JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has extended the deadline for permit hunt applications submitted by mail to Dec. 15.
"As a result of a delay in distribution, application materials arrived late to license vendors," said Pat Valkenburg, Deputy Commissioner of Fish and Game. "The department is concerned that hunters will not have adequate time to complete the mail-in applications and have them postmarked by the Nov. 30 date (Tuesday) specified in the Permit Hunt Supplement. We were already working on a tight schedule since printing could not begin until all changes resulting from the October Game Board meeting were made to permit hunt supplements and application forms."
Printed application materials have been arriving at department offices and license vendors over the past week, and those locations which have not yet received the supplement, should be getting them in the next couple of days.
The deadline for applying online for these hunts remains the same, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. All the application materials are available online at adfg.state.ak.us. Hunters are encouraged to apply online whenever possible to ensure applications are received by the department. Last year, the department received about 80 percent of all permit applications online.
Hunters interested in hunting Nelchina caribou should take note: The department provided additional information about the Community Harvest Program for Nelchina caribou hunting on Nov. 23, on the department website. This information will help hunters to decide which of the three options for hunting Nelchina caribou will be most suitable for them in 2011. The three options are: the Copper Basin Community Harvest Program, a Tier I registration hunt and drawing permit hunts. Information on the Tier I and drawing permit hunts is included in the Permit Hunt Supplements. Copies may be requested from the Commissioner's Office at 465-4100.