Alaska Outdoor Digest

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

ADF&G suspends search for grizzlies that attacked young hikers in Eagle River
UPDATE: Anchorage police and ADF&G staff members have cancelled the search for a sow grizzly and two cubs that attacked four young hikers near Eagle River Campground Wednesday morning. The hikers are believed to have startled the bears by suddenly encountering them on an unmarked trail. Officials theorized the... Read more
Shutdown could hurt fishing, hunting
Can you have fishing and hunting in Alaska without a Department of Fish and Game? Alaskans and visitors may find out in a few weeks if the State government shuts down July 1 because of the Alaska Legislature cannot agree on a budget.  All State workers have gotten layoff... Read more
ADFG to use set net fishery to fund July project
ADF&G’s commercial fishing division will launch an early June set net fishery south of the Kasilof, to pay for the July Cook Inlet sockeye test project. Bids for a processor to run the commercial fishery for the department were due this week. That set net fishery would be contracted... Read more
Board of Fish rejects emergency rules for Copper River commercial fishery
The Alaska Board of Fisheries voted 4-3 on Wednesday not to impose emergency restrictions on the Copper River commercial king salmon fishery, rejecting the request from the Fairbanks advisory board after the sport fishery was closed because of a historically low run forecast. The vote was along what has... Read more
Legislature approves controversial Board of Game appointee
  Update on this story 4:54 p.m. Tuesday: Controversial Board of Game appointee Karen Linnell was approved by a joint session of the Alaska Legislature by a 39-20 vote, after lengthy debate on Linnell’s potential conflict of interest. In discussing other Board of Game and Fish nominees, the legislators... Read more
Subsistence Board rejects Unit 26 caribou closure; does partial closure for Unit 23
UPDATE June 26: The Federal Subsistence Board  gave Alaska resident hunters a big win Friday.  The Board has decided not to restrict Unit 26 caribou hunting to only local subsistence hunters. Recents hearings to consider that closure drew a storm of protest from hunters who rely on the Haul Road... Read more
Fisheries board to consider emergency Copper River commercial closure; sport fishing already closed
Alaska Board of Fisheries will expand its special meeting on Wednesday, May 17  to review an emergency petition by the Fairbanks Fish and Game Advisory Committee to limit commercial fishing for the dismal forecast of Copper River king salmon. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. and will be streamed... Read more
Fish and game legislation this week
Despite the Alaska Legislature’s ongoing impasses on fiscal issues, a number of bills relating to hunting and fishing are on the docket this week. No word yet on whether controversial appointees to the Boards of Game and Fisheries will be up for approval. Those have been delayed for many... Read more
Update: Bill to require guides for non-resident caribou hunters dead
UPDATE: We are tardy reporting that the proposed bill to require all non-resident hunters on the North Slope hire a guide to hunt caribou died along with all other pending legislation at the end of this year’s regular Legislative session. Special sessions called and perhaps to be called by... Read more
ADFG Legislative schedule April 24-28
Here are bills and action pending in the Alaska Legislature this week that affect hunting, fishing and wildlife.  House Floor Session Apr 24 Monday 11:00 AM BILL SHORT TITLE STATUS DATE HB 127 CRIM. CONV. OVERTURNED: RECEIVE PAST PFD 3RD RDG, 4/24 CAL(H) 04/19/17 HB 211 NONRESIDENT HUNTING REQUIREMENTS:... Read more