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State closing Nelchina caribou hunt

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

GLENNALLEN (AP) -- The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is closing the Nelchina subsistence caribou hunt, after deciding that hunters have probably reached the target harvest of 1,000 bulls.

''We know that 750 bulls have already been taken during the state hunt. Some hunters haven't sent in their reports yet and harvest from the federal subsistence hunt will raise the total to over 1,000 bulls,'' said Fish and Game biologist Brad Scotton.

Usually the Nelchina caribou move out of Game Management Unit 13 by the middle of October, but this year about two-thirds of the animals stayed in the area, improving hunter success. Thus the closure.

The herd is still below the target population of 35,000 to 40,000 caribou, Scotten said.

The Tier II hunt will be closed at midnight on Wednesday. The federal hunt remains open.

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