Black bear baiting permits available
Permits for black bear baiting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be available beginning April 15. Permits are free and can be obtained at the Refuge Headquarters in Ski Hill Road in Soldotna weekdays from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. All black bear hunters hunting over bait on the Refuge must obtain a permit.
Permits are issued for exclusive one-square mile areas within the portion of the refuge open to black bear baiting. Allocation of these areas is on a first come, first serve basis. The black bear baiting season on the refuge extends from May 1 to June 15. All bit stations, whether on or off the refuge, also must be registered with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Archers wishing to take a black bear over bait on the refuge must have completed an approved bowhunting course. Additionally, all hunters must have a valid Alaska hunting license and proof of completion of a bear hunter clinic in order to obtain a refuge bear baiting permit.
Fish and Game will offer this clinic on April 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kenai Peninsula Sports, Recreation and Trade Show.
For more information, contact Refuge Headquarters at 262-7021 or Fish and Game at 262-9368.
Safari club seeks young hunters
Hunters under the age of 16 who were successful during the 2001 season are eligible for a young hunter award from the Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Safari Club International.
Awards will be announced at the Midnight Sun dinner and sportsman fund-raiser auction slated for April 20 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
For more information and an application, contact Joe Hardy at 262-9881 or Lloyd Richardson at 283-9565.
-- Staff reports
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