Alaska Hunting Season

John Lewis

2024 Alaska Hunting: Dates, Licenses, Bag Limits – Know it all! 

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With its abundance of wildlife, Alaska offers a wide variety of hunting seasons throughout the year; you’ll want to know the best times to go in the wild. This post will discuss complete schedules, including the animals you may pursue and any restrictions you should be aware of. Read on to find out more!

Alaska Hunting Seasons 2023-2024

AK Deer Dates 2023-2024

Alaska Caribou

Fall Fortymile Caribou


Dall Sheep


Musk Oxen



Black Bear

Brown Grizzly Bear



Feral Ferret and Feral Swine

Feral Non-Native Game Birds



Cormorant (Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants)




Snowy Owl


Shrew and Mouse








Deleterious Exotic Wildlife

Belgian Hare

English Sparrow

Eurasian Collared Dove

Rockdove (pigeon)

Muridae Rodent (gerbil, rat, true mice and their relatives)


Feral Non-Native Game Birds






Alaska Hunting regulations
Alaska Hunting regulations

AK Hunting Licenses, Tags & Permits

Obtaining hunting, trapping, fishing, fishing for personal use, commercial fishing, or guiding sporting or game expeditions in Alaska requires a valid license. Everybody from locals to visitors to service personnel to disabled veterans to retirees over 60 may apply for a license. The majority of licenses, as well as stamps for king salmon and duck, are now available online.

Types of Licenses

License TypeAvailabilityFeaturesAvailable On
Digital/PrintedADF&G offices, most license retailers, onlineAvailable in PDF format; can be printed, electronically signed, or digitally stored on a phoneOnline
eSignedADF&G website, through personal accountAvailable as an electronic version that can be accessed on electronic device; can also be printed and carriedOnline
Carbon CopySelect vendors, some ADF&G officesHandwritten; licensee receives carbon copy; lost licenses can be replaced for a fee of $5Alaska Department of Fish and Game,
1255 W. 8th Street
Juneau, AK 99811-5526

Resident License Fees

License TypeFees
Resident hunting license fee$45
Resident trapping license fee$25
Resident hunting and trapping license fee$65
Resident hunting and sportfishing license fee$60
Resident hunting, trapping, and sportfishing license fee$85
Resident low-income license fee$5
Resident waterfowl stamp fee$10

Nonresident License Fees

Hunting TypeNonresident License Fees
Small game hunting - grouse, hare (other than Belgian bare), peannipn, waterfowl. crane, and snipe$60
Hunting (all game)$160
Hunting and trapping$405
Alien hunting$630
Waterfowl stamp$10

Resident Locking-Tag Fees

CategoriesResident locking-tag fees
Brown/grizzly bear$25
Muskox nonsubsistence hunt drawing fee (Unit 18)$500
Muskox nonsubsistence hunt registration fee (Unit 18)$25
Muskox nonsubsistence hunt drawing fee (Unit 21D and 24D)$500

Nonresident Locking-Tag Fees

Game SpeciesNonresident Locking-Tag Fee (The price is for one locking tag)
Black bear$450
Brown/grizzly bear$1000
Dall sheep$850
Mountain goat$600

Nonresident Alien Locking-Tag Fees

Game SpeciesNonresident Alien-Locking-Tag Fee (The price is for one locking tag)
Black bear$600
Brown/grizzly bear$1300
Dall sheep$1100
Mountain goat$800

AK Hunting Locations

Few suggested locations are cited as below

LocationRegionHunting OpportunitiesFishing OpportunitiesOther Outdoor Activities
Southeast corner, PanhandleSouthSitka blacktail deerSalmon, halibutClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports
Yakutat, CordovaNorthMoose, brown bear, deerSalmon, halibutClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports
North Gulf Coast, Prince William SoundEastMoose, brown bear, caribouSalmon, halibut, rockfish, lingcodClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports
Kenai Peninsula, Kodiak/Afognak Archipelago, interior of the stateWestMoose, brown bear, caribou, Dall sheep, Sitka blacktail deer, elkSalmon, halibut, grayling, northern pikeClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports
Eastern Arctic (Dalton Highway from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks, then George Parks Highway south.)EastMoose, brown bear, caribou, Dall sheepSalmon, halibutClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports
Central interior (West of Dalton Highway, past Fairbanks, and west of George Parks Highway.)WestMoose, brown bear, caribou, Dall sheep, black bearSalmon, halibut, grayling, northern pikeClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports
Anchorage, Susitna ValleyEastMoose, brown bear, caribou, Dall sheepSalmon, halibutClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, downhill skiing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowmachining
Bristol Bay, Alaska Peninsula, Aleutian IslandsWestMoose, brown bear, caribou, Dall sheepSalmon, halibutClimbing, hiking, mountain biking, winter sports

When does the Alaska hunting season for 2023-2024 begin and end?

The date for 2023-2024 runs from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024. However, each species and game management unit (AKGMU) has different start and end dates.

How to report a harvest in Alaska?

Hunters must promptly fill out a harvest report so that wildlife management can keep harvest levels low. If you don’t report, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers may give you a penalty, and you won’t be able to apply for a permit the following year.

How long is a hunting license valid in Alaska?

The state permits are valid from the date of purchase through December 31. This covers hunting, trapping, fishing, personal usage, commercial fishing, and guiding. Trapping and non-resident temporary fishing licenses are exceptions. Trapping permits are valid from January to December (September 30). Non-residents may buy 1-, 3-, 7-, or 14-day fishing licenses. Certain licenses may be obtained for less than a year.

Can non-residents hunt in Alaska?

Yes, non-residents may hunt here.

Is lead shot banned for bird in certain areas of Alaska?

Yes, lead shot is banned for bird shooting in some locations during hunting season. Units 18, 26, and 14C have specific area limits and comprise sections of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, and Chickaloon State Game Refuge. These hunters must use steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-iron, tungsten polymer, tungsten matrix, or tin shot instead of lead to protect animals and humans. The non-lead shot protects animals, the environment, and human health, even in locations where lead shot is legal.

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