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Choggiung Ltd. to limit moose and caribou hunts on some lands to shareholders starting Aug. 1

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A map of Choggiung Ltd. lands west of the Wood River where hunting for moose and caribou will be limited to shareholders only.

Choggiung Ltd. will restrict large game hunting on lands west of the Wood River to shareholders only beginning Aug. 1. Those restrictions include hunting for animals like moose and caribou, and will continue until further notice. Only Choggiung Ltd. and Bristol Bay Native Corporation shareholders, descendants, and spouses will have full access to activities regardless of residency.

This is the second year in a row the land corporation has placed restrictions on subsistence in that area. But this time, non-shareholders with a land-use permit from Choggiung Ltd. may still pick berries and gather herbs there. They can also hunt and trap small game such as ptarmigan, grouse, or hare. Predator hunting for bears or wolves is also allowed with the permit, although that hunting is restricted during moose and caribou seasons.

Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act shareholders and relatives and any members of an Alaska Native tribe may also have full access to activities, as long as they have lived in the Nushagak, Wood, or Togiak River drainages for at least one year and can show proof of identity.

Special permits may also be granted to someone designated to hunt as a proxy for an Elder aged 65 or older, or for someone who has a disability and is unable to hunt themselves. Proxies must be a resident and must have an approved Fish and Game Proxy Authorization Form.

For more, contact Choggiung Ltd.’s land department at land@choggiung.com or (907) 842-5218.

Contact the author at Brian@kdlg.org or call (907) 842-2200

Brian Venua grew up in Dillingham and attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He got his start in journalism at KDLG in 2020, interviewing and writing for the Bristol Bay Fisheries Report and signed on as a full-time host and reporter later that year.