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Hunting Information

The National Park Service (NPS) manages wildlife resources within the original two million acre Mt. McKinley National Park, sometimes referred to as the "Old Park." The park was enlarged in 1980 by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which added new national park and national preserve lands. The park was renamed Denali National Park and Preserve. The NPS and State of Alaska cooperatively manage wildlife resources in the park additions and preserve lands.
Hunting in Denali
When considering hunting, it is important to realize that the park is divided into three different management areas - Federally-designated Wilderness; national park land; and national preserve land.

Sport hunting is prohibited within Denali National Park, including designated wilderness lands and the 1980 park additions. Sport hunting is only permitted within Denali National Preserve.

Subsistence hunting and trapping by eligible local rural residents is permitted on park and preserve lands added by ANILCA, but not within the former Mt. McKinley National Park.

Where hunting is allowed, a valid Alaska State hunting license is required for all hunters age 16 and older. Hunters must know and follow all applicable state and federal hunting regulations. You are responsible for knowing and following hunting regulations and for knowing your exact location when hunting.

Did You Know?

scenic image of a green plain bisected by a thin river, mountains and clouds in the distance

Cold temperatures limit trees from growing at high elevation in Denali. Warmer temperatures, however, have led to woody vegetation growing at ever-higher elevations. Treeline changes are a conspicuous sign of climate change.