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Staying safe and legal while hunting for moose

Published: Sep. 4, 2020 at 8:26 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Moose hunting in Alaska opened on Tuesday, September 1. Thousands of hunters from around the Interior will be venturing out into the woods to find their prize and provide meat for the long winter. Tony Hollis, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said hunters need to take safety precautions to ensure they and those around them are safe.

He encourages anyone who is going into the woods to make sure they have proper gear for all types of weather. He said it can be cold or hot, rainy or dry, and having the right gear is essential in having a successful hunt. He also says to make sure hunters have a plan, and let someone know where they are going and when they will be, and to bring some sort of satellite communication if possible. Hollis said that if some one is going to an area that sees lots of traffic, wearing high visibility is a good idea to make sure other hunters can see them.

Hollis added that people need to know the regulations for the area they are going to be in, “There is a hunting regulation booklet that they can read through, it has all the rules and regulations, where you are allowed to harvest. If you are having difficulty knowing the regulations, you can stop by our office, we have people at the front desk who can help you understand the regulations if you can’t figure them out.” If anyone does accidentally break a rule, Hollis encourages them to immediately notify the Alaska Wildlife Troopers to get it fixed.

He said that the Fish and Game office also has information about moose populations and areas where hunting may be good. He said people can talk with biologist about particular hunting regions.

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