People can hunt in Noatak National Preserve, which is not typical for national park units. However, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) states that local people will be able to hunt, fish, trap and gather plant foods on this public land. It protects an 11,000 year old subsistence way of life. Always check current Federal Subsistence Hunting and Trapping regulations to stay up-to-date on laws that apply.

The term "preserve" also allows for non-local people to hunt. Non-local hunters can harvest wildlife in Noatak National Preserve according to Alaska state hunting regulations. Pay close attention to any notes found on the Unit 23 pages of the Alaska State Hunting Regulations. If you are planning to hunt on federal lands, consult the Federal Subsistence Regulations in addition to the Alaska State Hunting regulations. Calling Federal agencies is also advised as in-season closures can occur at any time and may not be reflected in the biennial regulatory publications or on this website.

There are several areas within Noatak National Preserve that restrict certain hunting activities.

Please keep in mind that many areas within the preserve are private land. Do not enter private land without the landowner's permission.

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 18 or older. Bag and possession limits vary by species and by area. Always check current hunting regulations before your trip.

Hunters usually access Noatak National Preserve by boat, airplane, or snowmachine. Airplanes may land anywhere within the Preserve, subject to some restrictions. Helicopters are not allowed to be used in any manner for hunting activities within National Park Service units.

Check out a list of businesses authorized to transport and guide visitors in Noatak National Preserve.

Contact us for questions about hunting regulations, current restricted areas, and aircraft use. Please report any violations or suspicious activitites to rangers.

Everyone wants to have a good hunting experience and the following short film can help. The advice describes the challenges and rewards of a trip to a remote wilderness. Take care of your Preserve and enjoy your adventure!


Last updated: February 26, 2021

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