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Alaska hunting: Petersburg area

Petersburg area location mapListen to a RealAudio ™ interview (8:47) with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Wildlife Biologist for additional information about hunting Alaska in the Petersburg area.


Black bear, Sitka black-tail deer, and mountain goats are the big game species most pursued by hunters here. There are also small populations of moose in some areas and brown bears in a few locations. Wolves are generally found throughout the area except on some smaller islands.

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Hunting Seasons

Please check the current Alaska hunting regulations booklet for exact season timing. Deer season opens in late summer and runs until late in the year. While some hunters take deer in alpine areas early in the season, many hunters wait until mid-season. Black bear seasons run spring and fall. The mountain goat season is open in the fall.


Central Southeast Alaska is very similar to elsewhere in the region: a series of islands surrounded by arms of the Pacific Ocean, and the mainland coast. The islands are heavily timbered with thick underbrush in many areas. The mountains rise high enough to support alpine vegetation in some parts of the area. The mainland coast is mountainous, and the islands are hilly to mountainous. The Stikine River comes out of British Columbia in this area. Most of the islands are protected from the open Pacific.


Petersburg and Wrangell enjoy daily jet airline service. Kake and other area communities can be reached via scheduled commuter airlines. Alaska Marine Highway ferries calls at Petersburg and Wrangell several times each week. As elsewhere in Southeast, much transportation is done by boat.


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Spring weather tends to be mild and relatively pleasant with stretches of sunny days, but with more rain and wind than most people are used to. The fall season tends to be very rainy with occasional stretches of sunny weather. Pacific storms generally increase later in the season. Hunters should be prepared for wet weather and able to stay in remote hunting areas for a few extra days to wait out storms.

Destination Information Resources

The community of Petersburg has a website well worth checking out. 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 Petersburg.

Special Information

The Petersburg area biologist reminds black bear hunters that it is important to make certain of killing shots. Because of the dense forest cover these bears are almost always near, it is critical to insure that they do not escape. This may require extra hits.

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