BLACK BEAR BAITING
Bear Baiting on Fort Wainwright Lands is permitted provided that hunters register their bait station(s) with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) and Fort Wainwright Natural Resources, obtain and carry on their person a Fort Wainwright Recreational Access Permit (RAP) and all hunting licenses and permits required by the State of Alaska.
Bear bait registration for the Yukon and Tanana Flats Training Area can be done at the Fort Wainwright Natural Resource office, for Donnelly Training Area registration can be done at the Fort Greely Natural Resource Office. Remember Army training takes priority over recreation, the area you wish to bear bait in might be closed during bear bait season.
Fort Wainwright Bear Baiting Regulations:
Black Bear Baiting is an early spring activity and is allowed in the Tanana Flats, Yukon, Donnelly and Gerstle River Training Areas; however the following restrictions apply:
- You must register your bait station with ADF&G first and then with Fort Wainwright Natural Resource or Donnelly Training Area Natural Resource office.
- You may not register a bait station in Unit 20 unless you have successfully completed the ADF&G Bear Baiting Clinic.
- Bear bait stations may be registered 15 days prior to the season opening, usually the first working day of April.
- No bait station will be allowed closer than ½ mile from the next bait station.
- No bait station will be allowed within ¼ mile of a publicly maintained road, trail, or stocked lake.
- No bait station will be allowed within 1 mile of a permanent dwelling, recreational facility or business.
- No bait stations will be permitted within the Moose Creek Range Complex located in the Yukon TA 307 and 308.
- An individual may set up two bear bait stations on the Donnelly, Gerstle River or in the Tanana Flats TA. Only one stand per hunter may be set up in the Yukon TA; however a second stand may be set up in other locations.
- Bait stations; including barrels, buckets, stands, trash, and contaminated soil must be completely removed at the close of the baiting season. (June 30)
- At the end of the bear baiting season hunters must complete a Fort Wainwright Bear Baiting Harvest Report no later than July 30. If hunters fail to meet the July 30 deadline their Recreational Access Permit will be put on hold until the report is completed.
How to register a bear bait station on Fort Wainwright Lands:
- Make sure you have a current Recreation Access Permit (RAP).
- Register bait station with ADF&G.
- Register bait station with the Army. For bait stations in the Yukon or Tanana Flats Training Area go to the Fort Wainwright Natural Resources Office or call for appointment (907) 361-9686. For bait stations in the Donnelly or Gerstle River Training area go to the Donnelly Natural Resources Office located on Fort Greely or call for appointment (907) 873-1616).
- To view 2017 Bear bait Map depicting off limit areas click here.
What to bring with you to register with the Army:
Recreation Access Permit.
- ADG&G bear bait registration number.
- Hunting license number.
- Grid location (Lat and Long) of bait station(s).
- If other people are going to hunt at your bait station we will need their name, hunting license number and recreation access permit number.
All bear bait registrants and other hunters that are going to hunt at the registrants bait station need to be issued a bear bait permit. This permit will be added to the recreation access pass.
Reporting your harvest:
To report your harvest, go to the USARTRAK Bear Baiting Survey page. You must be a registered bear baiter to see the bear baiting survey online.
For state bear baiting regulations, see the current ADF&G Bear Baiting Seasons and Requirements.
For more information about bear baiting on Fort Wainwright Lands including closed/off-limit areas please refer to the Fort Wainwright Outdoor Recreation Supplement.