The Federal Subsistence Board is requesting comments about proposed changes to caribou and moose hunting on public lands in Units 23 and 26A during a meeting today.
The proposal is from the Northwest Arctic Subsistence Regional Advisory Council and would close caribou and moose hunting to nonfederally qualified subsistence hunters on federal lands during August and September. The goal is to provide more hunting opportunities for rural communities that rely on subsistence to offset the high cost of living.
While the impacted areas are in Western Alaska, the changes would impact Interior residents who travel west to hunt.
Comments from the Wednesday meeting will be forwarded to the board, who will further discuss and take action on the issue in 2022.
The telephonic meeting will be held from 4-6 p.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 17. To call in, dial 888-942-9690. The meeting passcode is 6071806.