Port Valdez North goat hunt set for Oct. 1

Permits will be available starting on Sept. 23 for the registration permit mountain hunt RG248 in game management unit 5D beginning Oct. 1.

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.

A limited number of permits, between 12 and 20, will be issued based on aerial survey results, at the Alaska Wildlife Trooper office at 207 Meals Ave. in Valdez. Completion of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game online goat quiz is required prior to receiving a permit. The quiz is available at cdv.tiny.us/goat.

A hunter must have his or her hunting license with them to be issued a permit and must comply with all state and local mandates regarding COVID-19, noted Charlotte Westing, the ADF&G area wildlife biologist stationed in Cordova.

The 2017 area survey found a minimum count of 162 goats. A successful survey will result in an updated maximum allowable harvest. If no survey is completed, the maximum allowable harvest will be five “goat points,” Westing said. Total goat points are calculated using one point for each billy harvested and two points for each nanny.