Throughout November adult bull caribou are casting or dropping their antlers. Late November thorugh January bull moose are casting antlers. Local residents might be found seining/netting for smelt.
The subsistence harvest of fur bearing animals begins for fox, hare, beaver and martin. Ptarmigan and grouse are also hunted during the winter.
Once the ice has solidly set ice fishing for overwintering Dolly Varden, Arctic char, rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, smelt, northern pike, and burbot begins. Local residents fish in many areas.
In January brown bears give birth in their winter dens. Cubs are born weighing 1 1/2 pounds and suckle while their mother is dormant.
This is the time when coastal Native Alaskans traditionally harvest marine mammals including seals and walrus.