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Kodiak Island Deer Die Off!!
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Contributors to this thread:
hunt forever 19-May-20
Mountain sheep 19-May-20
midwest 19-May-20
HUNT MAN 19-May-20
MTNRCHR 19-May-20
t-roy 19-May-20
Brotsky 19-May-20
nmwapiti 19-May-20
Nick Muche 19-May-20
midwest 19-May-20
Brotsky 19-May-20
iceman 19-May-20
BOWUNTR 19-May-20
APauls 19-May-20
Rut Nut 19-May-20
t-roy 19-May-20
kota-man 19-May-20
IdyllwildArcher 19-May-20
Matt 19-May-20
Brotsky 19-May-20
Zackman 19-May-20
Rut Nut 20-May-20
JTreeman 20-May-20
TD 20-May-20
hunt forever 20-May-20
JTreeman 20-May-20
t-roy 20-May-20
JTreeman 20-May-20
TEmbry 21-May-20
BOWUNTR 21-May-20
Fuzzy 21-May-20
MathewsMan 28-Jun-20
t-roy 28-Jun-20
Huntiam 29-Jun-20
Shuteye 30-Jun-20
From: hunt forever
19-May-20
Im seeing more reports coming in of a massie deer die off on Kodiak this past winter. People are reporting seeing 50+ dead on a single outing. The numbers were doing so good last summer.

19-May-20
Sad, nature has her way though.

From: midwest
19-May-20
ugh, not what I want to hear.

From: HUNT MAN
19-May-20
I have been hearing the same. Seems to be the cycle up there . Hunt

From: MTNRCHR
19-May-20
Probably Covid...

From: t-roy
19-May-20
What part of the island?

From: Brotsky
19-May-20
Go figure....the minute I booked hunt this was a guarantee.

From: nmwapiti
19-May-20
Just the natural cycle up there. It will be back. The south end usually fares better if you are already booked.

From: Nick Muche
19-May-20

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Nick Muche's embedded Photo

From: midwest
19-May-20
No worries, Brotsky, next winter will be worse. :-)

We'll just have a very expensive fishing trip! ...and there's ducks.

From: Brotsky
19-May-20
I do want a harlequin for my wall :)

From: iceman
19-May-20
no lie, Justin and Nick. Bout par for the course for me too.

Jared

From: BOWUNTR
19-May-20
If half the deer died... it'll still be a great hunt. Ed F

From: APauls
19-May-20
Am I in the minority that expected massive die-offs this past year when a huge bowsite crew went there?

From: Rut Nut
19-May-20
LOL! : )

From: t-roy
19-May-20
Thankfully, Treeman went with us....That might help a little bit on the Spring survival numbers. ;-)

From: kota-man
19-May-20
Based on past experience, I don't think Treeman's presence on the island affects numbers one bit either way. :)

19-May-20
I talked with a guy I know who lives on Kodiak and he said their late-season snow was horrible and he's seeing dead deer all over. It's a real bummer.

From: Matt
19-May-20
You guys are mean.

I love it....

From: Brotsky
19-May-20
Good thing the season is getting cancelled this year due to the pandemic. :)

From: Zackman
19-May-20
I didn't even know there were deer on Kodiak...

From: Rut Nut
20-May-20
Wow- tough crowd! Gotta remember to put one more item on the gear list for Kodiak if hunting with Bowsiters: BIG BOY undies! ;-)

From: JTreeman
20-May-20
I prefer to think of myself as a true conservationist. I ate all my deer tags in anticipation of a bad winter.

—Jim

From: TD
20-May-20
All about the comradery.... right Jim? heheheheheh.....

From: hunt forever
20-May-20
Most of the observations have been closer to Kodiak. I havent heard of any reports on the south end of the island. We should know more by July. The young and old die first so there should still be young bucks.

From: JTreeman
20-May-20
I get no respect! Take my wife, please...

—Jim

From: t-roy
20-May-20
You’re a regular “Henny Dangerfield”, Jim!

From: JTreeman
20-May-20
I prefer to go by my stage name “Rodney Youngman”, but good try!

—Jim

From: TEmbry
21-May-20
I’m going either way!

From: BOWUNTR
21-May-20
I'll know at 10am tomorrow if I'm going or not... Wy elk results might get in the way. Ed F

From: Fuzzy
21-May-20
I'm with Zackman, deer on Kodiak?

lol

From: MathewsMan
28-Jun-20
We will be hunting 11/2 through 11/12 and chasing Goats, deer fox, ducks and have a caribou tag just in case it’s needed.

From: t-roy
28-Jun-20
Any new updates on how the deer fared over the winter?

From: Huntiam
29-Jun-20
Prob Covid related

From: Shuteye
30-Jun-20
We have die off here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland from time to time. When we have a hot, dry summer is when it happens. About September the deer gather near the water holes to drink. There are tiny midges around the water holes. They land on the deer's nose and that causes an infection. The deer will die in a few days. Sometimes they die right in the water hole or very close. A couple years ago I had nine dead deer in a few acres around a waterhole on my property. The deer population bounces right back though.

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