NPS announces winter federal subsistence hunt

A winter federal subsistence hunt for a quota of seven bull moose is slated for a portion of Unit 11 of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve from Nov. 20 through Jan. 20, or earlier if the quota is reached, National Park Service officials say.

Eligibility for the hunt is limited to rural residents of Units 11, 13A, 13B, 13C and 13D, and Chickaloon. To hunt in the national park, hunters must also live in the park’s resident zone. The annual harvest limit or moose in Unit 11 is one, regardless of permit, hunt area or hunt dates. Hunters who harvested a moose during the fall season are not eligible to harvest a moose during the winter season.

The hunt area is Federal public lands in Unit 11 that lie south and east of a line running along the north bank of the Chitina River, the north and west banks of the Nizina River, and the west bank of West Fork of the Nizina River, continuing along the western edge of the West Fork Glacier to the summit of Regal Mountain. The permit is not valid on Native Corporation or other non-federal land within the hunt area. There is no direct road access to this area. Much of the hunt area is designated as national park, and the use of aircraft to access the national park for subsistence hunting is not allowed under NPS regulations. Maps of the hunt area are provided with each permit issued.

Hunters are asked to report back within three days of harvesting an animal or at the end of the season if unsuccessful. Recorded information about the status of the hunt will be found at 907-822-7203.

For additional information contact Barbara Cellaris, subsistence coordinator, at 907-822-7236 or barbara_cellarius@nps.gov.