Big Game Guide Prospectus
Alaska Guide Service Evaluation Form
A special use permit is not required for the general public to visit a national wildlife refuge to engage in wildlife-dependent recreational activities such as wildlife watching, hunting, fishing, photography, environmental education, interpretation, hiking, and camping. Visitors must comply with all pertinent refuge regulations, State and Federal laws, and State hunting and fishing regulations.
Special use permits are required for, but not limited to, the following types of activities:
- Guiding and outfitting (hunting, fishing, wildlife watching, river trips, etc.)
- Big game transporting
- Air and water taxi
- Sand and gravel removal
- Commercial filming and videographers
Scientific Research and Monitoring:
- Biological research
- Archeological research
- Geological research
- Research and Monitoring Installations* (i.e., weather, climate, seismic, etc.)
Use and Occupancy of Refuge Lands*:
- Commercial guide cabins
- Subsistence cabins
- Trapping cabins
- Tent platforms and long term tent camps
- Commercial fishing cabins and other support facilities
* Transportation and utility systems, and other long-term installations, require a right-of-way permit from the regional Division of Realty.
Permits issued for commercial uses are subject to a $100 administrative fee which must accompany the application. Please review the notice (pdf) regarding our Paper Check Conversion Program. The administrative fee is in addition to any applicable reserved site use (rental) or client use day fees.
Special use permits are obtained by submitting a permit application to the appropriate refuge. Please contact the appropriate refuge office before completing the permit application.
Most Alaska refuges accept permit applications throughout the year; however, some refuges have specific application periods for commercial visitor services permits, as shown on the following table: