The Federal Subsistence Board is considering a proposal to increase the moose bag limit in the Unit 18 Remainder Hunt Area along the lower Yukon River. The proposal would raise the bag limit to three moose from its current level of two from April 1 to April 30.
The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council requested the change. The council claims that the lower Yukon River moose population is too large for the local environment to support. “If this moose population is not reduced, it is at risk of crashing due to overbrowsing of available forage,” the council wrote in its proposal.
The council said that the extra harvest will help residents meet their subsistence needs following a lower than usual harvest of salmon along the Yukon and Kuskokowim Rivers in 2020 and following the shortened 2020 hunting season for Mulchatna caribou.
The Federal Subsistence Board is holding a teleconference on Tuesday, March 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to gather public comment on the moose bag limit proposal. To participate, dial toll-free (888) 566-1030, passcode 3344290.