Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, November 03, 2000

Public invited to Winter Kickoff at Tsalteshi Trails

The Tsalteshi Trails Association and Soldotna Community Schools are combining to hold a Winter Kickoff Extravaganza today at Skyview High School. The event is free and open to the general public.

The event starts at 4:15 p.m. in the Skyview commons, where an orienteering event will be explained. At 4:30, a one-hour orienteering competition will start. Participants can run, ski or snowshoe.

Following the orienteering event, there will be a 6 p.m. potluck dinner. Desert will be provided by Soldotna Community Schools. The Tsalteshi Trails Association also will hold a meeting and elect three board members.

Representatives from area ski shops, a wax company and a boot and ski company will be available to answer questions. Demo ski equipment will be available.

Sheep, moose hunters can draw for permits

Sheep hunters statewide and moose hunters looking for Koyukuk drawing permits can now apply for the fall 2001 season.

According to a news release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the application period for all drawing permit sheep hunts and for Koyukuk moose began Wednesday and continues through Dec. 6. All applications must be mailed and postmarked by Dec. 6. Forms are available at all Fish and Game offices statewide. Hunters also may apply via the Internet.

According to the release, the early drawing came about as one of the recommendations of a working group studying problems associated with the Koyukuk moose hunt. Because of the considerable logistics surrounding a Koyukuk hunt, the group suggested an early drawing to allow hunters adequate time to plan and prepare.

Moose hunters are reminded that they are allowed to apply for a maximum of three hunts per species per regulatory year.

"Sheep hunting also be logistically challenging, and permit results not available until mid-July, many hunters had only about three weeks to plan and prepare for a sheep hunt," the release states. "Because sheep populations tend not to fluctuate as dramatically as some species, and because sheep seasons and bag limits change infrequently, the Division of Wildlife Conservation decided to add sheep to the winter drawing."

No sheep hunts will be listed in the spring drawing supplement, and the winter drawing will be the only opportunity for sheep hunters to win one of the drawing permits. Sheep hunters hoping to win an archery-only permit must have IBEP certification and provide that number on the application.

The cost of the sheep and moose drawing permit application is unchanged at $5 per hunt. Hunters must have a valid hunting license in order to apply for either species.

Hunters will be allowed to use a 2000 license, or can apply for a 2001 license when drawing applications are submitted.

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