Wildlife Special Actions

A Special Action Request is an out-of-cycle change in a season, harvest limit, or method of harvest. Special Actions are taken when unusual situations arise, such as a significant change in resource abundance that could not reasonably have been anticipated. The Federal Subsistence Board may take a Special Action to restrict, close, open, or reopen the taking of fish and wildlife on Federal public lands and waters. Such actions are taken to ensure the continued viability of a particular fish or wildlife population, to ensure continued subsistence use, or for reasons of public safety. These guidelines and requirements can be found in 36 CFR 242.19 and 50 CFR 100.19.

View informational flyer on submitting a Special Action Request.

The links below contain Information on submitted wildlife special actions and final analyses.

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Wildlife Special Actions


WSA22-06 Special Action Request WIRAC Caribou

WSA22-05 Special Action Request NWARAC Unit 23 Caribou


WSA 13-MG-12-22 Hogan Lake Zone on Baranof Island in Unit 4 Closed to the Harvest of Muntain Goats

WSA 13-MG-11 Necker Bay Zone on Baranof Island in Unit 4 Closed to the Harvest of Mountain Goats

WSA-13-MG-10 Whale Bay Zone on Barano Island in Unit 4 Closed to the Harvest of Mountain Goats

WSA-13-MG-03-22 Lisa Creek on Baranof Island, Zone 4, Mountain Goat Harvest Closed

SRD-2022-WEA-01 Unit 7 Dall Sheep Drawing Hunt Closed

WSA 13 MG 02-22  South Baranof Zone on Baranof Island Unit 4

WSA 12-CCH-01-22 Portion of Unit 12 Closed to the Harves of the Chisana Caribou Herd

Temporary Special Action Request WSA22-01 (change the federal muskox permit system in Game Management Units 22 and 23 from a federal registration permit to a federal drawing permit)

WSA22-02 Analysis

Temporary Wildlife Special Action WSA22-02 (Dall sheep in Units 24A, 26B)



 (Mountain Goat closure in Unit 4, Lisa Creek Zone on Baranof Island)

(Mountain Goat closure in a portion of Unit 5)

(Mountain Goat closure, South Baranof Zone on Baranof Island in Unit 4)

Temporary Special Action Request WSA21-01 (request to close Federal public lands in Units 23 and 26A to harvest of caribou and moose by non-Federally qualified users from August 1 through September 30, 2021).

(submitted by Northwest Arctic Subsistence RAC)

(6/16/21): FSB Defers Action on WSA21-01

Emergency Wildlife Special Action Request WSA21-02 (Unit 18 Remainder Hunt Area - Moose).




  • 13-WO-13-18 (Unit 2 wolf closure date extended. Supersedes 13-WO-12-18)
  • 13-WO-12-18 (Unit 2 wolf closure)
  • SA2019M01 (Unit 26C moose hunt opportunity for Kaktovik residents)
  • WSA 12-MG-04-18 (Unit 5A Mountain goat closure)
  • WSA18-03 (antlerless moose season in Unit 22D remainder)
  • 13-MG-11-18 (Unit 4 Mountain goat closure: Clarance Kramer Zone on Baranof Island)
  • WSA 12-MO-03-18 (Moose season closed in a portion of Unit 5A)
  • 13-MG-10-18 (Unit 4 Mountain goat closure: Upper Blue Lake Zone on Baranof Island)
  • 13-MG-09-18 (Unit 4 Mountain goat closure: Rodman Creek Zone on Baranof Island)
  • 13-MG-08-18 (Unit 4 Mountain goat closure: Red Bluff Bay Zone on Baranof Island)
  • 13-MG-07-18 (Unit 4 Mountain goat closure: Upper Benzeman Zone on Baranof Island)
  • 12-MO-02-18 (Moose hunting in Unit 5A)
  • WSA18-02 (Emergency moose hunt opened to residents of Tuluksak)
  • 13-BD-06-18 (Harvest limit reduction for deer in Unit 2)
  • KNWR18-01 (Quota for cow moose in Unit 15C)
  • 13-MG-05-18 (Bear Mountain zone on Baranof Island closed to harvest of mountain goats)
  • 13-MG-04-18 (Some zones on Baranof Island in Unit 4 closed to goat
  • WSA18-01 (limited caribou hunt on Unimak Island)

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