U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Planning Your Trip

Fishing & Hunting in Alaska

In Alaska, hunting is a part of our traditions and an important source of food for most residents. Alaska is a world renown destination for hunting and fishing, and for Alaska’s rural subsistence users. All of the public lands in the refuge are open to both recreational and subsistence hunting and fishing. Caribou, moose, Dall sheep and bears are most frequently sought by hunters, while salmon is the most sought after fish.

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Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing, Photo Credit: Bedell/USFWS


Two hunters on a ridge using binoculars
2007-08-19 Wrangell-St Elias Wilderness Sheep Hunt


FWS Volunteer educator stands in front of a whale skeleton exhibit
Volunteer Stacy Studebaker gives an interpretive talk in front of the Kodiak Refuge Visitor Center Gray Whale exhibit. From 2001-2007, Stacy led a community project to create the whale exhibit for the new visitor center. Credit: Lisa Hupp/USFWS


Visitors and educators will find environmental education and natural and cultural history interpretation is provided at refuges in the form of videos, displays, handouts, friendly and informative staff, and on-line resources.

Each year the National Wildlife Refuge System in Alaska collaborates with rural villages to help connect children to science, nature and culture. We fund, plan, and instruct alongside Alaska Native elders at Science and Traditional Knowledge camps each summer from Kodiak to Kaktovik.

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Visitor Activities - Viewing & Photographing Wildlife

Alaska National Wildlife refuges offer unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing, photography and more. To learn more about these opportunities visit each refuges's webpage. The table below includes a few of the most popular sights in our Alaska Refuges and may give you an idea of where to start.

Kodiak Kodiak
Homer Alaska Maritime
Fairbanks Arctic 
Fairbanks Kanuti
Fairbanks Yukon Flats
King Salmon Becharof
Cold Bay Izembek
Kotzebue Selawik
Kenai Kenai
Galena Nowitna
Galena Innoko
Tok Tetlin
Dillingham Togiak
Bethel Yukon Delta
Kodiak brown bear sow with fresh catch
Kodiak brown bear sow with fresh catch Lisa Hupp/USFWS
Person in silhouette standing on the bank of the Uganik Lake and River
Uganik Lake and River Lisa Hupp/USFWS