Fortymile Caribou Herd

Three caribou in the Fortymile Herd range, in a photograph captured by department staff.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has called off registration permit hunt RC867 — the resident-only state winter Fortymile Caribou hunt in units 20B, 20D, 20E, 20F and 25C — after the 2019–20 annual harvest quota was met. The hunt was due to open Oct. 27.

The department may reverse this decision. If it is determined that a portion of the Yukon, Canada, harvest allocation for the Fortymile herd is unlikely to be taken before the end of its winter hunt, a state winter hunt in Alaska may be announced before March 31.

The federal subsistence hunt, open only to federally-qualified subsistence hunters on federal public lands, will open on Nov. 1. Federally-qualified subsistence hunters may now obtain permits online, at ADF&G offices and at vendors in Central, Tok and Eagle.

Contact staff writer Alistair Gardiner at 459-7575. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMoutdoors.