FAIRBANKS — The application period for big game drawing hunt permits opened Thursday and will close Dec. 17, two weeks earlier than last year.
Also this year, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will only accept applications online.
The state announced two years ago it would be switching to an online-only application process for drawing and subsistence permits. The proposal was put out for public comment.
The application can be found at hunt.alaska.gov. Users should click on the “Buy licenses and tags” button.
A telephone help line will be available this year for hunters who do not have Internet access. Applicants can call 267-2895 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Dec. 17.
Department personnel will provide assistance to those who have difficulty filing an electronic application.
About 95 percent of hunters apply online, according to the department. On average, 15,000 to 17,000 people apply for the permits and each applicant puts in for an average of five hunts, which translates to about 75,000 individual applications.
Drawing hunts require an application fee and are awarded by lottery.
Applicants must have a valid hunting license to apply. The results of the drawing hunts and Tier I/II hunts will be available online at 5 p.m. Feb. 15, according to a department news release.
Contact the newsroom at 459-7572.