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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!
Island Air really took great care of us!
Nice looking bucks! Looks like weather wasn't a problem.
Quite an adventure. Nicely done all. my best, Paul
Looks like a great hunt
TRoy how do you like the pole mountain bow case?
Bullet proof aren't they.
Finishing this trip up early due to running out of tags. This is a great adventure, thanks to Kota for being the enabler and starting this thread and thanks to everyone that gave me advice.
Looks like you had a great hunt Gene. Congrats...
"This is a great adventure, thanks to Kota for being the enabler "
Kota an enabler? That is crazy talk.
I prefer “planter of seed”, like a farmer to “enabler”. ;)
As a "planter of seed', you will reap what you sew. Enabler, not so much...
Awesome hunt Gene! Congrats!
When you hear a guy say "hold my beer and watch this" you pretty much know Kota has been in his ear...
Nick and Gene- congrats! Looks like you both had a great hunt! Speaking for someone who will probably never get to do a hunt like this.............................................................how 'bout a hunt recap so we can live vicariously thru you guys?! ;-)
Rut Nut, you can do this hunt! It's dollar for dollar the cheapest and best adventure hunt available to anyone living in the US. Not including tags or commercial travel, each of us in my party only paid 500$ to get flown in and out (round trip). Three Deer tags too, and you'll fill them with enough time and correct timing of your hunt. Make it happen!
This hat and its owner were on the flight from ANC to Kodiak with us.
Well, we’re back. All I’m gonna say is we had an UNBELIEVABLE time. I’m sure others will chime in and add to the story and I’ll post a few more photos. The hunting was tough, but a few deer were harmed in the making of this week.
Looks like you guys had a great trip. Congrats...
Thanks Nick, I’ll keep that in mind. Maybe one day...........
Apparently I am the only hunter to not kill a deer on Kodiak this year. Kinda the way my year has gone. When you don’t kill a deer you are required to post the “I suck at hunting, but proof I went” selfie. So here it is...
But had a good time with the guys in the group photo above and look forward to a return trip.
Awesome guys! Glad to see troy isn’t a pile of bear chit ;-)... can’t wait to do that hunt again someday.
Who was the unlucky bastard Zack pushed out of the way to shoot those 2 slobs? Congrats guys.
Alright, can't wait to hear some stories!! And it looks like there is a few!
Jim was my hunting partner for the week. And while he didn’t shoot a deer, it’s largely because he gave up shooting opportunities to me. I wouldn’t have shot my deer if it wasn’t for Jim, hands down. Don’t let him fool you - Jim is a fine hunter and an even finer human being!! Thanks for putting up with me in the field for the week and for helping get it done bud!
Cool hunt and very cool deer to hunt. Nicely done guys. my best, Paul
Outstanding guys! Looking forward to more pics and details!
congrats guys. Some pretty nice bucks there!
Great hunts guys.....congrats on getting ‘er done!
Nice! Congrats to all!
Always wondered if this was a hunt that an individual Hunter would take or best to go in a group.
Congrats, guys! I bet you all had a blast.
Looks like an awesome trip! Can’t wait to hear some details from this one.
Looks like it is a “target rich environment” up there! ;-)
Looks like y’all had a great time! Looking forward to hearing the stories.
Where to begin!! First of all, the camp (aka boat) atmosphere was better than the hunting and I’d share a camp with any of these guys again in a heartbeat. Thanks to zackman, t-roy, JTreeman, KTH, and JP for one helluva time. Secondly, Homer Ocean Charters and Roark and Zach were a notch above world class. I have NEVER eaten as well on a hunting trip as I did this past week.
I’ll get to posting some pictures shortly (as long as the Alaska Airlines wifi will upload them), but thought I’d describe the hunting a bit. We had perfect flying weather on the 16th and managed to get out, get settled in, and make an afternoon hunt of things. We were seeing deer right away, but the area we were hunting was a flat filled with willows and alders and once those deer moved into cover they’d vanish. So no opportunities the first afternoon. The second day was similar - same type of country, saw about 30 deer, but every time JTreeman and I tried to cut the distance we’d lose them.
We’d move around our area based on the wind and day 3 had us in our brushless spot of the hunt. FYI alders suck. And FYI salmon berry sucks just as much! We spent half the day busting through foliage and finally got above it where things opened up a bit. We managed to find a deer bedded in a little bowl, made a play on him, but he just didn’t want to come into some rattling. In fact, when Jim started rattling, the buck got up from his bed and walked off - with a limp!! We tried to entice a buck into a fight that had just gotten his butt kicked. Needless to say he went the other way.
However, as we were sitting joking about that, another bucked popped up in the same spot and I tried to swing around on him. I couldn’t get in front of him and he stared me down at 33 yards through some willows - I just didn’t have a shot. However, those Sitka BT aren’t as spooky as other deer species and after our stare down he moved off about 20 yards and presented me with a 55 yard shot. I let an arrow fly and unfortunately hit him a little back. We were on blood for about 600 yards and then the blood trail dried up and we lost him. Needless to say I was bummed. We only saw about 5 deer that day and the poor shot had me down a bit.
Some scenery pics our first few days hunting.
Well, I’m having trouble getting more photos off the phone via the cloud, so I’ll post more later. Back to the story...
The next day found us hunting an area that we would basically be hunting in over the next four days, as the weather pattern ended up staying pretty consistent for the rest of the hunt.
It took JTreeman a few hours on day 3 to find the deer, but we finally did at about noon. We split up to make a play on different groups of deer. Long story short, I sailed an arrow over a deer’s back...again at 55 yards. The deer was perfectly broadside and perfectly still and never moved until the arrow had past him. Basically a 3D target standing there. The failure to finish at 55 yards earned me the moniker of Jason Hagar (I can’t shoot...55!!).
Day 4, 5, and 6 had us hunting the same area. It was very, very open with slight undulations and ridges running through it. The deer would find a ridge and basically post up on the leeward side out of the wind. This meant, generally, you couldn’t approach from above them as the wind would blow them out and you couldn’t approach from below them as they would have you pegged 300 yards out. Jim and I racked our heads as to how to close the deal. Meanwhile, everyone else managed to bag a deer in this area but we couldn’t get the pieces to fall together.
The evening of the 5th day as we were watching about 12 deer from 150 yards away, I came up with a plan to swing around the backside, let the deer get my wind, and hope that when the buggered off, they’d do so towards Jim. It worked. Twice that evening. It worked in the sense that two times it brought deer into bow range but bowhunting being bowhunting, they managed to escape unscathed. Team J&J was down to our final day to punch at least one tag.
The last day brought a lot of lows. We had a deer in a perfect spot for a stalk, Jim getting super close on it, and then me kinda screwing it up for him from 200 yards away due to some poor communication (folks, practice your hand signals!). As we were commiserating that failure, we had a buck pop up on a trail coming directly at us.
I was closest to the deer so I crawled down to a spot that I thought would get me in range. The deer was below a little bluff in front of me, and I couldn’t see him as I crept forward. I stood up to get closer and finally saw antlers through some willows faced in my direction. At 10 yards.
I drew and paused, hoping the deer would go back to feeding. He did, but at 10 yards, he was more or less covered up in the willows in front of me. So I crept forward, still at full draw, to try and clear the willows. When I did, I let the top pin find the shoulder area and released. I got all of about 3” of penetration and hit the shoulder blade square on.
The deer bounced off with 90% of my arrow still protruding from his right side. Even though it was clear the deer was going to be totally fine, I was sick. I blew it. I wanted to quit then and there. It was about noon and we only had a few hours to go anyways. Jim asked if I wanted a pep talk. I said sure. He said “that sucked, way to blow it” or something to that effect. Despite wanting to quit (the hunt, bowhunting in general, etc), I kept going hoping Jim would get one.
We found more deer over the next rise and decided it was time to put our deer drive technique - dubbed the Sheridan Shove - to work one last time.
I was already to get up and walk in order to get around them and hopefully push them to Jim when he said, “No, I’ll go for a walk. You sit here and wallow in your misery some more.” So that’s what we did.
I posted up on a spot that I thought the deer might run to once they got bumped, and sat and waited. After about 20 minutes the deer started to stir and look back in the direction Jim was likely to be. Soon enough, I could see him, and I could see the deer watching him. After about five minutes of stirring, they decided they weren’t sure what this ugly, two legged thing was walking towards them and they were gonna move. It was also clear that their exit was going to be down a cut that would take them a bit further from where I was.
In order to intercept them, once they were out of sight I started on a sprint to get to a point I thought they’d funnel. As I got there, three does and buck were pushing through. Knowing there were more deer likely coming, I pushed ahead a little bit further to try and get into bow range of the path those deer seemed to be taking. As I got there, I saw a bucks antlers creating the ridge 70 yards in front of me and I dropped.
The deer continued forward, and instead of taking the path those deer were on, he actually continued more or less straight towards me. Completely in sight of the deer, I somehow managed to extract and knock an arrow, stand, and draw without him blowing out. As I got to full draw he paused broadside - this time the shot was true and I watched him drop within 10 seconds. And just like that, I loved bowhunting again :)
Kodiak is a special place, made all the better when sharing it with a special group of hunters, and hunting with a top notch outfit! Here’s a few more pics of a week on Kodiak!
Congratulations to all the guys that have been able to enjoy what is possibly one of the greatest hunting experiences anywhere! Keep the stories coming!
Any suggestions for boat hunts?
That boat sushi is to die for...
Nice write up, Jason! Great pics too! That one of the bear track next to your boot is pretty ominous looking..............................
Did you guys go back to the boat in the evenings?
Perry, yep! Back to the boat in the evenings for dinner (and there may have been a drink or two) and bed.
Looks like a blast. Excited to see and hear from some of the others as well!
Hey, I know that boat! Spent six days on the Outer Limits back in August....bowhunting black bear on the Kenai and fishing. Homer Ocean Charters is top notch!
Man this looks too good not to do! Great trip guys!
My accommodations were a little less plush than what the boat offers....plenty comfy, but the nights seemed to last forever.
Here is the caribou that my buddy killed.
Yep, I'm thinking next year.
So you could go there with tags for deer, bear, goat, caribou, plus bonus fox and ptarmigan?!?
And you others guys, quit recovering and get writing!!
Bears and goats on Kodiak require an outfitter. So if going DIY, or with a transporter like HOC then they are out for nonresident hunters.
Deer, caribou, fox, and ptarmigan are basically what you will get. And fishing is on a boat.
Sportsman's Paradise for a NR, Sportsman's Nirvana for a Resident!
I've told more than one person that Roarke is a chef who captains a boat...
Jason- the way you describe it, kinda reminds me of the show BELOW DECK! ;-)
I'm not a sushi guy, but that looks pretty good! And what is that on the plate in the middle of the table?
Like Jim said, it was octopus poke. It did not last long! Roark and Zach didn't quite look like some of those stewardesses they have on those BELOW DECK shows...but what they lacked in looks they more than made up for in service and a good time :-)
I was thinking of the clients more than the crew, Jason. Clients going ashore during the day exploring the mainland and then coming back to the boat to be pampered and to “wine and dine.” (not to mention comfy beds ;-)
Oh, for sure. It was definitely a bunch of divas! :-)
The view on the flight in was spectacular
The view on the flight in was spectacular
First off, I want to give out a huge THANK YOU!!! to Kyle’s buddy who bailed on his spot, so I could fill it! I had an absolute blast on this hunt! Roark and Zach (with an “H”) provided our accommodations and logistics flawlessly. Also totally agree with steff’s assessment of Roark’s culinary skills. Zach (with an “H”) is no slouch either. We ate like Banana Republic dictators! I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of guys to share the boat with. We had a ton of laughs! Even came up with with a few new potential urban dictionary terms. Treeman Hop, Sherman Shove, “Zrex” to name a few.
Secondly, I concur in spades, with Sammy, er, Jason, that alders definitely suck, although I would rank salmon berry slightly less sucky, but not by much!
I was paired up with Kyle for this hunt. We hunted in the same general areas, but we would split up shortly after getting off the skiff, and mostly hunted solo for the duration of the hunt. We both thought that would increase each of our odds. On the first afternoon, I didn’t see much for deer activity, other than a few does. Kind of hard to see much when you’re on all fours, trying to fight your way through the alder patch from Hell! When I finally did get out of the thicket, I did catch a glimpse of a big, blocky mature buck, as he skirted another alder patch for a moment, only to quickly disappear a few seconds later. I quickly pulled out my rattling bag and gave it a try, with no success. Turns out, Kyle had missed this buck just a couple of moments before I saw him. He could hear me rattling. That was it for the first half day of hunting.
As he lay
As he lay
Broke his heart
Broke his heart
The second morning found me busting through the alders again, but much less of it in this area. Primarily hilly terrain with more openings to be able to, hopefully, glass up some some deer. Not long after setting up on the edge of a clearing on a steep hillside, overlooking several different alder patches, I spotted a mature buck chasing a doe in and out of the brush below me. They ended up disappearing into the alders after a few moments. I glassed up a few more bucks that morning, but couldn’t get close to any of them.
As I sat on another opening, eating my lunch, I spotted movement below and to my left. It was a huge 3x3 with eye guards, cruising down a trail in my direction. I quickly scrambled to try and get in position for a shot by scooting down the hill about 30 yards. I needed to go about 5 more yards to get to where I had a completely open spot to be able to shoot, but the buck came into view before I could get to that spot, so I froze. The buck continued my way until he spotted me and stopped at about 35-40 yards. I didn’t have a shot, but he wasn’t sure what I was, and he took a few steps to my left, into a possible opening. He saw me drawing my bow and stopped, perfectly broadside at about 35, with only a couple of spindly alder twigs between us! After settling my pin behind his shoulder, I hit the release. The arrow looked perfect......until it ticked one tiny little twig about 2/3rds of the way to it’s target. I watched helplessly, as the arrow sailed, just barely over the buck’s back. I’m pretty decent at guessing whitetails, and blacktails are configured somewhat similarly. I think this buck was easily over 100”. I watched helplessly, as the buck wheeled and sprinted out of my life forever :-(
Dejected, I reversed course and slowly worked my way back towards the way I had come, glassing, grunting and occasionally rattling at several spots. At about 3 pm, I did a rattling sequence. After a few moments of nothing, I spotted a buck coming my direction. He wasn’t coming on the run, but he definitely had responded to the rattling, coming straight towards me. I slowly turned to get into shooting position, and as the buck dropped into a depression, I drew my bow. He popped into view at 20 yards and froze, head on, when he spotted me. I had never attempted the dreaded “frontal” shot before, but felt I could slip an arrow in where it needed to be. Placing my top pin on his shirt pocket, I triggered the release. Perfect! The buck wheeled and headed towards the alders behind him. He didn’t make it, piling up after only forty yards. He wasn’t the biggest buck on the island, but I was elated! My first Sitka blacktail.
I love it Troy! What a great place to hunt...
Thanks Nick. Definitely some incredibly beautiful country! Looks like you guys stacked em up......again!
Cory...Kyle swore it was his first ever miss! First, he started out that his rangefinder was fogged up. Then it was that he hit his arm. Then the wind. I finally called BS when he said something about a swarm of locusts;-)
Ha! I notice the locusts are especially bad on Kodiak this year. Sounds like you guys had a heck of a hunt.
At least I had this view while headed towards the beach
At least I had this view while headed towards the beach
After reading above about the potential bear situation, I quickly broke the buck down, loaded him in my pack and started the trek to the beach. Holy $h*t! My packed weighed well over 100 lbs! Probably at least a third of the weight was crap that I was sure that I would need in the field. Self inflicted misery aside, I’m sure glad that the guys convinced me to bring my trekking poles. They were lifesavers on the hike back. By the time I made it out, I was sweating like Mike Tyson at a spelling bee, but I DID make it!
Awesome stuff! Keep going!!
Excellent, nice shot T...
I took the second full day off to bone my deer out, but mostly trying let my tired legs and bruised ego healed up. These young pups ran circles around me, but I held up ok for being almost 59. Just glad I didn’t have to try and keep up with them!
The third morning found all of the groups hunting similar terrain. Lots of wide open flats with a few alder patches and a little broken terrain. We saw some deer right from the boat and Zach dumped me off on the beach only 60-70 yards from a nice buck chasing a doe around. They slipped up and over the top of the shelf right off the beach. I quickly buckled my release on and tried to sneak up and over the top to, hopefully get a shot at him. Unfortunately, as soon as the buck crested the rise, they made a hard left. I peeked up over the top, looking to my right and saw nothing until I turned to my left, but the buck and the doe had already spotted me and headed towards the second bench about 300-400yds away. They weren’t spooked very bad, so I gave them a little time, then slowly worked my way in their direction, straight into the wind. I soon spotted them again, along with about 7-8 other does and a couple of big forkies. My target buck kept chasing the doe around and occasionally would run one of the other suitors off. Finally, after a couple of hours, the smaller bucks gave up and decided to go find another singles bar to check out.
My target buck finally bedded in front of an alder patch, while the doe kept feeding. They were about 200 yards away, with minimal cover to utilize on my sneak. There were a couple of small humps between us that I could possibly remain somewhat hidden, but I needed the doe to bed down in order to have a chance. She fed another 20 minutes and finally bedded down in some tall grass, disappearing completely from my view. The buck was bedded broadside to me and never did doze off, but, after dumping my pack, I was able to slip forward each time that he would look away. Slowly, a few yards at a time, I was able to gain another 100 yards or so, putting me within 90 yards of him....then the doe stood up and started to feed again. I was pinned down. CRAP! The buck remained bedded and the doe stayed in basically the same spot, feeding.
Kyle had stayed at the boat today and was duck hunting. They were basically, directly behind me, probably 400-500 yds away, and every time they would shoot, the deer would look their direction, which put them looking straight towards me. The buck stood up during all the shooting. To make matters worse, I didn’t grab my rain gear when I dumped my pack, and, of course, it started to rain. After another 20 minutes or so, it finally quit raining, but between crawling through the marshy ground and the rain, I was completely soaked and shivering in 40 degree temps. The buck eased his way over towards the doe and they started to slowly move straight away from me. I figured that I had to do something pretty quickly or they would soon be gone.
There was one small hump between us, so I just decided to try and slip up behind it as quickly as I could. I slithered as fast as possible towards the hump and I couldn’t believe it when I got there without getting busted. I figured this was as close as I was going to get, so I ranged the buck at 61 yds, nocked an arrow and slipped forward onto my knees. I set my slider to 60 yds and drew back. There was a bit of a crosswind and, with the buck severely quartering away, I held my pin on his hind quarter and released. I watched as the arrow flew towards the buck and hit him right in the hind quarter. The wind had little, if any effect on the arrow. The broadhead hit just below the socket and shattered his femur, as well as angling up into his intestines and liver. He dropped, but, with some difficulty, regained his feet. He labored his way back to the same alder patch that he was bedded in front of earlier. I watched him and he finally bedded down about 90 yds from me. I decided that it might best to slip out straight away from him and circle around from behind to try and get another arrow into him. Hoping he would stay put, I made a big sweep and finally got in behind and above him, but couldn’t get a shot through the alders. Finally, I just decided to walk towards him with my bow drawn.
The wife says it’s time to shut the computer off and come to bed......Who am I to argue! Happy wife....happy life! I’ll finish it tomorrow.
Well Nick we know a bear didn’t kill him! :-) Great stuff guys!
Love those double throat patches and the facial features
Love those double throat patches and the facial features
You can see the alder patch behind me
You can see the alder patch behind me
Sorry Nick, but I’ve been gone 10 days after all!
Gotta go to work, but I’ll finish this part up, first. I don’t want to end up on Shug’s list, with him being from Jersey, and all.
I ended up having to weave my way through the alders to try and find an opening. Thankfully, the buck stayed bedded until I found a spot and slipped a final arrow through his chest. IMO, they are the prettiest of all the deer species. I took a moment to admire his markings and reflect on the hunt itself, before dragging him out of the alders.
Awesome troy!! Congrats buddy!! Two great bucks!!
Was waiting to hear about the trip! Don't need to know your "sleep habits"! Congrats on your successful trip. Sounds fun. Nice pics,too. Those are good looking deer.
Really cool pic and a couple of great bucks, Troy!
Fantastic results for a Kodiak Rookie , Troy!!
No place like Kodiak. The bears intimidate me so I’ve only rifle hunted there. Hopefully graduating to the bow in August.
Congrats Troy on the bucks and nice recap!
Of everyone on the boat, I have to say I hated Troy the most last week. Why you ask? Because while Jim and I were out there running around in the wind and rain figuring out how the hell to kill a single deer on Kodiak, Troy was tagged out watching movies and drinking hot chocolate on the boat! While we may have hunted "harder," we most definitely didn't hunt "smarter" -- Troy is a killer!!
Congrats again my friend! Way to get it done on two great deer. Hoping to share a camp again sometime down the road as it was an absolute blast!
LOL Jason! So you're saying t-roy was the biggest DIVA on the boat?! ;-)
I've really gotta do this hunt. T-roy, those pics from the plane were great! Oh... I literally LOL'd on the Mike Tyson at a spelling bee contest, comment. :)
Congratulations to all of you guys on your successes and sharing here for us to read and view!
“Why you ask?”......I’m not sure there were many guys asking that, Jason! ;-)
I had to get in on the hot chocolate early before we ran out, the way you and Zack were going through it, drinking those Burning Burros, or whatever they were called! The main reason was I was successful early was that I fell back on some of my trusty whitetail tactics, like the deadly snort-wheeze! When those failed, I turned to the “blind hog” and “$h*t house” luck systems. It was a blast sharing camp with you guys as well, Jason, and I’d love to do it again any day! Once you get your 55yd pin dialed in, you’ll be golden!
Is it true there was someone on board that can’t hunt deer, play cards or hold their liquor?
And I heard from the same source there was one guy that excelled at all three!
Once I finished taking some field photos, I decided that it would be just as easy to gut him and drag him to the beach vs packing him out on my back. A short piece of rope would have been nice for the drag (I think that was the only thing I DIDN’T have in my pack!), but other that , it was much easier to drag him the 1/4–1/2 mile out, as it was pretty much slightly downhill and flat, other than the hummocks and tussocks to contend with. The wet grass helped as well. After getting to the beach, I radioed Zach to come and get me. He and Kyle showed up shortly, and we loaded the buck into the Zodiak and found a better spot down the beach to cut him up.
Awesome stuff buddy!!
Any flaming donkeys enjoyed on this trip??????? The zacks would know ;-)’
We found a nice spot to bone my buck out and Kyle jumped right in to help me. About halfway through, Kyle looks up and says “holy crap! Look at that!”
I looked up, and this is what we saw. The boat was anchored a few hundred yards away from us, and by pure coincidence, we were in the perfect spot to capture this.
No truth to the rumor that Skittles were pouring out of the stern, though!
That’s what they were, Chris! Flaming donkeys. I knew it was equine related. I was pretty close!
Rod......I can neither confirm nor deny those rumors. Jim has sworn me to secrecy.
I know where the Skittles went t-roy.
I know what that rainbow symbol means.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
What happens on the boat stays on the boat Nick!
Troy, by the looks of that Rainbow Fantasy Ship, you were wise to bring that pie plate and extra belt!
Love the rainbow pictures! Only thing better would have been to have dressed Kia up as a leprechaun:-)
Already have a couple of high end hunts on the books for 2020. Might need another Kodiak fix...
Although my wife was just going off about all the dead animals around the house and that I need to downsize.... Hell! There’s still some white space showing on the walls???!!!
Just for the record, Kyle and I were both OFF the boat! Not 100% sure about the other guys.
A few other random pics. What an incredible place to hunt!
White space! Show her this Treeline. A friends living room in Grandby!
Downsize Treeline? I think she was referring to the size of the racks on your critters. Sounds like permission to hunt blacktails to me!
Wow Troy- those pics are spectacular! You did a great job documenting the adventure!
Just curious, would it have been possible for you to fish from the boat or maybe duck hunt after you tagged out?
I never really thought about this hunt as a possibility, but you guys have me thinking....................... ;-)
It probably won’t happen anytime soon, but maybe for my 60th birthday or my RETIREMENT present to me. : )
LOVE the pics.
Hope to be there in 2021. Also, hope for a couple of mild winters.
Perry..... yes, you can definitely fish from the boat. I fished a little bit, but only caught a couple of cod and a sculpin. One evening, the other guys caught a bunch of cod. Yes on the duck hunting as well. A couple guys did and killed some Harlequins and some Old Squaws (apologies to Jim) He kept scolding us on calling them Old Squaws. Not politically correct!! I didn’t get the duck stamps and wished I had.
Perry, The guys that tagged out early were able to do both. Even us guys that didn’t still managed to catch some fish! Not sure how the other outfitters operate, but HOC was really good about accommodating those requests!!
And yes, there were a few Flaming Donkeys (aka Burning Burros haha) consumed last week, along with plenty of beer, wine, whiskey, scotch...
You guys had too much fun!
That sounds great- thanks guys! Just another advantage of doing the boat hunt.
Zackman would do some yoga exercises each morning (and occasionally at night) to stay limber so as not to pull a hammie, or anything else. The nighttime yoga was usually incorporated with massage oils, or at least some type of liquid, to enhance its effectiveness.
Here’s a pic of one of his nighttime positions. I think he called this one “downward spiral”
Yes on the fishing and duck hunting. I caught a few fish (gray cod?), it wasn’t really that exciting. Some guys killed ducks, the main targets are Harlequin and Long Tail Ducks (oldsquaw).
Ambush—I think that guy was me. I suck at deer hunting, can’t play cards worth a damn, and don’t don’t drink. So I guess I’m “that guy”
That’s a serious yoga pose...Is that one called alcohol induced? Lol
T-Roy...That is the funniest damn thing I’ve read in a LONG time.
Those are sure gorgeous deer!! Any getting mounted?
"Downward spiral!" LMAO! Troy and his jokes are rivaling Brotsky. You guys kill me!
Ambush, I’m mounting mine!
Me too, Rod. They’re too gorgeous NOT to mount one.
I keep showing the wife pictures of “real trophy rooms” and her response is that I should consider a separate house!
My trip up there with Homer Ocean Charters didn’t result in a mountable buck but did bring back lots of great meat! Those deer are yummy!
Have had a return trip in mind since that first one. Although the boat hunt is amazingly fun, next trip will be an early season drop hunt when the bucks are in velvet and the salmon are still running. Backpack and tenting it to up the excitement level a bit:-)
"Downward Spiral". Best line on here in awhile. Congrats on a fantastic trip!
What can I say, I like to stay in shape
C’mon Zack. Time to post up the “prom” pic!!
Congrats fellas. I wish I was back this year, but I did just receive my deer back from last year's hunts. I would highly recommend a double pedestal mount!
That looks great, Nick! Love the base as well!
Beautiful mount g5! Really shows off those pretty deer!
Now, bring on the “PROM” pictures!
g5, that’s a beautiful mount!! Who did the work? Any idea what forms the deer were mounted on? That’s great work and really shows off what a Sitka BT should look like in my opinion!!
Man, that's a fantastic mount, g5!
Thanks all. The work was done by The Safari Room in Wisconsin. I have used them for several years and usually just let the be creative with my mounts. Everyone has turned out fantastic. As for the form used I am not sure but they started them off as standard upright straight wall forms then customized from there
That is a great presentation Nick, congrats on two great Bucks also!
Anyone that knows me, knows I love to deer hunt. And my favorite deer hunt—and favorite overall hunt—is Kodiak. I have been to that terrible, treacherous, breathtaking, beautiful island many times and always dread my first steps off the beach and yet can not wait until I again grace her shores.
I was not supposed to go this year, but after hunting this past November and seeing the potential for this year, I thought Midwest whitetails can wait—I’m going to Kodiak!!
We got our group together and after some last-minute shuffling (t-Roy), we were on our way from various parts of the country.
This is the first—but not last—flaming donkey of the trip. It’s the signature drink of any trip to Kodiak with me
It sounds like you guys had a great hunt in a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing it with us.
I have to ask, and please don't think I'm being critical or judgmental, but it seems these deer are awfully small to be taking 50-plus yard shots at. Are those long range shots typical and necessary due to the terrain and lack of cover to get closer?
If you think these deer are small, you have obviously never hunted them. Both bucks I shot this year weigh more than 200 pounds on the hoof. Twice the size of true Blacktails I hunt at home and more than twice the body size of Coues deer. That being said, I shot one at 21 yards and the other at 44.
For the first time, I actually had my personal hunting partner want to come hunting with me again on Kodiak. Not sure what that says about me as a hunting partner...
I met the “most interesting man in the world” in Seattle and we enjoyed our flight to anchorage with a “strategy session.”
Along the way, we met up with Kyle, Jason and Troy. Jim was already on Kodiak because he doesn’t like the rest of us and demands to travel alone.
When we landed in Kodiak, one of my friends had a sign for me. She spelled my name wrong, but I appreciated the gesture
Kodiak can be a harsh island. Make sure to bring the appropriate supplies.
Finally, Zack’s turn :-)
Matt, I thought they’d be smaller deer but they most definitely are not. I think they are closer to a “typical” mule deer in size plus they are a often LOT less skittish than mike deer (let alone whitetail) and tend to offer you a few seconds to settle the pin and take a shot. I think if you’re going to Kodiak you should be prepared for shots of those distance and use your judgement based on the situation (weather, terrain, awareness of the deer, stalkability, your comfort level, etc) as to whether to take the shot.
Once we landed on Kodiak, all 6 of us got our gear together at the hotel. We made sure we had all the appropriate tags, license, stamps, tickets, etc. and that all our stuff was ready to go for the bush flight the following morning.
Once we settled in, we hit up the fine establishment down the street. I expected to see Ed or Nick there...
Jason, the deer in the pics on this thread look a lot smaller than the Mule deer I hunt. I was just wondering if the nature of the terrain and cover dictated such long range shots. 50 yards is my max comfort range on deer, but maybe you guys are much better shots than I am.
A must for dinner while in Kodiak city
Next morning was beautiful weather so we boarded the Bush planes and took off to an amazing flight over the island
First few days were tough for me. I passed a nice buck the first afternoon, but other than that, every move I made was wrong. I felt bad for my hunting partner because I thought I was dragging him down with my calls. We had such a successful hunt the year prior, I wanted to make it even better this year.
At least Troy (a great last-minute addition to the group!) could kill bucks! Also, Kyle arrowed a great sitka that would easily make P&Y (his goal for the trip).
Also, we did catch some fish!
It was really hard roughing it on the boat...
You’re correct in your assessment, Grey Ghost.....We are.
Carry on, Zack.
On day 4, this poor buck walked in the wrong direction and nearly stepped on us. I happened to be the shooter. We watched him fall quickly.
This is the widest buck I have ever personally seen on Kodiak at just over 20” outside. Luck was on my side that day and after several trips, I finally arrowed a buck that measured more than 100” gross.
We got back to the boat in time to enjoy some rare sunshine and give me a moment to save a cape for a good buddy in need of one
We found this brown bear cub skeleton near the beach one day. First time I have seen that on Kodiak
On the next-to-last day, my partner in crime arrowed a beautiful 3x3 that is in the mid 90s. That is 3 bucks in two years for him that make P&Y!
Things were starting to turn in our favor.
The last day of our hunt was very windy but had some sunshine. We didn’t make it far from the beach before we ran into deer. After circling a few small ridges, we ended up just above our target buck. He was still bedded and I thought this was going to work out perfect.
Right then, a doe skirted out from right underneath us and I thought we were about to be busted so I shot too quickly. I know better because I have hunted Sitkas enough to know to take the extra couple seconds instead of rushing the shot. I didn’t hold enough wind and hit the buck behind the last rib.
He went about 150 yards before laying down and I figured we’d just wait an hour and then go in a get him. About that time, I looked down the ridge line and saw the biggest bear in my life working our way.
He was about 400 yards and working right toward the blood trail of the buck I just shot. Before hitting the blood trail, he lifted his monstrous head and started sniffing the wind. Without warning, he ran several hundred yards up and over the ridge behind us. I thought that was a lucky turn of events and we went back to eating lunch and waiting.
Before I finished my sandwich, I looked over my shoulder and saw a large ball of brown hair running back over the ridge with something in its mouth. It had picked up the smell from the buck we had killed the day before and ran about 1/2 a mile to snag the carcass. I knew the paltry amount left on the bones wouldn’t keep him entertained for long, so I decided—against my better judgement—to move in on the buck right away.
Luckily, we were able to sneak in on the buck and I put another arrow in it. It’s amazing to me that the buck looked like it was near death, but when I put that second arrow in its chest, it tore off at an unbelievable speed and crashed through brush for 100 yards before leaping off the small cliff and crashing onto the rocks of the beach.
With a 1000-pound bear only a few hundred yards away I wasn’t prepared to wrestle, I called for pickup with the skiff to relocate to cut up the buck.
Taxi service away from mean bears
Another buck that grosses just over 100” and should net in the very high 90s.
Both bucks I shot this trip just as easily could have—and probably should have—been killed by my buddy. Two weeks of hunting together on Kodiak these past two years and we have arrowed 6 bucks with an average score of 95”. It has been a blast!
It’s great to hunt with people who make things fun and successful. I have been very lucky on all my Kodiak hunts to have that. Hope it can continue next year...
2 dandys, Zack...congrats!
Great deer and recap.
But I gotta ask- what is in a flaming donkey? Some kind of alcoholic hot chocolate?
Well done, guys! Can't wait to go myself.
What a deer slaying Duo! Congrats again guys. Hopefully I’ll be back sooner than later with my “Pack B#$+h” Mark.
Flaming Donkey = Hot Chocolate and any form of Baileys one can find. The official drink of Kodiak. ;)
Awesome Zack! Those are some great bucks. Already counting the days!
Two parts hot chocolate, one part Baileys. Alter proportions as needed
And there it is!!! Hot ass I mean flaming donkey lol
Very cool, great job guys!
Great trip guys! Thanks for sharing. Excellent recaps and photos. Congrats!
Great bucks and stories from the boat crew.
Another awesome Kodiak recap! Congratulations guys!
2021, we're in! Now, we just need two mild winters (that's what I've heard). :)
^^link ^^ Anybody remember the scene from the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest where they were on the fishing charter boat?
The wild success of the Kodiak Capers is encouraging some real personalities to want to join the crew!
And still, no “prom” pictures!
On a boat full of guys, either Zack dressed up real purty or maybe an inflatable date???
Sorry to disappoint everyone, but in order to see the “prom pic” you have to be apart of the Kodiak group. Despite all the pitfalls, there are perks to hunting with me!
I have the “prom” pic in my archives, treeline. I was just trying to give Zack time to come clean. Maybe they have since broken up? I wouldn’t want to be accused of dredging up any sensitive issues.
How bout it, Zack??!! ;-)
There has to be some secrecy of goings on during the Kodiak hunts. You guys were privy to previous years stories, pics and videos. It is only fair that those in my Kodiak groups have some sense of privacy and privy to others delinquent behavior.
Fair enough, Zack. I did, after all, take a blood oath. (the scar is healing nicely)
I guess the “What happens in Kodiak” adage should apply in this instance as well. However, if you ever decide to run for political office and change your party affiliation.......all bets are off! ;-)
"personalities"...that's a very nice way of putting it Ambush! :-)
I consider myself "part of the group" since I've been there and I started this thread. I DESERVE a text pic at a minimum...
Not sure you can handle it Kota...once you have seen it you can’t unsee it!
You are apart of the group. Past participants count because I told stories about you to this year’s group! You will get a side text
Be careful, Troy! Zack had a long list of things that will prevent you from getting invited back. I’m fairly certain “posting the prom pic” is on that list!!
Is that how he positioned it? Truth is, guys with any sense whatsoever don't hunt with Zach on Kodiak more than once.
I can't wait until my return trip next November.
Any corn fields on Kodiak?
No corn fields, only corn feeders.
HOLY...You guys were right. That image has been burned into my mind for eternity.
Welcome to the “prom picture” club, Cory! LOL
You, Shawn and JP are the only ones without sense because you come back with me!
But I have watched all of you guys shoot a bunch of bucks on Kodiak as I stood right next to you...
Great recaps, guys! I want to do this in '21 too, but have a serious question: how "rolly" is the boat at night? I have an inner ear issue that causes the worst seasickness in history.
Bunch of killers! Counting down the days until November '21
That would depend on the weather. However, I have spent a lot of nights on the boat over the years and have never had an issue. The bush flight in is usually more of an issue than anytime on the boat
Thanks, Zack. I can handle couple hour bush flights with the infamous "vomit watch" electric relief band that zaps the Neguan Point in my wrist. But it wouldn't be practical for overnight. I need to think about that, but this hunt is on top of my bucket list.
Zack probably isn’t the best guy to ask about the sleeping conditions on the boat. It’s easy to sleep through any conditions when yer almost comatose;-)
Lou.....like Zack said, it wasn’t bad the nights I was on the boat. The only time I had any issues was one day that I was trimming meat. It was a bit rough and I got a little queasy for a time. The patches are supposed to work really well from what I’ve heard. I didn’t try them.
I also sat next to a fishing charter boat captain on my flight home. I quizzed him on the best remedy for sea sickness. He said they’ve found a cure for it...... You simply lean up against a tree! 8-}
Is everyone just going to Kodiak to see the prom pics or is there any deer hunting involved? :-)
Lou, building on what Zack and Troy said, the captain will usually find a cove to tuck in for the night out of the wind. Most nights you wouldn’t even be able to tell you were on a boat, and it never got bad enough that you really noticed it. A couple of nights you could tell the boat was rocking a little more (you could hear waves rolling into the side of the boat or a door might swing open and closed) but it was usually very, very mild. The crew does a good job trying to keep it that way at night.
Lou, Just take a pup tent and they can drop you off to sleep on the beach every night. :-)
Looking forward to Nov. 2021....come on global warming!
The patch is incredible. We took a boat all the way from Kodiak to the south end in March, it was a 10 hour trip and I was nervous because I get sea sick easy. I made sure I had a patch on well in advance and throughout the trip. The only time I got sick is when the patch came off while sleeping and I didn't realize it. I didn't puke, but I sure as hell was in no mood to go do anything physical. As odd as it sounds, we didn't bring any alcohol so it wasn't a hangover :)
If you get sea sick and even if you don't, the patch is worth it... You'll need an Rx for it, but any Dr. should be able to get you a script.
You are close to being apart of the Kodiak group. You will get to see the prom pic soon
My bucket list is now coming along nicely lol
Nick, that whole story is not believable simply because of the statement “we didn’t bring any alcohol”
This statement has now cast a dark cloud of doubt over the truthfulness of any past or future post from you! ;)
Nick obviously doesn’t follow my shopping list for Kodiak boat hunts
Haha, oddly enough we don't bring much if any alcohol on our fly out hunts. Usually just enough to celebrate a little after we kill something. But when we get back into town, look out :) People wake up in bath tubs, take cabs just to get McD's, miss flights and I even heard a story of one guy waking up in a wheelbarrow.
Nick and I have turned over a new leaf. We are not drinking in Reno this year.
Kota, you sit on a throne of lies!!!!
You guys staying in Sparks or Tahoe Cory? :-)
Thanks, guys. I've done some major vomiting while wearing the patch while also taking a prescription at the same time. The only thing that seems to work for me is the electric device. I get so sick I'd throw myself at a bear to be eaten and end it all....
I've been twice now. Only time I was close to losing my breakfast was the float plane ride to the boat the first time, but it was also my first time on any type of small plane.... The boat isn't bad at night, unless your in a typhoon, then it can move a bit :) We had a few "heavy" gusts hit the boat while there this year. I think the highest one was 73 mph, can't remember for sure.
I’ve spent a month on the boat. I tend to get seasick but haven’t had an issue there. Once the wind shifted at night while motoring back up to Kodiak and we had to go out in open water. Roark didn’t look too scared so I thought we might live. I didn’t get too sick because I had to hold my buddy’s belt to keep him from going overboard. He was out of it.
Have wondered about the seasick thing, but figured they were always in a cove...Nice!
Great stories and pics bring back great memories from last year...congrats to all!
I highly recommend the WWO Kodiak Boat Fox Hunt.....a highly coveted tag...reach out to Zack to get in on this ASAP!
"We are not drinking in Reno this year."... but 2021, look out!
Careful Mark...I think there's video footage of the fox hunt floating around out there! :)
I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of said video
"the sun was in our eyes":):)
That explains it, Mark. From the shots I saw in the video, it sure LOOKED like you guys had your eyes closed! ;-)
For the Kodiak veterans....at what point in the winter or spring is the threat of a major winter kill over?
I’m far from a veteran, but in my experience harsh times in February, March and April is what kills deer. If they have a lot of snow throughout the winter, deer can survive pretty well. If they have cold, snowy early spring months that freeze the ground and make finding food difficult, deer die.
If the winter is fairly mild, usually by mid Feb you can have a pretty good idea of what the deer herd will look like the following fall—baring some sort of freak late spring...