Alaska Outdoor Digest

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

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
Group sues to block moving predator control back to State
  The Center for Biological Diversity on Thursday filed suit in Anchorage against the Trump administration to repeal recent Congressional action to return predator control in Alaska wildlife refuges to the State. The measure, seen by Alaska wildlife managers as a return to local control, has been widely depicted... Read more
Hungry bears are awake and demand respect
Alaska’s bears are awake, hungry and out there looking for anything to eat. There have been multiple reports of both black bears and brown bears roaming through communities throughout Alaska. McHugh Creek Trail is closed after a brown bear feeding on and guarding a winter-killed moose became aggressive.  Expect... Read more
Bill would add caribou to hunts requiring guides for non-residents
Legislation working it’s way through the Alaska Legislature would require non-resident hunters to hire a guide before hunting caribou on the North Slope. Rep. Dean Westlake (D-Kiana) introduced House Bill 211, titled “An Act requiring a nonresident to be accompanied by a guide or resident spouse or relative when hunting... Read more
Board nominees still waiting; Linnell draws opposition over potential conflicts
Update on this story: Governor Bill Walker’s nominees for the Alaska Boards of Fisheries and of Game are among the almost 100 boards and commission appointments still awaiting Legislative approval. And based on the most recent non-meeting, they may be waiting for a while.  The House and Senate met... Read more
ADF&D’s Tom Lohuis update:  Chugach 13D Dall sheep herd has declined by almost half since 1990s Coyotes and eagles are primary predators of lambs: wolves and bears of adult sheep. Read more
Full house at Anchorage Wild Sheep Foundation’s sheep seminars right now. Lots of interest in Alaska sheep hunting! Read more
Many of the world’s experts on thinhorn wild sheep will be gathered in Anchorage this week. The Wild Sheep Foundation’s Thinhorn Sheep Summit II is April 10-12 at the Hotel Captain Cook and covers management plans being done especially in Canada and Alaska to foster the populations of primarily... Read more
Multiple sources are reporting that PacRim Coal has suspended plans for a coal mine on the Chuitna River on the west side of Cook Inlet. PacRim officials told Alaska DNR staff on Friday that the project was being on hold.   Cook Inlet conservation and fishing groups have opposed... Read more
Tired of all the hysteria about alleged killing of wolf pups and bear cubs in dens? Turns out it’s 99 percent false. Other than traditional subsistence hunters who also use other practices like gathering waterfowl eggs and hunting waterfowl in the spring, it has never happened in Alaska except... Read more