Waterfowl Hunting in Alaska

Painting of emperor geese

Emperor Goose Hunting

Emperor goose hunting in the fall-winter season is open to Alaska residents by registration permit and to nonresidents by drawing permit. Beginning in the 2018-19 season, Alaska residents also may hunt emperor geese by proxy during the fall-winter season. Over 30 years of conservation efforts have helped emperor geese recover from a low population size to allow their harvest. However, the population is still vulnerable to overharvest; therefore, federal regulations allow the State of Alaska an annual harvest quota of 1000 emperor geese. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) and the Board of Game established 7 hunt areas across the range of emperor geese each with an individual quota that together add to 1000 birds. A hunt area will close after shooting hours on the last day of the season or by Emergency Order when the area quota is met. Thus, it is important that successful hunters follow the reporting requirement of the registration permits and report their harvest of an emperor goose during the required time period to minimize overharvest and possible hunt closures the following year. If you are interested in hunting emperor geese, please see the information below for details of obtaining a registration, drawing or proxy permit, season dates, hunt conditions, and reporting requirements.

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Emperor Goose Resident Registration Permit Hunt

  • This hunt is open by registration permit to Alaska residents with a current hunting license (see Migratory Game Bird Regulations (PDF 713 kB) for license exemptions and stamp requirements)
  • Registration permits will be available on-request online, at ADF&G offices, and at licensed vendors in rural coastal villages where emperor geese are hunted
  • A permit allows the harvest and possession of ONE emperor goose per hunter per season
  • There are 7 established hunt areas across the range of emperor geese; each with a registration permit unique to the area and an individual quota (see table below)
  • A hunter may register for ONE permit in a single hunt area or ONE permit in each of multiple hunt areas; however, the harvest and possession of only ONE emperor goose per hunter per season is allowed regardless of the number of permits held
  • Successful hunters MUST REPORT their harvest by phone 1-800-478-7468 or online; within 24 hours or 72 hours depending on the hunt area (see table below)
  • Hunt areas will close after shooting hours on the last day of the season or by Emergency Order when area harvest quotas are met
  • Please read the hunt conditions on registration permits carefully; hunt areas may have different season dates, reporting requirements, or restrictions
Hunt area (click permit number for hunt area map) Permit number Season dates Hunt quota Report period
1Unit 8 RO501 (PDF 320 kB) Oct 8 – Jan 22 175 birds 24 hours
2Unit 10 RO502 (PDF 194 kB) Oct 8 – Jan 22 175 birds 72 hours
3Izembek State Game Refuge RO503 (PDF 248 kB) Oct 16 – Oct 31 125 birds 24 hours
4Unit 9/17 and Unimak Island in Unit 10 RO504 (PDF 450 kB) Sept 1 – Dec 16 150 birds 72 hours
 Unit 18 RO505 (PDF 298 kB) Sept 1 – Dec 16 125 birds 72 hours
 Unit 22 RO506 (PDF 355 kB) Sept 1 – Dec 16 125 birds 72 hours
 Unit 23 RO507 (PDF 523 kB) Sept 1 – Dec 16 125 birds 72 hours

1 Kodiak Road System is closed to emperor goose hunting
2 Excludes Unimak Island
3 In Unit 9
4 Excludes Izembek State Game Refuge

Emperor Goose Non-Resident Drawing Permit Hunt

Twenty-five nonresident waterfowl hunters have an opportunity to harvest an emperor goose in Alaska by drawing permit. Nonresidents can apply online (hunt.alaska.gov) beginning November 1and ending December 15 at 5 p.m. (AKST) for a drawing permit to hunt emperor geese during the next year's fall-winter season.

Hunt details:

  • A total of 25 drawing permits are available to nonresidents
  • Applicants may apply up to 6 times for one permit at a cost of $5.00 per application
  • The 25 applicants drawn for a permit will be announced the third Friday in February
  • The permit allows a nonresident hunter the harvest of ONE emperor goose per season.
  • There is a single hunt area split into four hunt zones (see table below)
  • Season dates, harvest quotas and reporting requirements vary by zone, and zones will close after shooting hours on the last day of the season or by Emergency Order when the hunt area quota is reached
  • A nonresident with a permit can hunt in any of the four hunt zones
  • Hunt quotas are shared by resident and nonresident hunters
  • See the table below or the Drawing Hunt Supplement (http://hunt.alaska.gov) for hunt zone descriptions, reporting requirements, season dates, and additional requirements and information
  • See the current Migratory Game Bird Regulations (PDF 713 kB) for license and duck stamp requirements
Hunt area: Units 8, 9, and 10 Permit Number of permits Season dates Hunt quota Report period
Zone 1 1Unit 8 DO508 (PDF 297 kB) 25 Oct 8 – Jan 22 175 birds 24 hours
Zone 2 2Unit 10 Oct 8 – Jan 22 175 birds 72 hours
Zone 3 Izembek State Game Refuge Oct 16 – Oct 31 125 birds 24 hours
Zone 4 3Unit 9 and Unimak Island in Unit 10 Sept 1 – Dec 16 150 birds 72 hours

1Kodiak Road System is closed to emperor goose hunting
2Excludes Unimak Island
4Excludes Izembek State Game Refuge

NEW! Emperor Goose Proxy Hunt

Starting in the 2018-19 season, an Alaska resident (the beneficiary) who is blind, physically disabled, or 65 years of age or older may be eligible to have another Alaska resident (the proxy) hunt emperor geese on their behalf. Contact your local ADF&G office for a proxy authorization form, and additional information about the requirements and restrictions of proxy hunting.

General details of hunting emperor geese by proxy:

  • Both beneficiary and proxy must have a current hunting license and emperor goose registration permit
  • Both the beneficiary and proxy must possess copies of a proxy authorization form issued by the ADF&G
  • The proxy hunt is subject to the same hunt areas, season dates, hunt area quotas and reporting requirements as the resident registration permit hunt
  • The proxy hunter must remove the skin from the head of the proxy and beneficiary's harvested emperor goose before leaving the kill site