Brown/Grizzly Bear Hunting in Alaska

DB987 Permit Hunt Information
for Regulatory Year 2023

(See also: DB987 for the 2022 Regulatory Year)

Map of DB987
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Hunt Details

Hunt Number: DB987
Regulatory Year: 2023
Hunt Type: Draw
Species: Brown Bear
Legal Animal: Any bear, except cubs or females accompanied by cubs.

Number of Permits

Residency Number of Permits
Alaska residents To be announced
Nonresidents Up to 14 permits
Total Number of Permits Available 14 permits

GMU, Area


Season Dates*

08/25/2023 - 05/31/2024

*See Drawing or Subsistence Supplements for season details.

Residency Restrictions

Nonresidents only

Reporting Requirements

  • Successful Hunters
    • Online, by mail or in person to Fairbanks ADF&G within 15 days of the kill.
    • Specimens Required: Present skull (unfrozen and removed from skin) and hide (with claws and evidence of sex attached) for sealing.
  • Unsuccessful Hunters
    Online, by mail, or in person within 15 days of close of season.
  • Internet Reporting
    You may report online at

Additional Requirements and Information

  • - A big game grizzly/brown bear locking tag is required.
    - You must be IBEP (International Bowhunter Education Program) certified if you hunt within the DHCMA (Dalton Highway Corridor Management Area).
    - Remember, once you kill an animal, you must immediately punch out the month and date on your permit.
    - The skull (unfrozen and removed from the skin) and hide (with evidence of sex and claws attached) must be sealed within 30 days of the kill. An accurate location of where the bear was killed is needed. A tooth and a piece of the hide will be retrieved during sealing.

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