Alaska Tier I & II

Tier I & II Summary

Tier I & II subsistence permits are available to Alaska residents only. All Alaska residents are eligible for subsistence hunting of game populations where subsistence use occurs. A subsistence permit may be issued when there is not enough game for a general season and the population of animals has historically been an important source of human food. The application process for Tier I & II hunts can be complex. A Subsistence Supplement is available that lists species, application dates, hunt dates, Game Management Unit (GMU), and hunting specifications.

Tier I and Tier II permits are used where the board has identified a game population that is customarily and traditionally used for subsistence.

Tier I hunts are allowed where it is anticipated that a reasonable opportunity can be provided to all residents who desire to engage in that subsistence use, so everyone is issued a permit.

Tier II permits are used where it is anticipated that a reasonable opportunity to engage in the subsistence use cannot be provided to all eligible residents, and applications are scored to determine who is eligible for the limited number of permits.

When to Apply

Tier I applications are accepted online only November 1 – December 15, 5pm (AKST).

Tier II applications can be submitted online or by paper. Online applications are accepted online November 1 – December 15, 5pm (AKST). Paper applications must be postmarked by November 30 and received by December 15 at 5pm; they will not be accepted over the counter.

Processing Order for Applications

The department processes subsistence applications in the following manner: Tier II permits are allocated first, then Community Subsistence Harvest hunts (CM300 and CC001), and then Tier I Nelchina Caribou (RC561 and RC562).

This means that if an applicant is awarded a Tier II permit for moose or caribou, this allocation takes priority over all subsequent subsistence applications. If the applicant also applied for a Community Subsistence Permit or a Tier I permit, those permit applications will not be considered for allocation.

If an applicant applies for both Tier I Nelchina caribou permits (RC561 or RC562), the last application submitted will be considered for allocation.