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BLACK BEAR AND DEER

Island-wide opportunities for guided and DIY hunts in many terrains

Prince of Wales Island is a world-class hunting destination, known for trophy Sitka black-tailed deer, large black bears and outstanding waterfowl. Deer season runs August through December. Residents and nonresidents may take as many as four bucks. Hunters work alpine areas early in the season and hunt the rut during autumn in lower-elevation muskeg mead - ows and big timber. Several local providers offer guided hunts. U.S. Forest Service rental cabins are used as bases by many hunters. For do-it-yourself hunters, check for local businesses that rent all-terrain vehicles for easier access to remote mountain areas. One outfitter rents camping gear and can be hired to set up your camp at a cabin or on the extensive road system.

See Alaska's hunting regulations at www.wildlife-alaska.gov
Hunting on Prince of Wale Island is a complete experience.

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BEAR COUNTRY

Hundreds of black bears live on Prince of Wales Island. Ursus americanus is active through spring, summer and early fall, seen along salmon streams and gorging on berries in forested uplands. Black bears living here are large by North American standards, partly because brown bears don’t live on Prince of Wales Island; our black bears don’t have to compete with brown bears for food and territory.

Black bear season is Sept. 1 to June 30. Drawing permits are required for nonresident hunters who do not use registered guides. Mature boars are pursued in spring as they forage after their winter hibernations. Before June 1, state regulations require that bear meat, hides and skulls be salvaged. Bear hides must be sealed by state-appointed sealers. Call the state Fish & Game office in Craig at 907-826-2561 for contact information on hide sealers.

Places To Stay

Wetherbee's Lodge

Anderson Lodge Alaska/Tackle Shack

Experience Alaska with a personal touch! All-inclusive Charter & Self-guided packages for every season in our newly remodeled lodge in Thorne Bay. Call for details and custom packages.

Mac's Fish Camp, LLC

Enjoy the 2-bedroom, fully furnished, apartment at Mac's Fish Camp, LLC. Charter packages available. Independent travelers, families, and novice fisherpeople are welcome. Located on the water.

Coffman Cove Bear's Den

Coffman Cove Bear's Den specializes in very affordable self-guided fishing & hunting packages. Come enjoy our comfortable lodging, delicious meals, and the great views.

Emerald Island Adventures

Emerald Island Adventures provides custom wildlife eco-tours out of Craig. Join us for a chance to see whales, sea otters, seals, sea birds, other marine mammals, and spectacular scenery. Birdwatching, photography, kayaking, and remote site drop-offs available, too.

Alaska's Fish Tales Lodge

Beautifully furnished waterfront cabins located on Neck Lake outlet in Whale Pass. Skiff & vehicle packages available for your self-guided hunting, fishing, and exploring adventures. Private, clean, and family friendly. Pets okay with deposit.

Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter, LLC

POW Excursion Outfitter rents ocean fishing boats and many other types of rugged outdoor equipment for the Do-It-Yourself Island resident or visitor.

Outer Otter Sport Fishing

U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain. Great fishing on our 22-ft. boat with enclosed cabin! 2-4 people. Top quality gear. Saltwater and freshwater, including trout, steelhead, and salmon. Also, fly fishing guide & instruction. FUN GUARANTEED!

J & J Charter Service

Full-service fishing & lodging. Freshwater, saltwater, and waterfowl charters. Also offering cave tours, wildlife viewing, and sightseeing. Lodging and meals also available.

Catch-a-King Charters

Fishing charters for salmon, halibut, bottom fish from May through September. Lodging for up to thirty guests. Twenty years in business with very experienced and friendly guides.

Alaskan Dreams Fishing & Hunting Lodge

Charter fishing on 32-foot catamaran with head and heat; 3-day to 5-day packages. Lodge has three bedrooms with private baths, double occupancy.

Treasure Hunter Lodge

Deluxe, waterfront, full-service lodge. Hunting trips for black bear, deer, and sea ducks. Charter fishing trips for saltwater and freshwater. Excellent boats. Great hospitality.

Southeast Retreat, Inc.

All-inclusive river & ocean packages include spacious A-Frame and a 4x4 automobile for your exclusive use. Self-guided, lodging/auto options also available.

Shelter Cove Lodge

Year-round lodging on the waterfront. Seasonal charter fishing and hunting. Summer gourmet restaurant and full-service bar. Open to the public.

Salmon Falls Resort

Seasonal full-service Resort, fully & self-guided sportfishing with on-site processing.  Customized Inclusive packages with airport transfers to/from KTN. On-site restaurant, Timbers, featuring steaks, Alaskan seafood, handcrafted cocktails & micros. Event space for weddings, social & corporate mtgs.

Prince of Wales Eagle Lodge

Waterfront location in Whale Pass. Boat & vehicle packages available for your self-guided stream or saltwater fishing and sightseeing adventures. Guided fishing also available.

Misty Sea Charters & Lodging, LLC

Cabin, cottage, boat, & car rentals. Economy & luxury accommodations available. Nightly, weekly, & monthly rates available.

Log Cabin Resort & R.V. Park

Guided and non-guided fishing packages, Eco-tours, waterside condo and beach cabin rentals, boat and canoe rentals.

KingFisher Charters & Lodge

Full-service fishing lodge, family-run. Three-day packages starting at $2,750 includes round-trip airfare from Ketchikan International Airport to Craig. 32-foot walk around boats.

Fireweed Lodge

The only full-service fishing resort. 10 boats, kayaks, recreational facilities, spa and fitness room.

Eagles Wings Wilderness Lodge

Guided and self-guided fishing, ADFG licensed/USCG credentialed. Westside Wadleigh Island: beautiful, private lodge, 2 cabins plus sauna. All meals. Could be yours exclusively: min. 8 (sleeps 13).

Dreamcatcher Inn & Charters

Luxury waterfront lodging in Craig, Alaska. Enjoy one of our three guestrooms all with private baths, phone, DIRECTV, Wi-Fi, and homemade buffet style breakfast. Charter packages available, open year-round.

Adventure Alaska Southeast, LLC

Packages including: cottages, boats, vehicles, saltwater charters, or guided stream fishing. Our facilities include: tackle store, hot tub, freezers, canoes, laundry, and more. Serving POW for 20 years.

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