Hunting and fishing in Alaska

Hunting and fishing in Alaska are common both for recreation and subsistence.

Hunting

Alaska is a popular hunting destination. Hunters come from all over the world to hunt big game animals such as the brown bear, black bear, moose, and caribou. Mountain goat hunts are also quickly becoming a rising interest to hunters. The reason as to why Alaska is such a popular hunting destination is because it owns some of the world’s largest big game animals. Alaska’s species of brown bear and moose are the largest in the world. According to the Boone and Crockett Club, Alaska has a rich history of world record brown bear, moose, and caribou, taken by various hunters. ["Boone & Crockett Club: World's Records". 2007. Retrieved on February 10, 2007. http://www.boone-crockett.org/bgRecords/WorldRecords.asp?area=bgRecords] Hunters are able to partake in an Alaskan hunt by obtaining hunting licenses and game tags, and also following the areas laws and regulations. [Alaska Department of Fish & Game: Alaska Hunting & Trapping Information. 2007. Retrieved on February 8, 2007. http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=hunting.main] The most common weapons among hunters are rifles, large handguns, and bows.

Fishing

A greater percentage of Alaskans fish than residents of any other state. [cite web | title = Managing for Results | publisher = Minnesota DNR | url = http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/aboutdnr/budget/budgetpres0303.pdf | accessdate = 2006-06-26 ] Alaska features several different types of fishing. The two most popular are [http://www.alaskafishing411.com/alaska-salmon-fishing.htm salmon fishing] and [http://alaskafishingak.com/halibutfishing/halibutfishing.htm halibut fishing] . Other common types of fishing are saltwater fishing, fly fishing, and ice fishing. Fishermen have a variety of fish that they can catch including: Salmon, Trout, Northern Pike, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, and Grayling. ["Species Reported in Alaskan Fresh Waters" State of AK, Sport Fish Division. 2008. Retrieved on August 31, 2008. http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/SARR/surveys/FishList.cfm] Fishing Licences are required by law in Alaska for both residents and non-residents.

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