Alaska Outdoor Digest

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

Bass Pro putting boats to work in Texas rescue
More than 80 boats deployed for rescue efforts, donations for immediate relief  HOUSTON – Bass Pro Shops is providing more than 80 Tracker boats to government agencies and rescue organizations in Houston and other communities in Texas suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Harveyt.  The outdoor retailer is coordinating with... Read more
Classic public fisheries hearing addresses Federal issues
A public hearing hosted by Senator Dan Sullivan today in Soldotna will provide some rare insight into the complexes of managing Alaska fisheries under Federal control. The hearing is part of the first day of this year’s Kenai Classic hosted by the Kenai River Sport Fishing Association and will... Read more
Valley fishermen get face-to-face with Commissioner
Tuesday night’s public meeting in the MatSu Valley with ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten to hear from local anglers is shaping up to be one of the larger of its kind in recent memory. Cotten is expected to respond to public and legislative outrage over the heavy drift net fleet... Read more
Where is Fish Fight headed?
Bird Creek bears aggressive, potential danger
Warning to anglers planning to fish Bird Creek south of Anchorage this week:  at least two brown bears have taken up residence in the upper end of the creek and have charged multiple fishermen in the area. There’s an unconfirmed report of at least one angler shooting at a... Read more
Wait for Kenai sockeye continues, ADF&G curtails commercial fishing
Will this be the year the sockeye never came back to the Kenai? Sockeye salmon fishermen on the Kenai River at still playing a waiting game.  That is, waiting for the big surge of late run sockeye salmon that usually fills the river by now.  And fills both stringers... Read more
State asking for comment on Ahtna, Klutina Lake settlement
ANCHORAGE—Alaska sportsmen concerned about potential restrictions on access to a popular interior lake and recreational area have a few weeks to speak out on a proposed agreement  regarding that land. The State of Alaska is seeking public comment on a proposed settlement with Ahtna, Inc. regarding public access along Klutina... Read more
“The dog sunk my truck…”
New best dog excuse story… A Kenai dipnetter left the family dog on a truck parked near the river on opening day of this year’s annual dip net fishery.  The excited pooch apparently managed to knock the vehicle out of park and into neutral.  The liberated truck rolled into... Read more
Brave 11-year-old stops charging bear; week of crazy bear incidents continues
It’s been another week of crazy Alaska bear stories and more attacks. Thankfully no one has been seriously injuried or killed, after two black bears killed young people in Anchorage and in the interior. Elliott Clark, a young Hoonah boy, prevented a potential really bad mauling and killed a... Read more
JBER cyclist mauled by brown bear
The string of Alaska bear maulings continues. Sharing this breaking news from KTVA Television on another bear attack near Anchorage: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says a pair of cyclists encountered a bear on JBER Saturday morning. Authorities say the pair came across a brown bear with... Read more