Saturday, December 06, 2014

Drawing Permit Application Deadline December 15th!

The drawing permit application period will close December 15th at 5pm. If you are interested in applying for an Alaska big-game drawing permit, you must purchase an Alaska hunting license and pay the application fees, along with turning in your application by the close of business on the 15th.

Note that some permit hunts may be canceled, and you may not be able to obtain a refund. For example, there are indications that the popular archery hunt on JBER may be closed for the coming season! Contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Juneau for confirmation on this and any other hunt that may be in question.

For an overview of the drawing hunt permits, CLICK HERE.

For the drawing hunt permit application, CLICK HERE.

To view the supplement that describes the drawing hunt permits, including maps, etc, CLICK HERE.

To purchase an Alaska hunting license online, CLICK HERE.

Good luck drawing that tag of your dreams! Be safe out there!


Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Our Letter to Congress Concerning the Impact of the Government Shutdown on Alaskans

This went out to Congressman Don Young, Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich, and President Obama on Monday, October 7, 2013, in response to the government lockout of guided and nonguided hunters on federal land in Alaska.


October 7, 2013
Congressman Don Young
2314 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Young,
On behalf of the 9-million-plus sportsmen and women who visit our Alaska hunting and fishing community website (Alaska Outdoors Supersite) annually, we request immediate action to reopen National Wildlife Refuge lands to commercially permitted big game guiding and air and boat transportation services during the government shutdown. As you are aware, the USFWS has suspended all required and legally permitted commercial services, such as big game guiding and air and boat transportation, on Refuge lands during this shutdown. This means that nonresident hunters who drew a coveted Kodak or Unimak Island brown bear hunting tag for hunts that begin October 1st on Refuge lands, who are required to hire a big game guide, are prevented from hunting that tag. Resident hunters who also drew a coveted brown bear tag to hunt on Refuge lands, are denied commercial air or boat transportation services for access to Refuge lands. At this moment, hundreds of hunters, many of whom have been planning these hunts for several years, are stranded, pending the termination of this shutdown. These are just a couple of examples but this impacts hunts and access for all Refuge lands across the state. The impacts to all classes of hunters due to these commercially permitted suspensions of services are unfair and profound. The economic impacts to a wide array of businesses are severe. The ripple effect of the shutdown extends to all recreational users of our lands, including many residents of remote villages who are questioning whether they can even go berry-picking without breaking the law.

These hunts have already been booked, deposits given. Big game guides are already in the field awaiting their clients. Airline and air-taxi and boat transportation services and lodging are reserved, and tickets purchased. We urge you to please contact the Department of the Interior and work to somehow get these Refuge lands reopened during this shutdown of the government. 

Thank you,

Michael Strahan
President, Alaska Outdoors Supersite
You can read more about this issue in our forums, AT THIS LINK.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Emergency Order - Copper Basin Community Subsistence Harvest hunt changes

Emergency Order Alaska Department Department of Fish and Game

Emergency Order No. 04-06-13 Issued at Glennallen, Alaska
August 15, 2013

Effective Date: 11:59 p.m.  Friday, August 16, 2013

This emergency order changes the moose bag limit for the Copper Basin Community Subsistence Harvest hunt (CM300) in Game Management Unit 11 and in all subunits of Unit 13. In Unit 11, the bag limit will change from one bull moose to one bull moose with spike-fork antlers or 50-inch antlers or antlers with three or more brow tines on at least one side. In Unit 13, the bag limit will change from one bull moose to one bull moose with spike-fork antlers or 50-inch antlers or antlers with four or more brow tines on at least one side.

Read the full Emergency Order at the above link.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Emergency Order - Nelchina Caribou Harvest Changes for Unit 13


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
CONTACT: Rebecca Schwanke
Glennallen Area Biologist

ADF&G Emergency Order Changes Nelchina Caribou Bag Limits in Unit 13

(Glennallen) – The caribou bag limit for state Nelchina caribou hunts in Game Management Unit 13 (CC001, RC566, and DC480-483) will change from either sex to bull-only by Emergency Order 04-04-13, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, August 11.

The emergency order allows hunters participating in the Copper Basin Community Subsistence Harvest caribou hunt (CC001) and the Tier I Subsistence (RC566) hunt to take caribou of either sex for one day, on August 10. After that date, all Unit 13 state permit hunts (including the drawing permit hunts, DC480-483) will be restricted to the harvest of bulls only. This emergency order does not affect federal caribou hunting regulations in Unit 13, or any other caribou hunting regulations outside of Unit 13.

The 2013-2014 hunting season harvest quota for the Nelchina caribou herd is 2,500 caribou (2,200 bulls and 300 cows). It is anticipated that the cow harvest on August 10 under state subsistence permit hunts, in combination with cows taken under federal subsistence permits, will be sufficient to achieve this year’s cow quota.

The reduced harvest quota and this Emergency Order, which closes the cow season on August 11, are a result of unanticipated, high natural mortality caused by deep snow and an unusually late spring. The herd’s migration to the calving grounds was delayed and many caribou, including calves, died while trying to reach the calving area. Some drowned in flooded rivers; others likely died from nutritional stress brought on by the long winter, deep snow and late green-up.

Nelchina harvest quotas are adjusted annually to maintain the population within the objective of 35,000-40,000 caribou. Although the population estimate will not be finalized until October, the summer count indicates that the herd remains within population objectives. While this year’s harvest quota is a reduction compared to last year, this year’s quota is closer to the long-term average for the herd.

It is anticipated that the bull quota will be reached prior to the end of the regularly scheduled caribou hunting
season (March 31). Nelchina caribou hunters are encouraged to check the Nelchina caribou hotline (267-2304) or Community Harvest hotline (822-6789) prior to hunting for updates on the reported harvest and any additional emergency closures.

Also read more HERE from the Fairbanks Daily Newsminer

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Summary of Regulation Changes Adopted by Board of Game beginning July 1, 2013

This is a summary of changes adopted by the Alaska Board of Game for regulatory year 2013-2014. This is not a comprehensive list of all the detailed changes. It is your responsibility to read the Alaska Hunting Regulations and Alaska Trapping Regulations carefully for complete information.

These regulations do not become effective until July 1, 2013 so do not affect hunting or trapping seasons that are currently open or that open prior to July 1, 2013 unless specified (such as spring bear seasons and bear baiting).


Unit 17, increased the bag limit to three black bears and no closed season for both residents and nonresidents.

Units 7, 13D, 15 and 16, allow brown bears to be taken at bait stations during open black bear baiting seasons with a bear baiting permit. The same restrictions that apply to black bear baiting apply to brown bear baiting. The edible meat of brown bears taken over bait must be salvaged.

Unit 1C, change the bag limit in Berner’s Bay drainages from one bear every 4 regulatory years to 1 bear every regulatory year.  Season dates stay the same.

Units 7 and 15, changed the bag limit from one bear every four regulatory years to one bear every regulatory year, and changed the season dates from Sept. 15 – Nov. 30 and Apr. 1 – June 15 to Sept. 1 – May 31.

Unit 9, extended the spring season in the general registration hunts by 6 days, new season dates May 10-May 31.

Units 13E and 16A, removed the resident tag fee requirement in Denali State Park.

Unit 16, retain no closed season except the area within one mile of the mouth of Wolverine Creek.

Portions of units 9A, 9B, 9C, 17A, 17B, 17C, 18, 19A, and 19B (the Mulchatna Herd), change the general season caribou hunt to a registration hunt and align all bag limits to 2 caribou with seasonal restrictions on bull harvests. The season dates for the winter hunt in Unit 9C that is open by emergency order only was shortened to end March 15 and is still open by emergency order only.

Unit 9D (Southern Alaska Peninsula Herd), establish a Tier II subsistence hunt, effective this fall, 2013. Bag limit is 1 caribou, season dates Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 and Nov. 15 – Mar. 31. Applications will be available May 1. Applications will be accepted by mail and online only, the application period is May 1 – May 31, 2013.

Unit 13, change the bag limit for drawing caribou from bull to caribou; the dept. can restrict the bag limit if biologically necessary. Also increased the amount of permits available by 2,000 (up from 3,000 to 5,000).
14A, expanded the existing 14B drawing permit to include 14A and added a winter season that may be announced.

Units 20B and 20F east of the Richardson, Steese, Elliott and Dalton highways and south of the Yukon River, Unit 20D north of the south bank of the Tanana River, Unit 20E and Unit 25C (White Mountain and Fortymile herds, Zones 1 and 3), added a youth drawing hunt for residents 10-15 years old with a bag limit of one bull and season dates Aug. 10 – Aug. 21. Youth hunters must have successfully completed a department approved hunter education course and must be accompanied by a licensed resident adult that is at least 21 years of age or older. Hunt will first be held in 2014. Also added a targeted hunt with a bag limit of one caribou and season dates to be announced by emergency order. This hunt will be held on a 2 week notice dependent on herd location.

Unit 3, Lindenberg Peninsula, close the nonresident season, change season dates from Aug. 1 – Nov. 30 to Oct. 15 – Oct. 31 and decrease the bag limit from two bucks to one buck.

Unit 5A, create a youth hunt for residents and nonresidents, season dates Oct. 15-Oct. 31, with a bag limit of one buck. Youth hunters must have successfully completed a department approved hunter education course and must be accompanied by a licensed resident adult that is at least 21 years of age or older. Proxy hunting is not allowed during this hunt.  This hunt does not affect the current Nov. 1-Nov. 30 season for residents and nonresidents.

Unit 3, modify elk permit hunt area to exclude Zarembo Island (currently closed under discretionary authority), and close season on Zarembo, Bushy, Shrubby and the Kashevarof islands.

Unit 6C, added a resident only winter registration hunt, bag limit is one moose, season dates Nov. 1 – Dec. 31. This hunt is a mop-up registration hunt that will only be held if there are available moose after the drawing hunt closes.

Units 7 (excluding hunt DM210, the Placer River drainages and that portion of the Placer Creek (Bear Valley) drainage outside the Portage Glacier Closed Area) and 15, changed the legal animal from one bull with 50-inch antlers or antlers 4 with or more brow tines on one side to one bull with spike or 50-inch antlers or antlers with 4 or more brow tines. Sealing of antlers is required within 10 days of take.

Units 11, 12, 13 Community Subsistence Harvest Hunts, for 2013: increased the number of bulls that do not meet antler restrictions from 70 to 100. For 2014, added a Dec. 1- Dec. 31 season to the community harvest hunt and allocated any bull permits to one permit per every three households in the group.

Unit 13, effective 2014. changed the season dates for the antlerless moose drawing hunt to Oct.1 – 31 and Mar. 1 – Mar. 30 Added a winter registration hunt for bulls only, season dates Dec. 1- Dec. 31. Permits will be available from Nov. 17-Nov. 28, 2014 in the Glennallen ADF&G office only.

Unit 14, expanded the targeted hunt (formerly hot spot hunt) area to include Unit 14B and allows take by shotgun with slugs or archery only.

Unit 16B mainland, added a resident drawing hunt with a bag limit of one bull, season dates Aug. 20 – Sept. 25 and added a youth drawing hunt for those age 10-17 with a bag limit of one bull, season dates Aug. 20 – Sept. 25 and Nov. 15 – Dec. 15. Both hunts will begin in 2014. Also increased and aligned the nonresident season with the resident season, season dates are now Aug. 20 – Sept. 25 for both, effective fall of 2013
Unit 17A, increase the resident bag limit from 1 to 2, only one of which may be taken from Aug. 25 – Sept. 20. Extended the 14 day winter hunt to 31 days, there was no change to the Dec. 1 – Jan. 31 window for the season and hunt is open by emergency order only. The dept. will set a quota for cow moose and will close that portion of the hunt once the quota has been reached. Establish a nonresident drawing hunt, bag limit is 1 bull with 50 inch antlers or antlers with 4 or more brow tines on one side, season dates Sept. 5 – Sept. 15. This hunt will first be held in September of 2014 and 20 permits will be issued.


Unit 8, RG480 that portion of Kodiak Island south and west of a line extending along the Spiridon River, following the North Fork of the Spiridon to its headwaters, then going southwest following the spine of the island over Koniag peak to the headwaters of the South Fork of Midway Creek, then downstream on Midway Creek to Midway Bay, extended the season by approximately 3 months, season dates changed from Aug. 20 – Dec. 15 to Aug. 20 – Mar. 20. Increased the bag limit to 2 goats.

Unit 14C, the hunt area for DS123 was expanded to include Ram Valley and Falls Creek drainage.

Unit 15, Skilak Loop Management Area, open to wolf hunting Oct. 1 – Mar. 31, firearms may not be discharged within ¼ mile of Engineer, Hidden, Kelly and Petersen lake campgrounds, the upper and lower boat launches. Use of rimfire firearms for hunting wolves is prohibited.

Units 6-11, and 13- 17, change hunting season to no closed season.

Unit 15, Skilak Loop Management Area, open to coyote hunting Nov. 10 – Mar. 31, firearms may not be discharged within ¼ mile of Engineer, Hidden, Kelly and Petersen lake campgrounds, the upper and lower boat launches.

Unit 15, Skilak Loop Management Area, open to lynx hunting Nov. 10-Jan. 31, firearms may not be discharged within ¼ mile of Engineer, Hidden, Kelly and Petersen lake campgrounds, the upper and lower boat launches.


Units 7 and 15, increase the wolf trapping season from Nov. 10 – Mar. 31 to Oct. 15 – Mar. 31.

Units 1-5, increase the coyote trapping season from Dec. 1 – Feb 15 to Nov. 1 – Apr. 30. Bag limit stays at no limit.

Units 7 and 15, increase the coyote trapping season from Nov. 10 – Mar. 31 to Oct. 15 – Mar. 31. Coyotes may not be taken with a steel trap or with a snare smaller than 3/32 inch diameter from Oct. 15 – Oct. 31.

Units 1-5, open a season for fisher, season dates Dec. 1 – Feb. 15 with a bag limit of 1. Sealing is required within 30 days of take.

Statewide, prohibit the use of domestic goats and domestic sheep as pack animals while sheep, goat or muskox hunting.

Defined spike, “spike” means antlers of a bull moose with only one tine on at least one side; male calves are not spike bulls.

Definition of Targeted permit, changed Hot Spot to Targeted and defined Targeted as: “Targeted permit” means a permit issued on short notice and a lottery basis to an applicant who has previously registered and is willing to participate in a hunt under short notice.


Unit 1A, a wolf predator control program was authorized in a small portion of the subunit.

Unit 3, a wolf predator control program was authorized in a small portion of the unit.

Unit 15A and 15C intensive management plans, allow the department to hire trappers to take predators.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Region II Board of Game Meeting begins Friday March 15 in Kenai Public Brown Bear work session Friday afternoon

The Alaska Board of Game (board) will meet March 15 – 19, 2013, in Kenai, Alaska at the Kenai Cultural Center, located at 11471 Kenai Spur Highway. The board will consider over 50 hunting and trapping regulation proposals for the Southcentral Region (Game Management Units [GMU] 6, 7, 8, 14C, and 15,) and additional topics and proposals.

The board meeting convenes Friday, March 15 at 8:30 AM, beginning with presentations by state and federal agencies on various topics including brown bear and moose research on the Kenai Peninsula. Upon conclusion of the presentations Friday afternoon, prior to public testimony, the board will conduct a work session with the public concerning management strategies for moose and brown bears on the Kenai Peninsula (Game Management Unit 15).

The board invites oral public testimony, scheduled to begin Saturday, March 16. Anyone wishing to testify before the board must sign up at the meeting location before Saturday at 2:00 pm. Public testimony will continue until everyone who has signed up has been given the opportunity to be heard. Deliberations on the proposals will follow public testimony and continue through the remainder of the meeting.

For more information, see the entire Press Release.

Listen to live audio of the meeting when it is in session at THIS LINK.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Is there a guide hunting "your" area?

If you're researching for a new hunting area, don't forget to check with the Big Game Commercial Services Board, to see if there is a guide already using the area. Granted, private hunters have as much a right to hunt as to guided hunters, but nobody wants to hunt on top of someone else. Take a few minutes to check it out. Here is a post from the Big Game Commercial Services Board's site, with links to the list of guides by GMU and by Guide Use Area (GUA):

Listing of Guide-Outfitter’s authorized to provide big game services’ within specific Game Management Units. The listing is presented in numerical order by Game Management Unit and Guide Use Area.

Field Care of Big Game Meat online at ADF&G

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game produced a video entitled, "Field Care of Big Game Meat". We carry that DVD in our store AT THIS LINK, but you are also welcome to watch it for free on the ADF&G website. Here's the verbiage from their site:

Field Care of Big Game Meat

The best way to learn to field dress big game is to help an experienced hunter with an animal. It is also good to review the steps to field dressing before the hunt. If you have never field dressed a moose or other large-bodied game animal you should purchase a copy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Field Care of Big Game instructional video. This video will show you a step-by-step method to field dress a moose, no matter how or where the animal has fallen.
Field Care of Big Game is required viewing for unguided nonresident moose and caribou hunters in Game Management Unit 19B.
Watch the Video -  WMV format (requires Windows Media Player**)
Time: 53 min