Where to Hunt Bison
The Delta bison herd ranges on state, federal, and private land in the southwestern portion of Unit 20D. We have included a map that will help you determine the land status in areas where you may encounter bison.
The Delta Junction Bison Range is state land managed for bison by ADF&G and is open to hunting. The bison range is located about 20 miles east of Delta Junction along the Alaska Highway. The main access points are at Mileposts 1408, 1405.5, 1397 and 1393. You may drive 4-wheel drive vehicles, snow machines and 4-wheelers into the fields for hunting or retrieval of meat during the bison hunting season. However, hunting on foot on the bison range is strongly encouraged. Bison are easily hazed by motor vehicles. Use of a motor vehicle only to get to your hunting area and then hunting on foot will increase your opportunity for harvesting a bison. It will also increase the opportunities for other hunters as well.
Remember that it is unlawful to shoot from a motorized vehicle or to use one to herd, harass, or chase bison. Please be courteous of other hunters. There is nothing more frustrating than having a well-planned, long stalk ruined by someone driving into your hunting area and spooking the bison with a motor vehicle.
When hunting on private property you must obtain permission from landowners before entering their land. Some landowners do not allow hunting and others may charge access fees. Please be advised there is no public right-of-way along roads in the farmland located north of the Alaska Highway. Private property begins at the edge of the drivable surface. There are several private domestic bison herds in the Delta Junction area. All of these private herds are within fenced areas and are off limits for hunting with your Delta bison drawing permit.
Bison can also be found on the Fort Wainwright, Donnelly Training Area East. Most of Fort Wainwright lands are open to hunting when not being used for military training; military regulations require that hunters have a Recreation Access Permit (RAP), and check in with the USARTRAK iSportsman system to hunt on military land. Impact areas and some ranges are closed to all public access due to the potential of unexploded ordinance.
For more information about access to military land, visit the USARTRAK iSportsman home page. We have included the Army’s RAP brochure for your convenience.