Troopers Issue Advisory On Staying Safe In The Wilds This Winter

STAY SAFE THIS WINTER Watch for other hunters, use emergency gear, file a trip plan, check rules & regs, don't shoot across the road...

STAY SAFE THIS WINTER
Watch for other hunters, use emergency gear, file a trip plan, check rules & regs, don't shoot across the road...   

Department of Public Safety Advisory

Location: Interior Alaska

Advisory Text:

With the winter 40 Mile caribou hunt beginning 10-27-21, Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to review a few safety considerations to ensure everyone has a safe, legal and enjoyable trip. It is likely that large numbers of hunters will participate in the hunt this winter. 

Please be mindful of other hunters around you and extremely cautious when discharging firearms since there will likely be other hunters nearby, even if you can’t see them. Wearing blaze orange clothing or other contrasting colors is advisable. Early winter conditions can be challenging in the hunt area. Varying amounts of snow and ice accumulation are present throughout the hunt area. 

If you choose to hunt, travel with appropriate emergency gear in both your vehicle and with you if you leave the road systems. Be prepared for inclement weather, unexpected delays, or for remaining in the field longer than intended. File a trip plan with family, friends, or local law enforcement to include descriptions of your group, vehicles, ATV/ORV/Snow machines. Hunters are also reminded to be aware of applicable rules and regulations pertaining to the hunt. 

Have your hunting license and permit with you while hunting, don’t shoot on, from, or across the road, and validate your permit prior to leaving the kill site if you’re successful. Also, hunters are required to be aware of land status where they hunt and varying rules such as operation of off road motor vehicles. Be aware that blocking the highway or obstructing the flow of traffic in any manner is unlawful. 

For questions or to report a violation contact the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Fairbanks at 907-451-5100.

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