Port Valdez North goat hunt opens Oct. 1

Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials have announced the opening on Oct. 1 for registration permit hunt RG148 for mountain goats in Game Management Unit 6D.

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.

Permits will be available starting Sept. 22 in person at the Alaska Wildlife Trooper Office in Valdez. A limited number of permits, between 12 and 20, are to be issued based on aerial survey results.

Applicants must complete an ADF&G online goat quiz prior to receiving a permit. The quiz is available at adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=quiz.mountaingoatquiz.

Hunters must have their hunting license with them and comply with all state and local mandates regarding COVID-19.

The 2017 survey of the area found a minimum of 162 goats. The area is a top survey priority this year if conditions allow, ADF&G officials said. If no survey is completed, the maximum allowable harvest will be five “goat points.” Total goat points are calculated using one point for each billy harvested and two points for each nanny.