Spring brown bear season now open

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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Buckwheat Classic registration opens

Registration is now open for the 31st annual Buckwheat Ski Classic. The cross-country ski race will be held on March 25 on the Log Cabin Ski Trails north of Skagway and include 50K, 25K and 10K classic races as well as a 5K kids race.

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Unit 4 fur season to end

The season for marten, mink, weasel and river otter in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands) ended Wednesday. Beaver season remains open through April 30.

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Fireside Lecture on Southeast’s ancient shorelines

Geologist Jim Baichtal will discuss revising old theories regarding how life adapted to Southeast Alaska’s ancient ice sheets during today’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

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