Photo: Open season

Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Lucas Mullen returns from the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge empty9handed on the first morning of waterfowl season Wednesday. "It's crazy out there," Mullen exclaimed. A registration permit is needed to hunt the wetlands in addition to a hunting license and duck stamps for the Juneau Unit 1C area. The wetlands area is from Salmon Creek to the North Douglas boat ramp and across to Engineers Cutoff Road. Program technician Chris Frary, with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Wildlife Conservation, said "Hunters should pay attention to the shooting hours (half-hour before sunrise until sunset). A lot of them start shooting too early, and definitely when hunting in residential areas don't swing around and shoot towards houses." Hunters should also familiarize themselves with the Waterfowl Regulations book.

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