Hunting & Fishing

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

Fishing On The Kuskokwim This Summer

May 10, 2019
Katie Basile

This year, like last year, there will be severe restrictions on the number of king salmon harvested out of the Kuskokwim River. Aaron Tiernan manages the Kuskokwim fisheries for the state. He says that biologists are predicting that 132,000 kings will swim up the river this summer, about the same number as last year. 

“There’s still going to be restrictions. Doesn’t matter who the lead agency is, there’s still going to be some sort of restrictions on subsistence fishery. We still need to achieve escapement goals and we still need to think about the future,” said Tiernan.

National Park Service

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is asking hunters to avoid harvesting moose wearing radio collars in Game Unit 18 along the Yukon River. The department is conducting a study of moose in the area, and biologists will be tranquilizing a portion of the animals to attach tracking collars. The sedatives used to immobilize the moose may remain in the meat for up to 30 days, and that meat should not be consumed.

A pack of wild dogs take down a yearling muskox outside Toksook Bay on March 19, 2019.
Jimmie Lincoln

Last week, KYUK reported on something that could be unprecedented. Wild dogs behaved as a pack and took down a yearling muskox a couple miles outside the community of Toksook Bay. Villagers have hunted down many of the dogs in the pack.

A pack of wild dogs take down a yearling muskox outside Toksook Bay on March 19, 2019.
Jimmie Lincoln

Jimmie Lincoln wanted to get out of town, so he jumped on his snowmachine and took off. Less than two miles later, he came upon something he calls “unbelievable.”

Jim Dau / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

One of the most exclusive animal hunts in the United States happens on a small corner of Alaska on the Bering Sea. On two subarctic islands live herds of a large, prehistoric mammal that roamed the tundra during the last Ice Age. Muskoxen are prized for their fatty, flavorful meat and soft, warm fur. Every year, thousands of people apply online for less than 200 winter permits to hunt them in Alaska. Or, for the truly devoted, you can travel to Bethel to sign up in person. KYUK talked to some of the men who slept in a parking lot during the darkest and coldest part of the winter to get their names on that short list.

Dip Nets Any Time On Kuskokwim

Jan 25, 2019
Katie Basile / KYUK

Fishing on the Kuskokwim River may look a little different this summer. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has signed off on dip nets as a legal gear type for the river. Previously, dip nets were only used on the Kuskokwim when there was a closure for king salmon. During those conservation closures, fishermen could use dip nets so that any kings that were caught could be released live back into the river. With this decision, made at a meeting last week, the Alaska Board of Fisheries is allowing the use of dip nets during normal salmon openings. 

Former Bethel City Council member Mary Peltola gave her opinion about half of this year's city council candidates being women.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Mary Peltola, Executive Director of the Kuskokwim Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, spoke with KYUK’s Christine Trudeau last week about the importance of maintaining a link to Yup’ik cultural values in her life. The former House District 38 Representative feels that keeping a positive outlook is especially important when facing potential challenges in the times ahead. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.


Caribou On The Roof Christmas Night?

Dec 24, 2018
Chris Pike

Caribou are and have been an important resource for the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for at least 28 years. On Christmas Eve, KYUK takes time to learn about the reindeer’s close cousin: the caribou.

The state of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

A man from Massachusetts has pled guilty to what a state prosecutor is calling “one of the worst Fish and Game violations the state has seen this year.” The man is convicted of leaving an entire bull moose in the field and taking only the antlers.

National Park Service

It’s illegal to sell big game meat in Alaska, but sales of subsistence foods are a constant presence on the social media site and regulations governing the trade of these foods can be inconsistent and confusing. Recently, a Bethel man has been ordered to appear in court for advertising moose meat for sale on Facebook.