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Alaska hunting: Juneau area

Listen to a RealAudio ™ interview (6:49) with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Juneau Area Wildlife Biologist (907/465-4265) for additional information on what it is like to hunt big game in this part of Alaska.


The Juneau area is the largest and most diverse in the region. Deer are found in moderate numbers primarily on Douglas and Shelter islands. There are small to moderate numbers of moose on the Yakutat Forelands south and east of Yakutat, near Gustavus and Haines, and near Juneau. Mountain goat populations exist on the mainland mountain portions of the area. There are also black and brown bears in the area.

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Hunting Seasons

Please check the current Alaska hunting regulations booklet for exact season timing. Goat seasons open in August through early October until November or December, depending on the area. Deer season opens in August and runs through December. Brown bear is open mid-September through December, and re-opens in March and ends in early summer. Black bear remains open from late summer through the winter months into late spring.


Sean Hooton of Seahook Charters provided this picture from a successful alpine deer hunt.  Hooton provides guided hunts, fishing and other charters from Juneau. You can contact him at (907) 790-2767.

The geography of this area varies from protected islands to broad coastal forelands to mainland mountains and glaciers. The southeastern portion of the area near Juneau is dominated by Lynn Canal, a long and generally steep-sided fjord. There are a few large and heavily forested islands near Juneau. Glacier Bay National Park makes up the largest part of the area west of Juneau. North and west of the park lies the low-relief Yakutat Forelands and Yakutat Bay. The Gulf of Alaska coast in this area is deeply incised by a few rivers and spectacular fjords. Much of the lower elevation country is heavily forested.


Juneau and Yakutat are served by daily jet aircraft flights. Haines, Skagway, Gustavus have regularly scheduled propeller aircraft flights. Alaska Marine Highway ferries call several times weekly at Juneau, Haines and Skagway. The road system around Juneau is limited to the immediate area. It extends from the Thane area a few miles south of Juneau to Berner's Bay about 30 miles north of town and west to Douglas Island. Roads in the Haines and Skagway area are limited but connect to the North American road system through Canada.


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Weather in the Juneau area is typical for elsewhere in the region: rainy and fairly mild by Alaska standards. Weather during the spring months usually includes stretches of sunny and generally warm weather, but hunters should count on rain and wind. During the early fall, the weather is also generally good, but typically deteriorates into more storms with wind, rain, and snow as the year progresses.

Destination Information Resources

The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau has a great website. Consult the Alaska Marine Highway if you plan to ship your vehicle, and most importantly, check out the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s website for more detailed information on hunting in Juneau.

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