Emergency order shortens Fairbanks area’s moose hunting season
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced an emergency order to shorten the moose hunting season near Fairbanks.
The department’s recent announcement made the season 25 percent shorter than last year in much of the road-accessible land closest to Fairbanks, the Daily News-Miner reported.
The season was cut from 20 days to 15 days for parts of Game Management Unit 20B. The hunting season will be Sept. 1-15 for Alaska residents and Sept. 5-15 for nonresidents.
The department said it is shortening the season because the moose population in that area has a sex ratio of 17 bulls to 100 cows, well below the department goal of 30-to-100.
Fairbanks area biologist Tony Hollis said the “bull-to-cow ratio has been declining for the last several years and is likely due to the harvest rate that is too high for this population.”
“Reducing the season length will help the ratio recover,” Hollis said.
The hunting season was historically 15 days in that area. Game managers in 2009 expanded the season to 20 days to decrease the moose population, which was believed to be too large for what the area could sustain.
There are four exceptions to the emergency order. The Fairbanks and Minto management areas have their own specialized rules. The emergency order also does not apply to two remote areas: the Middle Fork of the Chena River and the Salcha River upstream of Goose Creek.