Alaska Outdoor Digest

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

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
Copper River kings still open for commercials, closed for sportmen
Commercial fishermen will continue to harvest Copper River king salmon on Monday, despite a very low run forecast for the prized fish. During Friday’s first 12-hour commercial session, fishermen and biologists were shocked that more than 1,800 kings were netted.  This is almost half of the 4,000 allocated to... 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
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