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Hunting in Alaska: 4 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 11:24 AM

Hunting in Alaska offers many world-class chances for parents and kids. From big game to hare hunting, there are plenty of opportunities to grow and connect as a family. Alaska has some of the most appealing laws when it comes to youth hunting, since living in "The Last Frontier" often means being born into a family of hunters or at least wilderness enthusiasts.

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Here are four things to know before applying for a hunting permit for your kids:
  1. Basic Hunter Education Courses - In order to hunt in the Eagle River Management Area, Eklutna Lake Management Area, anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, and Palmer/Wasilla Management Area, all hunters must successfully complete the Basic Hunter Education Course in order to earn a permit to hunt. Requirements in other parts of the state vary, so be sure to check each area’s regulations.
  2. Age Requirement - In Alaska, residents are permitted to hunt alone starting at age 10. According to Got Hunts, If a hunter is under 16, they are required to complete the basic hunter education unless they are in the company of a licensed hunter and under their supervision at all times. However, they do not have to purchase a hunting license until they are 16.
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  4. Youth Programs - Something else to keep in mind when introducing your son or daughter to hunting is the array of youth programs available in the state. Children can join the National Archery in the Schools Program, join shotgun leagues, attend conservation camps, and take part in Explore Bowhunting programs. Enrolling your child in one or more of these is a great way to emphasize the importance of safety and honoring the beautiful land that allows them to participate in a sport they love.
  5. Bag Limits - Children under 10 are not allowed to have their own bag limits, but youth over 10 can have their own bag limit and do not need any supervision in order to have their own harvest tickets. After the age of 10, children must obtain their own hunting permits or be in the presence of a licensed adult at all times.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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