Good weather this fall has caused a problem for some Kodiak Island hunters. Three popular Kodiak Island registration goat hunts will not open, and good weather was a contributing factor.
The three hunts include Wild Creek, Crown Mountain, and Hidden Basin–East Terror Lake.
Mild, relatively dry weather during the drawing hunts earlier this fall led to hunters taking the quota, according to an Alaska Department of Fish and Game press release.
No permits are being issued for the three closed hunts.
On a related note, here is a bit of history on goats in Kodiak:
Mountain goats on the island originated from 11 females and seven males that were moved from the Kenai Peninsula to the Hidden Basin area in 1952 and 1953.
The first goat hunting season was authorized in 1968.
Based on data from aerial surveys, Kodiak Island’s goat population is estimated at approximately 3,000.