Unit 6 Doe Season Closes
Cordova – Resident and nonresident hunting for female deer in Unit 6 will close at one minute before midnight on December 4, 2007, by emergency order of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Cordova wildlife biologist Dave Crowley reported that winter mortality during the 2006-07 winter probably exceeded 50% in some areas of Unit 6 because of heavy snow that persisted into late spring. During normal years hunter harvest has little overall impact to deer numbers in Prince William Sound compared to winter mortality. However, with the population now at a reduced density, additional harvest of pregnant does could delay recovery of the population. December snowfall will concentrate deer near beaches in Unit 6D, where they will be vulnerable to heavy harvest by boat-based hunters.
The season for bucks will remain open in Unit 6 until the normal closure on December 31.