2019 Sportsmen’s Shows

Written by Cody Brough on January 1st, 2019 | Leave A Comment »

It is that time of year once again! Our 2019 show season will see us in Colorado, California, Washington, Utah, and Idaho. The full schedule of the shows that we will be attending this year can be found below. We would love to see you in our travels if you are near any of these areas. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for booth locations at each show and other updates.

2019 Show Dates

 

Black Bear Permit Draw Fall 2019 & Spring 2020

Written by Cody Brough on October 31st, 2018 | Leave A Comment »

It is once again time to apply for black bear permits! The application period for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 permits opens November 1, 2018 and closes December 17, 2018 at 5pm AKST. If you want the opportunity to hunt the famed coastal black bears of Prince of Wales Island, be sure to apply! This year there will be 30 permits available for Fall 2019 and 150 permits available for Spring 2020. The Fall 2019 season runs from Sept 1-Dec 31 and the Spring 2020 season runs from Jan 1-June 30. Typically the Fall hunt is best in September and the Spring hunt is best in April and May. Both hunts offer the opportunity to add other experiences to your trip. A Spring permit gives you the opportunity to fish for halibut during your bear hunt. Likewise, a Fall permit gives you the incredible opportunity to hunt black bears, hunt Sitka blacktail deer, and fish for halibut and salmon all at the same time if you wish! You may apply individually or two hunters may apply together as a party. Applying as a party means both hunters apply on the same application and if drawn, both hunters receive permits. You will need to either currently own or purchase an Alaska big game hunting license in order to apply. Licenses are accepted for the current year or for the year in which the hunt takes place. If you are purchasing a hunting license when you apply be sure to purchase a license for the year in which the hunt takes place. You can purchase a hunting license and apply for a permit online. It is also important to note that you cannot draw the same hunt permit two years in a row. For example, if you drew a Spring 2019 black bear permit for Prince of Wales Island, you are not eligible to draw a Spring 2020 black bear permit for Prince of Wales Island. You are, however, eligible to draw a Fall 2019 black bear permit on Prince of Wales Island. Our area, Prince of Wales Island, is Hunt Unit 2. The Fall 2019 black bear hunt is Hunt Number DL027 and the Spring 2020 black bear hunt is Hunt Number DL028. You can find all the application information and the online application on the Alaska Fish and Game website. Draw results will be available online by February 15, 2019. Feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions about hunting black bears with us or about the application process.

2018 Sportsmen’s Shows

Written by Cody Brough on December 17th, 2017 | Leave A Comment »

The 2018 show season is almost upon us! This year we will be attending shows in Colorado, California, Washington, Utah, and Idaho. You can see the full schedule of shows we will be attending below. We would love to see you and visit if you are near any of these areas. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for our booth locations and other updates throughout the show season. We hope to see you during our travels!

2018 Show Schedule

 

Black Bear Permit Draw Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Written by Cody Brough on November 1st, 2017 | Leave A Comment »

It is time to apply for black bear permits for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. The application period opens November 1, 2017 and closes December 15, 2017 at 5pm AKST. If you want the opportunity to hunt the famed coastal black bears of Prince of Wales Island, be sure to apply! There will once again be 30 permits available for Fall 2018 and 100 permits available for Spring 2019. The Fall 2018 season runs from Sept 1-Dec 31 and the Spring 2019 season runs from Jan 1-June 30. Typically the Fall hunt is best in September and the Spring hunt is best in April and May. Both hunts offer the opportunity to experience multiple adventures on your trip. A Spring permit gives you the opportunity to fish for halibut during your bear hunt. Likewise, a Fall permit can give you the incredible opportunity to hunt black bears, hunt Sitka blacktail deer, and fish for halibut and salmon all at the same time if you wish! You may apply individually or two hunters may apply together as a party. Applying as a party means both hunters apply on the same application and if drawn, both hunters receive permits. You will need to either currently own or purchase an Alaska big game hunting license in order to apply. Licenses are accepted for the current year or for the year in which the hunt takes place. You can purchase a hunting license and apply for a permit online. It is also important to note that you cannot draw the same hunt permit two years in a row. For example, if you drew a Spring 2018 black bear permit for Prince of Wales Island, you are not eligible to draw a Spring 2019 black bear permit for Prince of Wales Island. You are, however, eligible to draw a Fall 2018 black bear permit on Prince of Wales Island. Our area, Prince of Wales Island, is Hunt Unit 2. The Fall 2018 black bear hunt is Hunt Number DL027 and the Spring 2019 black bear hunt is Hunt Number DL028. You can find all the application information and the online application on the Alaska Fish and Game website. Draw results will be available online by February 16, 2018. Feel free to give us a call or shoot us an email if you have any questions about hunting black bears with us or about the application process.

2016 in Review

Written by Ken Brough on December 26th, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

We find ourselves in the last days of another year. We had a very busy season at our lodge at Whale Pass. The year started off with a very mild winter and summer weather came early with temperatures reaching in the 70’s in May. We started our season with some construction projects and black bear hunts in May. The first of our Summer Silvers showed up in the bay in front of the lodge right on schedule on June 15th. It was, however, an overall down year for Silvers all over Southeast Alaska. We had some days of very good Silver fishing but some days of not so good fishing as well. The number of the Neck Lake Outlet Silvers returning this year was the lowest we have ever seen. Last time we had a down year like this, the following year was a record run. So we will hope history repeats itself and that 2017 is a banner year. Guests caught a lot of Sockeye in July and Pinks in August. The fall Silver runs on the Island saw the least fish that old timers could ever remember. We heard the same sentiments about the fall run from all over Alaska. Bottom fishing was overall very good all summer however. We caught halibut from early May right up through the middle of September. The quality and number of Sitka Blacktail Deer seen and taken this year was above normal both early and during the rut hunt. We appreciate all the guests who chose our lodge for their visit to Alaska. We had a lot of repeat guests in 2016 as well as first time ones. We enjoyed renewing friendships and creating new ones. As the calendar turns to another new year we wish a truly Happy New Year to all our family and friends!

 

2017 Sportsmen’s Shows

Written by Cody Brough on December 16th, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

The show season is almost upon us! We’ll be trying out a couple new shows as well as the ones we usually attend. We’ll be traveling to Utah, Colorado, California, Montana, Washington, and Idaho this year. See the schedule below for the full list of shows we will be at. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on our booth location at each show and other information. We hope to see you in our travels!

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License and Tag Fee Increase

Written by Cody Brough on December 3rd, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

If you’ve been thinking about hunting Sitka blacktail deer next year, now is the time to book your trip and buy your hunting license and locking tags! Starting Jan. 1 2017, all non-resident tag fees will double in cost. The good news is if you buy your 2017 hunting license and tags by Dec. 31 2016, you can buy them at the lower price. With the price increase a deer tag will increase from $150 to $300. The cost of hunting licences will also increase with an annual non-resident hunting license increasing from $85 to $160. So if you’ve wanted to hunt blacktail deer, booking your trip and buying your licenses and tags before Dec. 31 will save you money. You can also buy your 2018 hunting license at the lower cost if you know you will be hunting in Alaska then. If you’ve drawn a black bear tag, be sure to buy that before the price increase too. You can buy your licenses and locking tags on the Alaska Fish and Game website. Email us or give us a call about our hunting packages and availability. We’re also happy to answer any other questions you may have!

Black Bear Permit Draw Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

Written by Cody Brough on October 31st, 2016 | Comments »

It is that time of year again! Time to apply for black bear permits for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. The application period is open from November 1 until December 15, 2016 at 5pm AKST. If you are interested in hunting the famed black bears of Prince of Wales Island, be sure to apply. Drawing a permit is not a guarantee, so start applying now. There will once again be 100 Spring and 30 Fall permits available this year. The Spring 2018 season runs from Jan 1-June 30 and the Fall 2017 season runs from Sept 1-Dec 31. Typically the Spring hunt is best in April and May and the Fall hunt is best in September. Both hunts offer amazing experiences. A Spring permit can give you the opportunity to also fish for halibut during your bear hunt. Likewise, a Fall permit can provide you the incredible opportunity to hunt black bears, hunt blacktail deer, and fish the fall silver run all at the same time! You may apply individually or two hunters may apply together as a party, meaning if one draws a permit both get a permit. You will need to purchase an Alaska big game hunting license in order to apply. Licenses are accepted for the current year or for the year in which the drawing hunt takes place. You can both purchase a hunting license and apply for a permit online. Our area, Prince of Wales Island, is Hunt Unit 2. The Fall black bear hunt is Hunt Number DL027 while the Spring hunt is Hunt Number DL028. You can find all the application information and the online application on the Alaska Fish and Game website. Draw results will be available online by February 17, 2017. Feel free to call us or email us if you are interested in applying or have any questions!

2016 Fishing Updates

Written by Cody Brough on July 16th, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

Throughout our 2016 season we will give fishing updates here periodically. Be sure to check back for our most recent update!

July 16 – As another week winds down, we figured we better give you all a fishing update on the season so far. The Coho run has been slower than usual, probably due in part to our lack of rain. It has been slowly getting better, with a bunch seen North of us headed our way. With some rain in the forecast for next week the Coho fishing should continue to get better. The Sockeye have also shown up in Red Creek. Some of our guests went to try it out the other day and they all limited out. And the halibut fishing has started out hot this year! We have probably averaged 50-80 lbs on our halibut so far, and the other day one of our self-guided guests lost a 200 lb halibut as they tried to get it in the boat. We will keep doing updates periodically on the fishing and try to post a bunch of pictures on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

August 13 – Sorry its been so long since we did a fishing update! It has been a busy summer. While we continued to hope our summer Coho run would pick up, it never did. There are still a few in the bay and running up Neck Outlet, but the run will soon be over. We have however begun seeing the first Coho running up 108 Creek for our fall run. Coho have also begun running on other streams on the island. Pinks have also shown up in full force in the last week. They are running heavy on 108 Creek and our guests have been having a blast catching them. Our guests have also found a few straggling Sockeye as well as Chums on various streams on the island. Although we haven’t had any barn doors brought in lately, we’ve still been catching plenty of halibut. We have also seen lots of Black Cod and some big Pacific Cod and Yelloweye brought in.

Mild Winter Means Great Deer Hunting

Written by Cody Brough on June 4th, 2016 | Leave A Comment »

This last winter on Prince of Wales Island we experienced one of the most mild winters we have ever seen, and now we are seeing one of the effects of that: an abundance of Sitka blacktail deer. A mild winter means less winter kill-off and more older age class bucks surviving than usual. This is good news for those that wish to chase these amazing animals this fall because this year’s rut hunt will see more and bigger bucks chasing the lucky ladies around the woods. Whether you’ve never hunted Sitka blacktail deer or hunted them a hundred times, this is a great opportunity to make a hunt of a lifetime even more memorable. We still have openings available for this fall’s rut hunt and would love to have you experience this with us. Give us a call at 907-957-9158 for specific dates and more information, or send us an email at eaglelodgealaska@gmail.com.

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