Southeast Alaska is a maze of thick coastal habitat, featuring everything from tide flats and ancient forests to rocky fjords and glaciers. Prince of Wales Island supports one of the highest populations of big black bears in the world.

With an endless supply of salmon, all they do is eat and grow. The massive bears on this island can get up to and over seven feet! Because of this, Prince of Wales Island has become a monumental black bear hunting destination, with more Boone and Crockett entries than anywhere else.

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Prince of Wales Island is an Under-Pressured Hunting Destination

Despite the publicity and record book bears, this gem has remained under-pressured. Whether it’s the effort it takes to get there, the lack of interest by island resident’s, or the sheer carrying capacity of the area, it is a proven producer of high quality black bears.

This is typically a boat based bear hunt.

With all the amenities, the hunt is comfortable and rewarding. The hunt involves glassing the beaches in the springtime as big boars feed on the first green grass of spring and search for sows. When September arrives, they will be keyed on salmon that pour inland to spawn making for an exciting, up close and personal hunt.

Coming back to the boat for a seafood feast and a warm bed adds to the adventure, recounting the days excitement. Making the stalk on a bear fight full rut or realizing you’re walking through the big bears bedroom, this is a hunt you won’t soon forget. The ocean against a backdrop of  steep fjords makes a Prince of Wales bear hunt extra amazing!




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