Alaska Hunting Seasons, 2019-2020




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.

Alaska Bear Seasons

Black Bear Sept. 1-June 30**
Brown/Grizzly Bear Sept. 1-June 30**

**Season dates vary by zone

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.

Alaska Muskox Seasons

General Season Closed season

Alaska Caribou Seasons

General Season Aug. 10-Dec. 31**

**Season dates vary by zone

Alaska Deer Seasons

General Season Aug. 1-Dec. 31**

**Season dates vary by zone

Alaska Elk Seasons

General Season Aug. 1-Dec. 31

Alaska Mountain Goat Seasons

General Season Aug. 1-Dec. 31

Alaska Moose Seasons

General Season Sept. 15-Oct. 15**

**Season dates vary by zone

Alaska Wolf and Wolverine Seasons

Wolf, General Season Aug. 1-May 31**
Wolverine, General Season Sept. 1-Feb. 15**

**Season dates vary by zone

Alaska Small Game Seasons

Grouse Aug. 1-May 15**
Ptarmigan Aug. 1-June 15**
Hare Sept. 1-Apr. 30**
Crow Sept. 1-Nov. 17; March 1-Apr. 15**
Pika Open season in some zones; closed season in many zones**
Snowy Owl Sept. 1-Apr. 1
Pheasant Open season
Chuckar Open season
Quail Open season
Wild Turkey Open season
Partridge Open season
Squirrel Open season
Feral Ferrets and Swine Open season

**Season dates vary by zone

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.