Winter moose in 17B, C opens Dec 1

Nov 18, 2014

Time to uncover the boats?

Area 17B and C hunters who were not successful in the fall moose hunt will have a chance to take a crack at a winter moose starting December 1.

"To participate in the hunt, you have to come to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and get a permit," said Neil Barten, the wildlife biologist at the Dillingham office. "We also go the villages of New Stu, Koliganek, Ewok, and Manokotak and issue permits in person."

Barten was on his way to New Stuyahok when KDLG News spoke with him Tuesday morning.

Quite a few fall registration permits have yet to be returned, according to Barten, which could prevent those hunters from taking part this December.

"They need to report on their fall moose hunt before they can get this winter permit," said Barten. "So if they come into our office and we haven't had a report yet, we won't give them a permit until we get the report from them."

The winter hunt has a few stipulations different from the fall hunt, some of which are not included in the Fish and Game hunting regs book.

"This RM585 winter permit for 17B and C is good for both of these sub-units, but it is not legal to hunt in the Iowithla River drainage," said Barten. "That area is closed to this winter permit, as is the area within one half mile to either side of Aleknagik Lake Road."

The hunt runs from sun-up on December 1 till sundown on December 31. Permits are available to pick up in person at the Fish and Game office in Dillingham.