Governor Dunleavy has once again proclaimed National Hunting & Fishing Day in Alaska at the request of the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska! This is a nationwide event that takes place the fourth Saturday of September.
In 1972, Richard Nixon signed the first ever Presidential proclamation of National Hunting and Fishing Day, writing: "I urge all citizens to join with outdoor sportsmen in the wise use of our natural resources and in insuring their proper management for the benefit of future generations."
As Alaskans, we know more than others that our relationship to the land, the waters, and the living things therein is something that sustains our wellbeing. Many of us are returning from the field with our harvests and inviting our neighbors and relatives to share in the bounty. We are teaching our traditions to some and learning from others. We at the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska encourage everyone to celebrate this opportunity and to reflect on all that Alaska’s outdoors can offer.
THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE 2023 MCNEIL RIVER STATE GAME SANCTUARY PERMIT RAFFLE!
Congratulations to STEVE L of Arizona, for winning the 2023 McNeil River Bear Viewing Permits for 2!
And, to everyone who contributed to bear conservation and sanctuary management by supporting this year's event. Together, we raised a gross of over $165,000.00. That will go a long way to support the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and the future of bear conservation!
Prize package includes two coveted bear viewing permits for McNeil River State Game Sanctuary and funds towards transportation to the sanctuary, lodging and supplies to make the trip as memorable as possible.
The winner is entitled to a package of TWO guided viewing permits for McNeil River State Game Sanctuary June 15-18, 2023. The two permits enable access to the remote wilderness camp at McNeil River and award the winner two of the ten highly coveted slots in the daily guided bear viewing group for all four days. The raffle prize also includes $8,000 towards transportation to the sanctuary, lodging, and necessary supplies to make the trip to McNeil as memorable as possible. During this permit window at the sanctuary, bears will be observed feeding on vegetation on the sedge flats in front of camp, fishing for sockeye salmon in Mikfik Creek, and pairing up for mating season! June is an exciting time to be at McNeil! This is a perfect opportunity for photographers, adventurers, or anyone who appreciates wild Alaskan Brown Bears.
Every ticket purchased helps fund conservation and management of Alaska's non-game species. Even if you don’t win a permit, we’re all winners when we contribute to conservation!
The Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska (OHFA) promotes the conservation and wise use of Alaska's natural resources through broad-based education initiatives designed to provide Alaskans, both young and old, the skills and knowledge to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, responsible manner.
We invite you to "come on in... look around". As the official foundation of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, we offer an array of support services and educational programs for you, your family, and all Alaskans.