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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 92 . Statewide Provisions
Section 80. Unlawful methods of taking game; exceptions

5 AAC 92.080. Unlawful methods of taking game; exceptions

The following methods of taking game are prohibited:

(1) by shooting from, on, or across a highway;

(2) with the use of any poison or substance that temporarily incapacitates game, except with the written consent of the board;

(3) knowingly, or with reason to know, with the use of a helicopter in any manner, including transportation to, or from, the field of any unprocessed game or parts of game, any hunter or hunting gear, or any equipment used in the pursuit or retrieval of game; this paragraph does not apply to transportation of a hunter, hunting gear, or game during an emergency rescue operation in a life-threatening situation;

(4) unless otherwise provided in this chapter, from a motor-driven boat and a snowmachine unless the motor has been completely shut off and the progress from the motor's power has ceased, except that a

(A) motor-driven boat may be used to take caribou in Units 23 and 26;

(B) snowmachine may be used in Units 22 and 23 to position caribou to select individual caribou for harvest, provided that animals are not shot from a moving snowmachine;

(C) snowmachine may be used to take wolves in wolf control implementation areas specified in 5 AAC 92.125(2) , (3), (5), and (6);

(D) snowmachine may be used in Units 18 and 19 to take wolves, provided that animals are not shot from a moving snowmachine;

(E) snowmachine or ATV may be used in Units 9(B), 9(C), 9(E), and 17, except on any National Park Service or National Wildlife Refuge lands not approved by the federal agencies, to take wolves, provided that animals are not shot from a moving snowmachine or ATV;

(5) except as otherwise specified, with the use of an aircraft, snowmachine, motor-driven boat, or other motorized vehicle to harass game or for the purpose of driving, herding, or molesting game;

(6) with the use or aid of a machine gun, set gun, or a shotgun larger than 10 gauge;

(7) with the aid of a pit, fire, artificial light, laser sight, electronically enhanced night vision scope, radio communication, cellular or satellite telephone, artificial salt lick, explosive, expanding gas arrow, bomb, smoke, chemical (excluding scent lures), or a conventional steel trap with an inside jaw spread over nine inches, except that

(A) a rangefinders may be used;

(B) a killer style trap with a jaw spread of less than 13 inches may be used;

(C) for the purpose of taking furbearers under a trapping license during an open season November 1 - March 31 in Units 7 and 9 - 26, artificial light may be used; and

(D) a tracking dog handler with one leashed dog may use artificial light to aid in tracking and dispatching a wounded big game animal;

(8) with a snare, except for taking an unclassified game animal, a furbearer, grouse, hare, or ptarmigan;

(9) repealed 7/7/94;

(10) from a motorized land vehicle, except that in those portions of Units 7 and 15 within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a motorized land vehicle may be used to take game by a person with physical disabilities, as defined in AS 16.05.940 , who requires a wheelchair for mobility, under authority of a permit issued by the department and in compliance with Kenai National Wildlife Refuge regulations, and a snowmachine or ATV may be used to take game as described in (4) of this section;

(11) with the use of a crossbow in any restricted weapons hunt that authorizes taking by bow and arrow;

(12) with any bow designed to shoot more than one arrow at a time.

History: Eff. 7/5/85, Register 95; am 6/19/86, Register 98; am 8/8/87, Register 103; am 8/20/89, Register 111; am 8/12/90, Register 115; am 7/1/92, Register 122; readopt 5/13/93, Register 126; am 7/7/94, Register 131; am 4/25/96, Register 138; am 7/1/98, Register 146; am 7/1/2000, Register 154; 1st add'l am 7/1/2000, Register 154; 2nd add'l am 7/1/2000, Register 154; am 7/1/2001, Register 158; am 7/1/2002, Register 162; add'l am 7/1/2002, Register 162; am 7/1/2003, Register 166; am 7/1/2004, Register 170; add'l am 7/1/2004, Register 170; am 1/1/2005, Register 172; am 7/1/2005, Register 174

Authority: AS 16.05.255

AS 16.05.258

AS 16.05.920

Editor's note: At its November 9 - 11, 1992, January 19 - 28, 1993 meeting, the Board of Game readopted 5 AAC 92.080 in its entirety, without change, under ch. 1, SSSLA 1992 (the 1992 subsistence law), which repealed and reenacted AS 16.05.258 .

The following methods of taking game are prohibited:

(1) by shooting from, on, or across a highway;

(2) with the use of any poison or substance that temporarily incapacitates game, except with the written consent of the board;

(3) knowingly, or with reason to know, with the use of a helicopter in any manner, including transportation to, or from, the field of any unprocessed game or parts of game, any hunter or hunting gear, or any equipment used in the pursuit or retrieval of game; this paragraph does not apply to transportation of a hunter, hunting gear, or game during an emergency rescue operation in a life-threatening situation;

(4) unless otherwise provided in this chapter, from a motor-driven boat and a snowmachine unless the motor has been completely shut off and the progress from the motor's power has ceased, except that a

(A) motor-driven boat may be used to take caribou in Units 23 and 26;

(B) snowmachine may be used in Units 22 and 23 to position caribou to select individual caribou for harvest, provided that animals are not shot from a moving snowmachine;

(C) snowmachine may be used to take wolves in wolf control implementation areas specified in 5 AAC 92.125(2) , (3), (12), and (13);

(D) snowmachine may be used in Units 18 and 19 to take wolves, provided that animals are not shot from a moving snowmachine;

(E) snowmachine or ATV may be used in Units 9(B), 9(C), 9(E), and 17, except on any National Park Service or National Wildlife Refuge lands not approved by the federal agencies, to take wolves, provided that animals are not shot from a moving snowmachine or ATV;

(5) except as otherwise specified, with the use of an aircraft, snowmachine, motor-driven boat, or other motorized vehicle to harass game or for the purpose of driving, herding, or molesting game;

(6) with the use or aid of a machine gun, set gun, or a shotgun larger than 10 gauge;

(7) with the aid of a pit, fire, artificial light, laser sight, electronically enhanced night vision scope, radio communication, cellular or satellite telephone, artificial salt lick, explosive, expanding gas arrow, bomb, smoke, chemical (excluding scent lures), or a conventional steel trap with an inside jaw spread over nine inches, except that

(A) a rangefinders may be used;

(B) a killer style trap with a jaw spread of less than 13 inches may be used;

(C) for the purpose of taking furbearers under a trapping license during an open season November 1 - March 31 in Units 7 and 9 - 26, artificial light may be used; and

(D) a tracking dog handler with one leashed dog may use artificial light to aid in tracking and dispatching a wounded big game animal;

(8) with a snare, except for taking an unclassified game animal, a furbearer, grouse, hare, or ptarmigan;

(9) repealed 7/7/94;

(10) from a motorized land vehicle, except that in those portions of Units 7 and 15 within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a motorized land vehicle may be used to take game by a person with physical disabilities, as defined in AS 16.05.940 , who requires a wheelchair for mobility, under authority of a permit issued by the department and in compliance with Kenai National Wildlife Refuge regulations, and a snowmachine or ATV may be used to take game as described in (4) of this section;

(11) with the use of a crossbow in any restricted weapons hunt that authorizes taking by bow and arrow;

(12) with any bow designed to shoot more than one arrow at a time.

History: Eff. 7/5/85, Register 95; am 6/19/86, Register 98; am 8/8/87, Register 103; am 8/20/89, Register 111; am 8/12/90, Register 115; am 7/1/92, Register 122; readopt 5/13/93, Register 126; am 7/7/94, Register 131; am 4/25/96, Register 138; am 7/1/98, Register 146; am 7/1/2000, Register 154; 1st add'l am 7/1/2000, Register 154; 2nd add'l am 7/1/2000, Register 154; am 7/1/2001, Register 158; am 7/1/2002, Register 162; add'l am 7/1/2002, Register 162; am 7/1/2003, Register 166; am 7/1/2004, Register 170; add'l am 7/1/2004, Register 170; am 1/1/2005, Register 172; am 7/1/2005, Register 174; am 1/26/2006, Register 177

Expires May 25, 2006 unless made "permanent" by the adopting agency.

Authority: AS 16.05.255

AS 16.05.258

AS 16.05.920

Editor's note: At its November 9 - 11, 1992, January 19 - 28, 1993 meeting, the Board of Game readopted 5 AAC 92.080 in its entirety, without change, under ch. 1, SSSLA 1992 (the 1992 subsistence law), which repealed and reenacted AS 16.05.258 .


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