Charlie DeWitt, second from the left, and his family with the antlers from the bull he harvested. (Photo courtesy of the DeWitt family)

The Haines-area moose hunt is closing early for the third year in a row.

Twenty-five moose have been harvested in the Chilkat Valley. That’s the management limit set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The emergency order closes the hunt in Unit 1D at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Since Sept. 15, hunters have harvested one spike-fork, four 50-plus inch and 17 three-brow tine bulls. Three sublegal moose were taken.

The low number of spike or forked animals also factored into the decision to close the hunt early.