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Who’s going to Kodiak?
Post up...Who’s heading to Kodiak this fall? I’ll miss this year, but hope to get back soon. The best adventure hunt dollar for dollar in North America!
T-minus 10 days for me. Fly out next Friday. Can't wait, 2nd time.
Oh how I love that place !! Hope to get back ASAP .
I’ll be taking my bowhiking skills there with a few other Bowsiters this year :-)
BIgeasy—be careful, “skills” may be an exaggeration. Even In he hiking department. But I’ll carry your bow if you want. I’m guaranteed to shoot first then! ;)
You guys are gonna have a blast...
Kota, I predict it’s not gonna suck...even if we never leave the boat haha
Nov 8th with some good buddies, the deer are in serious trouble I know that! Should be a great year there.
Looking forward to another trip to Kodiak this November. Taking a bunch of P&Y/Bowsite boys with me this year for another adventure. Always love that island. It’s my favorite hunt!!!
Had a guy back out on us last minute so we are actually looking to fill his spot....
I’d go if I wasn’t trying to “slow down”... ;)
Slow down?? What kinda nonsense is that, kota!
Kota will never slow down. But I just dragged him up there last year for #29, so he has a couple years before I make him come back with me
You won’t let me come back for a couple years?????
You can come any time Kota. I can’t wait to be a part of half of your second 29!!!
That’d be a trip right there...
At the top of my bucket list! Can’t wait to follow along!
Was there for awhile in August and I'm going back next Tuesday. Look out deer!
Great day on the Island!
Great day on the Island!
Zack needs another mohawk/buzz. :)
I went last year. My favorite trip I've ever been on and its not even close. It rained every day, and I stopped counting on day 3 when I hit 20 grizzly bears including one that I stumbled in to in the brush at 20y on the way up. If it wasn't for having to work, I'd go back tomorrow.
If you're on a boat and you have time, drop a line in. Also, I wish i'd have taken 1 morning to chase sea ducks. One of our guys did and shot a limit of harlequin. Oh well, just one more reason to go back!
What is a current ball park price from the lower 48 for this trip with tags for 2 deer? Either boat (I am sure the most expensive) or cabin or tent hunt (prefer not a tent). I did it in 2004 but had frequent flier miles for airfare and I am sure prices were a lot cheaper. I probably spent $2000 for everything including float plane and cabin although not airfare.
$160 - hunting License
$300 per deer tag (can get 3)
Beaver flight from Kodiak to far south end (1200lbs total weight) is roughly $1500 each way (so it would be cheaper the closer to Kodiak you end up going, typically). This is total cost, so if you're going with others you can split it amongst yourselves.
Airfare to Kodiak from your location in the L48.
I think boat hunts run between $2500 and $3500 per person.
I'd do a tent long before I did a cabin only because the areas that have cabins are typically hunted a bit more and I enjoy hunting in an area that is somewhat fresh.
I went in September... lots of deer. Lots of bears... we lost 2 deer to bears and they were within 100 yards of camp everyday. Electric fence did work... at least once. I only shot one round out of my pistol. Have fun... the best deer hunt on the planet. Ed F
Ed just cleared at least 75% of the guys thinking about doing a tent camp. lol
A tent camp is not as bad as it sounds, folks... If you're headed to Kodiak, you're going to see bears, you're going to have encounters with bears, it's going to happen. Knowing how to deal with them and giving them constant respect is the key, but I wouldn't let that dissuade you from hunting there. Like Ed said, it's the best deer hunt on the planet and like Cory said, best bang for your buck, dollar for dollar in all of North America for a true adventure hunt that boasts high success!
100%... wouldn't do it any other way. It's an adventure. Nick nailed down the costs pretty good. I'd add a little bit of time in Kodiak and hotel stays on each end. Henrys, Kodiak Brewery.... can add up too. Already planning the return trip. Ed F
Kodiak Brew Co is mandatory but my favorite is Olds River Brewing if you have a vehicle to get out there!
A must visit, if I’m your Kodiak tour guide
I can practically taste the beer...one...more...month...
A must is a understatement !!
A to go box... the Spruce Tip IPA has a place in my heart... smells like Christmas. Ed F
A to go box... the Spruce Tip IPA has a place in my heart... smells like Christmas. Ed F
Every few years for the rest of my life
Sounds like a terrible time!??
You would hate It!! Just hate it!!
Spruce Tip is one of my favorite IPA’s Ed...Dang, I wish I was going this year!
That place sounds terrible. I sure hope I never get asked to join in on one of these trips...
You could go in November Scoot! I think they’re still looking for someone!
Last year’s cast of characters
Zack provided the “before”...Here is the “after”...
Zack, what dates. My wife has an elk hunt the first week of November but I’m drooling at the opportunity for kodiak!!!
Kota, I'd love to, but this year is out for me. Sep elk, Oct muleys, Nov white tail, Dec muleys, and Jan barbary sheep. I'd come home to changed locks if I thought about adding something.
Ok......... I guess I’ll break the bad news to you guys contemplating this opening. I called Zack last night and told him I’d take the spot. This hunt has been on my radar for several years. Extremely hard for me to leave Iowa in mid-November, but hopefully I’ll be able to get in 2.5-3 weeks before we head up to Kodiak. Super stoked about this hunt!
YOU OWE ME A BEER—OR THREE, TREEMAN!!!
What a crew. You guys are gonna have a blast. Good luck everyone.
Good for you, T! No doubt you're going to have a great time! This one is on my radar too. Hopefully in the next few years.
Wait a minute! Treeman buys people beers?! He's never bought me one!
Troy, you are going to have a blast!! Until next year for me...
I'll keep an eye on the place for you, Troy. ;-)
Is the week of Nov 15 to late to do this hunt and still have rut activity?
Should be just fine Gene!
Motley Crew for sure. I have to wait TWO more years :(
Where's Matt, thought he was on that one also...
Matt is banned from Kodiak! He drank too much of the booze at Henry’s
Ohhh, that makes sense...He didn't do the table dance thing did he?!? Lol
I did not see Matt do table dance last year. I did hear rumors from previous years.... I think there's a clause in the hunt contacts that clearly states ' What happens on Kodiak...'I'm going back in '21. Looking for a few more guys to fill the boat. PM me if you're interested.
You guys kill me. I'm not allowed to hunt there without a guide.
Nick, I think I bought you a beer at the bowsite meet and greet at p&y this year. Just ask Pat ;)
I appreciate the the offer midwest! Just be sure and get there early. The best parking spots fill up quickly ;-)
Midwest, I'l save a spot behind me. Just look for a maroon Ram with MN plates in the lot.
With those plates, you’ll blend right in with all the squirrel hunting Hmongs from the Twin Cities, scoot!
Lots of good advice in this thread. November is a much better time to get stuck in town for weather. Rooms that were $329 in the summer are $89. We came in from the field early a couple years ago to avoid ANOTHER hurricane and spent Thanksgiving morning drinking Baileys and coffee watching a typical Detroit Lions loss at 8 am and having a great turkey dinner with our pilot and his family. Kodiak is my absolute favorite place.
One more thing to consider when planning a hunt to Kodiak is deer numbers. Right now the conditions are prime. We had a couple 50+ buck days. Too many deer sometimes. Quit procrastinating... they are one bad winter away from it being just a deer hunt. Ed F
Ed nailed it. I was not originally going to go to Kodiak again this year, but after another mild winter this past year, I had to go. Whitetails can wait for another year!!!!
I'm hoping for 2 more mild winters!
would love to go back and hunt deer. I need to talk to Ed. about his tent hunt!!
If I ordered a Coor’s Lite at the Kodiak Brew Company, would that be considered being “that guy”?!!
"If I ordered a Coor’s Lite at the Kodiak Brew Company, would that be considered being “that guy”?!! ".....No, you would be "That Girl"!
There's a time and a place for Coors Lite. The place is nowhere. The time... is never.
Except when there's only Bud Lite and Coors Lite around... Then it goes like this:
"Hey Ike, you want a Coors Lite?"
"Hell yeah I want a Coors Lite!"
I wanted to go to Kodiak this year, but dad spent 3 points on an Iowa deer tag, so that's where I'm headed this November. Maybe next year.
Oh, and Treeman bought me a beer in New Mexico...
I’m about a week and a half out. 4 goat tags, 6 deer tags, and a brown bear tag between the two of us. Should be a fun two weeks :)
This is something Ive considered. Any recommendations on where to get started putting something like this together ??
Ike, as I recall your choices for that beer were Coors Lite and Bud Lite. :)
Between Jim’s near miss on sheep and Kyle’s super slam, I’ve already committed to the first round. Jim, you can grab the second round!
This thread made me do it...I'm now on the list of those going this year.
Good for you Gene! I always love being responsible for someone else spending money... :) Gives me that sense of accomplishment...
This is one I really, really want to do! What a great group of guys going, hopefully more memories are made than lost! Ha!
I don't know if I'd trust the advice from a guy watching a Michigan St./Rutgers game! ;-)
This is a great opportunity .........
...... to buy shares in Alaskan breweries!!!
Apauls, Canada's "Kodiak" is just off the coast of BC and no grizzlies. Something could be arranged.
And Troy, I'd be happy to go stop one of those "not there yet" bucks from using up trail cam batteries on you.
Gotta buddy that's taking off for Kodiak tomorrow. Envious! :-)
T-minus 25 days and counting...
Have you guys been working on your Kodiak prep? You know, building up your alcohol tolerance...
I’m working on building up my Treeman tolerance (I’ve been listening to old Morton Downy Jr talkshows on YouTube)........One step at a time, Zack.
Ambush. Get in touch with midwest and scoot. Maybe you guys could carpool!
Been hitting it hard, Zack. Put in a week at Oktoberfest in Munich and been ramping things up back at home. It’s not as easy as it was in my younger days, but I’m working hard to get in Sheep Show Shape. #keephammering
FWIW....I been to Kodiak a few times. The last time was around 2010. At that time the road system tag allotment was 1 buck tag and then off the road system it was 3 buck tags. Is it still the same? The usual bear precautions have to be followed. The last time I was there a couple of guys at one of the USFS cabins on the north side made the mistake of dragging a deer back to the cabin. A sow and cubs cut the drag track and followed it to the hunter. My CG helo buds there had to medivac him out.
BEG, you used the wrong hashtag #keephammered :-)
t-roy, when your mrs. was talking about island vacations I'm not sure these were the "islands" she was talking about but I like your style!
Damn, you're right Brotsky! We need some hats made up...
Won't be too much longer now for a few of us, hope the weather improves! Trevor, hoping you can find a bear big enough to produce piles similar to these!
If I see a bear up there, I’m betting that I could match those piles, Nick!
Only time Kodiak suffers a Alcohol shortage, when the BowSite boys show up...
Troy, hard to imagine you won't see a bear, so please take photos of the aftermath! ha
I was trying to figure out which pile was the bear’s and which was Nick’s.
Nick likes a clean break. No check wipe needed on those two .
Troy you will see a bear . Most likely a big one. Just be smart and stay out if the alders !!
Those look like the piles in all the broken latrines back in the day after the artillery guys came in from the field. A month of MREs will do that. Sounds like a killer trip is in store.
I’m actually looking forward to possibly seeing a brownie......from a distance.
Haven’t had anyone eaten...yet
Had to throw in the “yet” at the end, didn’t you, Zack? Anyone know how fast Treeman can run?? I gotta train to run just a little bit faster!
He texted me earlier and said “Bears are afraid of me!” I feel like he’s just taunting them at this stage!
Unfortunately I failed to mention that only black bears are afraid of me...
The one smeared in bacon grease is usually the one that has to worry the most...
Got back last Monday, weather was nasty so we were delayed going in and coming out and then again in Kodiak. Did manage to get one.
Met Randy at the airport when we finally got off the island. Lots of bears were seen on this trip.
Great job and Buck’s guys...
Little bit of rain.
Little bit of rain.
May be the smallest Sitka blacktail buck ever. Shot in the pouring rain on day 2. We got a flight out early knowing more bad weather was coming in.
Congratulations guys! Great looking deer!
Glad you guys had a safe trip. Congrats!
Less than 2 weeks away!
Did the bears look hungry, Ron??!!
They like corn fed Iowegians. And you'll miss Gopher_ Hawkeye game. Dont worry, I'll cover it. Have a fun and successful trip, Troy! And we'll look forward to the report.
So you guys are getting all the nasty Kodiak weather out of the way before we show up in 12 days? That's how this thing works, right?? Troy, I see they're ignoring the question on how hungry the bears are.
Helluva job on some great animals gentlemen!
Congrats folks! Bad weather seems to be the theme this fall down there and it doesn’t look to be improving. We head out later this week, hoping it breaks but we may be in for a wet and miserable hunt.
Nice bucks guys! Kodiak offers adventure. Sounds like I can leave my sunscreen at home this year...
Great thread. Some nice bucks. And the massive bear dung photo brings a whole new meaning to the term "Holy Crap." Keep 'em coming guys...brings back lots of memories from last year. Kevin
T-Roy, the bears were definitely hungry. Bastards ate two of our deer.
t-roy, Nick posted pic of two brownies - from 5 ft. above.
Ron, did the bears get the meat while back at camp or right from the kill site?
Been like that for the past 30 days or so it seems. Goodness...
This weather... is complete shit. haha... Flights being cancelled daily. Hoping for the best, guess we will see!
Hope you can get there soon Nick! The bears are counting on a lot of gut piles!!
Just saw blacktail Bob this morning on a show on the outdoor channel with Larry Jones.
Good luck, Nick! I want the bears full and lazy when we get there!
Would love to go but wouldn’t know where to even start. And those big bears scare the s—t out of me!
Bummer about the weather!! That is no place to ignore the weather!! Horizontal rain Sucks!! Hunt
I’ll just do the same thing the deer do when it rains, get wet. I’m most concerned with a weather break to get flown into the field.
Well there is always Henry’s !!
The guys from the BowRack in Oregon killed some great Buck’s last week...Cant wait to see how you guys do!
Ike we prolly cannot compete with the guys from the Bowrack.
Is this hunt available as DIY for Canadians?
To my knowledge, Canadians must have a guide for all species of big game in Alaska. Just like US citizens in Canada...
I know better than that Nick...
I keep telling everyone it can’t get any worse than the week I had there so it’ll get better....except.... it isn’t. Definitely the worst fall weather wise since i moved up in 2015. I’m still salty about it
A buddy came up and couldn’t be flown in to meet up with his group already hunting due to weather and fog, so he flew back to Seattle.
Hope this isn’t one of those rough winters for next year
Day 1 and already delayed. Luckily the Embry hotel had a few couches!
Day 2 is starting off great, up at 5 to be delayed again.
That sucks Nick! Can you extend your hunt or is the out date set?
And now the flight is canceled. Luckily I booked a back up flight last night for this afternoon, that one will get through I’m sure cause it’s an Alaska flight and not podunk Ravn.
At any rate, I should consider buying stock in these things...
Oh great, I’m flying podunk Ravn on Friday...
Our Bush flight was already delayed a day so at least we won’t miss that. Not worried yet, should still have 8 days to hunt which is plenty.
“Who’s going to Kodiak”
No one flying Ravn... met a group that’s been trying for 4 days. If you’re headed to Kodiak this month, be sure you’re on Alaska Airlines to and from!
Man Alaskan logistical nightmares! SN...AFU!
It’s clear and Sunny this morning with no wind here on the Kenai Peninsula so guys over on Kodiak should be flying today
That’s good news, MathewsMan! Hopefully, the weather gets better this coming week.
Yeah I’ve heard the Fog was lifting and planes were running.
But the weather cam says otherwise.
Round 4. Not the beer but the 4th time we’ve hauled our gear into the Airport. Have high hopes this time!
Two tricks about taking off with low ceilings is if you have mountains between you and the destination.....it takes a great pilot to navigate that. Second is taking off is easy, it's finding a place to land back can be the trick.
Dang! Shoulda bought stock in the beer companies up there!
JL... we haven’t even left the commercial air travel realm. When bush pilots cancel, I’m ok with that. When one commercial airline is flying without issues and the other cancels over and over, then I get a bit frustrated.
Another night in Airport Nick?
Sounds like they may have lifted off and are en route!
Git yer asses out there and kill some stuff!
Thinking the deer on that island are in trouble!
Anyone thinking about a hunt there next year may want to reconsider....
Good luck guys!
My favorite hunt in Alaska is Kodiak island with a pocket full of deer tags. Too much fun. This year had pockets of good weather to get it done. My bear hunt was a complete bust weather wise (at least we learned the limits of our tent). Can’t wait for next year already, won’t even be applying for a bear tag lol
All packed up. T-minus 48 hours until touchdown on Kodiak.
Good luck guys !! Bet Nick and his crew are killing a few each!! Hunt
Good luck, safe travels...
I’ve got MOST of it in the same room!
Good luck, safe travels...
I'm going to be about 24 hours behind you guys...dont shoot them all.
Looking good for getting out today.
Good luck fellas...wish I was going back this year
Just in, terrible weather but a great hunt given the conditions. We hunted in rain from the first day and left today to incredible sunshine. Good luck to everyone else!
Whoa, there it is...Great job Nick!
Which is a better hunt. POW or Kodiak? I worked in Craig a few yrs ago at the school and seen a few deer while we were there but we left 2 days before season.
Dang Nick! Save some for the rest of the boys! ;-) Congrats buddy!
Rumor has it, the Bowsite crew is "on the board" and off and running! Nick's crew did awesome despite the weather. Way to go Nick.
Awesome, Nick! Slow start but a great finish!! Anything that wasn’t brown hit the ground?
We saw plenty of goats but the weather windows to go after them were far too short.
Congrats Nick! Sounds like a good (albeit it wet) trip!