Shooting seals and sea lions is against the law unless you are an Alaska Native subsistence harvesting for food or handicraft. All marine mammals, including seals and sea lions, are federally protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).... read more ›
Native Alaskans worry about losing their traditional foods and culture. KOTZEBUE, AlaskaIn this Far North village, no animal provides more protein to fill freezers than the bearded seal. A single seal can supply hundreds of pounds of meat, enough to feed a large, extended family for a winter.... view details ›
Contents. The Alaska Prohibit Airborne Hunting Initiative, also known as Measure 3, was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in Alaska as an indirect initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure prohibited "hunting wild wolf, wolverine, fox, or lynx the same day a person was airborne."... read more ›
- Bison. Alaska is home to two species of bison; the plains bison and the larger wood bison. ...
- Black Bear. ...
- Brown / Grizzly Bear. ...
- Caribou. ...
- Dall Sheep. ...
- Deer. ...
- Elk. ...
Is subsistence for Alaska Natives only? Answer. As long as you are an Alaska resident with 12 consecutive months of residency, both Alaska Natives and non-Natives, and both rural and urban residents, may participate in subsistence fisheries and subsistence hunts (except for marine mammals).... see more ›
Hunting equipment included spears, bows and arrows, snares, and other traps. This equipment required great skill and dexterity for success. The type of equipment used depended on the animal and its habitat. Skin boats and spears were used to harvest seals, walruses, and whales in northern coastal areas.... continue reading ›
Only adult seals are hunted. Indigenous hunters living above 53 latitude in Canada are not required to have licenses or abide by any TAC's (total allowable catches). Although Inuit are a tiny minority of the southern Canadian seal hunts, the majority of commercial sealers in Canada and around the world are Inuit.... continue reading ›
The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibits “take” of marine mammals unless an exception or exemption applies such as the take exemption for subsistence harvests by Alaska Natives. NOAA Fisheries team collects samples from a dead Steller sea lion near Cordova, Alaska in June 2015.... read more ›
This animal is non-releasable due to the NMFS policy established for the four species of Alaskan ice seals. Ribbon, bearded, spotted, and ringed seals are considered non-releasable in the state due to consideration of subsistence hunters.... read more ›
Alaska: Don't Push a Moose From an Airplane
In Alaska, moose and airplanes don't mix. There's one law on the books saying moose may not be viewed from an airplane, and another prohibiting you from pushing a live moose out of a moving airplane. Amateur aviators would do well to avoid this gentle beast!... view details ›
The state of Alaska also has its own state laws. Alaska state laws include the Alaska Constitution, laws passed by the Alaska legislature and periodically codified in the Alaska Statutes, and decisions by courts that interpret Alaska laws.... continue reading ›
Hunting on Public Lands
Nearly all National Wildlife Refuge, National Forest, and Bureau of Land Management lands are open to hunting.... see details ›
All Alaska residents ages 18 to 59 years must have a resident hunting license. Additional tags, stamps, or permits may be required. Residents age 60 or older must have a permanent identification card.... see details ›
All Alaska residents are eligible to subsistence hunt and fish on state lands and waters, as well as private lands. State residence is determined by the location of your primary, permanent residence.... view details ›
Only adult seals are hunted. Indigenous hunters living above 53 latitude in Canada are not required to have licenses or abide by any TAC's (total allowable catches). Although Inuit are a tiny minority of the southern Canadian seal hunts, the majority of commercial sealers in Canada and around the world are Inuit.... see details ›
The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibits “take” of marine mammals unless an exception or exemption applies such as the take exemption for subsistence harvests by Alaska Natives. NOAA Fisheries team collects samples from a dead Steller sea lion near Cordova, Alaska in June 2015.... continue reading ›
The majority of Sea Lions that are hunted though aren't used for such purposes. Instead they are killed for the sport of it. Many hunters find it to be thrilling as well as challenging to kill Sea Lions. They can be taken on guided hunts which lead them to the habitat areas of these animals.... see more ›
Additionally, the act of humans feeding sea lions can put them at risk as it teaches them not to be afraid of people and make less of an effort to forage for themselves. What is this? Due to these risks, in 1972, the Marine Mammals Protection Act was passed to protect marine mammals from human activities and dangers.... see details ›
2021 Canadian commercial seal hunt begins despite pandemic, public outcry and steep decline in demand. Brussels / 8 April 2021 – Canada's commercial seal hunt – reviled by so many across the globe - has officially been declared open with an allowable catch of 400,000 harp seals.... see details ›
Myth: The seal hunt is sustainable. Fact: Scientists agree that current kill levels are not sustainable.... continue reading ›
Seal hunting is Inuit tradition and culture
In a Canada where Indigenous communities have suffered extremely because their traditional ways of making a living have become inaccessible, Inuit are thriving to live with their tradition which is seal hunting.... see details ›