Alaska Hunting Seasons 2018 – 2019

Alaska is a state with world class hunting opportunities. The Alaska hunting seasons include hunting bears, caribou, deer, moose, wolf, waterfowl and many other big and small games.

Hunting in Alaska often means seizing a once in a lifetime opportunity to catch a rare game in the Alaskan wilderness. Be aware that many big game species have long migrations between the seasons and if you want to hunt successfully always be thoroughly prepared.

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Alaska Hunting Seasons and All Available Games (General Season)

1. Black Bear 

Units

Seasons

Units 1 - 3, 5, 6C

September 1 – June 30

Units 6AB

August 20 – January 30

Units 7, 11 - 13, 14ABC, 15, 15C, 16 - 18, 19ABCD, 20 - 24, 25AB, 25CD, 16

No Closed Season

Unit 16B

September 15 – May 31

2. Grizzly/Brown Bear 

Units

Seasons

Units 6ABC

September 1 – June 10

Unit 6D

October 15 – May 25

Units 11, 12, 19AB, 20BCDF, 20E, 21ABCD, 21E, 24

August 10 – June 30

Units 14AC, 18, 19BC, 20AB, 25C

September 1 – May 31

Units 25AB, 26C

July 25 – June 30

Units 13, 26A

No Closed Season

Units 13E, 16AB

August 10 – June 15

Unit 16B

September 15 – May 31

Units 22ABDE, 23

August 1 – May 31

Unit 25D

September 1 – November 30


March 1 – June 15

3. Caribou 

Units

Seasons

Unit 8

August 1 – January 31

Units 9D, 21D, 22ABDE, 23, 24ABCD, 25ABD, 26C

August 1 – September 30

Units 10, 26B

No Closed Season

Unit 12

September 1 – 20

Units 16A, 19CD, 20B & 20F, 21A

August 10 – September 20

Units 16B, 20F, 21BCE, 24AB

August 10 – September 30

Unit 19D

November 1 – January 31

Units 20F, 24AB, 25D

August 10 – March 31

Units 21D, 24BCD

Bulls: July 1 – October 14;
February 1 – June 30


Cows: September 1 – March 31

Units 24A, 25ABD, 26C

July 1 – April 30

Unit 26A

July 15 – September 30

Unit 26B

August 1 – September 15

Unit 26C

Caribou: July 1 – April 30


Bulls: June 23 – 30

4. Dall Sheep 

Units

Seasons

Units 7, 9, 11, 12, 13ABCDE, 14AB, 15, 16, 19, 20, 24AB, 25, 25A, 26ABC

August 10 – September 20

Youth Hunt: Same as above

August 1 – 5

Units 24B, 26AB

August 1 – April 30

5. Deer 

Units

Seasons

Units 1A, 3

August 1 – November 30

Units 1BC, 2, 4, 6, 8

August 1 – December 31

Units 3, 5A (Youth Only)

October 15 – 31

Unit 3 (Mitkof Island)

October 15 – December 15

Unit 5A

November 1 – 30

Unit 8

August 1 – October 31


Bow & arrow, Muzzleloader: November 1 – 14


Youth only - Bow & arrow, Muzzleloader: November 16 – December 31 

6. Elk

Units

Seasons

Units 1 - 3

August 1 – December 31

7. Moose 

Units

Seasons

Unit 6A

September 1 – November 30

Unit 6D, 12, 18, 20B, 22A

September 1 – 30

Units 7, 15ABC, 20AC, 20B (One Bull), 24A

September 1 – 25

Unit 11

August 20 – September 20

Units 12, 20E

September 8 – 17
Or
August 24 – 28

Units 13, 19BCD, 20D, 22A, 23

September 1 – 20

Units 14AB, 16AB

Bow and Arrow: August 10 – 17


One Bull: August 20 – September 25

Unit 14C

September 5 - 30

Units 15AB

Bow and Arrow: August 22 – 29


One Bull: September 1 - 25

Units 7, 15ABC, 20ABC, 24AB

September 1 - 25

Units 12, 20E

August 24 – 28
Or
September 8 - 17

Units 17BC, 20BDF, 25C

September 1 - 15

Unit 18

Two moose: August 1 – September 30

Two Antlerless moose: October 1 – November 30

Two moose: December 1 – March 15

Units 22AB

One bull: August 1 – September 30


One Antlered bull: November 1 – December 31

Unit 18

One Antlered bull: September 1 – 30

One Antlerless moose: December 1 – March 15

Units 13, 19BCD, 20D, 22A, 23

September 1 – 20

Units 17B, 20BD, 25C

September 5 - 15

Unit 19B

September 5 - 20

Unit 21B

August 22 – 31
Or
September 5 - 25

Unit 22D

August 10 – September 14
Or
October 1 – November 30
Or
December 1 – January 31

Unit 22E

August 1 – December 31
or
January 1 – March 15

Unit 20F, 21ABC, 24AB, 25AB

September 5 - 25

8. Wolf 

Units

Seasons

Units 1AB, 3, 22

August 1 – May 31

Units 1BCD, 4, 5, 23

August 1 – April 30

Unit 2

December 1 – March 31

Units 6, 7, 11, 13, 14ABC, 15, 16AB, 17, 18, 26

August 10 – April 30

Units 9, 10

August 10 – June 30

Unit 20C

August 10 – April 15

9. Wolverine 

Units

Seasons

Units 1 - 5

September 1 – February 15

Units 6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16B, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26A

September 1 – March 31

Units 11, 13, 14ABC, 16A

September 1 – January 31

Alaska: All Regions and Game Management Units. Source: adfg.alaska.gov

Other gameFur animals, Small game, Unclassified game and Deleterious exotic wildlife.

There might be slight differences in season dates and zones for residents or non-residents. For more information about the Units, refer to the picture below.

License Requirements

In Alaska, to participate in all kind of hunting and trapping you need to have a valid and appropriate license. Residents under the age of 18 don’t need to purchase their licenses. Non-residents of all age are obligated to have hunting or trapping license. Senior residents who are above 60 years old need to possess a senior identification card to hunt, sport fish or trap for free. Most licenses can be purchased online

Hunting during the night is allowed but any attempt to take big game with electronic night vision scope, laser sight, or artificial light is prohibited.

Also, it is forbidden using a fire, any forward-looking infrared device, and any device that has been airborne or controlled remotely. Any means of communicates wirelessly, any camera or another sensory device that can send messages through wireless communication is forbidden as well.

Where to Hunt in Alaska?

Game Management Unit

Alaska is divided into 26 bigger units, which are called Game Management Units. Each of the units contains species that may be unique to that exact area. Hunting seasons and regulations can also be different. Refer to the Alaska Hunting Regulations for precise requirements and restrictions for each unit.

Don’t forget to check areas with restrictions and learn which ones are closed for all or some types of hunting.

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