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Fall brown bear season opens this weekend

Posted: September 14, 2012 - 12:03am

SITKA — The brown bear hunting season in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU 4) opens Saturday, Sept. 15.

The season is scheduled to run through Dec. 31.

Hunters must obtain a locking big game tag, valid hunting license and current registration permit (RB077) before hunting. The registration permit is valid for taking one brown bear in GMU 4 which includes Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Islands.

As in previous years, nonresident and alien hunters must be accompanied by a guide. Successful hunters must report their kill to the ADF&G office in Sitka or Douglas within 10 days of the kill date. The entire hide (with claws attached) and skull must be salvaged. Evidence of sex ([filtered word] sheath or vaginal opening) must remain naturally attached to the hide until it is sealed. The unfrozen hide and skull must be sealed within 30 days of the kill date. Hunters may harvest one brown bear every four regulatory years in GMU 4.

All permitted hunters, regardless if they hunted or not, must return hunt reports to the department by close of business on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Hunters who fail to report by the required date will not be eligible to receive permits during the next regulatory year. Additionally, the hunter’s name will be released to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for possible enforcement action.

Contact the Sitka area office at 747-5449, for more information.

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