Kodiak Island Deer Die Off!!Contributors to this thread:
hunt forever 19-May-20
Mountain sheep 19-May-20
HUNT MAN 19-May-20
Nick Muche 19-May-20
Rut Nut 19-May-20
Rut Nut 20-May-20
hunt forever 20-May-20
From: hunt forever
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.
From: Mountain sheep
Sad, nature has her way though.
ugh, not what I want to hear.
From: HUNT MAN
I have been hearing the same. Seems to be the cycle up there . Hunt
What part of the island?
Go figure....the minute I booked hunt this was a guarantee.
Just the natural cycle up there. It will be back. The south end usually fares better if you are already booked.
From: Nick Muche
No worries, Brotsky, next winter will be worse. :-)
We'll just have a very expensive fishing trip! ...and there's ducks.
I do want a harlequin for my wall :)
no lie, Justin and Nick. Bout par for the course for me too.
If half the deer died... it'll still be a great hunt. Ed F
Am I in the minority that expected massive die-offs this past year when a huge bowsite crew went there?
From: Rut Nut
LOL! : )
Thankfully, Treeman went with us....That might help a little bit on the Spring survival numbers. ;-)
Based on past experience, I don't think Treeman's presence on the island affects numbers one bit either way. :)
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.
You guys are mean.
I love it....
Good thing the season is getting cancelled this year due to the pandemic. :)
I didn't even know there were deer on Kodiak...
From: Rut Nut
Wow- tough crowd! Gotta remember to put one more item on the gear list for Kodiak if hunting with Bowsiters: BIG BOY undies! ;-)
I prefer to think of myself as a true conservationist. I ate all my deer tags in anticipation of a bad winter.
All about the comradery.... right Jim? heheheheheh.....
From: hunt forever
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.
I get no respect! Take my wife, please...
You’re a regular “Henny Dangerfield”, Jim!
I prefer to go by my stage name “Rodney Youngman”, but good try!
I’m going either way!
I'll know at 10am tomorrow if I'm going or not... Wy elk results might get in the way. Ed F
I'm with Zackman, deer on Kodiak?
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.
Any new updates on how the deer fared over the winter?
Prob Covid related
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.