Alaska Hunting News

Sport Anglers Prohibited From Using Felt Soles in Fresh Waters of Alaska

Anglers are reminded that effective January 1, 2012, footgear with absorbent felt or other fibrous material on the soles are prohibited while sport fishing in the fresh waters of Alaska. The regulation was adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries in 2010, to reduce the potential for introduction and spread of invasive organisms, including plants, into Alaska waters. Invasive organisms spread by contaminated waders and other gear, can threaten resident fish stocks and important fish habitat. 

Alaska's Board of Game to Meet in Fairbanks, March 2-11

The Alaska Board of Game will meet March 2 – 11, 2012, in Fairbanks at the Wedgewood Resort to consider over 100 proposals regarding hunting and trapping regulations in the Interior regions as well as other topics.

Antlerless Moose Hunts for Alaska's GMU 14A for Fall 2012 Cancelled

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has cancelled all antlerless moose hunts in GMU 14A for the 2012 moose hunting season due to high numbers of moose deaths caused by deep snow.

State & Federal Boundaries for Alaska Fisheries Management in 2012

Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Commissioner Cora Campbell announced today that significant progress has been made toward addressing the State of Alaska’s concerns regarding the 2006 revisions to Alaska’s baseline, from which state-federal boundary lines in waters surrounding the State of Alaska are determined. State and federal agencies also have reached agreement about appropriate enforcement of the state and federal fisheries boundary line.

Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Ketchikan February 24-March 4, 2012

The Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) will meet February 24-March 4, 2012, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center, 131 Front Street, Ketchikan, Alaska. The board will consider regulatory proposals for finfish in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat management areas that have been submitted by the general public, fishing organizations, local Fish and Game Advisory Committees, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The board received 145 proposals for consideration during this 10-day public meeting.

Alaska Bear Collar Camera Video Clips Available for Viewing

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Wildlife Conservation has posted online, nine 10-second video clips and a 13-minute compilation of a day’s worth of clips obtained from research cameras mounted on bear collars.

“The video clips provide an interesting perspective and important information in the daily habits of these brown bears,” said Bruce Dale, ADF&G, Division of Wildlife Regional Supervisor. “It’s exciting to see the bear’s view, and we thought that the public would be interested in these clips.”

Alaska DF&G Releases Intensive Management Protocol

A new publication outlining procedures used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to implement the laws on intensive management is now available on the agency’s website. The recently completed “Intensive Management Protocol” is intended as a practical tool for implementation of intensive management in Alaska.

Alaska DF&G Report Confirms 2010 Wolf Attack Fatality

Today, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) released a report presenting findings related to the March 8, 2010, wolf attack that killed 32-year-old Candice Berner near the village of Chignik Lake on the Alaska Peninsula. The report summarizes agency response and subsequent investigation.

Alaska 2011 Salmon Harvest Estimated at $603 Million

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has compiled its preliminary estimate of the exvessel value of the 2011 Alaska commercial salmon harvest. At $603 million, the 2011 harvest currently ranks as the third most valuable harvest since 1975, behind the 1988 and 2010 harvests respectively. Analysts expect the 2011 harvest will surpass the 2010 harvest in value, after final price per pound information is received next spring from processors, buyers, and direct marketers.

Alaska DF&G Monitoring Reported Evidence of Disease Exposure in B.C. Sockeye Salmon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is closely monitoring and evaluating a recent report that samples taken from sockeye salmon in British Columbia show exposure to Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAv). The test results, reported by researchers from Simon Fraser University, are based on a very limited sample of sockeye salmon smolts from Rivers Inlet in central B.C. The smolts were not exhibiting any outward signs of infection.