Hunting & Fishing

Stories related to subsistence/commercial/sport hunting, fishing, gathering activities.


Alaska’s commercial fishermen have been speaking out against big trawlers for years, complaining that the large vessels in federal waters are scooping up mature and juvenile fish. The regional council that manages federal fisheries recently heard from hundreds of people who were concerned about the number of salmon and other species that end up as bycatch in trawl nets. 


Danny Nelson

Hunters along the lower Kuskokwim River have been reporting an abundance of ptarmigan this year, after a relative dearth of the birds in years prior. But whether that’s because there are actually more ptarmigan or if people are just seeing more of them is unclear. 

Agnew::Beck Consulting

It’s spring, and fishery managers want to hear from Kuskokwim River subsistence fishermen and fisherwomen about their concerns for the coming fishing season.

Kuskokwim king salmon caught near Bethel, Alaska on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

The size of king salmon returning to Western Alaska rivers to spawn has been decreasing over the past few decades. Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks think that they’re closer to understanding why. 

Moose in the Game Unit 18 Remainder being counted during an aerial survey.

If you’ve harvested two moose from the Game Unit 18 Remainder along the lower Yukon River, you can harvest another. The Federal Subsistence Board has approved a proposal to increase the bag limit from two moose to three. The three-moose limit is in effect from April 1 to April 30.

Kuskokwim king salmon caught near Bethel, Alaska on June 12, 2018.
Katie Basile / KYUK

State and federal fishery managers are waiting on more information to determine which government entity will have the authority to manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River this summer.

National Park Service

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.

Caribou roaming near Denali.

Hunting for Mulchatna caribou is closed on both state and federal lands. Game managers hope that the closure will help the herd grow after years of decline.

Julie McWilliams

Chickens in Bethel, beware. A string of attacks have left dozens of the birds dead in the hub community. Chicken coop keepers are calling it a massacre. 

The opening for federally qualified subsistence users for king salmon will be from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Monday, June 12.
Dave Cannon

A fishing trawl survey in the Bering Sea appears to have documented some fish stock changes caused by the warming climate. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, has been conducting trawl surveys of the northern Bering Sea since 2003.