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Often heralded as Alaska's "best kept secret," Prince of Wales Island's Thorne Bay Lodge offers saltwater fishing, river fishing, and hunting opportunities sure to make even the most well-versed outdoorsman happy.

Located on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island (the third biggest island in the United States), Thorne Bay Lodge is a hunter's and fisherman's dream destination. The lodge is nestled in the forested hills covering the island and is only a hop, skip, and jump away from the water. In fact, visitors to the area must take either a 30 minute float plane ride or a 3 hour ferry ride to reach the island. The folks from Thorne Bay Lodge pick you up at the dock.

Thorne Bay Lodge acts as a homey and comfortable base camp for those wishing to explore the island's many opportunities for outdoor adventure. At the heart of the lodge's many offerings are saltwater fishing, river fishing, and hunting opportunities that are available as both guided or self-guided outings.

River fishing on Prince of Wales Island is unlike fishing anywhere else. Thousands of streams are fed by 8

Hunting in the great outdoors can be an exhilarating experience. It can change to a stressful and even dangerous situation if the hunter becomes lost. Hunters can become lost for a number of reasons, including following an injured animal into unfamiliar areas, changing weather, and illness or injuries.

Before a hunting trip, people can become familiar with the overall hunting area using the Internet. Google Earth, as an example, gives satellite-based views of virtually anywhere on earth. Before the trip, use an overhead view to become familiar with easily recognized landmarks, local roads and lakes, or areas where people live who can provide assistance.

Global positioning systems (GPS) can be an advantage when hunting in remote areas. Like all electronics, a good battery supply is critical to provide power when needed. Extra batteries, secondary power supplies, and turning off the GPS unit when in familiar areas can extend battery life. GPS units usually include a marker feature that can place saved coordinates at spots chosen by the user. This feature can be used to mark

Have you been thinking about going hunting this season?  While hunting can be an incredibly rewarding activity, it's important to follow safety regulations when you decide to go out.  Even the most experienced of hunters can make mistakes or find themselves in harm's way.  Taking safety precautions is important for both yourself and your fellow hunters.  One of the most important ways that you can stay safe while you're out hunting is to wear orange.

Whether you're going on your first hunting excursion or your fiftieth, it's important to make sure that you always wear orange when you're out.  Even if you're hunting in an area where other hunters don't tend to explore, keep in mind that many individuals choose to hunt illegally or to trespass on other peoples' land.  Wearing orange will help protect you no matter where you hunt.

It's easy to mistake a human for a deer when you're hunting in the woods.  Keep in mind that when you're hunting, you often grow tired and weary waiting to spot something.  If a person is hunting and has been out all day, they might be quick to

Anyone who has been hunting, whether for big game, small game or birds, has experienced, to one degree or another, the phenomenon known as buck fever.  The combined anticipation of the hunt and dreams of a trophy-sized animal lend to most hunters being very excited as they take to the field.  At the first sight of their quarry, the hair on their neck stands on end, their heartbeat races and reactions are sometimes spontaneous.  These are the telltale symptoms of a case of buck fever.

Reaction to this first sighting is very important in that it can present many dangers and problems that can ruin a perfectly good hunt.  Primary among these is danger to the animal.  While being concerned with danger to an animal being hunted seems counter intuitive, good sportsmanship dictates that animals be taken as quickly and painlessly as possible.  Many stories are told of hunters making fantastic shots in taking down a running animal.  Countless more stories go untold of hunters spooking an animal and then injuring it with a poorly placed shot as it runs away.  Unfortunately most of these