Alaska hunting: Cordova area
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interview (10:22) with an Alaska Department of Fish and Game area wildlife biologist for
information about hunting GMU6 -- the Prince William Sound/central Gulf Coast area.
The big game species of primary interest to hunters include Sitka black-tail deer,
mountain goats, black bear, brown bear and moose. Waterfowl pass through the area in large
numbers on their way in and out of Alaska.
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Please check the current Alaska hunting regulations booklet for exact season timing.
Moose is open in September and October. The season for goats is long, opening in late
August or mid September and running through January in some areas. Deer opens in early
August and extends through December. There is an early bucks-only season, which becomes
either-sex in October. Brown bear season opens in October and extends through May. The
season is closed on Montague Island. Further east on the coast, the brown bear season
opens earlier in the fall. Black bear opens in September and runs through May.
The Cordova area is geographically diverse. The area east of Cordova is dominated by
the huge Bering Glacier. The non-glaciated area is either mountainous or largely wetland.
Immediately east of Cordova is the Copper River with its large delta, famous as a
waterfowl stopping over area. West of Cordova the Gulf Coast opens into Prince William
Sound with its many islands and waterways. The sound is somewhat protected from the open
ocean by Montague and Hinchinbrook islands. The islands are generally hilly or mountainous
and heavily forested with large "muskeg" openings.
Cordova is served by daily jet flights, but is connected to the North American road
system only by Alaska Marine Highway connections from Valdez, Whittier and Seward, other
Prince William Sound communities. Valdez is served by regular commuter flights from
Anchorage. Whittier is somewhat unusual in that it is connected to the road system, but
only via a rail/car link on which vehicles are transported on specially equipped flat cars
of the Alaska Railroad. Most hunters use boats or float planes in the Prince William Sound
portion of the area. Portions of the Copper River delta are accessible by highway vehicle.
The Gulf of Alaska coast is generally accessible only by float or wheel plane.
May tends to have better weather than earlier in the spring, with fewer storms. Rain
and wind are the norm, but stretches of dry weather are also typical. Fall tends to be
stormier. As the season progresses, snow typically falls in October. Freshwater lakes may
freeze in mid-October. Hunters should have expedition quality gear, and be prepared for
lots of rain.
Destination Information Resources
The community of Cordova has a great
website worth checking out. Consult the Alaska Marine Highway if you plan to ship your vehicle, and most importantly, check out the
Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s website for more detailed information on hunting in
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