Alaska Outdoor Digest

The source for important, timely news on hunting, fishing and the outdoors in Alaska.

Rare joint Board of Fish, Game committee meeting this week
 The Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) and Board of Game (BOG) will convene a teleconference meeting of its Joint Board Committee (committee) at 11 a.m., December 21. The purpose of the committee meeting is to review and recommend to both boards the necessity of holding a full Joint Board meeting... Read more
Modern Fish Act advances in House
House Natural Resources Committee Approves Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Bill The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on Dec. 13 approved H.R. 200, a bill sponsored by Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska) that amends the 1976 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide flexibility for fishery managers and stability... Read more
Board of Game says no to feral cats
Friday morning as the Alaska Board of Game wrapped up its week of deliberations in Anchorage, it rejected a proposal to authorize the capture, nurturing and release of feral cats. While the proposers advocated that it’s humane to release cats into the wild, the board voted unamimously to reject... Read more
UPDATE: BOG chooses no action on sheep ban
Updated at 10:10 a.m. Alaska’s Board of Game chose to take no action on a proposal to remove domestic sheep and goats from the clean list, and provide additional safeguards to ensure the M. ovi virus carried by domestic sheep does not infect Alaska wild sheep, goats and muskox.... Read more
Board of Game upholds traditional, rejects new tech hunting including cell phones
BOG upholds bear denning, same-day flight regs, bans wireless devices The Alaska Board of Game on Tuesday debated the challenging conflux of ancient traditions and new technology in hunting and wildlife management in Alaska. Wednesday morning The Alaska Board of Game passed an amended Proposal 13, which will make it... Read more
BOG begins deliberations, okays antler change;  sheep, kinship, plane, cat proposals on tap
Alaska’s Board of Game started deliberations Monday afternoon on the first of 69 proposals to change statewide hunting and wildlife-related regulations. The board acted on the first five proposals Monday: Rejected Proposal 1 to change the definition of “take” of a game animal, to clarify that “take” means kill... Read more
Board of Game hearing passionate sheep, cat testimony
The Alaska Board of Game meeting in Anchorage this week is drawing surprising testimony on sheep and cats. That’s domestic sheep, and the risk of disease from a domestic animal reaching and ultimately wiping out Alaska’s Dall sheep and mountain goat populations. And feral cats, which despite long being... Read more
Board of Game meeting live online now
The Alaska Board of Game is meeting now on a wide range of hunting topics and potential regulation changes. Meetings continue daily through Nov. 17 and are streamed live online at: It is a important and rare opportunity to look behind the scenes of hunting and wildlife management... Read more
Modern Fish Act could be game changer
This week in Washington D.C., Congress is considering signature legislation to give sport fishermen a seat at the table in managing marine fisheries, including Alaska’s. The Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act (shortened to Modern Fish Act) would add consideration for recreational anglers in the management of fisheries long dedictated... Read more
Are you celebrating commercial fishing day today?
Alaska Commercial Fishing Day Proclamation from Governor Bill Walker on September 28, 2017: WHEREAS, Alaska is blessed with an abundance of natural resources from which our economy benefits significantly; and WHEREAS, Alaska’s fisheries are an integral sector of Alaska’s economy and have always been an invaluable part of the... Read more