Moose hunting season starts today. (Jillian Rogers)

A moose hunting brochure from the Alaska Dept of Fish and Game. (Jillian Rogers)

Two Alaska residents recently pleaded guilty to hunting violations during this year’s Haines moose hunt.

Wasilla resident Truman Philbrick pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of taking a bull moose without the required permit. Two other charges against him were dismissed as part of a plea deal. Philbrick was fined $3,000 with half of the amount suspended and he was ordered to pay an additional $1,000 in restitution.

Haines resident Mary Stickler pleaded guilty to unlawful possession/transportation of big game. She was fined $2,000 with half suspended.

Both Stickler and Philbrick were placed on probation for one year.

The Haines-area moose hunt usually lasts about three weeks, but this year’s hunt closed after just eight days due to a rapid harvest. Twenty-six moose were harvested. Two were sublegal.