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Kodiak Brown Bear Hunting Area 61
East Afognak and Marmot Islands

  Fall Spring
Drawing Hunt Designation: 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 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

  Fall Spring
2009 chance of being drawn
Alaska Resident 11% 29%
Non Resident 23% 38%

  Hunters Afield Bears Harvested Percent Males Average Skull Size
Fall 2010 9 6 83% 24.68
Spring 2010 13 10 80% 25.17
Fall 2009 9 3 100% 25.79
Spring 2009 11 9 44% 23.55
Fall 2008 6 6 83% 24.72
Spring 2008 11 4 100% 23.91
Fall 2007 7 3 100% 26.77

Largest bear killed in this Hunt Area:
28 11/16" (November 12, 1990) "Green" measurement - Not Official

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