Alaska Outdoor Digest

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

Board of Game to consider flying, sheep, kinship rules
The Alaska Board of Game will hold a statewide meeting in Anchorage Nov. 10-17 to consider sweeping changes proposed in a variety of hunting regulations. The proposed changes cover 79 pages but include proposals to change how and when Dall sheep can be taken, rules on hunting the same... Read more
Fish, Game Advisory Committees this month
The Anchorage Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 24th  at the William Hernandez Fish Hatchery, located at 941 Reeve Blvd   at 6:30 pm.  Agenda will include finalizing BOG Statewide proposal recommendations.  For more information contact Frank Neumann at 529-0892. The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet... Read more
Stand for Salmon signatures not about protecting fish
By Sophie Minich and Rex A. Rock Sr. Starting during the Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention this week, Alaskans will be confronted by signature gatherers asking them to sign a controversial new ballot initiative that claims to “Stand for Salmon.” As leaders of Alaska Native regional corporations, we... Read more
Board debates allocating Cook Inlet salmon
“Everybody is catching everybody’s fish…” Truer words never spoken by BofF chair John Jensen. Board debating ACR 11 to restrict Kodiak catch of Cook Inlet fish. Thursday seeing great debate on allocation of Cook Inlet salmon. Discussion live on  Board of Fish website.   Read more
Board of Fish rejects blanket salmon closure proposal
By Lee Leschper The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Tuesday unamimously rejected an Agenda Change Request (ACR 10), a proposal that would have required that all Upper Cook Inlet salmon fisheries be closed together–commercial, sport and subsistence–if a salmon run was falling short of escapement goals. ACRs allow the... Read more
BofF to consider Cook Inlet closures on all fishermen
By Lee Leschper Should all Alaska fishermen, commercial and non-commercial, be closed out of fishing when salmon runs are not meeting escapement goals? Specific to Upper Cook Inlet, should sport fishermen and dipnetters also be blocked from fishing, when commercial fishermen are restricted because a run is low or... Read more
Board of Fish meets in Anchorage this week
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet October 17-19, 2017, at the Egan Civic & Convention Center, 555 West 5thAvenue, Anchorage, Alaska beginning at 8:30 am. No regulatory action will be taken at this meeting, but sport fishermen should watch several of the agenda change requests, that could affect 2018 salmon... Read more
Is your PFD going outdoors in Alaska?
So how are you spending your Alaska PFD this year? Bills, savings, travel are okay. But there’s a lot of playing you can buy outdoors with that $1100 that arrives Thursday. Here are a few suggestions. Travel down South for winter fishing–we like redfish and speckled trout in Texas,... Read more
NOAA wants feedback on rec halibut quota idea
The Federal authority overseeing Alaska halibut fisheries is considering a formal arrangement for selling commercial halibut quota to charter operators.  NOAA is asking for public comment on the concept. The press statement this week said in part: NOAA Fisheries is proposing to authorize formation of a recreational quota entity... Read more
UPDATE: Board of Fish in Anchorage this week
The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet October 17-19, 2017, at the Egan Civic & Convention Center, 555 West 5thAvenue, Anchorage, Alaska beginning at 8:30 am. No regulatory action will be taken at this meeting, but sport fishermen should watch several of the agenda change requests, that could affect 2018 salmon... Read more