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Alaska Sets Stage to Restrict Do-It-Yourself Nonresident Bear Hunting

November 16, 2010.

Citing concerns about black bear numbers in some parts of Southeast Alaska, the Alaska Board of Game has adopted a drawing permit hunt for nonresident black bear hunters who do not hunt with guides.

If you've been thinking about a do-it-yourself Alaska bear hunt, such as the one I'll be doing on Prince of Wales island in June, 2011, you'll want to be aware of this.

Hunters who employ a guide are not affected by the new regulation.

Department of Fish and Game staff provided data that apparently showed a significant increase in black bear harvest over the past decade was attributed to nonresident hunters — apparently we're highly-proficient killing machines. In a few parts of Southeast Alaska, harvests and sightings of black bears have declined, possibly indicating local declines in populations.

Although the drawing permit hunt applies to all of Southeast except Unit 4 (Admiralty-Baranof-Chichagof Islands) and Unit 5 (Yakutat), the Board’s action allows the Department flexibility to restrict harvest only in those areas where conservation concerns exist.

The drawing permit hunt will go into effect in 2012 – 2013 hunting season.

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