Alaska Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Alaska hunting seasons vary greatly from hunting seasons and game found in the lower 48 states. The state takes first place in offering a wide selection of large game animals. From black bear, caribou and moose to mountain goats and muskox, Alaska is a premier hunting destination.

Unlike hunting seasons in the continental United States, many game seasons extend throughout the year, while other seasons vary by animal, time of year or nuisance problems. Seasons also greatly vary by region – Alaska hunting seasons differ in each of the 26 hunting zones.

Hunting seasons also differ by residency; not all seasons are open to nonresidents. In years where game herds are small or limited, nonresidents are often restricted from hunting. Hunting licenses and tags can be purchased online through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

 

Bear Seasons

Black Bear Generally September through June, but year round in some regions — dates vary greatly by area
Brown/Grizzly Bear Generally September through December, but year round in some regions — dates vary greatly by area

*In many regions, bag limits affect the next several years of hunting. After a bear is taken, hunters may need to wait between one and four years to hunt another.


Muskox Seasons

General Season September and February through March, dates vary greatly by area

 

Caribou Seasons

General Season August through December, year round in some regions, dates vary greatly by area

 

Deer Seasons

General Season August through December, dates vary greatly by area

 

Elk Seasons

General Season August through December, dates vary greatly by region

 

Mountain Goat Seasons

General Season August through December, dates vary greatly by region

 

Moose Seasons

General Season September through October, dates vary greatly by region

 

Wolf and Wolverine Seasons

Wolf, General Season August through May, dates vary greatly by region
Wolverine, General Season September through February, dates vary greatly by region

 

Small Game Seasons

Grouse Aug. 1-May 15, season start and end dates vary by region
Ptarmigan Aug. 1-June 15, season start and end dates vary by region
Hare Sep. 1-Apr. 30, season start and end dates vary by region
Crow Mar. 1-Apr. 15, Sept. 1-Nov. 17 in specific regions
Pika Open Season in some regions
Snowy Owl Open season, closed season for non-residents
Pheasant Open season
Chuckar Open season
Quail Open season
Wild Turkey Open season
Partridge Open season
Squirrel Open season

Alaska hunting season regulations affect the use of weapons (which depend on animal and weight). Generally, archery and muzzleloader take methods are prohibited for big game hunts. For additional information, or suggestions on planning a hunt, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.