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Hunting & Fishing

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

Salmon caught during the June 24, 2017 gillnet opening on the Kuskokwim.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media

Christmas may have come early for subsistence fishermen looking toward next season on the Kuskokwim River as biologists expect a healthy king salmon run there this summer. The preliminary estimate calls for 140,000 to 190,000 kings to swim up the Kuskokwim River in 2018.

James Charles of Tuntutuliak (left) and Ray Oney of Alakanuk (right) receive the ADF&G Excellence in Service Award at the Alaska Board of Game meeting in November 2017.
Sherry Wright / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Every year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game awards five people serving on their advisory committees an “Excellence in Service” certificate to honor their dedication, advocacy, and leadership. This year, three of those five people are from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Ray Oney of Alakanuk, James Charles of Tuntutuliak, and Barbara Carlson of Sleetmute.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Tuntutuliak elder James Charles as a "Conservation Hero" at the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention for his more than 50 years of partnership with the federal service.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

When there’s a meeting on the Kuskokwim concerning fish or wildlife, Tuntutuliak elder James Charles is usually at the table. He’s been at that table for decades, kindly looking at managers over his glasses and offering a guiding voice. At the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized Charles as a “Conservation Hero.”


Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Jaimie Kassman and Thad Tikiun will continue to represent fish and game users on the Bethel Fish and Game Advisory Committee. Both were re-elected to the body on Tuesday for three-year terms, and Kassman was appointed as Chair.

National Park Service

A group that helps inform the regulatory process for state fish and game issues will be holding elections on Tuesday, October 24 in Bethel.

A woman from Alakanuk was accidentally shot and killed during a moose hunt on Wednesday night.

Fishing skiff in Marshall, Alaska.
Danielle Ringer / Alaska Department of Fish and Game

After a banner season, the silver salmon run in the lower Yukon River is over unless there is another huge plug of fish. But Fish and Game biologists say that that’s highly unlikely. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

It's been a good year on the Yukon for fishing, and an abundance of salmon are currently swimming up the river.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Moose season began the first day of the month, and many hunters have already harvested their quota of one antlered bull moose.

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Bethel’s shooting range provides a place for hunters to sight in their rifles before moose hunting, for kids to learn gun safety, and for law enforcement to practice gun training. It’s also a place where Bethel Sportsman’s Club members compete for trophies. In late August the club held a .22 rifle shooting competition where Travis Burks took first place.


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