FAIRBANKS — Hunters who haven’t bagged a moose yet this fall will get another shot starting Monday, assuming they can get to where the moose are before things freeze up.
A registration permit hunt for antlerless moose in portions of Game Management Unit 20A opens on Oct. 1. The areas open to hunting are zones 4B, 5B and 6B, all of which are located in the mountains between the Wood River on the west and the Delta River on the east. The remaining hunt zones (1, 2, 3, 4A, 5A, 6A and 7) are closed.
The harvest quota for the hunt has yet to be determined but will probably be somewhere around 100 moose, state wildlife biologist Don Young at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.
The overall 2012 harvest goal for antlerless moose in unit 20A is 225 moose and Young said he expects a harvest of about 100 to 150 moose in August and September drawing permit hunts, some of which are still open.
“Once we the drawing permit results in, that will determine the winter quota,” Young said.
Individual hunt zone harvest quotas will be based on the number of moose estimated in the zone and the number of antlerless moose taken in the fall drawing permit hunts. The quotas will be announced in early October after the hunt has started.
Hunt areas will be closed by emergency order when harvest goals are met, or by Nov. 30, whichever occurs first.
Access into the hunt areas depends on when rivers freeze up and when snow falls. Rivers bordering and inside the hunt areas usually don’t freeze until late October to early November, and there typically isn’t enough snow coverage for snowmachines until mid- to late November.
A map of the hunting area is printed on the back of the permit and detailed descriptions of hunt areas are available online at www.adfg.alaska.gov. Permits are available at Fish and Game offices in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Glennallen, Tok, Palmer, Anchorage, Soldotna and Homer.
The hunt is limited to Alaska residents only, and only one permit per household is allowed. Taking cows accompanied by calves is prohibited in the hunt.
No decision has been made yet concerning a registration hunt for antlerless moose in unit 20B surrounding Fairbanks.
Contact outdoors editor Tim Mowry at 459-7587.