a man crouches on the tundra holding a rifle with a scope

Most hunting at Selawik National Wildlife Refuge by those from outside the region is in pursuit of caribou. While the refuge is remote and access difficult, non-local hunters may pursue caribou (and other big game such as wolves or bears) in the fall. Hunters typically fly to Kotzebue and hire a small bush plane to take them deep into the refuge. Guide services are available, but they are not required for caribou hunting at the refuge. The landscape remains largely undisturbed by human activities. To the adventurous few who choose to travel here, the landscape offers the same challenges and benefits it did hundreds of years ago.

See our "rules and policies" section below and our "plan your visit" page for more information.