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Alaska Hunting: Southeast Region

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In Southeast Alaska hunting for deer is the regional favorite because of the abundance and wide distribution. They tend to be relatively small. The largest deer in the region are found on Prince of Wales Island in southern Southeast Alaska. Black bears are also abundant, and another regional favorite. They are generally found throughout the area except on Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof (ABC) islands in the northern portion of the archipelago. Brown bears are widely distributed except in the Prince of Wales Island area, but most abundant on the ABC islands. Mountain goats are found along the mainland and on Baranof Island. Moose are most numerous in the Yakutat area, but are also found near Juneau, Petersburg and Ketchikan. Wolves are relatively numerous, but are not found in the ABC island group.


Hunting Seasons

Please check the current Alaska hunting regulations booklet for exact season timing. Brown bear season is open in the spring and fall. Black bear seasons are more liberal, running year `round except summer. 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. Moose seasons typically open in September.


Southeast--Alaska's "Panhandle"--is a land of islands, glaciers, thick forests, and scenic fjords. It is influenced strongly by the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean. It is often called the "Inside Passage" because the outer islands afford considerable protection against Pacific Ocean storms and high seas. The geography of most of the panhandle is dominated by large islands: Prince of Wales, Admiralty, Baranof, Chichagof, Kuiu, Kupreanof, and others. The northern end of the panhandle is characterized by mountains and coastal forelands interspersed by glaciers and rivers.


The Southeast Alaska road system is very limited except in logging areas where there may be extensive gravel road networks. Only three communities are connected to the North American road system: Hyder in south Southeast, and Haines and Skagway, which are connected by spurs from the Alaska Highway. The Alaska Marine Highway serves the larger communities with regular ferry service from other Southeast Alaska ports, including Haines and Skagway, and Bellingham, Washington. Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Juneau, Sitka, and Yakutat are served by daily jet service. Most smaller communities have scheduled commuter aircraft service. Transportation to remote areas is by float plane or boat.

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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.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Information for this Region

ADF&G/Wildlife Conservation
Southeast Alaska Regional Office
PO Box 240020
Douglas, AK 99824-0020

Telephone (907) 465-4265

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Hunting Area Descriptions for Southeast Alaska

Ketchikan (southern Southeast)
Petersburg (central Southeast)
Sitka (west central Southeast)
Juneau (northern Southeast)

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