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Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge 01 The area is closed to hunting, except for waterfowl including snipe and crane during established seasons; a person may not use any off-road or all-terrain vehicle, motorcycle, or other motorized vehicle, except a boat within the refuge; a hunter for waterfowl on the Mendenhall State Game Refuge must have successfully completed a certified hunter education course, except a hunter who is under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, or must have successfully completed a certified hunter education course; before hunting in the refuge, a person must register for a permit annually with the department and demonstrate an understanding of informational materials provided at the time of registration; the permit is valid for all or specific waterfowl hunting zones within the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, subject to closure at the discretion of the department; a person convicted of a hunting violation within the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge is not eligible to register for a permit to hunt in the refuge the following year; a hunter on the refuge shall present in the field, upon request, proof of registration. GIF Map (149 K)
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McNeil River State Game Refuge 09 Closed to brown bear hunting GIF Map (146 K)
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Susitna Flats State Game Refuge 14, 16 Has restrictions regarding use of motorized vehicles and aircraft (for details, see refuge General Permit requirements at http:// refuges.adfg.alaska.gov or call (907) 861-3200, (907) 861-2112): a) Refuge Lands: the use off-road vehicles are prohibited except that those weighing less than 1,000 lbs. GVW (including ATVs and snow machines) may be used on refuge lands Nov 9 – Mar 31 provided there is at least a 12-inch snow cover and sufficient ground frost to prevent penetration of or disturbance to the soil surface or plant roots. If operating on frozen waterways the ice cover must be of sufficient thickness to support the weight-bearing load of the off-road vehicle. If operating on the Enstar Gas Pipeline right-of-way, or the marked trails to Figure Eight Lake or Flat Horn Lake, the 12-inch snow cover requirement is waived but there must be sufficient ground frost to prevent penetration of or disturbance to the soil surface or plant roots. b) Aircraft: Landing is prohibited Apr 1 – May 15 in the High Density Spring Waterfowl Staging Area (defined roughly as the coastal marsh seaward of the forested bluff edge). GIF Map (152 K)
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Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge 14C A. The area is open to small game hunting with shotguns, bow and arrow, and falconry only, and deleterious exotic wildlife hunting with bow and arrow, falconry, and air rifles with rifled barrels only, except for that portion between the Alaska Railroad and the Old Seward Highway;
B. is closed to the use of motorized vehicles;
C. closed to the discharge of all firearms except that shotguns may be used in those areas open to hunting north and west of a line extending south from the radio tower located at the Kincaid Park motorcross area and south and east of a line extending from an ADF&G regulatory marker at the point where Furrow Creek enters the refuge through a second ADF&G regulatory marker west of Furrow Creek from September 1 through March 31; before hunting, a person wishing to hunt with a shotgun must complete a certified hunter safety course and must register annually with the department; a person convicted of a hunting violation in one year is not eligible to register to hunt in the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge the following year; a hunter using a shotgun shall present in the field, upon request, the registration permit; in addition, a person may not intentionally distribute bread scraps, cereal grains, corn, or other waterfowl foods, or otherwise feed waterfowl or other wildlife, except for authorized management purposes.
GIF Map (133 K)
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Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge 20 Hunting and trapping are allowed only after registering with the department; the department may use its discretionary authority under 5 AAC 92.051 to implement the management plan for the refuge developed by the department. GIF Map (137 K)
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Minto Flats State Game Refuge 20 Use of four-wheeler's and other wheeled/tracked vehicles is generally prohibited within the refuge. Individuals with private inholdings may be permitted to use wheeled vehicles on authorized corridors only for access to and from inholdings. However, a General (public) Permit has been issued authorizing the use of only fully tracked vehicles with a load capacity of 1,500 pounds or less on limited portions of the Dunbar-Livengood and Fairbanks Manley trails (the eastern and southern boundaries, respectively, of the Minto Flats Management Area) from August 15th through April 30th. From November 1st through April 30th, snowmachines weighing less than 1000 pounds gross weight may be used anywhere on the refuge given there is at least three inches of frozen mineral soil and a total accumulation to date of three inches of snow. GIF Map (127 K)
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