Registration permit goat hunt opens Oct.1

Alaska Mountain Goat
An Alaska mountain goat.

Registration permit hunt RG248 for mountain goats in Game Management Unit 6D opens on Oct. 1, according to state wildlife conservation officials.

The hunt area includes the mainland drainages of Sheep Creek; north of Port Valdez, Robe Lake, and the Richardson Highway; and east of Shoup Glacier.

The permits will be available starting at 8 a.m. Sept. 24, in person at the Alaska Wildlife Trooper office in Valdez.

A total of 12 permits will be issued.

Completion of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game online goat quiz is required prior to receiving a permit. The quiz is available at adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=quiz.mountaingoatquiz.

The last aerial survey of the area conducted by ADF&G found a minimum count of 162 goats.  The maximum allowable harvest will be five “goat points.” Total goat points are calculated using one point for billies and two points for nannies.

Limiting permit numbers is a management tool to prevent overharvest and provide reliable annual hunt opportunities.

For further information contact Charlotte Westing, the area wildlife biologist for ADFG stationed in Cordova at 907-424-3215 or charlotte.westing@alaska.gov.