Alaska Hunting License

How Do I Get My State Hunting License?

Depending on your age, you may be required to have the Hunter Education Certificate in order to legally buy a license or permit to hunt.

  1. Complete the Alaska hunter education certification requirements.
  2. Choose the correct license type.
  3. Buy through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website or office.

Types of Alaska Hunting Licenses

Alaska Resident

According to the legal definition, a resident is:

  • A person who is physically present in Alaska with the intent to remain indefinitely and make a home here, has maintained that person’s domicile in Alaska for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the application for a license, and is not claiming residency or obtaining benefits under a claim of residency in another state, territory, or country or…
  • A member of the military service or U.S. Coast Guard who has been stationed in Alaska for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the application for a license or…
  • A dependent of a resident member of the military service or U.S. Coast Guard who has lived in Alaska for the 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the application for a license.

All Alaska residents ages 18 to 59 years must have a resident hunting license. Additional tags, stamps, or permits may be required. Residents age 60 or older must have a permanent identification card.

Resident low-income licenses are available if your family or household income is equal to or less than the most recent poverty guidelines for the state. Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website to see if you qualify.

Non-Resident

All non-residents must have a non-resident hunting license. Additional tags, stamps, or permits may be required. Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for more details.

Youth Hunting License

Alaska residents age 17 years or younger are not required to have a hunting license. However, they must have completed a hunter education course, or they must be under the immediate supervision of a licensed hunter.

Senior Hunting License

Alaska residents age 60 or older may apply for a free senior identification card in order to hunt or trap. The ID number can be used in place of a hunting license number. However, they must still purchase any necessary permits and harvest cards.

Disability License

Hunters with physical disabilities may be eligible for special hunting services. Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website for more details.

Military and Veteran License

Active-duty military members who are Alaska residents are eligible for a free annual hunting license.

Resident veterans with 50% or more service-connected disability may be eligible for the free Disabled Veteran License.

Migratory Waterfowl Requirements

All hunters age 16 or older must purchase the Federal Duck Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl. In addition, hunters are required to have proof of their participation in the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Depending on the season and location, hunters may be required to purchase a state duck stamp and a waterfowl hunting permit.

License Expiration

Hunting licenses are good from the date of purchase to Dec. 31 of the same year.

Where to Buy an Alaska Hunting License

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Need help? Here are the answers to the questions Alaska Hunting students most frequently ask.

Alaska Frequently Asked Questions