Kodiak Brown Bear Hunting Area 62
Central Afognak and Shuyak Islands

Drawing Hunt Designation

Residency Fall Spring
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 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

2017 chance of being drawn

Residency Fall Spring
Alaska Resident 3% 14%
Non Resident 100% 29%
  Hunters Afield Bears Harvested Percent Males Average Skull Size
Fall 2017 9 3 33% 22.73
Spring 2017 14 5 80% 25.80
Fall 2016 5 1 100% 25.81
Spring 2016 14 8 75% 23.16
Fall 2015 9 2 100% 21.53
Spring 2015 16 9 88% 26.24
Fall 2014 8 4 25% 23.90

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 April 2018):