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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

8%

14%

Non Resident

100%

NA

Hunters Afield

Bears Harvested

Percent Males

Average Skull Size

Spring 2014

5

3

100%

26.47

Fall 2013

5

2

100%

22.85

Spring 2013

8

6

100%

24.26

Fall 2012

2

0

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Spring 2012

7

2

100%

26.19

Fall 2011

6

1

100%

24.88

Spring 2011

6

4

100%

24.91

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

Guides registered for this Hunt Area (as of February 2014):