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Hunting & Fishing

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

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.


Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Increased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management. KYUK met with the river’s newest data recruits to talk about this crucial job.


ADF&G Kuskokwim Area Management Biologist Aaron Tiernan flies an aerial king salmon survey over the Arolik River.
Aaron Tiernan

The Kuskokwim has a new Area Management Biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. You’ve heard his name a lot this summer on KYUK: Aaron Tiernan.

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

The Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission has passed a resolution to support creating a salmon production plan for the Kuskokwim.

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon

On Wednesday, the Kuskokwim River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission is leading a review of the fishing season behind us, and preparing for the one coming next summer.

Gillnet fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Aniak.
Dave Cannon / KYUK

Do the people along the Kuskokwim River want more salmon in its waters? If so, what measures would they allow to make that happen and what would they prohibit? These are questions that regional salmon management and fishing groups are asking the public to answer. Proponents say that doing so will strengthen residents’ control over their fish stocks.


National Park Service

If you prefer paper and pen to computers, then note that Friday, August 25 is the last day that hunters can register for the Kuskokwim’s RM615 moose hunt using a paper application and expect to receive a permit.

Maggie Bobby and Barb Carlson (left to right) have run a fish wheel near Sleetmute since 2015.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

With gillnet fishing limited to only a few days on the Kuskokwim for most of June and July, some people on the river turned to alternative ways of filling their smokehouses. KYUK traveled to Sleetmute this summer where two women were running a fish wheel.


Salmon harvested during the 12-hour Kuskokwim gillnet opening on June 24, 2017.
Teresa Cotsirilos / KYUK Public Media

The state has lifted subsistence fishing restrictions in the Kuskokwim River tributaries. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued the release Wednesday afternoon.

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