Goat area hunt closes
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has closed the mountain goat bow hunt in area RG014 of Unit 1C, south and east of Little Sheep Creek.
The department declared the emergency closure starting Thursday after hunters had met the area's quota of seven points by killing two nannies and three billies. Nannies count for two points and billies are one point each.
The department encourages hunters to target billies, allowing for a higher sustainable harvest.
RG014 is that portion of Unit 1C draining to the south bank of Little Sheep Creek and into Gastineau Channel, Stephens Passage and Taku Inlet north of the Taku River and south and east of Little Sheep Creek.
King rules change
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Friday that the liberalized regulations for king salmon sport fishing in Southeast Alaska will revert to those outlined in the Southeast King Salmon Management Plan at the end of August.
The regulations were liberalized May 3 to provide anglers with greater harvest opportunity to meet the harvest allocation adopted by the Board of Fisheries. A daily bag and possession limit of four king salmon per day of any size is in effect until Aug. 31 for residents and nonresidents.
On Sept. 1 the regulations for the Terminal Harvest Area will revert to a bag and possession limit of two king salmon of 28 inches or greater in length and no annual limit for Alaska residents.
The harvest area includes Auke Bay, Fritz Cove and Gastineau Channel. A map can be found on the ADF&G Web site.
For nonresidents, the regulations will revert to a bag and possession limit of one king salmon of 28 inches or greater in length with an annual limit of three.
The region outside the Terminal Harvest Area will revert to those outlined in the Southeast King Salmon Management Plan starting Aug. 31.