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Big Game Commercial Services Board

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I need a Guide or Transporter license?

According to the Big Game Commercial Services Statute & Regulations, Sec 08.54.790(9), the definition of:

GUIDE:

To provide, for compensation or with the intent of with an agreement to receive compensation, services, equipment, or facilities to a big game hunter in the field by a person who accompanies or is present with the big game hunter in the field either personally or through an assistant; in this paragraph. “Services” includes:

  1. contracting to guide or outfit big game hunts;
  2. stalking, pursuing, tracking, killing, or attempting to kill big game;
  3. packing, preparing, salvaging, or caring for meat, except that which is required to properly and safely load the meat on the mode of transportation being used by a transporter;
  4. field preparation of trophies, including skinning and caping;
  5. selling, leasing, or renting goods when the transaction occurs in the field;
  6. using guiding or outfitting equipment, including spotting scopes and firearms, for the benefit of a hunter; and
  7. providing camping or hunting equipment or supplies that are already located in the field;

OUTFIT:

To provide, for compensation or with the intent to receive compensation, services, supplies, or facilities, excluding the provision of accommodations by a person described in AS 08.54.785, to a big game hunter in the field, by a person who neither accompanies nor is present with big game hunter in the field either personally or by an assistant.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES:

The carriage for compensation of big game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters to, from, or in the field; "transportation services" does not include the carriage by aircraft of big game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters.

  1. on nonstop flights between airports listed in the Alaska supplement to the Airmen’s Guide published by the Federal Aviation Administration; or
  2. by an air taxi operator or air carrier for which the carriage of big game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters is only an incidental portion of its business; in this subparagraph, “incidental” means transportation provided to a big game hunter by an air taxi operator or air carrier who does not
    1. charge more than the usual tariff or charter rate for the carriage of big game hunters, their equipment, or big game animals harvested by hunters; or
    2. advertise transportation services or big game hunting services to the public; in this sub- subparagraph, "advertise" means soliciting big game hunters to be customers of an air taxi operator or air carrier for the purpose of providing air transportation to, from, or in the field electronic media, including advertising at trade shows, or the use of hunt broker services or other promotional services.

To apply for a big game license or a transporter license, please go to the applications and forms page.

2. Can I pay my fees or fines on line?

No, to pay fees and fines you will need to either mail a check, money order, or submit the credit card payment form.

You can also fax the credit card payment form.

PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL CREDIT CARD INFORMATION

3. How do I notify the board of my new mailing address or change my name?

Please use the name/address change form.

4. How do I get a list of:
5. When and how do I renew my license?

All Big Game Commercial Serves licenses expire on December 31st of odd numbered years. You will receive a reminder in the mail at least 30 days before its time to renew. Please make sure to keep your mailing address current with the board.

There are 2 ways that you can renew your license, on-line or via a paper application. Please visit the applications and forms page to view the most current paper applications.

6. I am a guide/outfitter in another state. Does the Alaska Big Game Commercial Services Board have reciprocity with any other states?

The board does not offer reciprocity. To become license in the State of Alaska, you will need to meet the requirements of AS 08.54.605 and .610.

7. Can a nonresident or nonresident alien obtain a guide or transport license?

A nonresident can obtain a guide or transporter license by meeting the qualifications under Alaska Statute 08.54 and 12 AAC 75.

A nonresident alien may also obtain a guide or transporter license by meeting the qualifications under Alaska Statute 08.54 and 12 AAC 75.

Although the board may issue a nonresident alien a professional license that does not mean the board is giving the individual authority to work in the United States. Licensees must meet all the requirements of the State and Federal government. The board advises each nonresident alien who obtains a professional license to contact immigration officials regarding the process for receiving authority to actually work in the United States.

8. Which first aid certification courses are recognized by the Board? 9. How often and where can I take the Registered Guide-Outfitter and the Guide Management Unit (GMU) exams?

The Board provides two (2) opportunities for testing, once in March and once in December. Typically the exams are in held in Anchorage. This information is always current on the Board's website.

10. What do I do if I don’t pass my exam?

If you need to retake your exams, please send in a written request to re-test along with the $125 retest fee. You can mail or fax your request along with the credit card payment form.

Mailing address:

Big Game Commercial Services Board
PO Box 110806
Juneau AK 99811
Fax: (907) 465-2974

11. Who can I contact if I have a questions regarding my hunt or transporter activity reports?

Please reach out to staff when you have questions:

Phone:   (907) 465-2543

Email:   BigGameCommercialServicesBoard@Alaska.Gov

12. Does the Big Game Commercial Services Board distribute hunting and fishing permits, tags, drawing permits or regulate hunting in Alaska? 13. What is a UVC (unique verification code) and who needs one?

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game requires a Unique Verification Code (UVC) for non-resident draw hunt applications that require a guide-client contract. Guides may only obtain the unique verification code (UVC) by contacting our office at 907-465-2543. To qualify for your UVC you must have a current guide use area registration on file with the Division.

UVC’s are confidential and Guides are encouraged to register hunters in the drawings to protect themselves from violating Alaska Statute 08.54.720 Unlawful Acts.

14. Bear hide and skull Questions:
  1. If a client leaves the field and goes back to town does the guide need a transfer of possession form filled out for the bear hide and skull?
  2. Does the temporary sealing certificate suffice for a transfer of possession form?

Alaska Wildlife Troopers Answer:

The two forms perform two very separate and distinct purposes and cannot be used in lieu of each other.

  1. The hide and/or skull of a brown bear are considered parts of a game animal and as such a transfer of possession must be filled out and remain with the items under 5AAC 92.135. An individual who fails to complete a transfer of possession form is guilty of a class A misdemeanor since this regulation is not listed under Rule 43.2 as a bailable violation.
  2. Both the client and guide may be charged under this regulation.
  3. A temporary bear sealing certificate must be filled out under 5aac 92.165(d) if the client is unable to personally present the hide and skull in person to a department representative within 30 days after taking.
  4. The guide and client who do not fill out and sign a temporary sealing certificate may be issued an AUC for $100.00, under Rule 43.2. The guide may also be issued a misdemeanor summons under A.S. 08.54.740(a), reference A.S. 08.54.710.
  5. The main answer is both forms must be filled out and completed if the client is no longer in the field or is not in possession of the bear hide and skull.

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