Brown/Grizzly Bear Hunting in Alaska

DB088 Permit Hunt Information
for Regulatory Year 2020

(See also: DB088 for the 2021 Regulatory Year)

Hunt Details

Hunt Number: DB088
Regulatory Year: 2020
Hunt Type: Draw
Species: Brown Bear
Legal Animal: 1 Brown Bear, OUTSIDE DRAINAGES ONLY

Number of Permits

Residency Number of Permits
Alaska residents To be announced
Nonresidents Up to 2 permits
Total Number of Permits Available 2 permits

GMU, Area

Unit 4, Outside Drainages

Season Dates*

03/15/2021 - 05/31/2021

*See Drawing or Subsistence Supplements for season details.

Residency Restrictions

Nonresidents only

Reporting Requirements

  • Successful Hunters
    • Must report to ADF&G in Sitka or Douglas within 10 days of kill.
    • Specimens Required: Skull and hide with evidence of sex attached
  • Unsuccessful Hunters
    Must return the completed hunt report to ADF&G, or report online at, within 15 days of close of season.
  • Internet Reporting
    If you hunted unsuccessfully or did not hunt, you may report online at

Hunting Conditions

Congratulations! You've been selected to hunt brown bear in Game Management Unit 4. This permit is valid for taking one brown bear in accordance with the current Alaska Hunting Regulations and conditions for DB088. There are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your hunt:

Season dates: March 15 -- May 31.

You must be guided by an Alaska resident 19 years or older within second-degree of kindred holding a current hunting license. You MAY NOT use an Alaska-licensed registered guide.

In addition to this permit, you must have a big game locking-tag for brown bear and a valid hunting license in your possession while hunting.

Prior to hunting you must watch the brown bear identification video "Take a Closer Look," viewable online at, or available for loan at ADF&G offices.

It is illegal to take sows with cubs. Please take the time to accurately identify your target.

Hunters are encouraged to target male bears. Careful observation and preparation is necessary to differentiate male bears from female bears. Educational materials to help determine the sex of bears in the field are available at ADF&G offices or online at
Successful hunters must report to ADF&G in Sitka or Douglas within 10 days of kill. The entire hide and the skull must be salvaged. Present the skinned-out skull and the hide (with evidence of sex and claws naturally attached) for sealing within 30 days of the kill. Skull and hide must be unfrozen at the time of sealing.

All permitted hunters, regardless if they hunted or not, must return hunt reports to ADF&G in Sitka or Douglas within 15 days of close of season. Hunters who fail to report by the required date will not be eligible to receive permits during the next regulatory year. Additionally, the hunter's name may be released to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for enforcement action.

For a more comprehensive review of brown bear hunting regulations, please refer to the Alaska Hunting Regulations.

Contact the Sitka area office at (907) 747-5449 if you have questions. Good luck!

Hunt conditions and season dates can be changed by Emergency Order. Visit the Emergency Orders and Announcements page for more information.