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Hunting Big Game in Alaska

A means of survival, a rite of passage and an unforgettable experience, hunting in Alaska is a world-class sport.

All three species of North American bears flourish in Alaska, and are a popular attraction for visitors. © Barbara Shelden

Hunting is a traditional way of life for Alaska Natives and many residents of the Great Land who rely on the bounty of a successful hunt to feed their families through the winter.

For the hunter seeking big game, travel in a state with only 15,718 miles of highways often requires flying to remote locations or boating inland to follow seasonal migrations. Trails are accessible on foot and all-terrain vehicles and canoes are used to transit the many trails and waterways of Alaska's backcountry.

Because Alaska spans 365 million acres (one-fifth the size of the continental United States), it's important to plan ahead. Start the application process early to ensure the best opportunities when hunting the 10 species of big game animals found in the state. For example, Alaska Statute 16.05.407 requires nonresidents be accompanied by a guide in order to hunt for brown/grizzly bear, sheep or goat.

A number of professional guides and outfitters provide options that range from high-end lodges to fly-in hunting camps that cater to groups or personal guides for a more independent custom experience tailored to the hunter's preferences and abilities.

Be sure to pack proper gear. Alaska's weather can change quickly, and hunters should be prepared for harsh conditions and unforeseeable delays.

A Taste of Alaska
After the hunt, savor the Last Frontier by processing wild game into gourmet sausages, jerky, links, steaks and more. Visit one of the local processors in Anchorage to prepare and ship your specialty items home.

Learn the Ropes
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game offers a variety of Hunter Information and Training Programs that provide certification courses in Basic Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education and Muzzleloader Education. Through the series of classes offered, hunters learn about wildlife conservation and sharpen their techniques to be safe and responsible.

Article Courtesy of Anchorage Big Wildlife - The Official Source for Anchorage, AK Travel Information

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