The Unit 18 Lower Kuskokwim fall moose hunt has been closed since Saturday at midnight. State and federal game managers closed the hunt early—on the 8th instead of the 10th—because they thought they would soon be reaching their harvest goal of 100 antlered bulls. As of Wednesday, 98 harvests had been reported to managers, 81 on state land and 17 on federal land.
Managers anticipate that a few more harvest reports will trickle in bringing them to their full quota.
This was the fourth year of the fall hunt on the Lower Kuskokwim, following a five year moratorium. Nearly 1,400 permits were handed out.
Hunters who caught are required to report their catches within 24 hours by calling the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office in Bethel.
However, all permit holders are required to report even if they didn’t catch. The deadline for hunters who didn’t catch is September 17. Hunters can either fill out their harvest postcard and mail it in or they can go on-line to Fish and Game’s website and report there.