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Hunting in Alaska: Regulations for Hunting With Dogs

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:00 PM

Hunting with dogs is not widely practiced in Alaska, due to the weather and the animals that could hurt or kill the hunting dogs. However, some animals are permitted to be hunted with the aid of dogs, including waterfowl and black bears. Keep in mind that some of the animals that are permitted to be hunted with the use of dogs in the Lower 48 are not permitted to be hunted with dogs in Alaska, such as beavers, squirrels, and certain breeds of foxes.

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Here are three regulations to keep in mind when hunting in Alaska with dogs:
  1. Fur Animals - According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, fur animals are not allowed to be hunted using dogs, just as hunters may not use traps, snares or nets to catch fur animals. The list of fur animals includes beavers, coyotes, arctic fox, red fox, and lynx, to name a few.
  2. Waterfowl - Good hunting dogs arguably become even more important when you are hunting waterfowl in the vast wilderness that is the state of Alaska. In the state, known as "The Last Frontier," hunting dogs can be used to retrieve grouse, waterfowl, and ptarmigan. If hunters cannot bring their own hunting dogs, many of the hunting outfitters will provide hunting dogs for guests.
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  4. Black Bear - In many parts of the state, black bears can be hunted year round, but it’s important to check each area’s local regulations before embarking on a bear hunt with your dogs. If you do decide to bring your hunting dog along, you must acquire a special permit from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. As Paul D. Atkinds writes for Grandview Outdoors, “Like cougar hunts, dogs pick up on the trail and tree the bear.”
  5. Training - Regulations also exist regarding the training of hunting dogs. In Alaska, the ADF&G regulations “prohibit release of animals into the wild, and prohibit taking of animals unless seasons are specifically open.” This means, for example, that grouse and ptarmigan can only be taken in the summer, fall, and winter months.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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Hunting with dogs is not widely practiced in Alaska, due to the weather and the animals that could hurt or kill the hunting dogs. However, some animals are permitted to be hunted with the aid of dogs, including waterfowl and black bears.
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