Apply now for Port Valdez North Goat Hunt

Registration permit hunt RG248 for mountain goats in Game Management Unit 6D is now open and permits will be available starting at noon on Sept. 20, says Charlotte Westing, the state’s area wildlife biologist in Cordova.

The hunt area includes the mainland drainages of Sheep Creek, north of Port Valdez, Robe Lake, and the Richardson highway, and east of Shoup Glacier.

The permits will be available in person at the Alaska Wildlife Trooper Office at 207 Meals Avenue in Valdez. A limited number of permits, between 12 and 20, will be issued based on aerial survey results.

Completion of the ADF&G online goat quiz is required prior to receiving a permit.

The quiz is online at

The last aerial survey of the area in 2013 found a minimum count of 115 goats. The area is a top survey priority this year.  A successful survey will result in an updated maximum allowable harvest.  If no survey is completed, the maximum allowable harvest will be five “goat units.” Total goat units are calculated using one unit for billies and two units for nannies.