Backcountry Custom Taxidermy
The lynx is the only cat native to Alaska. They are a large, short-tailed cat, similar to the bobcat, but distinguished by its long legs, furry feet, the long tufts on the tip of each ear, and a black-tipped tail. The large broad feet function as snowshoes to aid the lynx in winter hunting and traveling. The dense soft fur is buffy grey with indistinct spotting. Most adults weigh from 18 to 30 pounds (8.2- 13.6 kg). Male lynx are generally larger than females and occasionally weigh 40 pounds (18.2 kg) or more.
Lynx inhabit much of Alaska's forested terrain and use a variety of habitats, including spruce and hardwood forests, and both subalpine and successional communities.
The best lynx habitat in Alaska occurs where fires or other factors create and maintain a mixture of vegetation types with an abundance of early successional growth. This provides the best habitat for snowshoe hares and other small prey of lynx. Lynx are also known to prey on caribou, Dall sheep, and foxes, especially during periods of snowshoe hare scarcity..
Lynx normally travel one to five miles per day within home ranges ranging from five to more than 100 square miles. The largest ranges occur when prey are scarce. Lynx travel and hunt at a walk most of the time and capture their prey with short bursts of speed. They often ambush hares and other small prey while bedded down near small game trails. Lynx are adept at climbing trees but hunt mainly on the ground, sometimes using trees as a refuge from larger predators such as wolves.
Trapping is the most common way to hunt Lynx - Trapping laws are better in that they are much less restrictive concerning methods and means and the limits are higher and other fur bearers may also be taken. Lynx are curious animals and are fairly easy to trap using lures made from beaver castor, catnip, or other scents. Visual attractors such as bird wings or aluminum foil are often used to take advantage of the lynx's visual acuity.
*** It is ultimately the ethics of you, the hunter, that should be strong enough to realise and dictate the methods of hunting any species in Alaska. ***
* You may take beaver, coyote, fox, lynx, squirrel, wolf or wolverine under either a hunting or a trapping license. Click Here for list of species, season, area & bag limit.
Rifle - Know how to track a Lynx. You can't kill a Lynx if you can't find it. Travel to Lynx habitats. A .270 or .30-06 rifle will do the job with good shot placment. Be prepared to do some stalking. Lynx have a very large range and at times very low population density.
Hunting - Where
Lynx numbers in the northern continental United States have been greatly reduced and throughout Alaska except the Aleutian islands, Kodiak archipelago, the islands of the Bering Sea and some islands of Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska. Lynx are prominent in the following GMU (game management Units). Refer back to Alaska Hunting for the map of hunting units. Each unit will give specific information about the area, bag limits and more.
The following Units have a Lynx Season is Nov 10th - Jan 31st - Limit 2 Lynx - Hides must be sealed within 30 days of the kill
Unit 7 - Seward - includes Moose Pass, Cooper landing, Hope, the Russian River & Resurrection Bay along with
Kenai Fjords national Park and Chugach National Forest
Unit 15 - Kenai - includes Kenai, Homer, Anchor Poiunt, Soldotna, Kasilof, Port Graham, Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge and the Kenai Fjords
The following Units have a Lynx Season from Nov 10th - Feb 28th - Limit 2 Lynx - Hides must be sealed within 30 days of the kill
Unit 6 - Cordova - Valdez - includes Whittier, Chenega Bay, Katalla, Tatitlek, Chugach national Forest and Prince William Sound
Unit 9 - Alaska Penninsula - includes King Salmon, Kakhonak, Port Alsworth, Ugashik, Cold Bay, Ivanof Bay, Chignik, Katmai & Lake Clark
National parks & Peninsula’s National Wildlife Refuge
Unit 11 - Wrangell Mountains - Chitina River Area
Unit 13 - Nelchina - Upper Susitna - includes Paxson, Mentasta, Glennallen, Eureka, Copper Center, Tonsina and Chitina
Unit 17 - Bristol Bay - includes Dillingham, Koliganek, Aleknagik, Togiak, Manokotak & Walrus Islands
The following Units have a Lynx Season is Nov1st - March 15th - Limit 2 Lynx - Hides must be sealed within 30 days of kill
Unit 20 - Fairbanks - Central Tanana Area - includes North Pole, Denali National Park, Chicken, Rampart, Fort Wainwright and Eielson AFB
* If you are a Nonresident, you should be accompanied by a licensed guide / outfitter OR by an Alaska resident (who is a close relative) to hunt in Alaska, unless you have hunted here before. * If you are a Nonresident Alien, you must be accompanied by a licensed guide / outfitter OR by an Alaska resident (who is a close relative) to hunt Lynx in Alaska.
Hunting Tips - Summery
This is not a substitute for the Alaska Hunting Regulations. For more complete infomation read the regulations and the permit hunt supplements. They are available at Alaska Department of Fish & Game offices and establishments that sell hunting licenses and tags. Always Check the Alaska Hunting & Trapping Emergency Orders before planning to hunt an area or species as restrictions may apply.
* NOTE: If issued a hunting or trapping license you must follow the methods & means permitted by that license.