This is a summary of changes adopted by the Alaska Board of Game for regulatory year 2011-2012. This is not a comprehensive list of all the detailed changes. It is your responsibility to read the Alaska Hunting Regulations carefully for complete information.
These regulations do not become effective until July 1, 2011 so do not affect hunting or trapping seasons that are currently open or that open prior to July 1, 2011. (such as spring bear seasons and bear baiting)
Units 9A, B, C, D and E, and Unit 10, convert general season hunts to registration permit hunts. Establish new resident registration hunts with a one bear a year bag limit within a specific distance of communities in the area, and eliminate the tag and tag fee requirement in these hunts.
Units 16A and 16B, extend season year round, July 1 – June 30 (retains the shorter season around Wolverine Creek).
Unit 17, increase bag limit to 2 bears per year, extend season Aug. 20 – May 31, and eliminate tag and tag fee requirement.
Most of Unit 26B, eliminated the drawing hunt and established a registration hunt with no closed season, open to both residents and nonresidents. Also changed the season dates in the remainder of Unit 26B to Sept 1-May 31.
Units 1 – 5, require the GPS location of black bear bait stations before a site can be established. The change will be effective for the spring bear seasons in 2011.
Units 1 – 3, beginning in fall 2012, all nonresidents not hiring a guide to hunt black bear will be required to have a drawing permit. The first application period for these black bear permits will be Nov. and Dec. 2011.
Unit 2 controlled use area was modified to continue to restrict motorized access until Oct. 31, 2012.
Unit 3 controlled use area was modified to only apply to Kupreanof, Mitkof and Wrangell Islands.
Units 7 and 15, increase the black bear bag limit for both residents and nonresidents to 3 bears per year, except nonresident bag limit remains one bear in the coastal areas south of Kachemak Bay and south of the city limits of Seward.
Units 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14(A), 14(B), 15, 16, and 17, allow guides to establish up to 10 bait stations in total combined with assistant guides.
Units 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14(A), 14(B), 15, 16, and 17, allow hunters that have been airborne to take black bears at a bait station the same day, as long as they are at least 300 feet from the airplane at the time of taking. Not in effect until next spring, 2012.
Units 11, 13, 14(B), eliminate sealing requirement.
Unit 14B, increase bag limit to 3 bears per year.
Unit 17, eliminate harvest ticket requirement.
Unit 25D, legal animal is any black bear.
Unit 13, modify bag limit to one caribou per household allowed to be retained under the community harvest hunt. No more than 1 (one) Unit 13 Tier I subsistence permit may be issued per household per year. Trophy destruction is no longer required. Established several drawing hunts for residents.
Unit 1(A), shorten season by closing the month of December. New season dates, Aug. 1 – Nov. 30.
Units 1 – 6, and 8 replace deer survey with harvest report. Harvest tickets for the 2011-12 hunting seasons will have the harvest report attached.
Unit 8, create archery and muzzleloader deer hunt for hunters 17 and younger, hunter education and weapons specific certification required, Nov. 16 – Dec. 31.
Unit 8, clarify that a wounded elk counts as the bag limit.
Unit 7, eliminated the Resurrection Creek Closed Area. The area has been closed to moose hunting since the early 80’s and will now be open for moose hunting.
Units 9A, B, C, D and E, convert general season hunts to registration permit hunts.
Unit 9(C), extend moose season by 5 days to end Sept. 20.
Unit 9(E), extend moose season by 5 days to end Sept. 25.
Unit 11, decrease any bull moose quota for the community harvest hunt from 100 to 70.
Unit 14A, establishes a winter antlerless moose hunt from Jan. 1 – Feb. 25.
Unit 14A, establish new type of permit hunt, hot-spot hunt. This type of hunt will allow hunters to sign up similar to a registration hunt, but there will be a deadline for sign up. The list will then be used if winter conditions are such that nuisance moose need to be taken. There will be a lottery drawing and hunters will be on short notice to respond to specific areas.
Unit 14C, create a new archery drawing hunt for any bull moose in the Edmonds Park/Mirror Lake area open to residents only.
Units 7 and 15, Kenai Peninsula, eliminate the spike-fork portion of all general season hunts and change legal number of brow tines. In all general season moose hunts, the legal animal is now a 50”, 4 brow tine bull. In addition, all moose taken in general season must be sealed by the department.
Units 15A and 15C, close nonresident hunting for general season bull hunts.
Unit 15C, shift dates for hunt for the Tier II hunt (TM549) from Aug. 10 – Sept. 10 to Aug. 25 – Sept. 30.
Unit 16A, extend general season to end Sept. 25.
Unit 16B, extend general season to end Sept. 25, open nonresident season of Aug 25-Sept 15. Also changed the dates of the winter Tier II hunts to Dec. 15-Mar 31 (this does not take effect until winter of 2012.
Unit 20A, extend antlerless drawing permit hunts Aug. 15 – Nov. 15, and extend antlerless registration permit season to Oct. 1 - Feb. 28.
Unit 20B, drainage of the Middle Fork of the Chena River, and that portion of the Salcha River drainage upstream from and including Goose Creek, establish new registration hunt for antlerless moose Oct. 1 - Feb. 28.
Unit 20B, remainder, extend bull season by 5 days, Sept. 1 – Sept. 20, and establish new registration hunt for antlerless moose Oct. 1 - Feb. 28.
Unit 1(D), that portion between Taiya Inlet and River and the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, align archery season with rifle season, Sept. 15 – Nov. 30.
Unit 8, allow goat registration permits to be obtained throughout the season.
Unit 14A, establish Oct. registration hunt for both residents and nonresidents.
Units 13D, 14A, 14C, require guided nonresidents to have a guide-client agreement prior to applying for a drawing hunt.
Unit 14C, change nonresident drawing hunt in Twentymile/Lake George area to registration hunt. Not effective until 2012.
Unit 15C, registration goat hunt RG365, open hunt to limited nonresident participation.
Unit 11, convert bag limit for residents to full-curl rams only.
Statewide-prohibit the feeding of dall sheep, including the use of mineral supplements (salt licks).
Statewide-prohibit the alteration of ram horns prior to sealing.
Unit 1(A), Unit 1(B), that portion south of Bradfield Canal and the east fork of the Bradfield River, and Unit 3, extend wolf hunting season to May 31. The change will be effective for May 2011.
Units 9 and 10, extend season to end June 30, new season dates Aug. 10 – June 30.
Units 7 and 15, Kenai Peninsula, align bag limit for hunting wolves to 5 wolves per season both inside and outside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Unit 16A, modify bag limit to10 per season, only up to 5 per day.
Units 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 1415, 16, and 17, increase hunting bag limit to no bag limit.
Unit 1A, the Margaret Creek drainage within one-quarter mile of Margaret Creek downstream from the mouth of Margaret Lake to the mouth of the creek, is closed to the taking of black bears and brown bears;
Unit 1C, Juneau area, redefine boundary of area closed to hunting near Glacier Highway. New closed area boundary is now the northern bank of Peterson Creek, instead of mile 23.3.
Statewide-prohibit the falsifying of information on harvest reports.
If a nonresident hunter is using a resident second-degree-kindred relative as a guide, the resident second-degree-kindred relative must have in possession a valid Alaska big game hunting license and must personally accompany the nonresident hunter.
“personally accompany” means staying within 100 yards of the person being accompanied at the point where an attempt to take game is made.
Units 1 – 5, align and lengthen trapping season for region, Nov. 10 – April 30.
Units 9 and 17, lengthen trapping season to Oct. 10 – May 31.
Unit 16, eliminate sealing requirement.
Unit 9B, lengthen trapping season by one month, Nov. 10 – March 31.
MINK AND WEASEL
Unit 1C, that portion west of Excursion Inlet and north of Icy Passage, allow the use of snares larger than 1/32 set out of water if they are constructed with ADF&G style noose stop/breakaway and a diverter wire;
Unit 2, wolves taken by trapping must be sealed within 14 days.
Unit 9, extend season to end June 30, new season dates Aug. 10 – June 30.
Unit 10, extend season to end June 30, new season dates Nov. 10 – June 30.
Unit 9B, lengthen trapping season by one month, Nov. 10 – March 31.
Unit 1C, add the Treadwell ditch Trail to the list of trails with trapping restrictions.
Unit 5(A), the Yakutat area, trapping is prohibited by using snares or Conibear traps larger than 280, in the following areas:
(A) within 500 yards of permanent residences in Yakutat city limits;
(B) 500 yards inland from the mean high tide line between the intersection of Coast Guard Beach Road and the coast, and a point 1/2 mile south of the intersection of Cannon Beach Road and the coast, locally known as "the barge";
(C) 150 yards on either side of Cannon Beach Road; and
(D) 50 yards on either side of the Train Trail
STATEWIDE TRAPPING CHANGES
Define “ADF&G style noose stop/breakaway” to mean specifically that the cable is severed at a point that is 10.0 inches to 10.5 inches from the cable end stop and then reattached with a double ferrule, and “diverter wire” means a wire designed to divert non-target species that is attached to a snare so that the diverter wire extends at least 28 inches from the snare loop and is perpendicular to the loop.
PREDATOR CONTROL CHANGES
Unit 16B, update existing control plan and add brown bear control to the area. Taking of brown bears over bait and with bucket snares will be allowed under a control permit. In effect in late May at the earliest. Check with Palmer ADF&G for more details.
Unit 17, adopt new control plan for wolves.