Alaska Hunting News

Rough Weather Strands Philadelphia Eagles’ Jason Babin During Alaskan Bear Hunt

Jason Babin, defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, had one of the better excuses to miss a team activity in the history of the NFL. He was stranded along with his guide in Cold Bay, Alaska living off melted glacier water and freeze-dried food for several days.

Alaska Seward Peninsula Muskox Hunt Changed to Tier II

Seward Peninsula Muskox hunts in Units 22B, 22C, 22D and 23 Southwest will only be available by Tier II subsistence permits for the 2012-13 regulatory year.

Tier II hunts are different than the Tier I hunts used during 2008-2011, when an unlimited number of permits were issued to Alaska residents. The Tier II permit system will limit the total number of permits issued. The number of permits will be determined in May.

Deadline Approaching: Alaska Board of Game Proposals Due May 1st for 2012/2013 Meeting Cycle

The Alaska Board of Game calls for proposed changes in the regulations pertaining to hunting, trapping, and the use of game for the following regions:

Alaska Cottonwood Creek Bridge Closure and Replacement, Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is in the process of replacing a decommissioned pedestrian and ATV bridge over Cottonwood Creek at the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge near Wasilla. The existing bridge has been condemned due to safety concerns and will no longer be available for public use. These concerns stem from structural issues related to corrosion and vandalism. Funds from a legislative Capital Improvement Project and a federal aid Wildlife Restoration Grant have been secured to replace the bridge.

Alaska DF&G Announces 2012 Southeast Alaska Chinook Salmon Harvest Quota

Under provisions of the Pacific Salmon Treaty, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces that the Chinook salmon all-gear harvest quota for Southeast Alaska in 2012 is 266,800 fish. This compares with allowable Chinook all-gear harvest levels of 294,800 in 2011 and 221,800 in 2010.

2012 King Salmon Sport and Commercial Fishing Restrictions Planned for Northern Cook Inlet Streams, Alaska

Sport and commercial fisheries within the Northern Cook Inlet area will be managed conservatively during the 2012 season in response to low king salmon abundance over recent years, a below-average outlook for the upcoming season, and uncertainty over how quickly king salmon abundance may rebound.

Research Aimed at Understanding Moose Productivity Initiated on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Kenai residents will soon notice orange collars on some Kenai moose. The collars are a sign that Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists have initiated research to better understand the variety of factors affecting moose reproduction and survival on the Kenai Peninsula.

Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Anchorage March 20-24, 2012

The Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) will meet March 20-24, 2012, at the Hilton Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska. An additional day has been added to the length of this meeting in order to ensure completion of the board’s work. The board will consider regulatory proposals for Dungeness crab, shrimp, and miscellaneous shellfish fisheries statewide that have been submitted by the general public, fishing organizations, local Fish and Game Advisory Committees, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Bear Control Program Approved on Middle Kuskokwim River, Alaska

The Board of Game voted unanimously to take steps to increase the moose population in the middle Kuskokwim River area by establishing a bear control program.

The approved bear predation control area is located in some of the best moose habitat along the middle Kuskokwim River, which previously supported high levels of harvest for hunters throughout the Kuskokwim drainage and elsewhere.

Aggressive Moose in Urban Areas of Alaska

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) are receiving numerous calls regarding aggressive or “fearless” moose in urban areas. Deep snow restricts moose movements and limits food availability. Higher than normal numbers of moose are appearing on roadways, trails, school yards, parking lots, and other locations where snow has been removed. These moose are not easily driven off or avoided. Additionally, during a winter like this when potential food resources are limited, moose can be nutritionally stressed and become very agitated and aggressive.