Sport hunting and trapping are permitted in Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, but not in Gates of the Arctic National Park.
To hunt and trap in the preserve, you must have all required licenses and permits and follow all other 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 Alaska state 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.
Hunters are responsible for knowing current hunting regulations. Hunters must carry valid driver's licenses or photo identification, hunting licenses, harvest tickets, and tags. Hunting licenses can be purchased at any license vendor or online at Hunting and Trapping Licenses and Permits, Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Hunting regulations are enforced by National Park Service Rangers and Alaska Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers.
A business or an individual must obtain either a Concession Contract or a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) prior to conducting any commercial activity in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve.
These contracts and permits are issued and administered by the National Park Service (NPS).
Visit our webpage Do Business With Us to download a list of authorized commercial guides in Gates of the Arctic or to obtain a permit to conduct business in the park. Contact the visitor center in Bettles with further questions at 907-692-5494.