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MM do you have any other ideas for me?


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Originally Posted by Cold Zero
MM do you have any other ideas for me?


So brother, you want Booner from Kodiak? (I've never set foot there)

Get lined up on a big, comfortable boat sometime between Vets Day and Thanksgiving - heavy snow will help.

Cruise the beaches until you find that big one. Get dropped off and go blast it.

If they aren't all lined up on the beach, work your way 1/4 mile inland and call until you find the Big 'Un.

Oh, and make sure you know what a Booner looks like smirk

There's that Kodiak Combos guy that runs out of Old Harbor.

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Originally Posted by MuskegMan
Originally Posted by Cold Zero
MM do you have any other ideas for me?



There's that Kodiak Combos guy that runs out of Old Harbor.

I went unguided on Kodiak once and took a large one in the time frame that you suggested. The snow did drive them down from elevation, which helped.

I don't know who the combos guy from Old Harbour is though.
I appreciate your input, as I always have.


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Give Jake Jefferson a call. I know he does deer hunts on Kodiak. I've done a couple bear hunts with him--he's the real deal & will give you 110% effort. He is your guide, cook & skinner. He does everything himself. Plus he's a great guy & has some great guide stories.

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Originally Posted by coyote268
At those prices you might be better off for a Blacktail in an Oregon or California hunt


The AK Blacktails taste a lot better....


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Herd is struggling


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Originally Posted by dennisinaz
Herd is struggling

I hadn't herd that frown

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Originally Posted by dennisinaz
Herd is struggling


Good to know Thanks.


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Did a 4 day fly out trip on the 31st-3rd. Saw 8 does, glassed the alpine for endless hours as late at 1030 pm. Nothing.
Then we flew all the alpine after pickup. We saw no deer. Pilot even commented that there were no deer. He told me other places he's been seeing them. I flew yesterday and Monday, saw 1 deer. Usually see quite a few


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The big problem with Kodiak, from a habitat perspective, is that there is no big timber down at the beach for them to survive a big snow winter.

On the plus side, from the hunter's perspective, it's very open and you can spot and stalk deer rather easily, which you can't do in Southeast.

The genetics for the Kodiak herd came from the Wrangell/Petersburg area, so it's not that SE doesn't have big deer, it's just that you're not going to see 10 -20 bucks a day. On a real good day, I'll see 3 or 4 (not including early alpine or on the beach during heavy snow) still hunting the timber and calling on the edges of openings/meadows.

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The original 14 transplanted in '24 came from Sitka. Two from PoW in '30 and 9 from Petersburg in '34... pretty hard to guess which genetics were most successful.

The original transplants went to Long Island but were not traveling readily to Kodiak, but there were deer on Long Island and Kodiak when they brought the last 9. They were impatient.


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And I've never seen anything bigger than a spike on long Island so who knows what's left there


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Originally Posted by dennisinaz
And I've never seen anything bigger than a spike on long Island so who knows what's left there
After 100 years it is tough to know, but some might think the superfund cleanup ( electrical transformer dump) might have had some effect.

In the line of TMI: during WWII the Sgt in charge on Long Island was Charlton Heston.

Almost no big bucks on Afognak, ever. They need open country for size, and old growth to get through rugged winters.


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Not supposed to be decent bucks on south Baranof either, but I got lucky.

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Any decent bucks on Raspberry Island?

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Originally Posted by Riflehunter
Any decent bucks on Raspberry Island?
Take a walk through a B&C book and you will get the idea quickly. No.


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Nice one Hank.


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Originally Posted by FishinHank
Not supposed to be decent bucks on south Baranof either, but I got lucky.

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Nice one for sure. I always envisioned you being a bit older Hank. wink

Been out twice and haven't got a buck yet. First trip (opening week) was a heartbreaker. Clouds lifted briefly and there were 3 bucks showing. Closed the distance (found out LRF doesn't work too well in the fog/clouds) and they were still visible - one last check in the binos and they disappeared in the clouds never to be seen again.

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