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Alaska Fishing Regulation Updates For Ketchikan, Herring Bay

Photo by ADFG

The following updates are courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Ketchikan Terminal Harvest Areas Open to Harvest Hatchery King Salmon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced today that the bag and possession limit for all anglers in three Ketchikan terminal harvest areas, from May 15 through June 14, 2018, is one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. For nonresidents, the annual limit is three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. The terminal harvest areas are defined as follows:

  • Neets Bay Area: east of the longitude of the eastern most tip of Bug Island.
  • Thomas Basin: seaward of the Stedman Street Bridge to the breakwater.
  • Mountain Point Area: the waters of George and Carroll Inlets north of the latitude of Mountain Point at 55°17.57 N. lat., and south of the latitude of the George Inlet cannery site at 55°23.00 N. lat.(see attached map).

The Alaska Board of Fisheries authorized the department to use its emergency order authority to open terminal harvest areas to target surplus Alaska hatchery king salmon. The areas opened by this emergency order will allow anglers to target Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon originating from the Neets Bay Hatchery, Deer Mountain Hatchery, Whitman Lake Hatchery and the Carroll Inlet remote release. Projected returns to these facilities will exceed broodstock needs, thus a surplus of hatchery fish are available for harvest by sport anglers.

Anglers are reminded that until June 15, the salt waters outside of the designated terminal harvest areas are closed to king salmon retention. Therefore, anglers fishing in multiple areas for other species must be diligent to ensure they do not possess king salmon in areas that prohibit the retention of king salmon. On June 15, 2018 regionwide regulations will apply in these areas.

Hatchery King Salmon Limits Increased in Herring Bay Area

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish announced today that the bag and possession limit for all anglers in the terminal waters of Herring Bay, from June 1 through July 31, 2018, is increased to 3 king salmon of any size. King salmon harvested in the terminal harvest area will not count toward the nonresident annual limit. The terminal harvest area is defined as follows:

  • Herring Bay Area: The waters of Herring Bay west of a line from the southernmost entrance of Hole-In-The-Wall harbor at 55°19.110’ N. lat., 131°31.187’ W. long. to ADF&G markers located ½ mile north of Whitman Creek (signed and painted rocks) at 55°20.125’ N. lat., 131°30.126’ W. long., to the fresh/salt water boundary signs located at the mouth of Herring Cove Creek (see attached map).

The Alaska Board of Fisheries authorized the department to use its emergency order authority to open terminal harvest areas to target surplus Alaska hatchery king salmon. The area opened by this emergency order will allow anglers to target Alaska hatchery-produced king salmon originating from the Whitman Lake hatchery in the Ketchikan area. Projected returns to this facility will exceed broodstock needs, thus a surplus of hatchery fish are available for harvest by sport anglers.

Anglers are reminded that bag, possession and size limits for the salt waters outside of the designated terminal harvest areas are more restrictive than the limits inside the Herring Bay terminal area and anglers are prohibited from possessing fish that exceed the limits for the waters where they are fishing. Therefore, anglers fishing in multiple areas must be diligent to ensure they do not exceed the bag, possession, or size limit for the area they are currently fishing.

For further information concerning this announcement please contact Ketchikan Area Management Biologist, Kelly Reppert at (907) 225-2859.

Hatchery King Salmon Limits Increased in Herring Bay Area

Situk River King Salmon Fishery To Close

 

 

Situk River photo by Tony Ensalaco 

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 1, sport fishing for king salmon in the Situk River is closed. King salmon may not be targeted, retained, or possessed; king salmon caught while fishing for other species may not be removed from the water and must be released immediately.

The Situk River drainage is managed for a biological escapement goal (BEG) of 450-1,050 large king salmon. In years 2010 through 2012, and again in 2015 and 2016, the Situk River king salmon stock failed to achieve the BEG. In 2013, 2014, and 2017, the goal was achieved after restrictive management measures were implemented in the sport, commercial, and subsistence fisheries. The 2018 preseason forecast has estimated a total run of approximately 700 large king salmon. Given recent small escapements and harvest trends, the BEG is not expected to be achieved without preseason king salmon fishery restrictions. A conservative management approach warrants closing the Situk River to sport fishing for king salmon.

For further information anglers should the call the Yakutat Sport Fish Office at (907) 784-3222.

Trump, Interior Department Preparing Review Process For ANWR Drilling

USFWS photo of Area 1002 of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Trump Administration’s reversal of a protective order that would now allow drilling in parts of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge  will take another step today with the release of a 60-day review document. USA Today has more details:

A noticed to be published Friday in the Federal Register will start the environmental review process for setting up an oil and gas leasing program in the refuge’s 1.5-million-acre coastal plain.

The review will help identify potential environmental issues related to the development, production and transportation of oil and gas in and from the coastal plain, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management said in a statement.

Public hearings will be held in Anchorage, Arctic Village, Fairbanks, Kaktovik and Utqiagvik and possibly other areas if there is strong community interest, the agency said.

Republicans in Congress, who for years have sought to open up the refuge to oil and gas exploration, praised the Trump administration’s move as a step that is long overdue and one that will lead to responsible energy development.

“We appreciate the department following the law, planning multiple public meetings with Alaskans and moving forward on this important program to help ensure the energy and economic security of our nation,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said in a joint statement with the other two members of Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation.

But environmental groups accused the administration of rushing toward oil and gas drilling while disregarding the biological, cultural and climate impacts on a rapidly warming Arctic.

“Our generation must not allow the Trump administration to transform the wildest place left in America into an industrial complex of oil rigs, roads, pipelines and landing strips,” said Adam Kolton, executive director of the Alaska Wilderness League.

 

USFWS On Lynx Behavior In Alaska/Canada

The following is courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:  
Photo by Sara Germain/USFWS

The Northwest Boreal Lynx Project is investigating the long distance movements of Canada lynx in relation to the 10-year snowshoe hare cycle.

Shows the tracked behavior of the a collared male lynx where he traveled close to 1,000 miles into Canada.

One of the primary objectives of our study is to learn more about the long distance movements that Canada lynx sometimes make. Lynx can and do move very LONG distances! We place satellite GPS collars, like the one fitted on this ten month old kitten, on each lynx we capture. These collars keep track of each animal’s whereabouts.

Last summer, between June and October 2017, a collared adult male lynx traveled close to 1000 miles, swimming mighty rivers and climbing many mountains along the way. He traveled from Alaska all the way across Yukon Territory to Northwest Territories in Canada before deciding to return to Yukon. Why did he leave Alaska? How did he cross these mountains and rivers? What landscape features does he prefer? Where will he go next? These are all questions we hope to begin to answer.

Photo by Sara Germain/USFWS
Photo by Sara Germain/USFWS

Lynx kittens are born in May or June and will stay with their mother until breeding season in late February and March. This young lynx recently left his mom and other siblings. If he is lucky he’ll find a place with lots of snowshoe hares and begin to establish his own territory.

Lynx Kittens by Nate Berg/USFWS

When working with wild lynx there are special moments that “awaken” sensations within you that you didn’t know existed. It’s like the very wildness of the animal reaches out and grabs hold of you and gives you a tiny glimpse at its primal insides.

During these moments not only do you notice the outward things like the precision of the eyes, the erect nature of the ears, the probing whiskers, and other perfectly adapted features overlying the bones, muscles, and brains of the creature but you also sense something else very powerful and humbling. During these moments there is an undeniable connection to something that feels greater than yourself.

Nathan Berg and Lynx Photo by Sara Germain/USFWS

This project is a collaborative effort between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Yukon Government, Kluane Lake Research Station, and WildLandscapes International.

Follow @thelynxproject to learn more about our efforts.

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The Most Mighty Rivers In Alaska… And Beyond

 

An aerial photo shows the twists and turns of the Selawik River in Alaska. (STEVE HILLEBRAND/USFWS)

The following appears in the April issue of Alaska Sporting Journal: 

BY MARTHA NUDEL 

The mighty Missouri. The mighty Mississippi. The mighty Yukon. The U.S. has a mighty lot of mighty rivers. The mainstems, or trunks, of 38 rivers in the United States are at least 500 miles long. They and other rivers bring clean drinking water, economic health, food for many native people, transportation, and a mighty lot of recreation – especially on national wildlife refuges.

While not all of the nation’s legendary waterways are federally protected, this year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act is a great time to get onto a river to fish, hunt, boat or just see the greatness of America.

Here’s a snapshot of some river recreation on America’s national wildlife refuges, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Paddlers navigate rapids on Alaska’s Sheenjek River, a National Wild and Scenic River. The river lies within the Arctic and Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuges, part of a vast maze of waterways in Alaska and in the Lower 48. (CHRIS PALMER)

ALASKA 

“In northwest Alaska, the rivers teem seasonally with fish of various kinds: salmon, sheefish, whitefish, northern pike, Dolly Varden,” says Susan Georgette, manager of Selawik National Wildlife Refuge. “I often tell people that living here is like seeing North America in its primordial state.” 

The 2.15-million-acre Selawik Refuge is on the Arctic Circle to the east of Kotzebue Sound and extends east to the headwaters of the Selawik River and the Continental Divide. The heart of the refuge is a vast complex of wetlands and lowland, rich habitat for wildlife.

The refuge gives visitors a chance to explore and discover the nature of Alaska on their own. Here you might see moose or muskoxen. The Western Arctic caribou herd is the largest in Alaska and seasonally roams through the refuge. Spring brings birds to the Arctic to nest, including some Asiatic species rarely seen anywhere else in the United States. Fish some 22,000 ponds and two large river deltas for Arctic char, chum, whitefish and grayling and northern pike. Bringing in a 40- to 50-pound inconnu is not uncommon. 

“This state, and all its refuges, are so huge, yet there are very few roads,” says Heather Bartlett, acting deputy manager of Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge, which is bisected by the Yukon and Porcupine Rivers. “Because of this, rivers become the roads. People use them as primary travel corridors. In the summer, travel is by boat and raft. In the winter, people travel by snowmachine, skis and dog teams.” 

The Sheenjek is among the refuge’s major rivers.

A remote 8.6-million-acre wetland complex nestled between the White and Brooks Mountain ranges, Yukon Flats Refuge is a challenging destination in any season. But oh, the rewards: chances to see Dall sheep, moose, bear, wolves, wolverines and caribou. You can fish on some 20,000 lakes, ponds and wetlands for northern pike, Chinook, coho and chum salmon, plus Dolly Varden, among other species.

An Iñupiaq woman fillets a northern pike along the Selawik River at Selawik National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. The National Wild and Scenic Rivers Council designate much of the Selawik as a wild river. (DAN PRINCE/USFWS)

GEORGIA 

“What makes the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge so unique is that you travel into the beating heart of two of the Southeast’s most pristine rivers – the Suwannee River and the St. Marys,” says refuge manager Michael Lusk. “Both are important for wildlife and people.”

“For example, the Suwannee River serves as important habitat for the threatened Gulf sturgeon, while the St. Marys River provides habitat for the endangered Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon. Both of these rivers, because they are so pristine, offer excellent fishing and boating.”

A day or an overnight paddling trip through the Okefenokee is the experience of a lifetime. Alligators glide through tea-colored water. Herons and egrets wade through tall grasses and water lilies. Bears roam through hammocks and islands. The refuge has seven overnight shelters and three islands available for wildlife viewing and exploration in the swamp’s interior.

You can hunt seasonally in three areas: The Suwannee Canal Recreation Area (Eastside), the Pocket (Westside) and the Cowhouse Unit (Northside). Depending on where you choose, you can hunt for deer, turkey and small game, or take your try at feral hog hunting.

Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Randy Brown prepares to fish for Dolly Varden on the Canning River. The river flows along Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (KATRINA LIEBICH/USFWS)

UPPER MIDWEST 

The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, along 261 miles of what may be America’s most celebrated river, is a hub of outdoor recreation and a boon to the area’s economic vitality. Divided into four districts, the 240,000-acre Upper Mississippi River Refuge runs from the confluence of the Chippewa River in Wisconsin to near Rock Island in Illinois. 

Observation decks and canoe and bike trails are just some of the ways that visitors can view wildlife. Boating may offer the most intimate look at the river system. The refuge is known for its waterfowl hunting and has year-round fishing, including famed ice fishing.

Marked canoe trails wind through the refuge’s marshes and backwater areas. The annual Great River Rumble (July 28-August 4) takes paddlers from Keosauqua, Iowa, to Hannibal, Missouri, down the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers. The route passes through Upper Mississippi River Refuge.

MARYLAND 

The Blackwater River and its marshes attract tens of thousands of waterfowl each winter along the Atlantic Flyway. “In the dead of winter, you will find wildlife watchers and waterfowl hunters alike attracted to the overwintering flocks,” says Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge manager Marcia Pradines.

Winter is hardly the only time to visit the refuge. The number of migratory songbirds peaks in late April and early May. Along with white-tailed deer fawns, usually twins, eaglets fledge from late May to the middle of June. Osprey have returned in the spring from their wintering grounds. Autumn colors peak in October and November brings tundra swans from Northwest Canada.

You can bike several routes – some are perfect for novices, others for experienced cyclists – all on a loop route along the paved Wildlife Drive. You can hunt for deer, turkey and waterfowl on some areas of the refuge. Fishing and crabbing from boats are allowed seasonally.

MASSACHUSETTS 

Say Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and people think Plum Island. The barrier beach island is just part of the refuge’s approximately 4,700 acres that include sandy beach and dune habitat, cranberry bog, maritime forest and the Great Marsh, the largest continuous salt marsh north of Long Island Sound. The refuge attracts hundreds of songbirds, shorebirds and waterfowl. 

Spring and fall are favorite paddling seasons since migratory birds are plentiful and mosquitoes and horseflies are not. Waterfowl hunting is available in designated salt marsh areas of the refuge during state seasons, and the refuge offers some of the area’s finest surf fishing.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Bill Carter shows off a sheefish he caught on the Selawik River in Alaska’s Selawik National Wildlife Refuge. There are endless fishing opportunities in the state’s refuge rivers. (DAN PRINCE/USFWS)

MISSOURI 

The Missouri River, at more than 2,400 miles, is the longest river in North America. People have depended on the river and its tributaries for sustenance and transportation for more than 12,000 years. 

Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge encompasses more than 17,000 acres of riverine habitat along the river and consists of 15 units, most of them along the lower Missouri River. What recreation it offers!

Hunting opportunities abound: Deer, turkey, waterfowl, upland birds and small game. Scour lakes and ponds created and replenished by the Missouri River give you the chance to fish for crappie, bass catfish, carp and more throughout the year. 

See migratory birds in the fall and spring in these parts. Beaver, bobcat and other secretive wildlife travel along the shore and in the water, especially in early morning or late evening. Trails bring you to the perfect places to watch what the river reveals. Don’t forget to take photos!

NEBRASKA 

Thousands of people each year, especially kayakers and canoeists, use the 9 miles of the Niobrara River that flow eastward across Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge. Designated a National Scenic River, National Wilderness Area and a National Recreation Trail, this portion of the river brings people from around the world for relaxing float trips that can be completed in just a few hours. They find the deep canyon and river full of native vegetation and animals refreshing for the soul. They often drive the 3.5-mile Wildlife Drive to see bison, elk, deer and prairie dogs. In April and May, male sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie-chickens display on courting areas known as a lek.

PENNSYLVANIA 

The 4.5-mile segment of Darby Creek at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum winds through the largest freshwater tidal marsh in Pennsylvania before flowing into the Delaware River. See migratory birds such as warblers, herons, egrets and sandpipers, as well as bald eagles, kingfishers and waterfowl. 

Enjoy great fishing along the way. Refuge waters are tidal and navigable only within two hours before and after high tide. Seasonal kayak tours let you see what a freshwater tidal marsh looks like from the vantage point of wading birds. You can see numerous points of interest from a canoe as you head from the launch site to the creek’s deep water lagoon.

TEXAS

Within the heartland of Caddo culture, Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1994 to protect a remnant of the bottomland hardwood forest found along the Trinity River. The refuge’s cypress-studded lake and bottomland hardwood forest are important breeding, wintering and stopover habitat for wildlife. More than 275 species of birds live in or migrate through the bottomland forests and wetlands in eastern Texas, including some 100 species that breed here. 

Wood ducks spend their summers on the refuge, where they nest in the cavities of large cypress trees. See white-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcat and an estimated 400 types of butterflies and moths.

You might get your hiking boots muddy, but you have several easy-to-traverse trails to explore. Champion Lake is the largest for fishing. The refuge has a variety of hunts.

WYOMING

“Rivers are the lifeblood of a landscape,” says Tom Koerner, manager of Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, speaking of the Green River, a major tributary of the Colorado River. “In dry climates, like Wyoming’s, almost 80 percent of wildlife species need wetlands and rivers at some point in their life cycles.”

In the shadow of the Wind River Mountain Range, Seedskadee Refuge and the Green River are vital for more than 250 species of resident and migrant wildlife. See birds in their bright breeding plumage as spring begins to melt the ice on the river. From mid-June through early September, sage grouse hens lead their young to the refuge’s wet meadows and riverine areas; hummingbirds arrive in late June and stay into the fall. Kayaking is a popular way to see the refuge. Drift boats and canoes are also perfect for fishing and wildlife watching. Don’t forget to look for moose. ASJ

Editor’s note: Martha Nudel is the chief of communications for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which works with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information, visit fws.gov, or connect with us through any of these social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

ADFG Prohibits Filleting Caught Lingcod At Sea In Southeast

ADFG file photo

The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on-site ADF&G creel surveys are conducted will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating, and de-heading sport caught lingcod, nonpelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon at-sea. Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the road system of the communities listed below, during the times designated, may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until their vessel is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved on board:

Ketchikan 12:01 a.m. Monday, Apr. 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018
Craig 12:01 a.m. Monday, Apr. 30, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Klawock 12:01 a.m. Monday, Apr. 30, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Sitka 12:01 a.m. Monday, Apr. 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018
Juneau 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 7, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018
Petersburg 12:01 a.m. Monday, Apr. 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Wrangell 12:01 a.m. Monday, Apr. 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Gustavus 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 7, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Elfin Cove 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 7, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018
Yakutat 12:01 a.m. Monday, Apr. 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018

The purpose of this restriction is to maximize information obtained through ADF&G angler interview and dockside sampling programs. Southeast Alaska management plans adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries require length and sex information for lingcod, length information for nonpelagic rockfish, and identification of tagged king and coho salmon, which can only be obtained when fish are intact. On-site sampling is conducted during the fishing season at many harbors to estimate sport fishing effort and harvest, and contribution of hatchery and wild stocks of king and coho salmon to regional sport fisheries.

This action does not prohibit gutting and gilling fish before returning to port. Anglers may fillet and head king and coho salmon, lingcod, and nonpelagic rockfish on board a vessel once it is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded. For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=Region.R1

ADFG Sets Nonpelagic Rockfish Regulations

 

ADFG file photo

Today the Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the nonpelagic rockfish bag, possession, and retention rules for the Southeast Alaska sport fishery during 2018. The following regulations are effective 12:01 a.m. April 19, 2018 through March 31, 2019:

All Southeast Waters

  • Alaska Residents – No size limit, bag and possession limit of 1 nonpelagic rockfish;
  • Nonresidents – No size limit, bag and possession limit of 1 nonpelagic rockfish; annual limit of 1 yelloweye rockfish, which must be recorded, in ink, on the back of the angler’s sport fishing license or on a harvest record card at the time of harvest.
  • Persons sport fishing from a charter vessel when releasing nonpelagic rockfish, (i.e. after an angler reaches their bag limit), must use a deep water release mechanism to return the fish to the depth it was hooked or to a depth of at least 100 feet. All charter vessels must have at least one functional deep water release mechanism on board and readily available for use when sport fishing activities are taking place.
  • Charter operators and crew members may not retain nonpelagic rockfish while clients are on board the vessel.

Southeast Outside Waters (see attached map)

  • Retention of nonpelagic rockfish is prohibited in all Southeast Outside Waters from August 1 through August 31. All vessels in Southeast Outside waters during this time must have a functional deep water release device on board while fishing (regardless of target species) and all nonpelagic rockfish must be released at depth of capture or at least 100 feet.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries allocated 16% of the allowable catch of demersal shelf rockfish to the sport fishery and established management provisions (5 AAC 47.065) to manage the sport fishery within the allocation. These measures implemented during 2018 will provide fishing opportunity yet limit total mortality of nonpelagic rockfish within the sport allocation, thereby ensuring the sustainability of nonpelagic rockfish in the Southeast Alaska Area. Anglers are reminded that beginning in 2020, all anglers fishing from a vessel that are releasing rockfish will be required to have in possession, and use a deep water release device when releasing nonpelagic rockfish.

For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.se_sportfish

Southeast Alaska Nonpelagic Rockfish Sport Fishing Regulations For 2018

Deadline May 1 For Hunting, Trapping Regulations Proposals

ADFG file photo

 

The following press release is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:

The Alaska Board of Game reminds Alaskans that the May 1 deadline is fast approaching for submitting proposed regulation changes pertaining to hunting, trapping, and use of game for the Southcentral and Southeast regions.

The board issued its Call for Proposals in January 2018 for the Southeast Region (Game Management Units 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) and the Southcentral Region (GMUs 6, 7, 8, 14C and 15). Proposals may be submitted online or by mail or fax at:

Online: www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=gameboard.proposal
Email: dfg.bog.comments@alaska.gov (Adobe PDF documents only)
Mail: ADF&G, Boards Support Section
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
Fax: (907) 465-6094

Proposals must be received by Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at the Boards Support Section office in Juneau. A postmark is NOT sufficient for timely receipt.

The Call for Proposals, proposal forms, and the board’s meeting schedule are available on the Board of Game website at: www.boardofgame.adfg.alaska.gov or at any Boards Support office. Responsive proposals received by the proposal deadline will be considered by the Board of Game at their Southeast Region Meeting, scheduled for January 2019 in Petersburg, and the Southcentral Region Meeting, scheduled for March 2019 in Anchorage. Final proposals will be available on the board’s website by August 2018.

Completed proposal forms must contain a contact telephone number and address. Email addresses are appreciated. Please print or type the individual’s or organization’s name as appropriate.

For further information, contact the Boards Support Section at 465-4046, or ADF&G Boards Support regional offices. To receive email notices for upcoming Board of Game meetings, proposed regulatory changes, and other announcements, sign up online at www.boardofgame.adfg.alaska.gov.

Discovery’s Last Outpost Wins First Prize For Creativity

Todd Anderson (left) and Clint Greathouse put their creative building skills to good use for Alaskans in need in a new Discovery Channel series, Last Outpost, that premieres tonight. Photos by Discovery Channel.

Welding in the shop.

The 1958 Beechcraft starts to take shape.

Alex Packard works on the 1958 Beechcraft airplane.

If you’re an Alaskan or have spent significant time in the Last Frontier, there’s, a good chance that you’ve had to improvise, tweak and get creative to get something built, fixed or replaced.

Enter a new series from our friends at the Discovery Channel. Last Outpost makes its debut tonight (10 p.m. Pacific/Eastern; check your local listings). I had a chance to watch a preview episode and I really enjoyed the ingenuity displayed by the show’s lead fixer-uppers, Todd Anderson and Clint Greathouse.

“Sometimes I come up with some wacky ideas,” says Greathouse, a self-proclaimed “Alaska Cajun.”

Here’s a sneak peek clip:

 

In the episode that I watched, the guys and their crew had two tricky projects to build: A moving ice fishing hut for a Lake Louise trapper they converted out of a stinky camper shell; and a motorized outdoors-oriented wheelchair  that started out as an old sitting lawn mower for a paralyzed sportsman.

(Both customers also have moving  backstories as well.)

What I liked most about this show so far is how stealthy Greathouse and Anderson had to be to keep their projects at a reasonable budget and still manage to create custom pieces of gear for fellow tough-as-sandpaper, if not down-on-their-luck Alaskans.

There are so many reality TV shows about Alaska that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the genre. But like Homestead Rescue, which we featured a couple times in ASJ, Last Outpost sends a message that this state (or in Homestead Rescue’s case,  life off the grid in general, isn’t for everyone if there isn’t a little of mad scientist in you.

Alaska will chew up and spit out those who can’t adapt to the weather, the isolation, the dangers and the lack of easily attained materials. When you have a difficult restoration project, you better damn well have an open mind and the ability to look at what looks like a piece of junk and channel your inner Thomas Edison or Ben Franklin and go to work.

A tease for a future project centered on converting a small airplane fuselage into an indoor surival shelter (see the photo above). I’m curious what they’re going to do to get that plan to work.