Pre-baiting could be considered trapping during a closed season if you consider the following: AS 16.05.940 defines trapping as “taking” furbearers. The same statute defines “take” as “taking, pursuing, hunting, fishing, trapping or in any manner disturbing ... game.”
Here is the prebaiting article I was refering to
I wouldn't buy this opinion for a minute. It may qualify as "feeding animals" but I sure don't see it as "taking". That's a real stretch. Notice he says nothing about doing it during an open season. Theoretically, by his reasoning, you could do this during an open season but never set the trap. Are you still "taking" an animal under those circumstances ? Do you have to have them sealed?
I have to admit the guy immediately qualified as a fool in my book. Choosing to walk 5 miles without trying to dry your clothes strikes me as being judgementally challenged. Consequently, Whatever else he says is questionable in my mind. But that's just me.
Dwight Eisenhower said "it's better to have no law, than a bad law". Now I have all the respect in the world for LEO's but I have a corollary to Eisenhower's statement. "No trooper is better than a dumb trooper". Just my opinion, and I could be all wrong.