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Alaska hunting: southcentral region

Southcentral Alaska is home to the state's largest human population. It is also habitat for some of the state's densest populations of moose, bears, and other wildlife.

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Southcentral Alaska hunting opportunities are many and diverse. Caribou and moose are probably most numerous. The Mulchatna caribou herd is one of the state's largest and fastest growing. It ranges west of Cook Inlet. Moose populations are dense in portions of Southcentral. Black bears are common in the area, and the state's most famous population of brown bears are found on the Alaska Peninsula and the Kodiak Archipelago. Alaska's original elk transplant was made to Afognak Island, and elk are now reasonably abundant. Deer are abundant on Kodiak Island, and somewhat less so in the Prince William Sound area. Mountain goats are found in good numbers in the coastal mountains from Kodiak eastward. Waterfowl hunting opportunities on parts of the Alaska Peninsula are legendary, and quite good, if short, elsewhere along the coast. Wolves are relatively numerous in parts of the region, and are even found near Anchorage, the state's largest community.

Hunting Seasons

Please check the current Alaska hunting regulations for exact season timing. Most seasons are in the fall, starting in August.  Some bear seasons are open in the spring.


The geography of this region is most characterized by "mountainous."  Wherever one travels here, one is never very far from peaks.  Some broad basins, like the Nelchina to the east, the Susitna, and the Mulchatna that provide some less mountainous areas.  This is the most populous part of the state with more than half Alaska's people living within 100 miles of Anchorage.


Air transportation to Anchorage is excellent, with daily flights from many international and US locations. Anchorage is also connected to the Alaska highway via the Glenn Highway from Tok, or via the Parks Highway from Fairbanks. Most smaller communities have regular air service, either by jet or smaller propeller driven commuter aircraft. The Alaska Marine Highway connects Cordova, Valdez, Seward, Homer, and Kodiak, with occasional stops in other locations.


Weather in this region varies from the most pleasant in the state to among some of the most forbidding.

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ADF&G/Wildlife Conservation
Southcentral Alaska Regional Office
333 Raspberry Rd
Anchorage, AK 99518

Telephone (907) 267-2347

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Hunting Area Descriptions for elsewhere in Southcentral Alaska

Gulf Coast - Cordova area
Kenai Peninsula - Kenai area
Alaska Peninsula - King Salmon area
Matanuska-Susitna Valley - Palmer area

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