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Alaska Board of Game / Antlerless Moose Hunt Closes RM764 Zone 6 Closes
« Last post by mudbrook on January 13, 2011, 01:10:59 PM »
Antlerless Moose Hunt Closes RM764 Zone 6 Closes

 Antlerless moose hunting in the eastern part of Unit 20A southeast of Fairbanks will close at 11:59 pm on Thursday night, January 13, 2011. The Department of Fish and Game is closing the antlerless moose hunt in Zone 6, the area east of Delta Creek, because that harvest quota of 10 moose has been reached. The Board of Game authorized the Department to open registration permit hunt RM764 for antlerless moose in 20A between January 10 and February 28, and close it by emergency order when quotas are met. “Hunters were restricted to the more inaccessible southern portion of Zone 6, but high moose numbers, good weather, and high participation has resulted in our meeting the quota very quickly,” said Fairbanks Area Biologist Don Young. Zones 1, 2A, 2C, 3, 4A, 4C, and 5A are also closed.
Hunters may continue to hunt in zones 2B, 4B, 5B, 5C and 5D of Unit 20A with an RM764 permit from the Department of Fish and Game. Successful hunters must report their harvest to the Fairbanks ADF&G office (459-7272) within 1 day of the kill. Reporting online is available at http://hunt.alaska.gov Unsuccessful hunters must report to the Fairbanks ADF&G office by March 15 The quota for antlerless moose in all of Unit 20A during the winter hunt is 225, but to distribute the harvest more evenly, the Department divided Unit 20A in 7 major and 16 minor hunt zones and established individual quotas for each zone based on estimated moose abundance. A zone map is printed on the back of the hunt permits. Hunters must call the Unit 20A antlerless moose hunting hotline at 459–7386 to make sure the area they plan to hunt is still open. Hunters with other questions can call 459-7206 or 459-7233 for more information. ###
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State Closes Registration Muskox Hunt RX099 for Cow Muskox in Unit 22D, Kuzitrin River Drainage.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close the winter State Registration muskox hunt RX099 for cow muskox in the Kuzitrin River Drainage in Unit 22(D) at 11:59 p.m. January 13, 2011. The registration hunt for bull muskox in the Kuzitrin River Drainage in Unit 22(D) and hunting by registration permit RX099 in Unit 22(C) and Unit 22(D) Southwest remain open at this time.
The Alaska Board of Game established a Tier I subsistence registration muskox hunt in the Kuzitrin River Drainage in Unit 22(D). The department set an overall 6% harvest rate for muskox in this area with a 2% harvest rate for cow muskox. The harvest rates allow a quota of 17 muskox (up to 6 cows) based on the 2010 population estimate of 285 muskox. Six cow muskox have been harvested and no further cow harvest is warranted at this time.
All other muskox hunting regulations in Unit 22 remain unchanged by this emergency order.
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Alaska Board of Game / Alexander Creek Pike Removal Project Funded
« Last post by mudbrook on January 13, 2011, 01:08:28 PM »
Alexander Creek Pike Removal Project Funded

(Juneau) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was recently awarded $635,000 from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund for a four-year program to accelerate efforts to remove northern pike from the Alexander Creek drainage in Northern Cook Inlet. Coupled with funds appropriated by the legislature last session, this award will allow the department to further the objectives of removing spawning northern pike through intensive gillnetting. A program for enumerating king salmon smolt in the area will also be initiated to help monitor the effectiveness of pike removal.

Northern pike, which are not native to areas south and east of the Alaska Range, have been illegally introduced into a number of river basins where they have had very detrimental impacts on other fisheries resources. Alexander Creek in the Susitna River basin is one of the most heavily impacted systems. As an extension of ongoing efforts to gauge distribution and relative abundance of pike within this drainage, a concerted effort will now be made to significantly reduce pike numbers. The overall objective is to restore salmon and resident species populations in this once highly popular fishing destination to long-term sustainable levels that will again provide important sport fishing opportunities.

"We thank the legislature and the local area partnerships for their support of our efforts to reduce the negative impacts of invasive northern pike,” said Charles Swanton, director of the ADFG Sport Fish Division. “The investments made should be returned many fold in terms of economic and social benefits resulting from successful implementation this project."

Additional information on ADF&G aquatic nuisance species and northern pike management plans is available at: http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/special/invasive/invasive.php .
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Alaska Board of Game / Alaska Board of Game Proposal Book Online
« Last post by mudbrook on December 30, 2010, 08:37:38 AM »
Alaska Board of Game Proposal Book Online

The Board of Game has published the regulatory proposals to be considered at its Spring 2011 meetings. The proposals generally concern changes to the regulations governing hunting, trapping and the use of game in the Southcentral Region (Region II) - Game Management Units 6, 7, 8, 14C, and 15; and the Central/Southwest Region (Region IV) - Game Management Units 9, 10, 11, 13, 14A, 14B, 16, and 17. Proposals concerning other issues are also included. Members of the public, organizations, advisory committees, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) staff submitted these
 proposals.

The proposal book is available online here: http://boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/meetinfo/2010-2011/3-4-central-sw/book-FINAL.pdf

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NOTICE OF PROPOSED CHANGES IN THE REGULATIONS OF THE ALASKA BOARD OF GAME

 
The Alaska Board of Game proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 5 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with the use and taking of game.  Regulations subject to board action are in 5 AAC 84, 85, 92, 98 and 99.  The subject matter areas to be addressed concern Game Management Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and statewide provisions including, but not limited to the topics listed below.  In addition, the board will also address proposed regulatory changes concerning bear trapping for Units 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, & 25.

 

A.  TRAPPING SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, including but not limited to: Beaver, black bear, coyote, fox, fisher, lynx, mink, marten, otter, weasel, muskrat, squirrel and marmot, wolf, wolverine; customary and traditional use findings, and the definitions of furbearers and break-away snares.

 

B.  HUNTING SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, including but not limited to: Black bear, brown bear, deer, elk, goat, moose, wolf, wolverine, fur animals, small game including waterfowl, and unclassified game; customary and traditional use findings, and Tier I or Tier II subsistence hunting.

 

C.  LICENSES, HARVEST TICKETS AND REPORTS, HARVEST GUIDELINE LEVELS, TAGS, FEES, PERMITS, AND permit hunt conditions and procedures in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, including but not limited to: Hunter education and orientation requirements; taking game by proxy; required permit hunt conditions and procedures; Tier I and Tier II subsistence permits; community subsistence harvest hunt areas; establishment of permit hunts and conditions for any species, permits for hunting black bear with the use of bait or scent lures and reporting requirements; discretionary hunting and trapping permit conditions and procedures including authorities for hunting black bear, brown bear, goat, and sheep; harvest surveys and tickets for deer; and special provisions for black bear drawing permit hunts. In addition, for all units, establishing a new regulation allowing a bonus point system for some drawing hunts.

 

D.  HUNTING AND TRAPPING METHODS AND MEANS for Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, including, but not limited to: Lawful methods of taking game, small game and big game; lawful methods of taking fur animals and furbearers including trap identification requirements, restrictions for using certain traps in residential and recreational areas; the use of snares for taking wolves; and legal distances for setting traps near trails.

 

E.   POSSESSION, TRANSPORTATION, AND USE OF GAME, for Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, including but not limited to: Purchase and sale of game including the sale of black bear hides, and parts; sealing bear skins and skulls; salvage of game meat, furs, and hides; taking cub bears and female bears with cubs; antler size and configuration restrictions; and salvage requirements for black bear and other game.

 

F.   RESTRICTED AREAS, in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, including: areas closed to trapping, areas closed to hunting, controlled use areas, closures and restrictions in state game refuges, and management areas; and restrictions of bear hunting near bear viewing areas

 

G.  INTENSIVE MANAGEMENT in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 for all populations having a positive finding as identified big game prey populations; identified big game prey populations findings, predation control areas implementation plans; and methods, means and bag limits for taking predators.

 

H.  BLACK BEAR TRAPPING REGULATIONS for Units 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, & 25 including:  Trapping seasons and bag limits; lawful methods of taking furbearers; black bear trapping requirements; discretionary trapping permit conditions and procedures including identification and checking requirements for bait and snare stations; nonresident and age requirements for black bear trapping;  taking bear with snares and with the use of artificial light; taking bear using bait and scent lures; purchase and sale of game including the sale of black bear hides, meat, and parts; sealing bear skins and skulls; salvage of game meat, furs, and hides; taking cub bears and female bears with cub; and the definition of bucket foot snare.

 

You may comment on the proposed regulations, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes by submitting written comments to the Alaska Board of Game, Boards Support Section at P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526.  Comments may also be submitted by fax to (907) 465-6094.  Comments concerning black bear trapping regulations that were already submitted for the October, 2010 meeting do not need to resubmitted.

 

Written comments may be submitted to the Board of Game at any time before the proposal is taken up by the board in deliberations, but as a practical matter, written comments should be submitted to the Boards Support Section office at the above address or fax number by 5:00 pm Friday, October 22, 2010 to ensure inclusion in the board workbooks.  Written comment over 100 single sided or 50 double sided pages in length from any one individual or group relating to proposals will not be accepted.  Written comments submitted after October 22, 2010 will be limited to 10 single sided or 5 double sided pages in length from any one individual or group.  Written comments that are submitted are public record and are subject to public inspection.

 

The public hearing portion of the meeting will begin immediately after staff reports and continue until everyone who has signed up and is present when called has been given the opportunity to be heard.  The deadline to sign up to testify will be announced at the meeting.  The board will take oral testimony only from those who register before the cut-off time.  The length of oral statements may be limited to three to five minutes, or less.  Additional public hearings may be held throughout the meeting just before consideration and adoption of proposed changes in the regulations. An agenda will be posted daily during the meeting.

 

TENTATIVE MEETING SCHEDULE

Best Western Landing Hotel
3434 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan, AK
Ketchikan, Alaska  99901

November 5-9, 2010

Southeast Region Topics

 

A live audio stream of the Board meeting is intended to be available on the Boards Support Section website at:  http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us.  Any changes to meeting locations, dates or times, or rescheduling of topics or subject matter will be announced by news release.  Please watch for these announcements in the news media or call (907) 465-4110.

 

If you are a person with a disability who may need special accommodations in order to participate in this process, please contact Scott Crass at (907) 465-4110 no later than October 22, 2010 to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

 

For a copy of the proposed regulation changes, contact the Boards Support Section at the above address, or on the website at http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/index.php.

 

Anyone interested in or affected by subsistence and general hunting or trapping regulations is hereby informed that, by publishing this legal notice the Board of Game may consider any or all of the subject areas covered by this notice. THE BOARD IS NOT LIMITED BY THE SPECIFIC LANGUAGE OR CONFINES OF THE ACTUAL PROPOSALS THAT HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED BY THE PUBLIC OR STAFF.  Pursuant to AS 44.62.200, the board may review the full range of activities appropriate to any of the subjects listed in this notice. The board may adopt other regulations necessary to implement, administer, or enforce the regulations adopted. In addition, the board may make changes to the resident and nonresident hunting and trapping regulations as may be required to ensure the subsistence priority in AS 16.05.258 including reexamining customary and traditional use findings and determinations for amounts reasonably necessary for subsistence use.

 

After the public hearing, the Board of Game may adopt these or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or amend, reject, supplement, or decide to take no action on them. The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations.  You should comment during the time allowed if your interest could be affected.

 

Statutory Authority:   AS 16.05.255; AS 16.05.258; AS 16.05.270

 

Statutes Being Implemented, Interpreted, or Made Specific: AS 16.05.255; AS 16.05.256;

AS 16.05.258; AS 16.05.407; AS 16.05.346; AS 16.05.340; AS 16.30.010 – .030;

AS 16.05.330, and AS 16.05.783

 

Fiscal Information:  The proposed regulation changes are not expected to require an increased appropriation.

 

 

DATE:  October 4, 2010                                           

 

Kristy Tibbles, Executive Director

Alaska Board of Game

 

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS NOTICE INFORMATION

(AS 44.62.190(d))

 

1.  Adopting agency: Alaska Board of Game

 

2.  General subject of regulation: Southeast Region

 

3.  Citation of regulations: 5 AAC 84, 85, 92, 98, and 99

 

4.  Reason for the proposed action:

     (   )  compliance with federal law

     (   )  compliance with new or changed state statute

     (   )  compliance with court order

     (   )  development of program standards

     (X) other: Regularly scheduled topics for the Fall 2010 Board of Game meeting and other miscellaneous provisions.  Implement, interpret, or make specific the provisions of AS 16.05– AS 16.30

 

5.  Program category and RDU: Natural Resources and all RDUs

 

6.  Cost of implementation to the state agency and available funding:  It is not possible to estimate cost.    However, this action is not expected to require an increased appropriation.

 

7.  The name of the contact person for the regulations:

 

            Name:              Kristy Tibbles

            Title:                Executive Director, Boards Game

            Address:          Boards Support Section

                                    Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game

                                    PO Box 115526

                                    Juneau, AK 99811-5526

            Telephone:       (907) 465-4110

 

8.  The origin of the proposed action:

 

            __X__ staff of state agency

            __X__ federal government

            __X__ general public

            ____    petition for regulation change

            _____  other (please list)

 

9.  Date:  October 4, 2010                                                       Prepared by: Kristy Tibbles

                                                                                                Executive Director, Board of Game

                                                                                                907-465-4110

 
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Alaska Board of Game / Notice of proposed changes for hunting, fishing, trapping
« Last post by mudbrook on September 13, 2010, 06:22:42 PM »
The legal notice which may be found on the State of Alaska’s online public notice system and is also available on our website here:

http://boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/meetinfo/2010-2011/octobernelchina/legnote.pdf
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Alaska Board of Game / Changes in the regulations pertaining to hunting, trapping
« Last post by mudbrook on September 13, 2010, 06:14:47 PM »
The Alaska Board of Game has issued a call for proposed changes in the regulations pertaining to hunting, trapping, and the use of game in the Southcentral and Central/Southwest regions to be considered at the Spring 2011 board meetings.  These regions are composed of Game Management Units 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17.  Please download the notice for more information here: http://boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/meetinfo/2010-2011/call-spring2011.pdf
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Alaska Board of Game / Southeast Region meeting notice
« Last post by mudbrook on September 13, 2010, 06:13:53 PM »
The Alaska Board of Game will consider regulatory proposals at its Southeast Region meeting to be held November 5 - 9, 2010 at the Best Western Landing Hotel in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Proposal book for the Southeast Region meeting may be downloaded here: http://boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/meetinfo/2010-2011/southeast/crass-final9-7-10.pdf
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Alaska Board of Game / Nelchina Caribou and Black Bear trapping
« Last post by mudbrook on September 13, 2010, 06:12:37 PM »
The Alaska Board of Game will consider regulatory proposals on Nelchina Caribou and Black Bear trapping at a special meeting scheduled for October 8-12, 2010 at the Coast International In located in Anchorage, Alaska. The Proposal book may be downloaded here: http://boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/meetinfo/2010-2011/octobernelchina/PropBook-final.pdf
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General Discussion / Do you see the resemblance?
« Last post by mudbrook on September 07, 2010, 12:00:09 PM »
Do you see the resemblance?

Both men promise they’ll clean up a mess. However, the one on the right wants to do it in Washington as the next U.S. Senator from Alaska.

Joe Miller, a little-known lawyer from Fairbanks, was plucked from obscurity by Sarah Palin’s endorsement. He then surprised the Republican establishment by beating two-term Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski in a tight primary.

Besides having an uncanny resemblance to the Brawny Man, Miller, 43, is a father of eight and a graduate of West Point and Yale Law School. He also earned a Bronze star fighting in the first Gulf War.

When John King asked Miller about comparisons to the Brawny Man, Miller didn't object: "I'm an outdoor activist. I like to hunt, like to fish. The description of the plaid shirt, that's Joe Miller. I'm in a suit today but I'm on camera. But I'm an everyday American, a working class guy that's just trying to turn this nation around."

We’ll have to wait and see how well Miller absorbs political attacks.

http://johnkingusa.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/03/do-you-see-the-resemblance/
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