JUNEAU - Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in Douglas have announced an early closure to the moose hunting season to maintain an adequate bull-to-cow ratio during the breeding period.
The closure is currently in effect and has been since Sunday, Oct. 3 at 11:59 p.m.
According to the release from the organization, the closure applies to an area in Game Management Unit 1(C) west of Excursion Inlet and north of Icy Passage. It is commonly referred to as the Gustavus hunt area. This area is managed under the RM049 registration permit.
A guideline harvest objective of 15 bull moose was established by ADF&G officials for this area and as of Friday, Oct. 1, 13 bulls were reportedly harvested. In anticipation that the harvest will meet or exceed the 15 bull moose guideline harvest level, the hunt is being closed to prevent additional animals from being taken.
All other moose hunting regulations in Unit 1(C) remain unchanged and are not affected by the emergency order.