Kodiak Brown Bear Hunting Area 61
East Afognak and Marmot Islands

Drawing Hunt Designation

Residency Fall Spring
Alaska Resident DB 261 DB 291
Non Resident DB 161 DB 191

Area Description

(USGS Maps - Afognak A-0/1/2, B-0/1/2)


Afognak Island east of the main north-south (1100) logging road from Kazakof to Discoverer Bays, and all of Marmot and adjacent islands. See area map (Image file 116 kB). Starting in regulatory year 2007-08, Afognak, Shuyak, Raspberry and Marmot Islands were split from one hunt area (29) into three hunt areas (61, 62, and 63).

Topography and Habitat

The coastline of this area is typified by boulder-strewn beaches with jagged cliffs and steep bluffs. Tonki Peninsula is covered by virgin spruce forest and rises steeply from the sea. Much of the rest of the area has been subjected to commercial timber harvest and includes an extensive private road system and clear-cut logging. There are several lakes and streams, with spruce forests interspersed with muskegs and grass/salmonberry hillsides. Marmot Island has steep rocky shorelines with few accessible beaches.

Land Ownership

Tonki Peninsula and most of the Seal Bay drainage are state owned and administered by Alaska State Parks. Marmot Island is mostly state land with one small parcel of private land on the west side. The remainder of the unit is owned by Afognak Native Corporation, Ouzinkie Native Corporation, Natives of Kodiak, Koncor Corporation with some small private parcels. (See http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=accessbrochures.afognak for more information on land access.) Land access permits are required for most of the Corporation owned lands and must be purchased from Afognak Native Corporation prior to accessing those lands.

Public Use Cabins

Ouzinkie Native Corporation has public use cabins available at Little Afognak Lake, Mary Anderson Bay, Discoverer Bay and Little Afognak Lake (Contact Andrew Airways (907-487-2566) for availability). Alaska State Parks has cabins at Pillar Lake and Laura Lake.

Bear Harvest

2017 chance of being drawn

Residency Fall Spring
Alaska Resident 2% 15%
Non Resident 50% 33%
  Hunters Afield Bears Harvested Percent Males Average Skull Size
Fall 2017 8 4 50% 22.89
Spring 2017 10 8 75% 24.65
Fall 2016 7 3 67% 22.21
Spring 2016 15 9 67% 23.65
Fall 2015 6 3 67% 22.48
Spring 2015 15 6 67% 24.33
Fall 2014 8 6 83% 22.89

Largest bear killed in this Hunt Area:
28 13/16" (Spring 2011) "Green" measurement - Not Official

Guides registered for this Hunt Area (as of April 2018):