Game Management Unit 25C
Game Management Unit (GMU) 25C includes federal public lands in the White Mountains National Recreation Area (WMNRA) and the Steese National Conservation Area (SNCA). Most species are harvested using State of Alaska harvest tickets. However, hunting for caribou in Unit 25C is managed through joint State/Federal registration permits, RC860 and RC867.
It is your responsibility to know where you are and who manages the lands where you are hunting. Land status and boundary maps are available to view in the BLM SDMS Map Interface and as downloadable, georeferenced pdf maps.
Fortymile Caribou Permit Information
RC860 and RC867 hunts
Through these joint State/Federal caribou hunts, an unlimited number of registration permits are issued through the State of Alaska. The Fortymile caribou hunts are divided into four zones and each zone has its own harvest quota.
All hunts managed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are published annually in the Alaska Hunting Regulation booklet (Alaska Hunting Regulations) with season dates and bag limits. Season dates and bag limits may change annually. However, hunt dates and bag limits for the two Fortymile registration caribou hunts have traditionally been:
- RC860, August 10 - September 30 (one bull)
- RC867, November 1 – March 31 (one caribou)
Note that when the RC 860 and RC867 registration hunt seasons are open, hunters can hunt on federal and state lands (Alaska Hunting Regulations).
Federal subsistence caribou hunts
The BLM Alaska Eastern Interior Field Office manager has been given authority to administer federal subsistence hunting for caribou on federal lands in the White Mountains National Recreation Area and the Steese National Conservation Area.
Federally qualified rural residents must obtain a registration permit (RC860 or RC867) to hunt caribou in Unit 25C. Federal subsistence caribou hunting season dates and bag limits are subject to change and set annually by BLM’s Eastern Interior Field Manager. Seasons and bag limits will be announced through BLM press releases. The Fortymile Caribou hotline provides current information about the State/Federal caribou hunts and will note if a zone stays open to Federal Subsistence hunters after a State closure.
Rural residents of the following Game Management Units and communities qualify to subsistence hunt caribou on federal public lands in Unit 25C during federal-only hunts: residents of Units 20D, 20E, 20F, 25, and 12 (north of Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve) and Eureka, Livengood, Manley, and Minto.
Information on federal subsistence hunts can be found on the Department of Interior Federal Subsistence Management Program’s Wildlife web page. To view the Unit 25C map and hunting regulations open the Wildlife Regulations link on that page.
BLM-managed lands in Unit 25C are primarily contiguous and are adjacent to state lands and the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge. The WMNRA and SNCA are separated from the Steese and Elliott highways by State lands. Other than a few small mining claims, there are no federal public lands for subsistence hunting along the highway except where the Birch Creek Wild and Scenic River (WSR) corridor meets the Steese Highway near milepost 65 and milepost 140.
The RC860 fall registration permit is available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices in Tok, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Douglas, Anchorage and Palmer. They are also available at select vendors in Tok, Eagle and Central and online from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
The RC867 winter registration permit is available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices in Tok, Delta Junction and Fairbanks. They are also available at select vendors in Eagle and Central and online from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
Current Information and Reporting
For the most current information about Fortymile caribou hunts, call the Fortymile hotline at (907) 267-2310. When a closure is imposed, pay attention to which zones are affected.
Objectives for harvest are based on the Fortymile Caribou Herd Harvest Plan (Harvest Management Coalition 2012), and the harvest is closely monitored. Please promptly report your harvest to the State of Alaska to help managers make accurate decisions. Use the link on the right to file your report.