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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is opening caribou hunting on federal public lands in Units 20E, 25C, and a portion of 20F on Aug. 1 to provide opportunities for federal subsistence use. The hunt will be open through September 30. The caribou hunt is limited to federally qualified rural residents hunting on federal public lands only, including federal public lands accessible from the Steese and Taylor highways.

Qualified residents are those meeting the following requirements:

Primary, permanent place of residence in one of the following rural communities or game management units, and you must have lived in Alaska for the previous 12 months.

For hunting in Units 20E and 25C hunters must be residents of Units 20D, 20E, 20F, 25, 12 (north of Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve), Eureka, Livengood, Manley, or Minto.

For hunting in Unit 20F east of the Dalton Highway and south of the Yukon River hunters must be residents of Units 20F, 25D, or Manley.

Hunters participating in the hunt must obtain an RC860 joint state/federal registration permitto participate in the hunt. The harvest limit is two bull caribou.

Registration permits for RC860 will be available online at hunt.alaska.gov, in-person at ADF&G offices in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Tok, Anchorage, Douglas, and Palmer and at vendors in Eagle, Central and Tok. Hunters should review the RC860 permit conditions.

Hunters should review the RC860 hunting rules prior to hunting. Updates on the RC860 caribou hunt are available on the Fortymile Hotline at (907) 267-2310.

Maps to aid in locating federal public lands open to the federal subsistence hunt near the Elliott, Steese, and Taylor highways are available from the BLM Fairbanks District Office or online at https://www.blm.gov/maps/georeferenced-PDFs. Choose “Alaska” and scroll down to “Federal Subsistence Hunting Map Series” and choose maps for GMU 25C or 20E. The georeferenced PDF maps show a user’s location through an application on smart phones or tablets, even in areas where cellular service is not available. To work on your device, the maps need to be downloaded prior to leaving cell phone range.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at news@deltawindonline.com.