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By ZACHARY HALASCHAK
Daily News Staff Writer
Calling all Southeast Alaska deer hunters: your harvest reports are due.
Now that the hunting seasons for Sitka black-tailed deer have closed, any hunter who obtained deer harvest tickets must return their completed hunt reports to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Even those who obtained harvest tickets but did not end up hunting still have to turn in hunt reports.
According to a press release from the Department of Fish and Game, these reports help manage and track trends in the deer population.
“Information provided in hunt reports helps biologists monitor deer population and estimate changes in area-specific harvest and hunting effort, and provides data needed for recommending appropriate seasons and bag limits,” the release reads.
The more detailed information that hunters provide the better officials can track and manage the deer populations around Southeast Alaska.
Hunters who have not yet done so may submit their hunt reports in person at a Fish and Game office, by mail or online at hunt.alaska.gov.