Refuge hunters should check regulations

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2001

August is a favorite month with Kenai Peninsula hunters. Open season for many types of both big and small game begins this month and continues into September.

Small game hunting opened on most areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Aug. 10. Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area opens to archery hunting only for small game Oct. 1.

Waterfowl hunting season begins Sept. 1. Hunters are reminded that both a federal and state migratory bird hunting stamp are required in addition to a state hunting license.

Caribou, Dall sheep and mountain goat permit hunts opened Aug. 10 as well. State drawing permits are required in many locations and for certain species. A caribou registration hunt also is available in game management unit 15b for this season.

General moose hunting opened Monday and will remain open through Sept. 20.

Game management units 7 and 15 maintain the antler restriction changes that have been in place in previous years.

Bull moose must have a spike or forked antler on one side, or be an older moose with an antler spread of 50 inches or more, or have at least three brow tines on each side.

Sheep and moose hunters are reminded that the Fuller Lakes Trail remains closed to horse and pack animal use. Horse users seeking alternative routes to portions of the Kenai Mountains usually accessible by Fuller Lakes Trail should contact refuge headquarters.

Pilots need to be aware that the Federal Aviation Administration has established a 2,000-foot minimum altitude advisory for aircraft flying over Kenai National Wildlife Refuge lands. Operation of aircraft that results in harassment of wildlife or hunters is a violation.

Refuge lands around the refuge headquarters, including Ski Hill Road and most of the area between Headquarters Lake and Slikok Lake, are closed to all hunting for visitor safety. This area contains a visitor center, interpretive trails and popular day-use trails.

For additional information about various hunting regulations, refuge access regulations or fall outdoor recreation opportunities, call the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 262-7021.

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