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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)

Location:
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 http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=accessbrochures.afognak 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 cabins available at Blue Fox Bay and Waterfall Lake. 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

2013 chance of being drawn

Alaska Resident

5%

17%

Non Resident

43%

NA

Hunters Afield

Bears Harvested

Percent Males

Average Skull Size

Spring 2014

10

8

100%

26.34

Fall 2013

5

3

100%

24.50

Spring 2013

12

8

88%

25.75

Fall 2012

7

1

100%

26.19

Spring 2012

10

5

80%

26.14

Fall 2011

8

3

33%

21.31

Spring 2011

9

8

75%

24.84

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 2014):