Hunting in Alaska
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Hunting & Fishing

Alaska Species

W e l c o m e
Backcountry Taxidermy has compiled some necessary & interesting information (from Alaska Fish & Game and other sources) on what, when and where for successful hunting in our great state of Alaska.  Contact us  before & after your hunt.  Refer to  Field Care  for perserving your trophy & our Alaska Resources  for guides / outfitters / lodges & more. Unfortunatly, we loose several hunters, fishermen and hikers to the Alaska wilderness every year. Please take time to visit  Hunter Safety .
Alaska's Game Species
Alaska is home to 10 species of big game animals. In addition small game and  waterfowl hunting opportunities abound in an area spread across 365,000,000 acres — an area one-fifth the size of the entire United States.  Big game densities are generally much lower than you are probably used to in more southern states.  Many big game species here make long movements between seasonal ranges.  The key to successful big game hunting in Alaska is in doing your homework to determine both the best areas and times to hunt the species you are seeking. 

Guides / Outfitters
Guides / Outfitters provide alot of knowledge, equipment and transportation you will need in the field.  They can help you with permits / licenses, tags, accommodations and transporting your trophy. They know how to preserve your trophy while in the field.  Most importantly, they know the area and the species your seeking to ensure you have a safe, rewarding and successful hunting experience.

Even if you know Alaska and have hunted the same area and / or species before, we strongly suggest that you enlist a licensed guide / outfitter for either trapping or hunting of any species.  Alaska weather can change on a dime - a dry wash for example can become a raging river.  Getting lost and predators are another concern. It is also a BAD idea to go hunting alone. 

Click Here - Important information concerning our north american animals and radio collars.

The list (Left) has the most commonly hunted species / animals in Alaska. CLICK on the species  for pictures, Information about that species, locations where to hunt and tips on hunting that species.

Always Check the Alaska Hunting & Trapping  Emergency Orders   before planning to hunt an area or species as restrictions may apply.

Alaska's range for hunting is made up of areas called Game Management Units.    Alaska's  GMU  MAP below 
Alaska Department of Fish & Game requires guides  for the following categories of  individuals, locations and species. 

A nonresident who hunts brown/grizzly bear, Dall sheep, or mountain goat must be personally accompanied by a licensed guide OR by an Alaska resident over 19 years of age who is related. 

Nonresident Aliens: (A person who is not a citizen of the United States and whose permanent home is not in the USA)  A nonresident alien must be personally accompanied by a licensed guide to hunt ANY big game animal, including black bear, brown/grizzly bear, bison, caribou, Dall sheep, deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, muskox, wolf* and wolverine. 

* A tag is NOT required for hunting wolves in GMUs 9, 13, 16, 19, and 20. 

Kodiak Brown Bears Hunters:
To hunt Kodiak brown bears you need a valid Alaska hunting license, a Big Game Tag Record, a brown bear locking tag, and a registration and/or drawing permit for the area you plan to hunt. If you are not an Alaska resident, you also need proof - guide-client agreement - that you will be guided by a licensed guide  or a close relative. We strongly urge non-residents to make arrangements with a qualified big game guide prior to applying for any Kodiak bear hunts. 
Alaska Hunting Area Map
Click on the link below for a large scale map of each GMU
Along with hunting information for that area
For more Hunting Information, Up-Dates, Tags, Licences and etc contact Alaska Department of Fish and Game  (ADF&G) 
 Anchorage Office --------- (907) 267-2257 
 Fairbanks Office ---------- (907) 459-7206 
 Juneau/Douglas Office --(907) 465-4265 
Report Hunting Violations
        1 (800) 478-3377 
Refer to   Shipping/Transport  section for shipping. 

*** 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. ***
Good Hunting ..... Dan Lewis, Taxidermist
Alaska Hunting Calendar
April:  Most spring bear seasons open. 

Aug– Sept:  Most fall hunting seasons begin.
Some Dall sheep, caribou, deer, and moose seasons open.

Nov:  Some late winter moose hunts open. 
Other Important Information on Hunting in Alaska 

Caribou migrate seasonally, and an area that provides good hunting in August may be almost devoid of caribou in September. 

Waterfowl/Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations - lists species, area, season & bag limits.  NOTE: Most waterfowl move quickly out of Alaska in early fall.

If you want to take marmot, marten, mink, muskrat, river otter or weasel, you must buy a trapping license and follow trapping regulation.  Click Here - trapping license info & list of species, season & bag limit.

You may take beaver, coyote, fox, lynx, squirrel, wolf or wolverine under either a hunting or a trapping license.   Click Here - list of species, season, area & bag limit.  NOTE:  If issued a hunting or trapping license you must follow the methods & means permitted by that license.

You must report your harvest in person or via U.S. mail for all hunts successful or un-successful. For some hunts, you may also report online instead. Failure-to-report (FTR) penalties apply for many hunts. Click Here for more info. 
Do you know how much meat the law requires you take?
It's not just four quarters.
If you shoot a moose, caribou, sheep, mountain goat, wild reindeer, deer, elk, bison or muskox --you must salvage:

* All of the neck meat
* All of the chest meat (brisket)
* All the meat of the ribs
* Frontquarters to the knee
* Hindquarters to the hock
* All of the meat along the backbone