Kotzebue. A “whole half” minimum is required to show respect to local natives who receive the donation. This ensures a fair distribution of prime cuts and is just more respectful.
Previously, there have been disrespectful hunters who have disposed of spoiled meat in dumpsters and outside of Kotzebue, which damaged all nonresident hunters’ reputation with the local population. Keep in mind that hunting for sport is not accepted in their culture, as they view hunting as a means of procuring food, not a means of collecting trophies. The moral argument of both sides is not the focus here. What we can all agree on is that wasting or improper handling of meat is UNACCEPTABLE.
It is illegal to buy, sell or barter game meat.
However, if you wish to donate some or all of your unprocessed meat or other game parts, we will have arrangements made with local residents for that to be possible. It may be transferred to others permanently (given as a gift) or may be transferred temporarily for the purpose of transport. However, two requirements apply:
- First, any meat you plan to give away must be in the same or better condition as meat you would keep for yourself.
- Second, you will need to fill out a “Transfer of Possession” form (see the back page of the hunting regulations book); keep a copy and give one to the recipient of the meat. You must show this statement and the meat to an ADF&G representative if asked.
If possible, make sure to let our hunt manager know ahead of time if you want to donate your meat.