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Both Alaska state law and federal law give priority to subsistence hunters, who hunt for survival.

If a wildlife population is too small to allow hunting by all Alaskans, subsistence hunters have Tier I and Tier II permits that allow them hunting privileges based on their dependence and customary use of wildlife resources.

Most subsistence communities and Native villages and tribes have a tradition that they believe, if followed, will preserve the land so it continues to provide food for the community.

These subsistence hunters observe and pass down a set of rules intended to protect the land and ecosystem. The rules include:

  • Do not waste.
  • Take only what is needed.
  • Treat animals with respect.
  • Do not damage the land without cause.
Chart of views on hunting
“Should Hunting Remain a Legal Activity?”
Chart of reasons for hunting
Three Primary Reasons Why Hunters Hunt