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Spring brown bear season now open

Posted: March 16, 2012 - 12:10am

The brown bear hunting season opens March 15th in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU4) with two registration hunts; RB088 and RB089. Before hunting, hunters must have a valid hunting license and big game locking tag. Hunters may register at a Fish and Game office, or online at www.adfg.alaska.gov.

Both hunts open on March 15th but have different closing dates. Inside drainages (RB089) close May 20th, while outside drainages (RB088) close May 31st. For boundary clarifications please refer to the 2011-12 Hunting Regulations or GMU4 online maps.

Hunters may only harvest one brown bear every four regulatory years in Southeast, Alaska. All successful bear hunters must report to an ADF&G office within 10 days of kill and present their completed hunt report and unfrozen bear hide and skull to ADF&G for sealing within 30 days of kill. Evidence of sex must remain naturally attached to the hide until it is sealed. Hunters who are unsuccessful or unable to hunt must report by close of business June 15th, 2012.

Hunters are reminded GMU4 remains above the bear mortality levels established in the Brown Bear Management Strategy (BBMS). In particular, efforts must continue to keep the female mortality within the guidelines of the BBMS. For information about the BBMS or the bear hunting season, please call the Sitka office at 747-5449.

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