Sport hunting and trapping are permitted in Aniakchak National Preserve, but not in Aniakchak National Monument. To hunt and trap in the preserve, you must have all required licenses and permits and follow all state regulations.
The National Park Service and the State of Alaska cooperatively manage the wildlife resources of the Preserve. An Alaska State hunting license is required for all hunters age 16 or older. Bag and possession limits vary by species and by area. Always check current hunting regulations.
For further information on Alaska hunting and where to get a license, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.
Please keep in mind that many areas within the preserve are private land. Do not enter private land without the landowner's permission.
The most common species hunted include moose and brown bear.
There are many factors applicable to season dates as well as residency requirements for species such as caribou. Regulations specific to Aniakchak National Preserve can be found under Game Management Unit (GMU)-9.
Hunting and trapping within Aniakchak requires extensive planning. Access in most cases will involve air taxi service via float plane from Port Heiden, King Salmon, or one of the other surrounding villages. We highly recommend you to contact any of the several permitted commercial operators who provide air taxi and hunt transport services throughout the local area. A list of these providers can be found in the directory of commercial visitor services.
Take the time to understand land ownership prior to hunting as there are some private land parcels within the Preserve boundary. We also recommend sharing your camp and hunt plans with the Park office as part of your trip safety plan.
The following three companies are exclusively authorized by contract to provide hunt guide services in Aniakchak National Preserve:
Did You Know?
The outlet of the Aniakchak River, referred to as "The Gates," was formed when water within the caldera breached the rim and carved through the wall. Terrace deposits above the current water level of Surprise Lake indicate that the lake once filled 50 percent more of the caldera.