Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, April 12, 2002

Safari Club fund-raiser coming

The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of the Safari Club International will hold its annual Midnight Sun dinner and sportsman fund-raiser auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. April 20 at the Soldotna Sports Center. The cost is $35, and all proceeds will benefit the chapter's conservation efforts and scholarship fund.

For more information, contact Bob Hammer at 262-9870 or 398-9032.

Black bear baiting permits available

Permits for black bear baiting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will be available beginning Monday. 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.

Troopers out at Arctic Man competition

FAIRBANKS -- Alaska State Troopers have assigned 14 troopers to make sure the crowd doesn't get out of hand at the 17th annual Arctic Man competition.

Up to 12,000 spectators and snowmachiners were expected at the three-day event which runs through Saturday at Summit Lake near Paxson.

The competition features a combination of skiing and snowmobiling in which competitors approach speeds of up to 90 miles an hour.

The 14 troopers will be rotating through eight hour shifts, patrolling the grounds with snowmachines and four-wheelers.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said they would be looking for any reckless behavior and enforcing drunk driving laws -- both on the road and off.

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