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Cultural and Subsistence Harvest Permits

The Board of Game has authorized a number of programs under which game may be harvested for cultural and subsistence uses. Brief descriptions of some of these programs and links to regulations authorizing each program are below.

When to Apply

The application period for group applications is October 1 – December 15, 2014. The application period for participants (individuals/households) is November 1 – December 15, 5pm.

Apply online as a participant (individual/household) for Copper Basin CSH Hunts (Closes December 15, 5pm).

Community Subsistence Harvest Hunt Area and Permit Conditions

Cultural Education Permit

These permits authorize take of some game species for the purposes of passing on cultural knowledge and tradition in a structured educational setting such as an Alaska Native Culture Camp. Permits will not be issued when the proposed harvest can be reasonably accommodated under existing regulations. Links to the policy on issuing these permits and an application form are below. For more information please contact ADF&G Permits Section at (907) 267-2253 or dfg.dwc.permits@alaska.gov.

Taking of Big Game for Religious Ceremonies

Game for use as food in customary and traditional Alaska Native funerary or mortuary religious ceremonies may be harvested outside of existing seasons and bag limits. However, procedures and requirements for harvesting game differ by species and area. Please review links to the regulation authorizing this activity and list of populations where this practice is not allowed. For more information, please contact your local Fish and Game office.

Koyukon Potlatch Ceremonies

Nuchalawoyya Potlatch

Stickdance Permit