The Department of Fish and Game is closing moose hunts in a portion of western Alaska.

Fish and Game issued the emergency order to close the state resident and nonresident moose season in Unit 22(C) located in the Nome area starting at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, according to a release from ADF&G. 

"Following a record harvest in 2004 of 52 bull moose in Unit 22(C), fall trend count composition surveys completed between 2006 and 2012 resulted in undesirable bull to cow ratios below 20 bulls:100 cows," Fish and Game wrote. "In regulatory year 2013 the department implemented a reduced quota hunt management strategy to improve the Unit 22(C) bull to cow ratio. Fall trend count composition surveys completed in 2015 and 2017 resulted in 28 bulls:100 cows and 32 bulls:100 cows, respectively."

The department says the harvest quota of 16 bulls is expected to be hit by the season closing date; no more harvesting is needed.

This closure is only for the Unit 22(C) area and does not affect the neighboring ones.

Hunting in those areas continues until September 14 unless another emergency order is issued.

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