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Kodiak Brown Bear Hunting Area 26
Kupreanof Peninsula

Fall Spring
Drawing Hunt Designation: Alaska Resident DB 226 DB 256
Non Resident DB 126 DB 156

Area Description (USGS Maps – Kodiak D-3 & D-4)

Location: Northern Kodiak Island, including the Viekoda Bay, Kupreanof Peninsula, Whale Island, Dry Spruce Island, Port Lions, and the area north of Barabara Lake. See area map (Image file 49 kB).

Topography and Habitat: Grass/salmonberry and cottonwoods flats dominate the lower elevations and river valleys. Hillsides are covered with dense alder thickets interspersed with grass/salmonberry meadows. Alpine areas start at 1500'. Inland area is composed to low ridges and foothills intersected by numerous drainages with a few small lakes. The northern portion of this area supports dense groves of spruce. The village of Port Lions (population 264) is included in this area and has regular air and ferry service. There is also and extensive system of ORV trails throughout the area. A powerline extends from the head of Kizhuyak Bay to Port Lions. Whale Island is mostly covered with spruce forest.

Land Ownership: Lands south of Viekoda Bay in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. There is mixed ownership of Kupreanof Peninsula, including State, Afognak Native Corporation, and private inholdings. Whale Island is mostly owned by Afognak Native Corporation.

Public Use Cabins: None.

Bear Harvest

Fall Spring
2006 chance of being drawn
Alaska Resident 7% 14%
Non Resident 40% 60%

  Hunters Afield Bears Harvested Percent Males Average Skull Size
Fall 2010 5 4 50% 24.61
Spring 2010 5 2 50% 21.85
Fall 2009 7 2 100% 25.1
Spring 2009 6 2 0% 23.44
Fall 2008 5 4 100% 26.58
Spring 2008 3 2 100% 28.1
Fall 2007 5 4 50% 20.61
Spring 2007 3 0 0% 0
Fall 2006 6 2 50% 21.23
Spring 2006 7 5 100% 24.12
Fall 2005 3 2 50% 24.73
Spring 2005 4 3 100% 22.48

Largest bear killed in this Hunt Area: 29¾" (May 5, 1967)
“Green” measurement - Not Official

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

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