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Deer season shortened near Petersburg

Petersburg’s acting district ranger has agreed to shorten the federal subsistence deer hunting season on the Lindenberg Peninsula of Kupreanof Island near Petersburg.

That was a request made by state wildlife managers seeking to have the same state and federal rules for deer hunting on eastern Kupreanof. The state’s Board of Game voted to shorten the season and reduce the bag limit for deer back in January. The reductions are due to low numbers of the animals in the area.

Petersburg Lake on Kupreanof Island, KFSK file photo

The new federal season on Lindenberg will be two weeks, from October 15 through October 31st with a bag limit of one buck. That’s down from a four-month season and two-buck limit. It’s the same season and bag limit for Mitkof Island. Lindenberg has also been closed to deer hunting for non-residents.

The change is effective for this year. However, the subsistence board will consider making a permanent season change next January. The subsistence regional advisory council for Southeast will hear input on that permanent change and make a recommendation during a meeting planned in Petersburg September 24th and 25th.

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