Changes made in Prince of Wales deer hunting

Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) The Federal Subsistence Board has made some changes for the 2003-2004 season in hunting deer on Prince of Wales Island.

The board decided this month to close deer hunting on the island from Aug. 1 to Aug. 21 to hunters who are not federally qualified as subsistence users.

Evidence indicates that the deer population on the island has declined, and competition from non-subsistence users has increased, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The closure will remain in effect for one year. In the meantime, a long-term solution will be sought, officials said.

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