Hey there! Are you ready to go on an exciting adventure in the stunning wilderness of Alaska? It is a treasure place where you can hunt a lot of big games and small games like Sitka black-tailed deer, mule deer, bear, goat and furbearer.

The time for hunting season in 2024 is almost here! We're excited to share all the important information you need to know about the dates and rules.

Whether you're a seasoned hunter or preparing for your first trip, we've got you covered! Let’s find out how to apply, where to hunt and what are the limited season dates that you can hunt in Alaska with the following post.

When Does Hunting Season Start In Alaska?

Most of the Alaska hunting seasons start in August and September and end in October. For some last hunting, the seasons may last till December.

If you're planning to hunt in Alaska, make sure you're up to date on the hunting schedules. It's important to know when to get your licenses and tags, and when to start planning your trips.

In January, you'll need to get your new licenses and locking tags for resident brown/grizzly bears and nonresident big game.

In February, it's time to plan your trips and gather information, and in April, the Alaska Board of Game will finalize the hunting regulations for the upcoming season.

In July, a new regulatory year starts, and you can get your updated hunting regulations booklets and harvest tickets.

From August to September, most fall hunting seasons will begin, including Dall sheep, caribou, deer, and moose. Make sure to get your harvest tickets and registration permits before you head out, and submit your harvest reports within 15 days of the season's closure.

In November, materials for drawings and Subsistence permits will become available, and some late winter moose hunts will open.

Last, in December, you can apply for drawings and Subsistence permits from November 1 to mid-December.

Alaska Hunting Units

Alaska Hunting Unit Map

There are 5 regions that contain 26 hunting units in Alaska. During the opening season, hunters can only hunt specific species on different management units. And the season dates may also vary in different units.

Region 1 - Southeast: Units 1-5

Region 2 - Southcentral: Units 6-8, 14C, and 15

Region 3 - Interior and Northeast: Units 12, 19-21, 24, 25, 26B, and 26C

Region 4 - Central/Southwestern: Units 9-11, 13, 14A, 14B, 16, and 17

Region 5 - Northwest and Western: Units 18, 22, 23, and 26A

Alaska Bear Seasons

Black Bear

Zone Date Limit
1(resident only) Sept 1-June 30 2
1C(nonresident only) 1
1A,1B,1C, 1D(nonresident) 1
2(resident only) Sept 1-June 30 2
2(nonresident only) Sept 1-June 30 1
Sept 1-Dec 31 1
Jan 1-June 30 1
3 Sept 1-June 30 2(resident)

1(nonresident)

 

Brown/Grizzly Bear

Zone Date Limit
1A, 1B, 1C Mar 15-May 31 and Sept 15-Dec 31 1
1C 1
1D 1
3(resident) Sept 15-Dec 31 1
3(nonresident Sept 15-Dec 31 1
4* Sept 15-Dec 31 1
Mar 15-May 31 1
4 Mar 15-May 20 1
Sept 15-Dec 3 1

⚠* (outside drainages) Chichagof Island south and west of a line that follows the crest of the island from Rock Point (58° N. lat., 136°21’ W. long.), to Rodgers Point (57°35’ N. lat., 135°33’ W. long.) including Yakobi and other adjacent islands; Baranof Island south and west of a line that follows the crest of the island from Nismeni Point (57°34’ N. lat.,135°25’ W. long), to the entrance of Gut Bay (56°44’ N. lat.,134°38’ W. long), including the drainages into Gut Bay, and including Kruzof and other adjacent islands.

Alaska Deer Seasons

Zone Date Limit
1A Aug 1-Dec 31 2 bucks
1A Aug 1-Dec 31 4 bucks
1B Aug 1-Dec 31 2 bucks
1C Aug 1-Sept 14 4 deer(one may be doe)
1C Sept 15-Dec 31 4 deer(bucks or does)
1C Aug 1-Dec 31 2 bucks
1D no open season /
2 Aug 1-Dec 31 4 bucks
3 Aug 1-Dec 15 2
3(resident) Oct 1-Nov 7 1
3(nonresident) Oct 15-Oct 31 1
3 Aug 1-Nov 30 2
4 Aug 1-Sept 14 3 in total
Sept 15-Dec 31
Aug 1-Dec 31 2
4 Aug 1-Sept 14 6 in total
Sept 15-Dec 31
Aug 1-Dec 31 2

Alaska Elk Seasons

Zone Date Limit
3* Sept 1-Sept 30 1 bull
Oct 1-Oct 15 1 bull
Oct 16-Oct 31 1 bull
3 Nov 15-Nov 30 1 bull

⚠*Etolin Island area bounded by a line beginning at the intersection of Stikine Strait and Clarence Strait, running southeast following the midline of Clarence Strait, down to its intersection with Ernest Sound, then northeast following the midline of Ernest Sound, excluding Niblack Islands, to its intersection with Zimovia Strait, then northwest following the western shoreline of Zimovia Strait to its intersection with Chichagof Passage, then west along the midline of Chichagof Passage to its intersection with Stikine Strait, then southwest along the midline of Stikine Strait back to the point of beginning.

Alaska Goat Seasons

Zone Date Limit
1A Aug 15-Dec 31 1 goat
1A, 1B Aug 1-Dec 31 1 billy
1B Aug 1-Dec 31 1 goat
1A Aug 1-Dec 31 2 goat(resident)
1 goat(nonresident)
1B Aug 1-Dec 31 1 goat
1C Oct 1-Nov 30 1 goat
1C Aug 1-Nov 30 1 goat
1C Aug 1-Nov 30(resident) Sept 1-Nov 30(nonresident) 1 goat
1C Aug 1-Nov 30 1 goat
1D Sept 15-Nov 30 1 goat(resident)/1 billy(nonresident)
1D 1 goat(resident)/1 billy(nonresident)
4 Aug 1-Dec 31 1 goat

Alaska Moose Seasons

Zone Date Limit
1A Sept 15-Oct 15 1 bull
1B
1C
1C
1C
1C
1D Sept 15-Oct 7
3 Sept 15-Oct 15

Alaska Wolf Hunting Seasons

Zone Date Limit
1A,1B Aug 1-May 31 5
1B,C,D Aug 1-Apr 30 5
2 Sept 1-Mar 31 5
3 Aug 1-May 31 5
4 Aug 1-Apr 30 5

 

Alaska Wolverine Hunting Seasons

Zone Date Limit
1 Sept 1-Feb 15 1
2 Sept 1-Feb 15 1
3 Sept 1-Feb 15 1
4 Sept 1-Feb 15 1

 

Above we have listed some hunting seasons that are opening in Alaska. The season dates of each zone are different.

There are various hunting seasons in Alaska, hunters can check the attached file and find the open seasons for a total of 26 units Here: 2024 Alaska Hunting Seasons and Regulations.

Alaska Hunting License&Permits

If you are a resident of Alaska, here are the requirements and fees for resident hunting licenses:

Age Group License Requirement
17 or under No license required
18-59 License required
60 or over Free permanent ID

 

Resident License Type Fee
Hunting $45
Trapping $25
Hunting/Trapping $65
Hunting/Sport Fishing $60
Hunting/Trapping/Sport Fishing $85
Low-income $5
Waterfowl Stamp $10
Resident military Free

 

Non-Resident License Type Fee
Small Game* Hunting $60
Hunting (All Game) $160
Hunting and Trapping $405
Alien Hunting $630
Waterfowl Stamp $10
Non-resident military $45

 

Resident Locking-Tag Fees Game Fee
Brown/Grizzly Bear $25
Muskox Nonsubsistence Hunts - Unit 18 and 26B Drawing: $500, Registration: $25
Muskox Nonsubsistence Hunts - Unit 21D and 24D Drawing: $500
Non-Resident Locking-Tag Fees Black Bear $450
Brown/Grizzly Bear* $1,000
Bison $900
Caribou $650
Dall Sheep* $850
Deer $300
Elk $600
Moose $800
Mountain Goat* $600
Muskox $2,200
Wolf $60
Wolverine $350

⚠* Notes:

  1. Some residents must have a locking tag to hunt specific animals such as brown/grizzly bears, and muskox in certain areas.
  2. To hunt in Alaska, you'll need to buy a hunting license and locking tag from a license vendor or online. The license and locking tag are only good for the current calendar year.

Alaska Drawing

To hunt in Alaska, you will need to apply for the drawing first. It is a lottery system that is used to allocate these hunt opportunities, giving lucky people the chance to hunt different animal species.

The drawing is available for both residents and non-residents.

The application period for Draw Hunts is November 1, 8am – December 15, 5pm (AKST).

Here is the step on how to apply for it:

  1. Check the current Draw Hunt Supplement for your hunt numbers.
  2. You'll need to buy a valid Alaska big game hunting license. Some nonresident hunts require a Guide-Client Contract.
  3. Submit your application online between November 1st and December 15th at 5pm AKST.

Every year, the winners of the drawing application process will be announced on the third Friday in February. The successful applicants will either receive their permit or a letter from the area biologist.

* It costs $5 or $10 for each drawing based on the game species you want to hunt.

Conclusion

We've got a brief overview of Alaska's 2024 hunting seasons for you! Check it out and get ready for an exciting adventure! Just remember, hunting isn't just about the thrill – it's about respecting nature and following the rules.

So prepare for your gear, plan ahead, and make another unforgettable experience in Alaska's vast wilderness! Happy hunting!

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