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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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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

Island Charters

Come enjoy a day with Alaska naturalist, Salmon Cannery historian, and member of Alaska Historical Society and whale watching enthusiast Kathy Peavey on her 22-foot, heated Hewescraft Ocean Pro. Video and film crews welcome! Photograph and explore! Lunch provided. USCG licensed. Drop-offs and pickups to fishing boats, remote cabins, and lodges available. Whales, whales, whales!

Harlequin Lodge

Come stay with us and enjoy Charter fishing, wildlife viewing, or self-guided hunting. Our operation is intimate and flexible and can customize your escape! Day trips when available. A truly relaxing Alaskan experience!

Alaska by Sea, LLC

Experience Alaska in an unfogettable way aboard a 5-day private yacht charter for 4-6 guests. Custom all-inclusive cruise package options including fishing, coastal hunting, and wilderness expeditions.

Hooked on Alaska Charters

LET THE FUN BEGIN!  From world-class fishing to picturesque scenery and wildlife, there is something for everyone to enjoy. We accommodate up to 10 people, day/multi-days, all inclusive.

Eagles Wings Wilderness Lodge

Our inclusive package includes: 5 nights lodging, 3 meals/day, 3 days guided saltwater fishing plus a 4th day of self-guided salt or freshwater fishing (or a variety of other choices). We filet, vacuum seal, freeze, and box your catch for your trip home. Beautiful, remote, authentic lodge on Wadleigh Island (a 20-minute boat ride from POW […]

Silverthorn Charters, Inc

Quality Charters in beautiful Thorne Bay, Alaska. Book today for an experience of a lifetime fishing for halibut, salmon, ling cod, and/or shrimping, crabbing, whale watching. GAF permits available.

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.

Prince of Wales Excursion Outfitter, LLC

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

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.

KingFisher Charters & Lodge

Full-service fishing lodge, family-run. Three-day packages starting at $3,400 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.

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 over 20 years.

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