Hunting & Fishing

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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will close the entire Kuskokwim River drainage, including all tributaries, to sport fishing for king salmon from May 1 through July 25.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

Kuskokwim river subsistence fishermen should receive more fishing openings for chinook salmon this summer than they had last year.

Salmon drying on a Kuskokwim fish rack.
Shane Iverson / KYUK

Last week the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group unanimously passed recommendations to state and federal managers for the 2017 summer fishing season.

Emperor Goose in Gibson Cove
Lisa Hupp / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The subsistence emperor goose hunt expected to open April 2 will bring more than meat and a resumed tradition to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta. In some communities, it will also bring jobs.

Eric Taylor with the USFWS Division of Migratory Bird Management addresses the AVCP Waterfowl Conservation Committee on March 20, 2017 on the coming Emperor Goose hunt.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

After 30 years of waiting and conserving, residents of the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta will be able to hunt emperor geese again next month. Wildlife managers and hunters are standing by for the federal government to release the official notice. Then residents will continue a tradition that’s skipped a generation.

New Generation May Taste Emperor Goose

Mar 17, 2017

The Association of Village Council Presidents begins a co-management meeting today, March 20, in Bethel to discuss the upcoming harvest season for ducks and geese. Along with more than a dozen community representatives, biologists and managers from the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge will be here to put together recommendations for the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management Council.

Akiak Calls For Stricter Limits On Kuskokwim Kings

Mar 17, 2017

The State Department of Fish and Game has announced its estimate for the Kuskokwim River Chinook Salmon run, and the Akiak Native Community has petitioned for a federal takeover of the river's fishery of not only kings, but also reds, chums and silvers. A press release from the state projects a Kuskokwim king run of between 132.000 and 220,000 fish and says that there "may be enough Chinook salmon to provide for escapement" because the average subsistence take is  84,000 and the escapement goal is from 65,000 to 120,000 fish. 

Scientist Puzzled Over Declining King Salmon Runs

Mar 14, 2017
Shane Iverson / KYUK

The statewide study of king salmon decline has not yielded any definitive conclusions. The results of the three-year study of the incidental catch of Chinooks showing up in the state's commercial salmon fisheries ended with no real information about kings headed into the Bering Sea.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Instead of eating musk ox, a Bethel resident is headed to court. Peter A. Webber shot a bull musk ox when he had a permit only to shoot a cow. Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited the 35-year-old for taking a bull musk ox in the Game Management Unit 18 Nelson Island Registration Hunt. Webber, who came forward and reported the mistake, is summoned to the Bethel District Court on March 20. The carcass was donated to charity.

King salmon
Craig Springer, UFWS / Flickr Creative Commons

There may be fewer King Salmon on the Kuskokwim River this summer than hoped, and some residents want to meet with state biologists now to figure out how best to manage both expectations and the fishery.