“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.”
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)JUNEAU, Alaska — The Alaska Division of Elections says an initiative aimed at protecting salmon habitat has cleared a significant hurdle on its track to making a November state election ballot. The Juneau Empire reports that the division recently said it is currently reviewing each of Stand for Salmon’s 43,706 signatures. To pass the review,…
(Photo courtesy of Vexilar)KENAI, Alaska — More people worked in commercial salmon fishing in south-central Alaska in 2016 than in 2015, according to a state report. Commercial fishing employment is fickle and hard to predict, but early indicators showed promise that 2017 employment would be up, too. “This suggests a resurgence for salmon fisheries this year, while other catches, such…
Gray wolves are a federally protected species in western Oregon.KETCHIKAN, Alaska — Federal and state officials have announced that this year’s wolf harvest quota on Prince of Wales Island is more than four times what it was last year. The Ketchikan Daily News reports 46 wolves are allowed to be killed this year on the island and others off its…
Dall sheep. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal grand jury has indicted three men on charges connected to illegal hunting in an Alaska national park. The indictment names 44-year-old Jeffrey Harris of Poulsbo (PAWLS-boh), Washington, 72-year-old Dale Lackner, of Haines, Alaska, and 47-year-old Casey Richardson of Huson (HEW-son), Montana. Federal prosecutors say the hunts occurred at a…
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska master hunting guide has been charged with using assistants on snowmobiles to herd grizzly bears toward clients, making it easier for hunters to shoot the animals. Brian Simpson, 55, of Fairbanks, also is charged with guiding on a national preserve without a permit. Simpson’s company is Wittrock Outfitters-Alaska. Messages left with the business were not returned. Online…
Subsistence hunters may soon be able to hunt deer anywhere on federal public lands in Southeast Alaska.
The race director says the runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround on Bird Ridge trail and was on his way down when he texted a family member that he was being chased by a bear.
Weather can waylay the best-laid plans of hunters and anglers, but developing a backup plan makes for memorable days afield.
The bank below the River Center is a busy place during the Kenai River’s sockeye salmon run in July. As a result, the bank has been heavily damaged over time, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently accepted a matching grant for the River Center to restore some of the bank before sockeye season begins.
The crumbling bank on the Kenai River has been depositing silt into the water, which can harm the salmon.
A study by the U.S. Geological Survey concludes that the size of the shrubs was more critical than the density in determining whether birds would continue in the habitat in the face of climate change.
Students who participate in Salmon in the Classroom curriculum start out raising coho salmon eggs in the fall, learn more about fish with dissection lessons, and practice catching fish during the ice fishing field trips before coming together in the spring for a celebration during which mature fry are released.
Federal ban pertains to certain hunting techniques in national refuges and preserves.
Comes after last year’s harvests in Kodiak, Prince William Sound, Chignik and lower Cook Inlet came in far below forecast
Would overturn a ban on certain hunting techniques on national refuges and preserves
Community near tip of Alaska Peninsula continues pursuit of road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge