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Kodiak Brown Bear Hunting Area 63
Southwest Afognak & Raspberry Islands

  Fall Spring
Drawing Hunt Designation: Alaska Resident DB 263 DB 293
Non Resident DB 163 DB 193

Area Description:
(USGS Maps - Afognak A-3/4/5, Kodiak D-3)

Afognak Island south and west of a line from the head of Malina Bay to the head of Back Bay, and all of Raspberry and adjacent islands. See area map (Image file 129 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 Afognak Lake drainage and southeastern Raspberry Island are covered with dense stands of virgin spruce while the south and western portions of this hunt area are primarily covered with salmonberry and grass. Rolling hills are the primary topographic feature along with three large lakes (Afognak, Upper Malina and Lower Malina Lakes) nestled in glacial valleys.

Land Ownership:
The northwestern portion of Raspberry Island is public land (State of Alaska and Kodiak Island Borough) and can be accessed without permit or fee. The remainder of Raspberry and all of Afognak Island within this hunt area is privately owned, with Afognak Native Corporation and Koncor Corporation are the primary land managers. (See for more information on land access.) Land access permits are required for the Corporation owned lands on the southwestern portion of the area, including southeastern Raspberry and all of Afognak Lake, and must be purchased from Afognak Native Corporation prior to accessing those lands.

Public Use Cabins:
There are no public use cabins in this hunt area.

Bear Harvest

  Fall Spring
2009 chance of being drawn
Alaska Resident 7% 23%
Non Resident 33% 63%

  Hunters Afield Bears Harvested Percent Males Average Skull Size
Fall 2010 12 1 100% 26.81
Spring 2010 6 2 100% 26.91
Fall 2009 6 1 100% 26
Spring 2009 15 4 50% 24.05
Fall 2008 11 4 75% 24.02
Spring 2008 13 4 75% 24.49
Fall 2007 7 0 0% 0

Largest bear killed in this Hunt Area:
28 5/8" (May 6, 1997) "Green" measurement - Not Official

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