The Lower Kuskokwim Moose hunt will close tonight at 11:59 p.m. Both state and federal managers anticipate that the harvest of 100 antlered bull moose will be met today. The moose have been harvested all along the river in Unit 18.
Phillip Perry is the State’s Area Management biologist for Unit 18.
“Boy, it’s spread out all the way from Kalskag to by Tunt[utuliak] and up a couple of the tributaries,” Perry says. “I haven’t mapped it but it’s all kind of the usual places.”
The hunt’s quota includes 81 bull moose on state land and 19 bull moose on federal land. In the first few days of the hunt, harvests were tracking the same as previous years but Perry says that has picked up. As of 11 a.m., 77 bulls had been taken.
“You know it hasn’t been great weather but it hasn’t been really bad weather,” Perry says. “I think that helps. And I hope that there’s more moose out there so we harvest the quota a little faster.”
The last time the state conducted an aerial moose counting survey was 2011. They hope to do one this fall but that requires the right conditions including a good snow fall followed by adequate flying weather.
The Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge is on board with the closure on federal land. They anticipate that the federal quota of 19 bulls will be met by the end of today.