Juneau, AK (KINY) - Tier II Moose Hunting in Unit 1D, the Chilkat Valley, has been abruptly closed starting Tuesday, Oct. 3rd at 11:59 pm.
The reason for this emergency closing results from already meeting harvest goals for bull moose with legal antler configuration. There have also been low counts of spike or forked bulls being turned in.
Here is that justification and details from the press release:
"A December 2016 aerial survey in the Chilkat Valley found more moose (221) than found during surveys in the previous four years (avg. = 168). We believe the higher count in 2016 resulted from greater snow cover and improved ability to see moose, rather than substantial growth of the population. ADF&G’s current management objective for this population is harvest of 20-25 bull moose with legal antler configuration (spike or fork (S/F), 3 brow tine (3BT) on one antler, or 50 inch antler spread). As of October 2nd , 25 bulls (1- S/F; 17- 3BT; 4- fifty inch plus, and 3- sublegal) have been reported. The harvest of yearling bulls has been low in the last several years with 2, 4, and 6 bulls with spike or fork antlers being harvested during 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively. Calf survival is unknown in the Chilkat Valley, however the proportion of calves observed during surveys in 2014-2016 has been between 8-14%. Due to concerns of continued low counts of spike or forked bulls in the harvest and because our management objective (20-25 bull moose) has been met, an emergency order (01-09-17) is being issued to close the Tier II moose hunting season in this area at 11:59 pm, Tuesday, October 3, 2017."
Further questions should be directed to the Department of Fish and Game or hunters with questions about moose hunting can contact Carl Koch, in the Haines Area Office at 907-766-2830.