Fall brown bear season opens

The brown bear season in Game Management Unit 4 opened on Sept. 15 and is scheduled to run through Dec. 31. All permitted hunters, regardless of if they hunted or not, are required to return hunt reports to the Department of Fish and Game by Jan. 17, 2012.

Hunters must have a locking big game tag, a valid hunting license and current registration permit before hunting. The registration permit is valid for taking one brown bear in GMU 4. In order to minimize the potential for a reduced 2012 spring hunt, the fall hunt will adhere to management mortality guidelines. The total mortality target for this fall is 35 males and 8 females, or 43 bears in total.

Nonresident and alien hunters must be accompanied by a guide. Successful hunters must report their kill to the ADF&G office in Douglas or Sitka within 10 days of the kill date, and the entire hide and skull with claws attached must be salvaged. All permitted hunters who fail to return hunt reports, regardless of whether they hunted or not, will not be eligible to receive permits during the next regulatory year and their name will be released to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for possible enforcement action.

For more information, contact the Sitka area office at 747-5449.


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