Hunting in Alaska

Alaska Hunting at Glance

The state of Alaska has the largest population of hunters in the United States, and for good reason – there is an abundance of wildlife. Not only is Alaska home to more than twice as many moose as any other state, but it is also the only state in the US where you can hunt grizzly bears. While some animals, like wolves, can only be hunted during certain seasons, there is no shortage of opportunities for those looking to do some hunting in Alaska. In fact, the state of Alaska has more than 3 times as many caribou as any other state

There are over a dozen species of large game animals in Alaska, including bison, caribou, elk, muskox, wolves, black bears, Dall sheep, moose, brown and grizzly bears, Sitka black-tailed deer and mountain goats. The majority of hunting in Alaska occurs between August and October; however , bears may be hunted during the autumn or spring in certain areas.

In Alaska, nonresidents must be accompanied by an Alaska-licensed guide or an Alaska resident at least 19 years old who is a close relative, which is deemed to be someone within the “second degree of kindred.” Nonresident aliens are required to hire a guide if they wish to hunt any big-game animal in Alaska.

Alaska ranks #8 in the nation for hunting license per capita and has a strong hunting culture with over 12.8% of the population classified as registered hunters.

Key Insights

  • There are over a dozen species of large game animals in Alaska that can be hunted.
  • Nonresidents hunting in Alaska must be accompanied by a licensed guide or an Alaska resident who is a close relative. [1]
  • Nonresident aliens must hire a guide to hunt any big-game animal in Alaska. [2]
  • For accurate information on hunting seasons and requirements in Alaska, it is recommended to check with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. [3]
  • Small game animals popular for hunting in Alaska include ptarmigan, grouse, quail, partridge, and spruce grouse. [4]

Table of Contents

Hunters (Based on Hunting Licenses)
Population: 733,391
Hunters 93,874
Hunter % 12.80%
Hunters Rank 8
Land Types (Acres)
Acres % Rank
Total 365,039,400
Huntable Public 271,174,000 74.29% 2
Private Land 39,252,600 10.75% 50
Tribal Land 86,800 0.02% 25

Alaska ranks #50 for the percentage of private land vs total acres and number 25 in terms of acres of tribal land.

Alaska Hunting Seasons & Requirements

For the most accurate information on Alaska Hunting Seasons, along with the state’s requirements for tag and bag limits, it’s a good idea to check with the Alaska DNR.  We’ve provided their contact information below, along with links to helpful resources, including licensing.

Alaska DNR

P.O. Box 115526
1255 W. 8th Street
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

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Popular Game to Hunt in Alaska

Small Game Hunting in Alaska

For those looking to bag a small game, ptarmigan, grouse, quail, partridge, and spruce grouse are among the most popular choices. Ptarmigan are particularly well-suited to Alaska’s climate, and they can be found in many different areas of the state. Grouse are also widespread, and they offer a challenging hunt for experienced hunters. Quail are relatively easy to find and make for good table fare. Partridge are also popular among hunters looking for a tasty treat. Spruce grouse can be found in the more remote areas of Alaska, and they offer a unique hunting experience.

Big Game Hunting in Alaska

Alaska is home to some of the most popular big game animals in the world, including dall sheep, caribou, moose, mountain goat, and brown bear. Hunting these animals is a popular pastime in Alaska, and each offers its own unique challenge. Dall sheep are among the most difficult to hunt, due to their elusive nature and the harsh mountain terrain they inhabit. Caribou are also notoriously difficult to track down, but their massive size makes them a prized trophy for hunters. Moose are perhaps the most popular big game animal to hunt in Alaska, as they are relatively easy to find and provide a significant amount of meat. Mountain goat are another popular target, as their fur is valuable and they are relatively easy to track down. Finally, brown bear are the most dangerous game animal in Alaska, but they offer an unsurpassed trophy for those who are able to take one down.

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Where are the Best Areas to Hunt in Alaska

Alaska offers great hunting opportunities across the state, both on public and private land. We’ve included some of the best areas for public hunting below and as we have access we’ll be adding more private land too.

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Popular Public Hunting Land in Alaska

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the five most popular places to hunt public land in Alaska are Denali National Park, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Denali National Park is home to a variety of game species, including caribou, moose, sheep, and goats. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge is also a popular destination for hunting, with Sitka black-tailed deer, brown bears, and waterfowl being the most popular quarry. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is known for its abundance of Dall sheep and moose, while Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a prime location for bear hunting. Finally, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is one of the best places in Alaska to hunt for big game, such as caribou, moose, sheep, and goats.

1. Denali National Park
2. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
3. Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
4. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
5. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Hunting Private Land in Alaska

Alaska is a massive state, as far as acreage, so even though just 10% of the land in Alaska is private, it still means there are 100s of thousands of acres to choose from if you can get access.

Hunting private land is typically great for avoiding crowds and for finding animal populations that are less skittish, though Alaska’s vast forests and open access make this less of a concern.   If you are looking for private land, though, we’re actively trying to help provide access by partnering with local landowners.   We’re adding new

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