For the first time in many years, a registration hunt is planned for brown bears in Game Management Units 7 and 15 on the Kenai Peninsula. The hunt opens Oct. 1.
Permits will be available beginning Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices in Homer and Soldotna. The hunt is open to residents and non-residents; non-residents must be accompanied by a guide.
For the past five years, brown bear hunting on the Kenai Peninsula has been available through a drawing system. At the January 2012 meeting, the Alaska Board of Game changed this system to a registration hunt. Hunters awarded a Kenai brown bear drawing permit for 2012 can still hunt as planned, unless the season closes by emergency order.
Hunters interested in participating should contact the Soldotna ADF&G office at 907-262-9368 during normal business hours for hunt information.
This hunt may close prior to the scheduled date (Nov. 30), so it is critical that hunters call prior to going afield. A message at 907-260-2905 will update hunters on the hunt’s status. Please listen to the complete message before hanging up.