A word about Prince of Wales Island is in order first. PWI, as it is called, lies in the very southeastern corner of Alaska. It is the third largest island under the American flag, with only Hawaii and Kodiak beating it out on size. It is also heavily forested, with low coastal mountains. Add a prolific fishery and an active logging operation (which means there are lots of logging roads and clearcuts at various stages of regrowth) and you have the perfect place to stalk black bears and Sitka blacktail deer.
The bear density on Prince of Wales Island (Game Management Unit 2) is estimated at 1.4 to two bears per square mile. That makes it one of the densest black bear populations in the United States. Hard numbers on deer are unavailable, but Alaska Fish & Game Wildlife Biologist Boyd Porter says the island supports a healthy population of Sitka blacktails as well. Although the coastal forest here is thick and heavily tangled in places, any hunter in good physical shape should be able to tag a bear or a buck on an on-your-own hunt.
I say on-your-own hunt because that's what you will get from Jason Clowar. He is not a hunting guide, and under Alaska game laws he is not allowed to accompany you to the field, help you track a wounded animal or retrieve your game from the woods. But he can provide just about everything else you'll need. Clowar owns a number of modern cabins located in Thorne Bay on Prince of Wales Island. He'll provide you with accommodations, a 4wd vehicle and an 18-foot boat (including the first tank of gas for........(continued)