Alaska Subsistence Migratory Bird Harvest Season officially opens

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The final rule for the annual spring/summer federal subsistence migratory bird harvest season, opening on April 2, 2018, has published in the Federal Register (RIN 1018-BC70). The rule allows for the continuation of customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska and prescribes regional information on when and where the harvesting of birds may occur. These federal subsistence spring/summer migratory harvest regulations are reviewed annually by the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council, whose members include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Native representatives. The annual review provides the opportunity for the co-management council to consider harvest and biological information, proposals to change the regulations, and modify the regulations if appropriate. Only administrative changes were made to the regulations for this 2018 season.
The regulations booklet has been mailed to post office boxes in regions where residents are eligible to participate. Copies are also available at state and federal field offices in these regions. Learn more about the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management Council at: The final regulations will be available on this site.