A young billy takes in the view from a high vantage point. Sexual segregation is prevalent through much of the hunting season. Groups of animals are likely to be mostly females and young whereas males are mostly alone. Photo courtesy of Milo Burcham/for The Cordova Times
A young billy takes in the view from a high vantage point. Photo courtesy of Milo Burcham for The Cordova Times

State wildlife conservation officials have scheduled the opening of registration permit hunt RG248 for mountain goats on Oct. 1 in Game Management Unit 6D. 

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.  

Permits will be available on Sept. 21 in person at the Alaska Wildlife Trooper Office at 207 Meals Ave. in Valdez. Area wildlife biologist Charlotte Westing said a limited number of permits, between 12 and 20, will be issued based on aerial survey results. 

Permit applicants are required to complete an Alaska Department of Fish and Game online goat quiz prior to receiving a permit. The quiz is available at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=quiz.mountaingoatquiz. Hunters must have their hunting license with them to be issued a permit. 

The 2017 survey of the area found a minimum count of 162 goats. The area is a top survey priority this year if conditions allow. A successful survey will result in an updated maximum allowable harvest. If no survey is completed, the maximum allowable harvest will be five “goat points.” Total goat points are calculated using one point for each billy harvested and two points for each nanny.