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Guide Requirements for Hunting in Alaska

Guides are required for the following categories of individuals, locations and species.

Nonresidents:

A nonresident who hunts brown/grizzly bear, Dall sheep, or mountain goat must be personally accompanied by an Alaska-licensed guide OR by an Alaska resident 19 years of age or older who is within the "second degree of kindred" (see definitions below).

Nonresident Aliens:

A nonresident alien must be personally accompanied by an Alaska-licensed guide to hunt ANY big game animal, including black bear, brown/grizzly bear, bison, caribou, Dall sheep, deer, elk, moose, mountain goat, muskox, wolf and wolverine.

Applying for drawing hunts:

Some hunts require a signed guide-client contract before or at time of application. To apply for one of these hunts, select a registered or master guide who is currently registered for all or a portion of the Guide Use Area (GUA) where you wish to hunt and for the year the permit is valid. Obtain the guide’s unique verification code (provided to the registered guide-outfitter by Big Game Commercial Services Board) from the guide prior to the drawing application deadline. You are required to enter the guide’s unique verification code at the time of application. If you are a nonresident hunting with a qualified resident relative 19 years of age or older, within the second-degree of kindred, the guide-client contract requirement does not apply, but you must check the appropriate box on the application. If you are hunting with a registered guide, check the box for Registered Guide when you apply and enter the guide’s unique verification code. If you fail to provide this information, your application may be rejected.

Definitions

Resident means: (A) a person (including an alien) who is physically present in Alaska with the intent to remain indefinitely and make a home here, has maintained that person's domicile in Alaska for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding an application for a license, and is not claiming residency or obtaining benefits under a claim of residency in another state, territory, or country; (B) a member of the military service or U.S. Coast Guard who has been stationed in Alaska for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding an application for a license; or (C) a dependent of a resident member of the military service or U.S. Coast Guard who has lived in Alaska for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding an application for a license. A person who does not otherwise qualify as a resident may not qualify by virtue of an interest in an Alaska business.

Nonresident means a person who is not a resident of Alaska.

Nonresident alien means a person who is not a citizen of the United States and whose permanent place of abode is not in the United States.

"Second degree of kindred" means a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, spouse, grandparent, grandchild, brother- or sister-in-law, son- or daughter-in-law, father- or mother-in-law, stepfather, stepmother, stepsister, stepbrother, stepson, or stepdaughter (5 AAC 92.990).