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What You Need to Know to Apply for Alaska Special Permits

2024 Alaska Big-Game Draw Hunt Application Overview

What You Need to Know to Apply for Alaska Special Permits

Alaska's mystique and allure brings many hunters to her vastness each year. In this article, you'll find out how to get a tag.

As one season closes, another is on our doorstep. It’s time to get ready for application season. First up is the 2024 Alaska draw deadline.

Alaska can be very overwhelming, though it is a state of great allure and unparalleled adventure for the big-game hunter. The application deadline for Alaska big-game permits is Dec. 15, 2023, at 5p.m. (AKST). You can access the applications here. But before applying you first need to understand how the state’s draw system works and the differing tags available.

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The author took this spring bear in Alaska after drawing a special permit. Waiting nearly 18-months from the time he applied until going on the hunt.
  • Alaska has three distinct types of license/permits available for hunters. A draw permit, registration permit and general tag. Each of these three options offers great opportunities.Draw permits are specific tags distributed through a random drawing. Generally, there’s only a limited number of these tags available.
  • Registration permits are primarily used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as population control tools. They usually do not limit the number of tags sold, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It's important to note registration seasons are subject to immediate closure by AKDFG when their quota has been met.
  • General hunts are available over the counter. This option is available for almost every species and is what most hunters will use.

The Alaska draw system is straightforward and fair when distributing permits. Both resident and nonresident hunters have an equal chance of drawing. There is no form of bonus or preference points. The state’s system is a true lottery each year, so no worry of point creep here. One thing to note is that if you’re going to apply as a group, party sizes are capped at two hunters. Also, if a party is chosen for a hunt and only a single permit remains, the party will be skipped and not receive tags.

For the 2024 season, the state opened several new hunts available in the draw. Remember that if you are a nonresident and wish to hunt brown/grizzly bear, Rocky Mountain goats, and Dall sheep you must use an outfitter.

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The author took this moose in an over the counter unit in central Alaska.

Important information to remember:

  • Draw Deadline – December 15, 2023, at 5 p.m. (AKST)
  • Draw Results – Feb. 16, 2023
  • Up to two hunters can apply as a party.
  • Hunters must purchase a hunting license before applying.
  • Leftover permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis here.
  • Applications can be submitted at the AKDFG website here.

If you want more information about the Alaska draw system or are interested in looking up draw odds, checkout the GOHUNT Insider for more.




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