Cultural and Subsistence Harvest Permits
The Board of Game has authorized a number of programs under which game may be harvested for cultural and subsistence uses. Brief descriptions of some of these programs and links to regulations authorizing each program are below.
When to Apply
The application period for group applications is October 1 – December 15. The application period for participants (individuals/households) is November 1 – December 15, 5pm.
Apply online for Copper Basin CSH Hunts (Closes December 15, 5pm).
Community Subsistence Hunt Group Management
Group members will only be able apply for the CSH permit during the application period (October 1–December 15). Once group coordinators have successfully applied online they will receive, via email, a 2018-2019 group number. Group coordinators will need to save this email and share the group number to individuals and households wanting to participate in the CSH hunt. In order for individual and household members to apply online they will need the group number.
Community Subsistence Hunt Individual/Household Management
Individual group members will only be able access/edit their information during the application period (November 1–December 15). Applicants will need the group number from their group coordinator to apply. If group members need to change their information outside of the application period they should contact their group coordinator. CSH group coordinators can access their group's information and edit/add group coordinator information.
Community Subsistence Harvest Hunt Area and Permit Conditions
- 2018–2019 Alaska Subsistence Permit Hunt Supplement (Tier I, Tier II, Community Harvest) (PDF 1,266 kB)
- 2018–2019 Hunt Conditions for Copper Basin CSH caribou (PDF 519 kB)
- 2018–2019 Hunt Conditions for Copper Basin CSH moose (PDF 573 kB)
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.072.
Community Subsistence Harvest Reports
2017–2018 Subsistence Supplement and Permit Conditions
Cultural Education Permit
These permits authorize take of some game species for the purposes of passing on cultural knowledge and tradition in a structured educational setting such as an Alaska Native Culture Camp. Permits will not be issued when the proposed harvest can be reasonably accommodated under existing regulations. Links to the policy on issuing these permits and an application form are below. For more information please contact ADF&G Permits Section at (907) 465-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cultural Permit Application Procedures and Policy (PDF 45 kB)
- Cultural Permit Application (PDF 16 kB)
Taking of Big Game for Religious Ceremonies
Game for use as food in customary and traditional Alaska Native funerary or mortuary religious ceremonies may be harvested outside of existing seasons and bag limits. However, procedures and requirements for harvesting game differ by species and area. Please review links to the regulation authorizing this activity and list of populations where this practice is not allowed. For more information, please contact your local Fish and Game office.
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.019.
- Populations for which Taking of Big Game for Certain Religious Ceremonies is Inconsistent with Sustained Yield (PDF 246 kB)
Koyukon Potlatch Ceremonies
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.017.
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.053.
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.055.