Alaska hunters have been enjoying a record year, but the hunt has been cut by nearly half this year because of severe weather conditions in the north of the state.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued severe weather warnings for much of Alaska from the late afternoon of July 25 to late afternoon on August 1, the latest such warning issued for the state in 17 years.
“This year’s weather conditions are very severe, we’ve had very strong winds and very cold temperatures for extended periods of time,” said NWS spokeswoman Sarah Niedermeyer.
Alaskan hunters have enjoyed a record-breaking year with a record amount of hunts, with more than 18,000 hunters hitting the hunt this year, according to Alaska Game and Fish. “
The most important thing is to keep your eye on the food, get it where it’s most likely to be eaten.”
Alaskan hunters have enjoyed a record-breaking year with a record amount of hunts, with more than 18,000 hunters hitting the hunt this year, according to Alaska Game and Fish.
“It’s amazing, it’s just unbelievable,” said Mark Schreiner, a hunting guide from the city of Whistler.
“I mean, we’re hunting the whole year.
We’re hunting until we’re blue in the face, we have no other options.”
In recent years, the state has had an abundance of snow, and hunters have reported seeing their targets move out of the snow.
“They’ve always moved into the snow when it was there,” Schreiners brother Mark said.
“We’d get a call from one of the guys and he said, ‘We have a lot more snow than we expected.
We’ve got to move out.'”
The NWS said that because of the severe weather, some hunters were leaving their camps early on the morning of August 1 to start shooting in the early evening.
Hunters have been able to shoot through to the start of the hunt, but they were told by their guides to stay put.
“Hunters have been having a tough time making their shots because of a lot the heavy snow that has fallen over the last few weeks,” said Chris Cogdell, a spokesman for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
“That’s why we’re seeing so many people not getting their shots.”
Alaska’s hunting season was last extended from July 26 to August 3, and has been extended by six weeks in the past two years.
The Nws forecasted the winter storm to bring up to 40 cm of snow to Alaska from early October through early February.
The agency has not yet issued a specific number of days of snowfall in the forecast, but said that the snow would be “extremely heavy”.
“This is not normal snow,” Niedersmeyer said.