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Outdoors Digest

Posted: January 20, 2012 - 12:02am

Hunters reminded to submit harvest tickets

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reminding those with deer harvest tags to submit hunt reports, even if no deer were harvested and the hunter did not hunt.

According to the ADF&G, deer hunt reports must be submitted within 15 days after taking the legal bag limit or within 15 days after the close of the season. Federally qualified users must submit the report within 15 days after the close of the federal season.

Deer hunt reports may be submitted either by using the paper report card, which was distributed with deer harvest tickets, or by reporting online at http://hunt.alaska.gov.

According to a release from the ADF&G, the information gathered will allow the department to better estimate the number of deer harvested. It also helps managers to assess how deer populations are doing, identify what hunting areas are important to communities and evaluate how deer hunting may be affected by other resource users. Additionally, this information is used by the Alaska Board of Game and Federal Subsistence Board to evaluate seasons and bag limits of deer.

Tracks and Signs program begins again Saturday

The Juneau Audubon Society and Naturalist Kevin O’Malley are continuing their third winter of Tracks and Signs programs beginning Saturday, Jan. 21.

This winter animal tracking and natural history season will meet once per month. Our goal is to study and discover the relationship between mammals and birds to their environment.

The next Tracks and Signs walk will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the West Glacier trailhead just past skaters’ cabin. Participants are asked to dress for the weather and be prepared to walk off trail. This is a free program. Elders are invited to share stories and families are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Women’s climbing class teaches basics of climbing

Local ladies are invited to participate in a beginning climbing class at the Rock Dump from 6:30-8 p.m. every Wednesday.

Learn the basics of rock climbing or refine climbing technique and train with a fun group of women. For details, call 586-4982.

Pack Creek bears the topic for Fireside lecture

The public is invited to a lecture on Admiralty Island’s brown bears tonight as part of this year’s Fireside Lecture series at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

A student intern program placed three Juneau youth alongside rangers among the bears who reside near Pack Creek on Admiralty Island. Students Martina Miller and Lynzey Culver join Pack Creek’s Harry Tullis to follow the humans and bears for a summer’s work.

Lectures begin at 6:30 and 8 p.m. As always, they are free and open to the public.

See photos on page C4

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