Been planning this post for a while. This was where I was going to extol the great opportunity all you res. had to come to Nome and hunt Musk Ox. Fairly long season, ample quota to assure time to hunt, etc. etc. Unfortunately, I didn't read the regs completely until recently. Turns out the opportunity for an enjoyable hunt is minimal.
This is the first year the hunt is NOT a tier II hunt. Registration hunt open to all Alaska residents. Show up, get your permit, and go hunt. I thought ther permits would be available until the quotas were met and seasons closed. NOPE!. WRONG! Certain people within F&G are SOOOOOOOOOO.......worried this place will be flooded with hunters, they've stacked the deck against non locals.
While the season is still long, Jan 1 to Mar. 15., quotas still high, 34 in 22c and 11 in 22D, permits are available only in Nome and surrounding villages, in person. Additionally, no permits will be issued after Dec. 31. So all you folks that don't live here, but want to try an Ox hunt are forced, more or less, to show up on Dec 30 or 31, get your permit, and start your hunt on Jan 1. Too expensive for most folks to fly here once for the permit and then a second time to hunt. Additionally, if you do get a permit, but wait to hunt, the quota is going to be filled. No one knows how many non locals will be hunting Jan 1. Because of that.........the locals are mostly planning to hunt then too. Since Jan 1 is a holiday, a thur. most of us locals are figuring a 4 day weekend and the 22C quota being filled by Sunday. Locals know where the good Ox hunting is, and snow conditions permitting, most of the bull Ox in that area will get hammered in those 4 days.
Snow conditions will determine if this really comes to pass. Quite possible there won't be enough snow and few guys will hunt. We'll see.
There are some services available. If anyone still wants to try a hunt, PM me. I think the 22D quota will take longer to fill, and there will be less hunters using that area.
Hopefully next year things will change and there won't be such a rush to hunt.