A Special Action Request is an out-of-cycle change in a season, harvest limit, or method of harvest. Special Actions are taken when unusual situations arise, such as a significant change in resource abundance that could not reasonably have been anticipated. The Federal Subsistence Board may take a Special Action to restrict, close, open, or reopen the taking of fish and wildlife on Federal public lands and waters. Such actions are taken to ensure the continued viability of a particular fish or wildlife population, to ensure continued subsistence use, or for reasons of public safety. These guidelines and requirements can be found in 36 CFR 242.19 and 50 CFR 100.19.
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The table below contains information on wildlife special actions currently in effect.
In-season Manager Special Actions
Federal Subsistence Board Special Actions
Emergency Order R1-12-23 closes the state moose hunting season in Unit 5A west of the dangerous river
Federal Subsistence Season for Moose closed in a portion of Unit 5A
Bear Mountain Zone on Baranof Island in Unit 4 Closed to Harvest of Mountain Goats 13-MG-02-23
South Baranof Zone on Baranof Island in Unit 4 Closed to Harvest of Mountain Goats 13-MG-01-23
Unit 7 Dall Sheep Federal Drawing Hunt Closed SRD-2023-WSA-01
Portion of Unit 5A Closed to Goat Hunting WSA 12-MG-01-23
WSA23-02/04– Caribou, winter season 2023 – 2024 closed to all users in Units 11, 12, and 13.
WSA23-05 – Sheep, Fall 2023 season, closure within the within Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Game Management Unit 20E and Unit 25C to all users.
WSA23-01/03 - Caribou, Fall 2023 season, closure on Federal public lands in Unit 13 to all users.
WSA22-02 - Sheep, through the 2024 regulatory season, closure on Federal public lands in Unit 24A and 26B west of the Sagavanirktok River to all users.
WSA22-01 ‒ Muskox, revised Federal permitting for muskox in Units 22 and 23 through the 2022-2024 regulatory cycle.
WSA21-01 ‒ See WSA21-01a for Caribou and WSA21-01b for Moose
WSA21-01a ‒ Caribou, August 1 through September 30 through the 2024 regulatory season, closure on the Noatak National Preserve (including the Nigu River portion of the Preserve in Unit 26A) and BLM managed lands between the Noatak and Kobuk rivers in Unit 23 to non-federally qualified users.
WSA21-01b – Moose, August 1 through September 30 through the 2024 regulatory season, closure on Federal public lands in Unit 23 to non-federally qualified subsistence users.