Tips for Dalton Highway Hunters
Check out these regulations before starting your hunt along the Dalton Highway. They apply to both state and federal public lands. Your safe and responsible actions can help maintain the public’s respect for all hunters.
- State statute prohibits motorized vehicles off the highway north of the Yukon River. This includes cars and trucks as well as ATVs and snowmachines.
- Within five miles of the highway, either side, only bow hunting is allowed.
- Rifle hunters must go beyond 5 miles from the nearest point of the highway.
- All hunting is prohibited in the Prudhoe Bay Closed Area.
- Camping is prohibited between Milepost 278 and 293, Toolik Lake Research Natural Area (map and information below).
- Camping on BLM lands is limited to 14 days within a 28-day period in one location.
Be sure to read the Alaska Department of Fish & Game's special rules for the Dalton Highway Corridor Management Area (DHCMA) in the most current Hunting Regulations booklet.
TRUCKERS ARE ON THE JOB
This is an industrial road. Truckers move essential supplies and equipment to the oilfields on the North Slope, and they follow a tight schedule. Steep hills, tight curves, slick mud and ice create a lot of potential for accidents. The following situations are especially dangerous:
- Stopping in the middle of the road with no warning and leaving a vehicle there with no room to pass
| ||Bridges, hills, and curves are the most dangerous places to stop.|
Have your hunting partner let you off, then find a safe place to park.
- Driving too fast and with no lights
| ||Passing vehicles create blinding clouds of dust.|
Headlights and taillights keep you visible in dust, fog, and snow: keep them clean.
- Passing too fast and in bad locations
Don’t pass unless you have a clear line of sight. Anticipate oncoming vehicles on every hill and curve. Passing at high speed often causes “rocking” (rocks flying into oncoming vehicles). Generally, if you slow down for big trucks, they’ll slow down for you. If you don’t, they won’t.
A CB (Citizen's Band) radio is highly recommended for all Dalton travelers. Tune to Channel 19 to ask whether it’s safe to pass or to get instructions from pilot car drivers and equipment operators. You can purchase a portable unit for under $100.
CARE FOR YOUR KILL
| ||Responsible hunters take home clean, healthy meat.|
Don’t dispose of gut piles in the trash containers – they fill the bags and make a heavy, stinky mess.
Field-dress (gut) your animal away from and out of sight of roads and camping areas. Leaving any part of your kill on a public road or right-of-way is considered littering and is illegal.
State regulations require salvaging all edible meat: wanton waste is a serious offense punishable by a fine or jail time. ADF&G provides excellent information on meat care. Avoid taking bulls during the rut (late September-October) when breeding hormones peak and the meat becomes smelly and inedible.
TAKE OUT THE TRASH
| ||Last Chance Wayside at Milepost 355. Photo copyright by Patrick J. Endres/ AlaskaPhotoGraphics.com|
The BLM provides public outhouses and trash bins. The bins are bear-resistent when latched. Open bins and trash on the ground attract animals and create an unsanitary mess hazardous to your health and safety.
Please carry heavy-duty trash bags and haul excess trash to dumpsters at Fairbanks or Deadhorse.
Keep your camp clean – make sure anything with an odor, including soaps and lotions, is stored in airtight containers, inside your vehicle or trailer.