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Kodiak Brown Bear Hunting Area 15
Sturgeon Bay

Fall Spring
Drawing Hunt Designation: Alaska Resident DB 215 DB 245
Non Resident DB 115 DB 145

Area Description (USGS Maps – Karluk B-1, B-2 & C-2 )

Location: Southwestern Kodiak Island, including Sturgeon Lagoon, and most of the Sturgeon River drainage. See area map (Image file 62 kB).

Topography and Habitat: Moderately steep hills to 2490' surround the Sturgeon River. The river itself flows through a broad grass/salmonberry and tundra flat which is interspersed with alder and willow thickets.

Land Ownership: Lowlands along he river are owned by Koniag inc. Uplands are managed by Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. There are also private inholdings along Sturgeon Lagoon.

Public Use Cabins: None.

Bear Harvest

Fall Spring
2009 chance of being drawn
Alaska Resident 5% 11%
Non Resident 100% 100%

  Hunters Afield Bears Harvested Percent Males Average Skull Size
Fall 2010 6 3 67% 23.48
Spring 2010 5 1 100% 26.38
Fall 2009 3 0 0% 0
Spring 2009 7 4 100% 26.43
Fall 2008 4 2 50% 24.94
Spring 2008 3 2 100% 25.47
Fall 2007 4 1 100% 28.32
Spring 2007 4 3 67% 25.81
Fall 2006 4 1 100% 28.38
Spring 2006 7 3 67% 24.03
Fall 2005 2 1 0% 22.57
Spring 2005 5 2 100% 27.22

Largest bear killed in this Hunt Area: 29 15/16" (May 20, 1965)
“Green” measurement - Not Official

Guides registered for this Hunt Area (as of February 2011):