Hunting & Fishing

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

Wood Bison No. 124, seen here from the air, was illegally shot and killed January 27, 2017 near Quinhagak. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is calling the animal's death a setback for the Alaska Wood Bison Restoration Project.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

She was a wanderer. Instead of sticking with her herd, Wood Bison 124 headed out on her own, traveling hundreds of solitary miles from the Alaska Yukon, down the Kuskokwim, to the sea.

Friday, near Quinhagak, a bullet ended her journey.

National Park Service

For the past four days, the state Board of Game has been meeting in Bethel to come to a decision on proposed hunting regulations for the Arctic/Western Region of Alaska. Unit 18, the area surrounding Bethel, will see several changes in moose and bear hunting regulations. Phillip Perry is the Area Wildlife Biologist in Bethel, and recapped those decisions after the meeting on Sunday night.

National Park Service

The Alaska Board of Game is meeting at the Bethel Cultural Center this week to vote on hunting and trapping regulations for Alaska’s Arctic and Western Region. The meeting begins with a work session on Thursday and will be followed by a four-day regulatory meeting from Friday through Monday. The management units under consideration are Units 18, 22, 23, and 26A.

Middle Kuskokwim Ice Surveys Underway Ahead Of Plowing

Dec 14, 2016
Native Village of Napaimute

Communities along the Middle Kuskokwim are working together to establish a safe trail on the river ice, but it will be some time before a trail can be plowed through.

Dean Swope / KYUK

The University of Alaska Fairbanks published an article this month that says climate change is having a significant effect on subsistence and travel activities in Alaska. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Bethel Search and Rescue says that some trails are now open for hunting or traveling, due to the recent chill, but warn that not all trails are ready for full-time traffic.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Governor Walker recently announced the appointment of three new members to the Lower Yukon Advisory Panel.

Francis Thompson of St. Mary's, Matilda Oktoyuk of Emmonak, and Raymond Oney of Alakanuk have been appointed to the advisory panel. They will work with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to represent the interests of their communities in the management of the Yukon salmon fishery. They also manage the Yukon River Salmon Restoration and Enhancement Fund.

It Began With A Fish

Nov 10, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

It was a fish that sent anthropologist Paula Schiefer to Alaska. Now she's on her way back to the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, to write about her findings after spending the last six months studying the relationship between people and salmon on the Kuskokwim River. Schiefer told KYUK’s Adrian Wagner that the beginning of her journey can be traced to something that happened in Europe a few years back.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Caribou hunters in the YK Delta's Unit 18 can now fill both of their caribou tags with bulls at any time during the season. Managers say that this was done to simplify things for hunters, and because of the improving caribou population. 

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Two fishery proposals passed and two proposals failed at the Lower Kuskokwim Fish and Game Advisory Committee meeting Friday. The group consists of representatives from the lower Kuskokwim communities from the river’s mouth northeast to Tuluksak. The advisory group's work then goes to the state Board of Fish for a final decision.