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Season Opener For Musk Ox Stranded On Ice Floes

May 13, 2021

The musk ox get stranded on the ice floes after wandering onto the sea ice during breakup.
Credit Len Radin / Via Flickr

On May 13, the state will open hunting season for musk ox stranded on ice floes in Unit 18. The musk ox get stranded on the ice floes after wandering onto the sea ice during breakup.

Most of the musk ox can be found in the coastal waters near Nunivak Island and Nelson Island. Residents don’t need a permit or a tag to participate in the hunt, and can take up to two musk ox. Hunters must submit a photo verifying that the musk ox were taken from a free-floating ice floe surrounded by sea water. Photos should be submitted to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game within 48 hours of harvesting. Musk ox season is set to close on June 30.