Carbon Express Arrows
Kodiak Buck Shack
Mule Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Prime1 14-Jul-17
yeager 14-Jul-17
Prime1 14-Jul-17
CJ Winand 17-Jul-17
CJ Winand 17-Jul-17
W8N4RUT 20-Aug-17
Prime1 21-Aug-17
midwest 21-Aug-17
W8N4RUT 21-Aug-17
Florida Mike 21-Aug-17
dihardhunter 21-Aug-17
olebuck 22-Aug-17
BOWUNTR 22-Aug-17
TEmbry 22-Aug-17
BOWUNTR 22-Aug-17
Prime1 22-Aug-17
Stekewood 22-Aug-17
Prime1 22-Aug-17
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Blacktail Bob 22-Aug-17
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Rwd3 22-Aug-17
Blacktail Bob 23-Aug-17
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Prime1 23-Aug-17
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Southern draw 23-Aug-17
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njbuck 23-Aug-17
BOWUNTR 23-Aug-17
Bowfreak 23-Aug-17
Bigpizzaman 23-Aug-17
BC 23-Aug-17
Medicinemann 23-Aug-17
Z Barebow 23-Aug-17
t-roy 23-Aug-17
HUNT MAN 23-Aug-17
Grubby 23-Aug-17
GhostBird 23-Aug-17
Zackman 23-Aug-17
iceman 23-Aug-17
APauls 23-Aug-17
GotBowAz 23-Aug-17
taxi hunter 23-Aug-17
DL 23-Aug-17
otcWill 23-Aug-17
yeager 23-Aug-17
midwest 23-Aug-17
TD 24-Aug-17
DEMO-Bowhunter 24-Aug-17
dihardhunter 24-Aug-17
Beav 24-Aug-17
SBH 24-Aug-17
taxidermy man 24-Aug-17
BOWNBIRDHNTR 24-Aug-17
Mad Trapper 25-Aug-17
OFFHNTN 25-Aug-17
Drop tine 25-Aug-17
hunt forever 25-Aug-17
Blacktail Bob 25-Aug-17
hunt forever 26-Aug-17
Blacktail Bob 26-Aug-17
Bowboy 26-Aug-17
Dan Mallia 27-Aug-17
hunt forever 27-Aug-17
Blacktail Bob 27-Aug-17
hunt forever 27-Aug-17
TD 27-Aug-17
hunt forever 27-Aug-17
Nick Muche 28-Aug-17
LostLefty 28-Aug-17
hunt forever 28-Aug-17
nmwapiti 28-Aug-17
BOWUNTR 28-Aug-17
Elkstuffer 30-Aug-17
Blacktail Bob 31-Aug-17
From: Prime1
14-Jul-17
Just looking for some advice from someone with past experience. Things such as good areas to glass, what to expect, things they wish they had or had not taken. Thanks.

From: yeager
14-Jul-17
I'll be watching your post closely......a friend and I have Bob's shack rented for September 2018.

From: Prime1
14-Jul-17
We leave on 8-9- 17 Can't wait.

From: CJ Winand
17-Jul-17
PM sent

From: CJ Winand
17-Jul-17

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From: W8N4RUT
20-Aug-17
How did hunt go?

From: Prime1
21-Aug-17
Just got back yesterday, haven't even unpacked yet. What an adventure. Had a great hunt and great weather. It was everything we had both hoped it would be and more. I will post some pics later, on the bosses dime right now. :)

From: midwest
21-Aug-17
Looking forward to the pics and story, Prime1!

From: W8N4RUT
21-Aug-17
PM sent

Scott

From: Florida Mike
21-Aug-17
Hopefully you got to hunt "Roys Spot"

From: dihardhunter
21-Aug-17
Looking forward to that report. We are headed out in 7 days to the south end of Kodiak! Can't wait.

From: olebuck
22-Aug-17
this is my bucket list hunt right here......

From: BOWUNTR
22-Aug-17
Winter kill report please? Ed F

From: TEmbry
22-Aug-17
I'm hearing second hand stuff so take it with a grain of salt Ed, but I'm hearing the southern end of the island did fine, there was some kill off on north end but still deer around.

It's a shame when a bad winter hits the first animals to go are fawns and run down rutted bucks. Creates a couple year age gap before the bucks are back to normal.

From: BOWUNTR
22-Aug-17
I read a report from some guys who went to the south end and said it was terrible because of the winter kill. They only killed one small forkey. Maybe they weren't very good hunters... Ed F

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17
First off I would really like to thank Bob for allowing us to rent his camp. We saw great deer numbers on the south end. I would call it a target rich environment. I would highly recommend everyone to include this hunt on there bucket list!

From: Stekewood
22-Aug-17
Let's hear the story and see some photos!

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Goat's from the plane
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Goat's from the plane
Brian and I flew in to camp on 8-10-17. We had a great flight in and saw lots of goats.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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From the plane it we we're both really excited to see Bob's shack

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Once we landed we unloaded all our junk from the plane and the pilot Eric whished us luck and off he went. Then you get your first glimpse of the little climb to the cabin you will get VERY familiar with

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17
We got everything unpacked. Rolled out the sleeping bags. Then we started spinning some broadheads on some shafts. Once everything was done we started glassing right from the new porch on the shack, which is very nice. Immediately we started glassing deer and plenty of them.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Brian took a pic shows how steep it is
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Brian took a pic shows how steep it is
We made a game plan and took off. Once to the top of a nearby ridge we started glassing again. As we looked around we saw 3 or 4 shooter bucks. Plus lots of dinks. I made my way down the very Steep ridge using the Willow brush for cover. Once there a small 3x and fork horn stepped out at 25 yds. Then I glanced as the big buck had caught my sent and took off. That was pretty much the end of day one.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Brian at Roy's saddle. The sign is in rough shape we did our best to prop it back up.
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Brian at Roy's saddle. The sign is in rough shape we did our best to prop it back up.
The second day we headed for the far ridge beyond Roy's saddle. I went one way Brian went the other we brought hand held radios and agreed to turn them on at noon to check in.

From: Stekewood
22-Aug-17
Keep it coming. Brings back great memories. Love the new deck. When we were there a step to the left out of the door would have resulted in a fast trip to the beach.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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As I walked in and out of the rocks on top of the ridge I blew two very large Buck's from there beds. One at only 3yds! Once I rounded a boulder he laid right there, body covered by stone and only his head exposed. Needless to say he bolted. Then it was noon, we radioed each other. Brian had our first buck down. So off I went to help him break it down and pack it out.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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In the time it took me to get to Brian, probably an hour, he passed a beautiful buck but took some nice photos of it at 20yds. He didn't want to get too greedy early on. This place is too good to be true we both we're thinking.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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From: Prime1
22-Aug-17
With full packs we headed out. Not thinking clearly at this point we headed for the beach. Living in Michigan tide is not a real issue. When we make down to the beach our low tide trail is under 5 ft of water. So I left Brian with his deer and went back up and hunted the rest of the day. I could have shot two bucks that afternoon but they were dinks.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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The tall soaking wet grass made for tons of fun every day
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The tall soaking wet grass made for tons of fun every day
In the meantime Brian decided not to wait for the Tide. He manned up and was going to take the high tide trail with all the meat. Good idea other than the grass was 5 ft tall and he never found the trail. But he made it. I will not share the words he used to describe his journey.

22-Aug-17

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Bears seem to be attracted to the memorial in Roy's Saddle and it doesn't stay upright long. Sometimes it doesn't make it a whole day before a bear comes along and pulls it from the ground, chews on it and probably stomps on it too. I think its simply Karma. Roy was hard on bears.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Waiting out the fog
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Waiting out the fog
Day three was one of the days you read about on Kodiak. Wind, fog, and rain. We got to the top of cabin ridge and couldn't see spit, maybe 100 yds. We never really moved, not wanting to bump deer. So we just hunkered down in a spot where we glassed some good Buck's the first day. Around 3 the fog left, so now it was only wind and rain. But when it cleared we saw several nice bucks. The biggest problem was all the deer. They were everywhere. All the good bucks were 100 yds under the does and dink bucks.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Little forky
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Little forky
We made a plan and I made a stalk. The buck was not giant but was a good first buck and I felt I could stalk him. I slithered down the mountain, actually I slid down into position for a shot. When I ranged him he was bedded at 65 yd. I needed him to stand now and come in a few yards. While waiting a fork horn came by me at 15 yds then bedded on a rock above me not 25 yds away.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Brian got me at full draw
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Brian got me at full draw
Finally the buck I was after got up, and he read the script. Once he cleared the Willow patch the arrow was on its way. The buck made it a hundered yds. Gravity is a funny thing at first. These deer and I mean all of them will go ass over tea cart all the way to the bottom. Kinda funny the first time. After that you pray for Willow brush to slow them down.

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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Hard to hang on to the bow and the Deer they kept sliding down the hill!
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Hard to hang on to the bow and the Deer they kept sliding down the hill!

From: Prime1
22-Aug-17

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From: Rwd3
22-Aug-17
Nice buck

23-Aug-17
Nice. Glad you guys had a good trip.

From: tobinsghost
23-Aug-17
Very cool!

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17
We made the drainage to the beach just at dark. About 3/4 of the way down the drainage we encountered our first bear. At 52 yds. He looked really big, we waved our arms and yelled at it. Thankfully it ran off. The following day the wind blew so hard we hoped the little shack could hold her ground. It was a no hunt day.

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17
The weather allowed me time to finish caping and fleshing my hide. We also made a game plan. Let's spend the day near monument saddle and try to kill two bucks.

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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So early the next morning with pbj's and sardines packed we headed out. I't didn't take long to find a shooter buck. Now it's Brian's turn. I watched him make the stalk. Then he got into position. When the big 2x arose from his bed he walked straight to Brian, a bad move on his part. At 25 yds the arrow found it's Mark. One down one to go.

23-Aug-17
Congrats on your adventure !

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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We broke the Deer down and packed it up to the top. Now it's my turn.

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Better picture of Brian's buck
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Better picture of Brian's buck

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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One of the deer we glassed on the cliff
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One of the deer we glassed on the cliff
Once we arrived back up on top of the ridge we glassed a couple nice shooters the only problem was their location. Although they Both were in very good stalking position, we felt there would be no chance of recovery as they would tumble into the ocean.

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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So with only a couple of hours of daylight remaining I convince Brian let's go look over just one more Ridge. Once we peeked around the corner I noticed two bucks bedded. It took me about 15 minutes to slide down to a location for a better look. Once I got there there were nine bucks bedded below me. There were several very nice bucks in the group but one caught my eye with good Mass and a drop tine. Just before dark the buck i was after got on his feet, I ranged him and made the shot. Thankfully the willow brush stopped him from Rolling completely to the bottom of the mountain

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Caribou shed
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Caribou shed
We made our way back to the beach for the night and I forgot my headlamp. On the way out I got as close as I would get to a caribou

From: dakotaduner
23-Aug-17
Congrats and a great read thank you.

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Once at the beach we made a fire out of some drift wood and waited for low tide

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Over the next few days. We glassed several nice bucks., But we're unable to close the deal. In all we saw 7 Bear's 3 Caribou and a pile of deer.

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Not for sure but I'm betting this is Bob's nuisance bear. Not overly afraid and walked the ridge just above camp
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Not for sure but I'm betting this is Bob's nuisance bear. Not overly afraid and walked the ridge just above camp

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Waiting for the plane one last picture
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Waiting for the plane one last picture

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Brian's 40lb ling cod
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Brian's 40lb ling cod
We had a day layover in Kodiak so we called Kevin at lucky 9 charter's

From: Prime1
23-Aug-17

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Yellow eye
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Yellow eye
Perfect ending to amazing trip!

From: njbuck
23-Aug-17
What a great trip, congrats guys.

From: BOWUNTR
23-Aug-17
Awesome... Thank you for the report and photos. Ed F

From: Bowfreak
23-Aug-17
Loved it....I want to do this so bad in the future. Awesome trip!

From: Bigpizzaman
23-Aug-17
Awesome! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

From: BC
23-Aug-17
Very good. Thanks for the recap

From: Medicinemann
23-Aug-17
Nice!!

From: Z Barebow
23-Aug-17
Great report!

From: t-roy
23-Aug-17
Awesome trip! Congrats to both of you.

Like others on here, this trip is on my bucket list.

From: HUNT MAN
23-Aug-17
What a trip!! Thanks for posting. Can't wait to see it for myself!! Congrats! Hunt

From: Grubby
23-Aug-17
Great story!

From: GhostBird
23-Aug-17
Thanks for the report. Congratulations. I've got to get up there myself one day.

From: Zackman
23-Aug-17
Very cool! Incredible place

From: iceman
23-Aug-17
Awesome trip. Congrats!

From: APauls
23-Aug-17
Awesome hunt! Thanks for sharing! Definitely on the bucket list.

From: GotBowAz
23-Aug-17
Thanks for the write up and congrats on some great bucks. One heck of an adventure I sure would like to do one day.

From: taxi hunter
23-Aug-17
Great write up and great pictures! What an adventure. Congrats on those 4 nice bucks too.

From: DL
23-Aug-17
Looks like a great trip. Had friends go up 5 years ago and it poured every day. They were in tents. They hunt elk pretty hard. After three days of trying to hike through boggy areas they were done.

From: otcWill
23-Aug-17
Good stuff! Thanks for posting

From: yeager
23-Aug-17
Congrats on a fantastic hunt. A friend and I have the Shack rented for September 2018....which can't come fast enough. This really gets the blood pumping!!

From: midwest
23-Aug-17
Congrats... thanks for the write up and pics!

From: TD
24-Aug-17
Thanks for the pics and story..... looks like an awesome place for an adventure.... Congrats!

24-Aug-17
Very nice!! Congrats and thanks for the write up!

From: dihardhunter
24-Aug-17
Quality, quality write-up. Thanks for taking the time to share stories, pics, and one heck of an adventure.

From: Beav
24-Aug-17
Congrats on a great trip! Thanks for sharing!

From: SBH
24-Aug-17
Congrats! looks like an awesome adventure. Well done.

24-Aug-17
Thanks for the report...I bet Roy Roth would get a kick out of the fact that the bears don't like his sign LOL.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
24-Aug-17
Awesome write up and adventure. Thanks for sharing it with us!

From: Mad Trapper
25-Aug-17
Excellent write up. Makes me want to go there.

From: OFFHNTN
25-Aug-17
GREAT bucks and adventure!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats!

From: Drop tine
25-Aug-17
Great write up, that looks like an amazing time. Would love to do this.

From: hunt forever
25-Aug-17
I talked to a brown bear Hunter that hunted there this spring. They saw over 20 dead deer a day!!! He said the bears were all over the carcasses. I also had a friend get back from the SE part of the island. They did see deer but the numbers and mutre deer numbers were way down.

25-Aug-17
Not what I personally saw while bear hunting this past spring at the buck shack. Did not see any winter kill deer.

From: hunt forever
26-Aug-17
I'm talking about this spring 2017

26-Aug-17
So am I.

From: Bowboy
26-Aug-17
Great pictures and bucks. Congrats!

From: Dan Mallia
27-Aug-17
Very nice. Sitka Blacktail is a bucket list item of mine! Congrats on the great hunt.

From: hunt forever
27-Aug-17
Maybe each area was effected differently. I had a friend that hunted around Grants logon. They saw deer and killed just not the numbers and very few muture deer. I'm sure Andrew Air has a better feel of the for off by now. I love hunting out there and was planning to hunt the SE part of the island before I got another hint offer in Canada.

27-Aug-17
Grants gets pounded every year because it's so easy to get to. The lack of mature bucks isn't result of winter kill it's due to rifle hunting pressure.

From: hunt forever
27-Aug-17
I'm just giving people the reports I'm getting from hunters I have talked to first hand. Take it for what it is!!!

From: TD
27-Aug-17
These guys had no trouble finding some good deer! Sounds like they were on animals every hunt of every day! Offhand I'd say Bob's take on it was not "first hand" it was first person, he was there, it's his cabin..... =D

Flying in there, is it big tires on the beach or do they run float planes?

From: hunt forever
27-Aug-17
I'm sure each area cam be effected differently it's a big island.

From: Nick Muche
28-Aug-17
Great work guys!

I hunted goats in Feb around mid island and saw lots of deer, not a single dead one either. Some of the island was affected but not all of it. Best of luck to everyone headed to Kodiak this fall.

From: LostLefty
28-Aug-17
TD, we flew in to the buck shack via big tires at low tide. Island Air.

From: hunt forever
28-Aug-17
Looks like we had a blast!!! How are the caribou doing on the island?

From: nmwapiti
28-Aug-17
I could glass a pretty good stretch of the central Ayakulik over the past week and never spotted them. Maybe closer to the western edge. Ate that $300 tag.

From: BOWUNTR
28-Aug-17
Kodiak is not easy... Places like Grants you have to hunt harder, farther and higher. I saw a recent report from Grants and I doubt those guys got too far from camp. They complained about the tall ferns... there's no tall ferns at the top where the majority of the deer live. My 2 cents... Ed F

From: Elkstuffer
30-Aug-17
Great thread! Thanks for sharing. Congrats on some nice animals!

31-Aug-17
Yeah, these guys did a great job dealing with the environment and killed some nice bucks.

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