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Kodiak Brown Bear Hunting Area 62
Central Afognak and Shuyak Islands

  Fall Spring
Drawing Hunt Designation: Alaska Resident DB 262 DB 292
Non Resident DB 162 DB 192

Area Description:
(USGS Maps - Afognak A-2/3, B-2/3/4, C-1/2/3/4)

Afognak Island west of the main north-south (1100) logging road from Kazakof to Discoverer Bays, and northeast of a line from the head of Malina Bay to the head of Back Bay, and all of Shuyak and adjacent islands. See area map (Image file 113 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 diverse, ranging from by boulder-strewn beaches with jagged cliffs and steep bluffs to gentle tidal flats and valleys. Most of northern Afognak is covered with dense stands of virgin spruce while the southern portions of this hunt area have been subjected to commercial logging activities including an extensive private road system and clearcutting. The southwestern capes are primarily covered with salmonberry and grass. Topography ranges from steep and rugged terrain in the Red Peak area to rolling hills and large muskegs and grasslands in the interior. There are several small lakes and streams throughout the area. Shuyak Island is relatively flat and covered by dense virgin spruce forests interspersed by natural muskeg openings.

Land Ownership:
All of Shuyak and most of northern end of Afognak are state owned and administered by Alaska State Parks. The northwestern portion of Afognak and all of Ban Island is part of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The remainder of the hunt area is owned by Afognak Native Corporation and Koncor Corporation with some small private parcels. (See for more information on land access.) Land access permits are required for the Corporation owned lands on the southern portion of the area and must be purchased from Afognak Native Corporation prior to accessing those lands.

Public Use Cabins:
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge has a public use cabin available at Blue Fox Bay. Sea Hawk Inc. (907-486-8282) has a floating cabin on Paramanof Bay. The Alaska State Parks has 5 cabins available on Shuyak Island.

Bear Harvest

  Fall Spring
2009 chance of being drawn
Alaska Resident 10% 28%
Non Resident 27% 29%

  Hunters Afield Bears Harvested Percent Males Average Skull Size
Fall 2010 7 3 67% 23.52
Spring 2010 13 8 75% 24.71
Fall 2009 6 4 100% 24.55
Spring 2009 10 7 57% 24.28
Fall 2008 9 2 50% 24.26
Spring 2008 14 6 100% 25.53
Fall 2007 8 3 33% 23.61

Largest bear killed in this Hunt Area:
29 3/16" (May 5, 2007) "Green" measurement - Not Official

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