Game Board to double caribou limit in one area

Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2008

FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Board of Game will allow bow hunters to take two bulls instead of one during the caribou early season inside the Dalton Highway Management Corridor north of the Brooks Range.

The new limit takes effect July 1 north of 244 Mile on the Dalton Highway in game management unit 26B.

The game board's decision on Tuesday came on day five of an 11-day meeting in Fairbanks to consider changes to hunting and trapping regulations in the Interior.

Despite the 400-mile drive north, the Dalton Highway hunt is popular because it is one of the few road-accessible caribou hunts in Alaska that doesn't require a special permit. However, bow hunters must pass a shooting test to be eligible for the hunt.

Bow hunters, which were allowed one bull caribou under the old rules, are allowed to shoot caribou within five miles of the road. Rifle hunters, which are allowed two, must hike at least five miles from the road before shooting an animal.

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