Editor’s note: Andy Walgamott is the executive editor for Alaska Sporting Journal and the editor of our sister magazine, Northwest Sportsman. By Andy Walgamott Despite a wave of support from Northwest hunters, anglers and politicians on both sides of the aisle, the important Land and Water Conservation Fund may not be reauthorized by … Read more For Some Reason, The LWCF Is In Jeopardy
Fascinating report in The Alaska Dispatch analyzing the size of some of Alaska gamefish like salmon and halibut. Here’s reporter Sean Doogan: Small fish were also gumming up the top of many of the state’s silver salmon derby leader boards. And fisheries biologists say that red salmon in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay and Prince William Sound were … Read more Size Matters: Alaska’s Salmon And Halibut Shrinking?
This is a few days old, but a brown bear that mauled a hunter has been found dead close to the original attack site. From the Associated Press: The adult female bear was found Wednesday mortally wounded about 100 yards from the attack site in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge after being shot. Officials … Read more Brown Bear That Mauled Hunter Found Dead
USA Today’s summer/fall fishing and hunting guide is out, and King Salmon, Alaska, made the list of nine top destinations to head to. Here’s some of the description: The name says it all — King Salmon, a small town in southwest Alaska that provides access to the Bristol Bay watershed and its run of … Read more King Salmon, Alaska Named One Of Top Destinations
Photo by Thomas Quine/Flickr I’m a big history geek and love stories like this one in the Alaska Dispatch. Evidence has been unearthed linking this state’s dependence and reverence for salmon fishing dates back thousands of years: A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found the earliest known evidence Ice … Read more Evidence Of Ancient Alaska Salmon Fishing Found
Clark W. Dixon of Hazelhurts, Miss. has hosted the Sportsman Channel series The Syndicate. But Dixon faces multiple poaching violations in Alaska. Here’s the Associated Press: “The charges show five years of documented, illegal take of wildlife involving over two dozen big game animals,” Loeffler said. There were at least four hunts conducted for the show … Read more Sportsman Channel Host Faces Poaching Charges
Hunters and anglers get lost in Alaska all the time, sometimes with tragic results. But a reported happy ending for 49-year-old Charlie Hull. From KTUU: “Every time [people] come back from moose camp there’s always a different story and that’s what I said before I left. I want my own story,” said Hull. “I wasn’t … Read more Lost Hunter Subsisted On Berries, Bird
Here’s a great cause you can get behind: The website American Salmon Forest has an online petition. From the website: The Tongass is America’s salmon forest and one of the few places in the world where wild salmon and trout still thrive. The U.S. Forest Service is modifying the Tongass Forest Plan, which provides … Read more Protect Tongass NF Steelhead, Salmon