Hunting Alaska-Roosevelt Elk
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Elk - facts and figures
* 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
* 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 in Alaska.

* You are allowed to report your harvest in person or via U.S. mail for all hunts. For some hunts, you may also report online instead. Failure-to-report (FTR) penalties apply for many hunts. Click Here  for more information.

* Refer back to Alaska Hunting for the map of hunting units. Each unit will give specific information about the area, bag limits and more.

Click Here  for Types of Elk Bugles & how they should work to attract the exact type of elk you are attempting to draw in.

Bows, Firearms, Cartridge, and Ammunition for Hunting Alaska:

The rifle you bring hunting should be one with which you are comfortable. many hunters have been convinced that a .300, .338, .375, or .416 magnum is needed for personal protection and to take large Alaska game. This is simply not true.

1.Rifle/handgun: State regulations require that rifles and handguns must fire a 200-grain or larger bullet, which retains at least 2000 foot-pounds of energy at 100 yards. A .30-06 with a 220-grain bullet is about the minimal weapon that meets this specification. Please do not bring your favorite firearm and expect to use it if it does not meet the above criteria. 

2.Muzzleloader: Muzzle-loading rifles must be .54 caliber or larger, or at least .45 caliber with a 250-grain or larger elongated slug. Further, for safety reasons, those hunting with muzzleloaders must also have within easy reach a smokeless powder rifle meeting the centerfire rifle requirements listed above. 

3.Bow: Longbows, recurve bows, or compound bows are permitted, but they must have a peak draw weight of 50 pounds or more. Arrows must be at least 20 inches in overall length, and tipped with unbarbed, fixed or replaceable-blade type broadheads. Arrow and broadhead together must weigh at least 300 grains total weight. As with hunters using muzzleloaders, ADF&G strongly recommends that bowhunters have a rifle close at hand. 

* If you are planning on packing out moose meat, caribou meat, or a brown bear hide weighing hundreds of pounds, you can carry a 9- to 11-pound rifle including scope. A rifle of this weight in .300 or .338 magnum can be mastered with a lot of practice.

SUMMERY:  You can’t go wrong with a stainless steel bolt-action rifle chambered for a standard cartridge that you are comfortable with and can shoot accurately, loaded with a high quality bullet. 
Elk are members of the deer family. They are much larger than deer, but not as large as moose. Males have antlers, which in prime bulls are very large and sweep gracefully back over the shoulders with spikes pointing forward. Bull elk on Afognak Island are estimated to weigh up to 1,300 lbs (591 kg). Cow elk are similar in appearance to bulls, but they are smaller and lack antlers. A 1,300-lb (590-kg) elk will dress out at about 800 lbs (363 kg). Of this amount, about 450 lbs (204 kg) is usable meat. 

Elk are hardy animals whose large body size and herding tendencies require tremendous amounts of food. From late spring to early fall, with a wide variety of food available, elk are mainly grazers, using grasses, forbs, and other leafy vegetation. By late fall they become browsers, feeding on sprouts and branches of shrubs and trees. 
Hunting Tips - The Hunt
The seasons are divided into four different units that open on Aug. 1 and close on Dec. 31. Compared to other states that offer elk hunting, the Alaskan hunting season is considerably longer.

Every hunter--nonresident of resident--must purchase a valid hunting license and elk permit before hunting. Before applying for an elk permit you will need to purchase the $25 resident hunting license or $85 nonresident hunting license. Then the elk tag will cost $300 for the U.S. nonresident and $400 for the foreigner nonresident as of March 2010. Licenses and permits may be applied for and purchased online at an Alaska Department of Fish and Game office or license vendors. 

Hunting in Alaska poses serious dangers to any hunter with the extreme weather and high concentration of brown bears. On average, Afognak Island has two brown bears every 3 square miles. This may be a serious concern with an elk carcass on the ground after the harvest. Elk success rates are relatively low with only 5 percent of hunters successfully harvesting an elk in Game Management Unit 3. 

Hunting Tips - Shot placement
Before a hunter takes a shot, it is his or her responsibility to be sure they can make a clean and accurate shot, so use a weapon you can shoot accurately. 

Heart & Double Lung Shot
 Alaskan game animals will quickly die when both lungs and/or heart are hit by a bullet or arrow. The best shot placement is when the animal is broadside to the hunter or slightly facing away.  A heart-lung shot from either position will likely puncture both lungs.

Hunting Tips - Where
Refer back to Alaska Hunting for the map of hunting units. Each unit will give specific information about the area, bag limits and more.     

Unit 3 - Etolin and associated islands - •The use of motorized equipment and vehicles is restricted in the South Etolin Island Wilderness.  Zarembo Island is closed to elk hunting. Hunters should use Leave-No-Trace techniques when establishing and breaking camp. Contact the USDA-FS Wrangell Ranger District at (907) 874-2323 for details. 
* Season Dates: Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, Certified Bowhunters Only
* Season Dates: Oct 1 - Oct 31, Rifle
Reporting Requirements:
* Successful hunters must send a 5" section of the lower front jaw (including teeth) to the Petersburg Fish and Game office. We also request that successful hunters send a photo of their elk antlers along with the lower front teeth. 

Unit 8 - Kodiak Raspberry Island - •Access to this elk herd is by floatplane or boat. Best access points are Onion Bay and Raspberry Strait. Land status maps and addresses of land owners are available at 
* Season Dates: Oct 1 - Nov 30th

Unit 8 - Kodiak Afognak Island - Much of the land is privately owned and subject to access fees. Land status maps and addresses of land owners are available at 
Southwest Afognak, that portion of Afognak Island and adjacent islands south and west of a line from the head of Back Bay (58 05.3’ N, 152 45.7’ W) to Hatchery Peak (58 07.2’ N, 152 47.5’ W), to the head of Malina Bay (58 09.3’ N. 152 51.0’ W). 
Eastern Afognak, that portion of Afognak Island east of the main north-south logging road (1100 road) from the Danger Bay logging camp (58 08.2’ N, 152 32.9’ W) north to its terminus at Discoverer Bay (58 19.6’ N, 152 21.8’ W), and adjacent islands west of Marmot Strait. 
* Season Dates for Afognak Island: Sep 25 - Oct 22

Kodiak Hunt Area: Remainder of Unit 8. Much of the land is privately owned and subject to access fees. Land status maps and addresses of land owners are available at 
* Season Dates: Sep 25 - Oct 22

Reporting Requirements:
For Kodiak Raspberry Island, Afognak Island and Remainder of Unit 8:
* If successful, report in person or by phone to Kodiak within 2 days of end of hunt and permit report by mail within 5 days. 
* Specimens Required: None
* Unsuccessful hunters, including hunters who did not hunt, report by mail within 15 days of season end 
* Internet Reporting - If you did not hunt, you may report online at 

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.

CLICK HERE - For more information on hunting the Roosevelt Elk
Click Here - For information on permits for Drawing hunts, Regrestration hunts, or General Season hunts 
Click here - For Guides / Outfitters and more

If you have a trophy that you believe may qualify for B & C's Big Game Awards Program - contact one of their measurers to have it officially scored.      

Minimum Scores   Awards   All-time
           Wapiti                      385          385

Trophy Scoring Form

Minimum Scores   Awards   All-time 
         Roosevelt’s                 275         290
         Tule                            270         285      

Trophy Scoring Form

Minimum Scores   Awards   All-time
         Wapiti                     360         375

Trophy Scoring Form

Alaska Roosevelt Elk 
 (Cervus canadensis) 
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