Cultural and Subsistence Harvest Permits
The Board of Game has authorized a number of programs under which game may be harvested for cultural and subsistence uses. Brief descriptions of some of these programs and links to regulations authorizing each program are below.
When to Apply
The application period for group applications is October 1 – December 15. The application period for participants (individuals/households) is November 1 – December 15, 5pm.
Community Subsistence Hunt Group Management
Group coordinators will only be able apply for the CSH permit during the application period (October 1–December 15). Once group coordinators have successfully applied online they will receive, via email, a 2021–2022 group number. Group coordinators will need to save this email and share the group number to individuals and households wanting to participate in the CSH hunt. In order for individual and household members to apply online they will need the group number.
Community Subsistence Hunt Individual/Household Management
Individual group members will only be able access/edit their information during the application period (November 1–December 15). Applicants will need the group number from their group coordinator to apply. If group members need to change their information outside of the application period they should contact their group coordinator.
Application Process During The Second Year
Individuals and household members can access their application information and update any contact information and/or hunting license number that may have changed from the previous application period online at http://hunt.alaska.gov/. The group coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that the contact information and hunting license number for every individual and household is up to date prior to the December 15 deadline.
In addition, Copper Basin Moose applicants will need to re-apply during the November 1 – December 15 application period in order to be eligible for an "any-bull" locking tag. Individuals and households will have to apply each year to provide updated information on the scoring criteria to determine the customary and direct dependence on the game population by the subsistence user for human consumption as a mainstay of livelihood to properly allocate the "any-bull" locking-tags among all applicants. Those who do not submit information for the scoring criteria will receive zero points toward the allocation of the "any-bull" locking-tag.
Community Subsistence Harvest Hunt Area and Permit Conditions
- 2023–2024 Alaska Subsistence Permit Hunt Supplement (Tier I, Tier II, Community Harvest) (PDF 1,223 kB)
- 2023–2024 Hunt Conditions for Copper Basin CSH caribou (PDF 153 kB)
- 2023–2024 Hunt Conditions for Copper Basin CSH moose (PDF 200 kB)
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.072.
Community Subsistence Harvest Reports
2022–2023 Permit Conditions
- 2022–2023 Alaska Subsistence Permit Hunt Supplement (Tier I, Tier II, Community Harvest) (PDF 1,182 kB)
- 2022–2023 Hunt Conditions for Copper Basin CSH caribou (PDF 152 kB)
- 2022–2023 Hunt Conditions for Copper Basin CSH moose (PDF 162 kB)
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.072.
Cultural Education Permit
These permits authorize take of some game species for the purposes of passing on cultural knowledge and tradition in a structured educational setting such as an Alaska Native Culture Camp. Permits will not be issued when the proposed harvest can be reasonably accommodated under existing regulations. Links to the policy on issuing these permits and an application form are below. For more information please contact ADF&G Permits Section at (907) 465-4148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Cultural Permit Application Procedures and Policy (PDF 45 kB)
- Cultural Permit Application (PDF 89 kB)
Taking of Big Game for Religious Ceremonies
Game for use as food in customary and traditional Alaska Native funerary or mortuary religious ceremonies may be harvested outside of existing seasons and bag limits. However, procedures and requirements for harvesting game differ by species and area. Please review links to the regulation authorizing this activity and list of populations where this practice is not allowed. For more information, please contact your local Fish and Game office.
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.019.
- Populations for which Taking of Big Game for Certain Religious Ceremonies is Inconsistent with Sustained Yield (PDF 96 kB)
Koyukon Potlatch Ceremonies
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.017.
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.053.
- See regulation 5 AAC 92.055.