The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced brown bear hunting season opens March 15 in Game Management Unit 4 (GMU4) with two registration hunts, RB088 and RB089. GMU 4 includes Sitka, Pelican, Elfin Cove, Hoonah, Tenakee Springs and Admiralty Island.
Before registering, hunters must have a valid hunting license and big game locking tag. Hunters may register at a Fish and Game office or online at www.adfg.alaska.gov.
The hunts open together but have different closing dates. Inside drainages, RB089, close May 20, while outside drainages, RB088, close May 31. Hunters may refer to the 2009-10 Hunting Regulations or GMU4 online maps for boundary clarifications.
Hunters may only harvest one brown bear every four regulatory years in Southeast Alaska. All successful bear hunters must report to an ADF&G office within 10 days of kill and present their completed hunt report and unfrozen bear hide and skull to ADF&G for sealing within 30 days of kill. Evidence of sex must remain naturally attached to the hide until it is sealed. Hunters who are unsuccessful or unable to hunt must report by close of business June 15.
For more information, call the Sitka office at (907) 747-5449.