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However, a lot of work goes in to a successful hunt.
Planning and preparation are critical. This is an introductory guide orienting you to hunting in Alaska. This guide does not supplement the official Alaska Hunting Regulations. In this guide you will find information on Alaska game animals, hunting equipment, accessing hunting lands, selecting a guide, and references for additional information.
Do not depend on anyone else but yourself to know the regulations. You are personally responsible for knowing and following all the regulations affecting your hunt. The regulation handbook contains information on general seasons, registration and drawing permit hunts, and bag limits, and game tags.
In the handbook you will be able to find information for both resident and nonresident hunting. The handbook has everything you need to make your hunt a legal hunt. When visibility is impaired during poor weather, most humans lose their sense of direction. Even when visibility is good, hills, valleys, and forests may confuse a hunter whose attention is concentrated on finding or tracking a game animal.
Hunting in Alaska requires al skills to find your way to and from camp. Therefore, it is important to learn basic map and compass skills before venturing into the Alaska wilderness. When hunting in any area of the state, it is important to know and understand the terrain that surrounds you. Every hunting party should carry a detailed topographical map of the area a common scale map for hunting is , where one inch equals one mile.
Some Alaska sporting goods or outdoor stores stock high-demand maps. Every hunter should also carry a quality liquid-filled compass and know how to use it to lay out a base line and navigate to and from camp. A hunter skilled with map and compass use can safely navigate to and from camp, even in fog, rain, or snow.
In Alaska, hunters may generally possess and use firearms with few restrictions. State law prohibits the following:. Rifles, shotguns and handguns are legal for hunting in Alaska. Rimfire cartridges generally may be used only for small game.
See the Alaska Hunting Regulations for details. Handguns may be carried concealed, but the carrier must abide by all state carrying laws, both for Alaska and the state the handgun was purchased in. This statutory exemption recognizes the necessity for protecting firearms from rain or extreme cold. Firearms being transported in a vehicle must either be in plain sight or, if concealed, out of reach of vehicle occupants.
As a precautionary safety, firearms being transported to and from the field should be unloaded.
State law prohibits shooting on, from or across a road. As a matter of safety and courtesy, hunters should discharge firearms well away from ro. When planning your hunt, be aware of possible rules and regulations regarding transportation of firearms. Firearm regulations vary depending on whether you are on state or federal land.
There are firearm restrictions in certain federal units. For current information about firearms in these areas, contact the specific park unit. Safe and responsible hunters can find assistance in mastering hunting skills by calling the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Hunter Information and Training Program. The Alaska Bureau of Land Management can also be contacted at Alaska has large areas of public land that are open to hunting, managed by the state and federal governments. Most national parks are closed to hunting, although national preserve areas are open to hunting.
Some Alaska national parks are open to hunting by qualified rural Alaska residents. If you intend to hunt on private lands in Alaska, make sure you have permission from the land owner. Be aware that some native corporation-owned lands may have associated entrance or usage fees. Please note that all guides are required to have a guiding through the State of Alaska and should have a good working knowledge of land ownership in the area where you will be hunting. Check the Alaska Hunting regulations for specific information. Trapping is most common when pursuing fur bearing animals such as fox, lynx, snowshoe hare, beaver, etc.
A trapping is generally needed when you are setting traps. Read the regulations for more information. Along with the mandatory huntingall waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older must have a current federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp. In This Section Open Panel. Do your homework to determine the best areas and times to hunt a particular species.
Purchase reliable equipment and practice with it ahead of time. Be physically and mentally prepared for poor weather, rough terrain, isolation, and weather delays. Who is going to hunt? Are you considered a resident, nonresident, or nonresident alien, a youth hunter, or disabled?
Where do you plan to hunt? Which unit, which subunit? Is your hunt in a restricted area? How are you going to hunt? Are there weapons restrictions or access restrictions? What species do you want to hunt?
Is there an open season for that species in the area you wish to hunt? When do you plan to hunt? Seasons What is the legal animal? Topographic Maps When hunting in any area of the state, it is important to know and understand the terrain that surrounds you. Compass Every hunter should also carry a quality liquid-filled compass and know how to use it to lay out a base line and navigate to and from camp. Firearms in Alaska In Alaska, hunters may generally possess and use firearms with few restrictions.
Hunting on Public Lands Alaska has large areas of public land that are open to hunting, managed by the state and federal governments. Selecting a Guide Please note that all guides are required to have a guiding through the State of Alaska and should have a good working knowledge of land ownership in the area where you will be hunting. Trapping Trapping is most common when pursuing fur bearing animals such as fox, lynx, snowshoe hare, beaver, etc. Waterfowl Along with the mandatory huntingall waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older must have a current federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp.
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