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Guide, Hunting

Licensing Authority:

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development
Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing
Big Game Commercial Services Board
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806
phone: (907) 465-2543
fax: (907) 465-2974
e-mail: cindy.cashen@alaska.gov


License/Exam Fees:

Application $100 (nonrefundable)
Registered guide qualification exam $50
Game management unit exam $200 per unit

Resident License:

  • Master Guide-Outfitter $450
  • Registered Guide-Outfitter $450
  • Transporter $450
  • Biennial Renewal $450
  • Class-A Assistant Guide $250
  • Assistant Guide $250

Nonresident fees are double the resident fees listed above.


Licensing Requirements:

Contracting Guides and Transporters must provide proof of financial responsibility in the minimum amount of $100,000.00.

Transporter:
License is issued to a business (sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, LLC, etc.) Applicants may provide transportation services and accommodations to big game hunters in the field at a permanent lodge, cabin owned by the transporter or on a boat with permanent living quarters located on salt water. A transporter may not provide big game hunting services without holding the appropriate license.

Assistant Guide:
( REFER TO AS 08.54.630 & 12 AAC 75.130)
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, possess a valid first aid card issued by the American Red Cross or similar organization, legally hunted big game in the state for a part of two calendar years, personally harvested at least one big game animal, submit a letter of recommendation from a Registered Guide Outfitter who intends to employ the applicant as an assistant guide, a complete report of criminal justice information under AS 12.62, including fish and wildlife violations (from Alaska and if applicable primary state of residence), license verification for each guiding, outfitting, transportation, or other hunting services licenses, if any, issued to the applicant by other state or by a jurisdiction of Canada.

Class-A Assistant Guide:
( REFER TO AS 08.54.620 & 12 AAC 75.120)
Applicants must be at least 21years old, possess a valid first aid card issued by the American Red Cross or similar organization, have three years hunting experience as any class of guide and 10 years hunting experience in the state, or must reside in and have 15 years of legal hunting experience in the unit for which the license is sought, submit a letter of recommendation from a Registered Guide-Outfitter who intends to employ the applicant as a Class-A Assistant guide, a complete report of criminal justice information under AS 12.62, including fish and wildlife violations (from Alaska and if applicable primary state of residence), license verification for each guiding, outfitting, transportation, or other hunting services licenses, if any, issued to the applicant by other state or by a jurisdiction of Canada.

Registered Guide:
(REFER TO AS 08.54.610, 12 AAC 75.100 & 75.110)
Applicants must be at least 21 years old, have legally hunted at least five years in the state in a manner contributing to their experience as a guide, must have been licensed and performed the services of either a class-A assistant or assistant guide for a portion of three calendar years and a minimum of 125 days of in-field experience, submit a complete report of criminal justice information under AS 12.62, including fish and wildlife violations (from Alaska and if applicable primary state of residence), license verification for each guiding, outfitting, transportation, or other hunting services licenses, if any, issued to the applicant by other state or by a jurisdiction of Canada. Receive eight favorable recommendations, including at least two for each of any three years, pass the registered guide-outfitter qualification examination and become certified in a game management unit. Application for verification in a game management unit requires the applicant to have worked in the field on guided hunts for 60 days. Applicants who wish to provide guide services to Mt. Goat, sheep, moose, caribou and bear hunters must have been involved in a minimum of three harvests on guided hunts in Alaska.

Master Guide:
Applicants must have been licensed in this state as a registered guide for at least the last 12 years, and receive 10 favorable recommendations from past clients.


Valid Licenses in 2011:

109 Master Guide-Outfitters
475 Registered Guide-Outfitters
127 Class-A Assistant Guides
877 Assistant Guides
197 Transporter

last updated March 2012
The information on this page is updated annually and may have changed during the year. Contact the licensing agency for any changes.