Game board gets report on hunt with new rules

Posted: Sunday, January 31, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska game board got an update Friday on the first year of a new moose and caribou hunt for eight Alaska Native villages.

Becky Schwanke with the Division of Wildlife Conservation says it looks like numbers for both moose and caribou in Game Unit 13 are under what was available to hunters, and that's a good thing. She says a bad thing is the number of hunters failing to file harvest reports.

Ahtna Inc., the regional corporation administering the hunt, says the Ahtna Community Hunt was a big success and hopes it is authorized again. Ahtna officials say they will work to improve the return rate of harvest reports.

Board members say one option is pulling next year's permits for Ahtna community hunters who fail to file the reports.

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