Alaska hunting: Sitka area
Listen to a RealAudio interview
(5:44) with an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist for additional information
about hunting in the Sitka area.
Sitka black-tailed deer are abundant in the Sitka area, nearly
as many as on Kodiak Island. There are few, if any trophy opportunities. Brown bear populations are among the most dense in the state, with
approximately one bear per square mile, on average, on Admiralty Island. These bears also
are rarely going to be found in the record books because of their smaller head size,
but the hunting is unusual, exciting and memorable. The
mountain goat population, transplanted early in the 20th century to Baranof Island, has
fair numbers and is still slowly expanding. Access to the best populations
is difficult .
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Please check the current
Alaska hunting regulations booklet for exact season
timing. Bear season is open in the spring and fall. Most bears are taken in the spring.
Deer seasons open in August and run through the end of the year. Most of the deer hunting
is in September into early November. Goat season opens in August and closes in December.
Most harvest is in the first two months.
The Sitka area is comprised of many small islands and three large islands, Admiralty,
Baranof, and Chichagof. Sitka sits on Baranof Island. The shoreline is typically rocky and
rugged, with some bays and other natural anchorages. The west coast of Baranof and
Chichagof islands are open to the Pacific. Admiralty Island is in more protected waters.
These islands are hilly or mountainous with dense forest cover.
There are few roads on the islands, except in logging areas. Sitka is served by regular
jet service, and other small communities have scheduled commuter aircraft service. The
Alaska Marine Highway serves the larger communities with regular ferry service from other
Southeast Alaska ports. Transportation to remote areas is by float plane or boat.
Spring season weather is generally warm and relatively (for this area) dry, but rain
and wind is not unusual. In the fall, August is typically pleasant, with some wind and
rain. Weather worsens as the year progresses. Hunters should always be prepared for
inclement weather, and be willing to wait out storms.
Destination Information Resources
The Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau has an informative website. Consult the
Alaska Marine Highway if you plan to ship your vehicle, and most importantly, check out the
Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s website for more detailed information on hunting in
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