Deer season will open for bucks only in Unit 1 and Unit 4 on Monday, Aug. 1.
The season for does and bucks will begin on Thursday, Sept. 15.
According to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, deer surveys this spring indicate a continuing rebound in the population, especially south of Tenakee Inlet. Harvest of female deer in this area is not considered to be a concern.
A slower recovery is still evident in the Northeast Chichagof Controlled Use Area and at this time the department anticipates a doe closure for an additional season in this particular area. During the month of August, ADF&G staff will be working in the field, radio collaring deer, and retrieving collars that have dropped off for analysis on Northeast Chichagof. Deer hunters and forest users are reminded to be aware of Fish and Game staff while traveling in this area.
Hunters must have deer harvest tickets and a valid hunting license in their possession while hunting. Harvest tickets must be validated in sequential order and unused tickets must be carried while hunting.
Beginning this year, all hunters are required to submit a deer harvest report within 15 days of taking the bag limit, or 15 days after the close of the season, even if you did not hunt. In all hunts limited to one sex, evidence of sex must remain naturally attached to the meat or antlers must remain naturally attached to the entire carcass, with or without viscera.