Game Board convenes in Bethel for 5-day meeting

BETHEL, Alaska (KTUU) - The Alaska Board of Game is convening in Bethel on Thursday for a multi-day meeting to consider a string of proposed changes to hunting regulations in the Arctic and Northwest regions of the state.

Some of the proposals up for debate come from within the Department of Fish and Game while others were submitted by local advisory committees, various advocacy groups and members of the general public. Most of them deal with small changes to hunting season dates and bag limits for the areas around Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue and Utqiagvik.

One item up for the board’s consideration is a proposal to open wolf hunting season one month earlier in a series of game management units 24-26, which encompasses much of Northern Alaska. According to the proposal, many hunters frequent these areas in late July but are unable to take opportunities to hunt wolves because the season only opens in August.

Another proposal seeks to add crossbows to the list of hunting weapons allowed in various game management areas and state game refuges with weapons restrictions. Many of these hunting areas allow regular bow and arrow hunting but not crossbows. The proposal argues that these restrictions apply mainly to the use of high-powered rifles and that crossbows should be exempted because they are similar in power and range to regular bows.

To read all the proposals and see a full copy of the Game Board’s meeting agenda, click HERE.

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