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Black Bear Hunting in Alaska
Hunt Type Definitions
Most drawing hunts are available to residents and nonresidents. Drawing hunts require an application fee and are awarded by lottery. The application period for drawing hunts is during November and December. Visit the Draw Information and Hunt Supplements pages for further information.
Most registration hunts are available for both residents and nonresidents. Generally registration hunts do not limit the number of permits and seasons are closed by emergency order if a harvest goal is met. A few registration hunts limit the number of permits on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information visit the Registration Hunts page.
The general season harvest is the type of hunting most people are familiar with - the basic hunt where you buy a license, get tags or harvest tickets for big game, and follow the general season dates and bags limits. Visit the General Season Hunts page for further information.
Community Subsistence Harvest (CSH) Hunts
Community Subsistence Harvest (CSH) hunts are Tier I subsistence hunts and are only available for Alaska residents 10 years of age or older. Visit the Subsistence Harvest Permits page for more information.