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Hunting in Alaska: 4 Animals To Hunt in the Spring

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:26 PM

Spring hunting in Alaska is much like winter hunting in Alaska. As Frommer’s points out, “In Alaska, there is no spring – the melt of snow and resultant seas of mud are called breakup ... many outdoor activities aren’t possible during breakup, which can extend well into May.” However, hunters aren’t easily deterred by a little mud or cold temperatures –
especially hunters embarking on a hunting expedition in Alaska.

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Here are four animals to hunt during the spring in Alaska:
  1. Brown Bear - Hunters that did not bag a bear in the fall have a second opportunity to catch one in the spring season. Typically, the spring bear season wraps up about mid-May, and non-residents must be accompanied by a guide or an Alaska resident that is immediate family.
  2. Muskox - These animals mostly stay in the northern part of the state, and the bulls can get up to between 600-800 pounds and stand at 5 feet tall. Both the female and the male have horns, only a limited number of permits are allowed each season, drawn randomly and costing about $10.
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  4. Crow - Alaska’s breed of crow is aptly called the Northwestern Crow, and they like to hang out on Alaska’s coastal tidelands. Crow season in the spring lasts only about one month from the beginning of March to the early part of April.
  5. Hare - When people think of hunting in Alaska, big game typically comes to mind like bear, moose, and caribou. However, some people enjoy hare meat, and in Alaska, there are two types: the Alaska hare and the Snowshoe hare. As biologist Tom Paragi explains on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website, “Hunting hares in Alaska is different from hunting cottontails in the Lower 48. Cottontails will jump up right at your feet, but these hares, they move out way ahead of you. You don’t see them nearly as much. If you hunt slowly, you don’t spook them as much and can pick them out.” He advises that hunters move slow and steady in order to flush out the hares of Alaska.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Spring hunting in Alaska is much like winter hunting in Alaska. As Frommer's points out, "In Alaska, there is no spring - the melt of snow and resultant seas of mud are called breakup ... many outdoor activities aren't possible during breakup."
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