Petersburg resident, Matt Bryner, harvested this legal moose during the first week of the fall hunt in 2018. (Photo courtesy of ADF&G)

It’s been a slower start to the moose hunt near Petersburg, Wrangell, and Kake. The season has been open for about a week. As of the afternoon on Sept. 21, 16 moose had been harvested.
Two of the harvested moose were illegal, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Petersburg. Those two came from the Stikine River.

Fish and Game says six bulls total have been harvested on the Stikine and four bulls have come from Kupreanof Island. Hunters have taken two in the Kake area, one in Thomas Bay on the mainland north of Petersburg, one at Farragut, one on Mitkof Island, and one from other mainland areas.

Hunters have five days to report their harvest to Fish and Game, so the final total for the first week of the hunt is likely to increase.

Last year saw a record season of 117 moose harvested. 50 of them were taken in the first 12 days.

The month long season began September 15.