Protect our Fish When You Take Your Alaska SUV Rentals Fishing

Our fish populations are one of the most important forms of sustenance, both worldwide and on a state-level. Here in Alaska, we know that without fish, our population would suffer. Whether you’re just visiting or are a regular sports fisher, you’ll likely know that there’s only a certain limit of fish that you can take away with you in your Alaska SUV rentals.

Contrary to what many people think, these limitations and regulations are chosen carefully and scientifically. They’re put in place to protect fish populations by reducing predator species from downsizing others, while also preventing over-fishing of desirable species, like salmon.

Getting a license

Licenses are fairly easy and cheap to attain. Ranging anywhere from $10 to $40 per license, getting a license will ensure you avoid hefty fines that can reach into the thousands.

When you get a license, you learn also about the regulations and limits that you are required to maintain. In doing so, you also agree to adhere to these limits and regulations.

If you’re caught fishing without a license, you’ll end up with a pretty hefty fine and be declared a poacher. This could cause more problems in the future, as it can potentially hinder your obtainment of a fishing license. Your fish will most certainly be confiscated, and depending on the amount of fish you’ve bagged, you could pay thousands of dollars in fines.

Fishing authorities are likely to do spot checks around the busy fishing season. If you’re caught with more than you’re allowed to catch, or without a license, you risk fine. Furthermore, other fishers can report you to the authorities if you appear to be a poacher. At this point, an official will show up on site to perform a check.

Your license card will include your limits. It will declare how many fish you can catch and keep in a single day. It’s smart to keep your license in your wallet rather than in your Alaska SUV rentals in case of a spot check.

Why fees are important

It may seem ridiculous to pay for a license, but in fact, the funds generated from licenses go towards important causes across the state. One of these is researching rockfish, which are difficult to investigate because of their deep habitat. It also goes towards fish conservation and habitat reservation. It also helps to stock fish to ensure fish populations are kept at a reasonable level (which also increases your chances of a catch!).

The program, since its inception, has dramatically helped to reduce damage and harm on fish populations. But there’s also plenty you can do. While regulations around rockfish help maintain their populations, you can do your part to watch out for their protection. Often, Pelagic rockfish are confused as black bass or sea bass and are caught and labeled as such. Double check your labels and your identification. Furthermore, yelloweye rockfish – non-pelagic – are confused as red snapper.

This is important. Rockfish have long lives, but their females don’t begin spawning until 27 years old. Furthermore, they won’t bother with breeding if conditions and resources are poor. This means that their populations are easy to deplete. Help out by properly identifying rockfish, knowing when you release them if you’re an angler, and making sure you’re not driving away in your Alaska SUV rentals with too many of them.

We promote responsible fishing to our Alaska SUV rentals clients because we care about our community, and our land. Alaska is our home, and even if you’re just visiting, Alaska is your home now too.

Reserve your Alaska SUV rentals from Avis to head out on a fishing trip today.

Take Your Alaska Truck Rentals Caribou Hunting This Fall!

The hunt is on! Alaska is known for its supreme hunting. Anyone who has a license and follows regulation can take part. Of course, now you just need an Alaska truck rental to get you there!

Hunting regulations are important. They’re not just for teetotalers, but ensure that the species that we hold so dear for our subsistence are maintained rather than depleted. Regulations are not arbitrary laws decided by paper pushers, but rather a carefully constructed mandate set out by those who understand the ecosystem, the species within it, and their breeding and living cycles. With these, officials can create a regimented limitation on hunting that ensures the growth of a species at the same rate its being hunted. After all, you can’t hunt if all the caribou disappear!

As you may know, August and September creates the prime caribou-hunting season. You may have already taken your Alaska truck rental out for a hunt! But unless you’re following regulations, you will come across hefty and unwanted fines.

So, to help you avoid that, we’ve outlined some important tips and rules to remember about hunting to let you stay worry-free in your Alaska truck rentals.

Types of hunts

The date that you’re allowed to begin hunting depends on the type of hunting license you have. Subsistence hunters began on August 1 in the Nelchina region Unit 13, while Tier I followed on August 10. The rest of us who decided to try our hands at the drawing hunt had to wait until August 20. Fortunately, caribou is good for hunting throughout September, as well.

Don’t forget also to reapply for a draw hunt next year if that’s the route you choose to take. Application period, as you may already know, is November 1 until December 15.

Where to find caribou

Hunting caribou can actually be quite relaxing and leisurely, if you know what you’re doing. Unlike many animals, caribous like a little sleep in. That means that early afternoon, with the sunning beaming, is the best time to find caribou roaming the plains. You’ll find them picking at cotton, forbes, fireweed, and dwarf birch leaves. So that means you can pack proper camp breakfasts in your Alaska truck rentals for lazier than normal mornings.

On particularly warm days, look up. Caribou are not fans of bugs and flies, and will move up towards windy ridges in order to avoid them.

Regulations for hunting in Alaska

Regulations on both state and federal levels can be confusing. Your best decision is to read through the regulation handbook carefully. It’s printed annually every June. In this you can find bagging limits, season dates, information on registration hunts, tag types, and information about which hunts are residents only or nonresidents allowed.

This last point is particularly important to pay attention to. If you’re unfamiliar with hunting regulations in the state and you’re a nonresident then it’s important always to check to see if you’re legally admitted to hunt in that region at that period. Because subsistence hunting is common in Alaska, it’s important, as a nonresident, for you to follow these regulations to ensure residents have the food they need.

There are several different types of hunts in Alaska: Tier I and II subsistence permits; drawing permits; federal hunts; registration permits; general season hunts. The best way to figure out which hunt suits you best is by visiting the Alaska hunting regulation website or by reading the regulation handbook. Online information can be found here.

If you need Alaska truck rentals for your caribou hunting trip, look no further than Avis Alaska. Find out more at one of our branches or reserve your vehicle directly with our website.

Cleaning and Storing Fish, & What to Do with Frozen Fillets

As most people who’ve been to Alaska know, our state has prime fishing. And more than just that, fishing is a form of sustenance for us. Alaska’s access to food and resources isn’t, and can’t be, taken for granted. The remoteness of our state means that we rely on our natural resources to help get us through the year – natural resources like fishing, for instance. If you take your Anchorage SUV rentals out fishing, you’ll quickly discover how popular this sport is for us. And that’s because of more than just enjoyment!

So what do you do with all that fish once you’ve brought it back home in your Anchorage SUV rentals? Like we said – it’s not just a sport to us! Of course, freezers are one of our most helpful tools. This ensures we have nice local fish to eat throughout the winter – if you know what to do with it!

Here’s a short guide with tips for cleaning your fish and what to do with it once you have.

Cleaning your fish

The first thing you need to do before you freeze is clean your fish. This must be done properly to avoid any unwelcome scales, bones, or bacteria.

Careful holding the fish. Fins can be sharp and can cut you. Holding by the head can also be a risk if the fish you’ve caught and are cleaning has sharp teeth. Choose your holding spot carefully!

First, with your fish on the table and only a shallow cut with your knife, slice from near the anus of the fish up to the head. Shallow is the key word here – you don’t want to damage the intestines. Once you’ve done this, open the fish up and remove in the innards. Look for its kidney by its backbone. Only some fish have this, but you’ll need to remove it with a spoon if you see it. To remove the anus, simply cut a V-shaped notch around it.

Next, thoroughly rinse out the cavity before washing the skin. As with the kidney, certain fish also have a dark abdominal lining. If you want to avoid an oily flavor, remove this dark tissue.

How you go from here is up to you! Often trout are cooked with their head on, but if you prefer, this is when you’d remove the head of your fish. Other than that, it’s clean and ready to go! You can freeze your fish like this or fillet it.

Finally, don’t forget to thoroughly clean your work surface as soon as you’re finished cleaning the fish. All guts, scales, and heads should be discarded appropriately and the surface sanitized.

Filleting a fish

If you take your Anchorage SUV rentals out fishing regularly, you know there’s nothing better than eating a salmon fillet that you caught that day. You’ll need a pair of scissors and a filleting knife.

First, use your scissors to cut off all the fins around the fish, including around the head. Then, use your knife to slice the stomach open from tail to head. There’s a small hole near the tail that can be used to guide you. Clean out the stomach and rinse with cold water.

Next, if you haven’t already, remove the head by cutting around just beneath its gills. From here, slice your knife in a smooth action towards the tail using the spine as a guide. Avoid sawing actions as this creates a less even cut.

Once you reach the rib bones, gently follow the line of them with your knife to remove the fillet. Now you have a fillet of fish! Freeze, or grill skin side down for a delicious meal.

Using frozen fish

Frozen fish can be used in all the same ways fresh fish can. The only thing you need to keep in mind is defrosting before cooking. However, if done properly, fish may also be cooked straight from frozen.

Before freezing, though, why not try other methods of storage? Canning, for instance, can be a beautiful way to enjoy salmon. Curing is another way to make your fish last longer.

What are your favorite frozen fish recipes? Feel free to share on our Facebook page or Twitter to help out other members of the Anchorage SUV rentals community with their fish haul.

Reserve your Anchorage SUV rentals today to begin your fishing adventure.