Alaska Permits Available for Interior Hunts

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Surplus drawing permits for moose hunting in Interior Alaska will be issued on a first come-first served basis to hunters whose faxed applications are received at the Fairbanks Fish and Game office beginning April 26, 2010. The application deadline is June 10.

Permit applications are available from any Fish and Game office, and on the internet at www.hunt.alaska.gov/permits/pdfs/undersubscribed_hunt_app.pdf, but the website does not allow hunters to apply online at this time. Applications must be faxed to the Fish and Game office in Fairbanks at (907) 459-7332 beginning April 26 and ending June 10. Hunters must complete and sign the application themselves. Faxes received before April 26 are not eligible.

"Drawing permits are usually issued by random lottery, but we received fewer applications for these particular hunts this year, so not all of the permits were awarded," said Management Biologist Doreen Parker McNeill. "The Board of Game allows our staff to decide whether or not to issue unused permits, and this year we will again make them available."

Some of the permits are reserved by regulation for guided nonresident hunters. Guide-client agreements must be in place prior to applying for these permits. McNeill cautioned hunters that getting to the hunt areas can be difficult and expensive. Antler restrictions and other limiting conditions apply in most of these hunts. "It's a good idea to read the specific hunt conditions and season dates before applying," she said. For example, if hunters get a Unit 20A antlerless permit, they may not also hunt for a bull moose in Unit 20A. Specific information for all these hunts can be found in the "2009–2010 Alaska Winter Drawing Permit Hunt Supplement" available at Fish and Game offices and online at www.hunt.alaska.gov>www.hunt.alaska.gov under “Draw/Tier II Permit Information,” or go directly to www.hunt.alaska.gov/permits/pdfs/draw_supp.pdf