The act would require, through statute, that nonresident hunters have a hunting guide present to hunt caribou from the Western Arctic, Central Arctic, Porcupine, and Teshekpuk herds.
Recent proposals supported by the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group were rejected at a January 9th Department of Fish and Game meeting.
On December 19, the Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group voted to support changes to four different proposals on hunting regulations: most notably, the establishment of registration permit hunts within hunting units 21, 23, 24, and 26.
A new survey suggests the Western Arctic Caribou Herd is smaller than previously thought; it may impact the decision on whether to change hunting restrictions in Unit 23.
“I am addressing my way of life,” subsistence hunter Walter Sampson said at last week’s meeting in Kotzebue, wary of sport caribou hunters being allowed back into Unit 23.
The Federal Subsistence Board has closed Unit 23 to outside hunters this fall, but the yearlong ban hasn’t cleared up the controversy or confusion surrounding the hunt.
On Wednesday, the state officials asked the Federal Subsistence Board to reconsider the yearlong closure, which goes into effect on July 1.
Last week, the Federal Subsistence Board voted to close Unit 23 to all but local caribou hunters. The closure will last for one year.
The most contentious new rule requires caribou hunters to carry a harvest ticket with them while hunting. That’s according to Charlie Lean, chair of the Northern Norton Sound Advisory Committee.
With snow blanketing Nome in the last few weeks, Emily reflects on her first few skis in Nome and the last few winters she’s spent skiing around the state.