Bison hunters can use radios, cell phones

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

FAIRBANKS - Bison hunters in Alaska will be allowed to use cell phones, two-way radios and satellite phones to improve their success rate and help reduce damage to crops in the Delta Junction area.

The Alaska Board of Game voted Wednesday to allow radio communications for bison hunters, a change that board members told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner would legalize what was likely already a common practice.

A Delta bison permit is the most coveted drawing permit hunt in Alaska. The hunt attracts approximately 15,000 applications each year at $10 apiece and the state issues only about 100 permits, depending on herd size.

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