Looking at booking a Kodiak Blacktail hunt for next year. Anyone have any recommendations as to outfitters? I have read deer numbers are down.
We went with Ninilchik in November of this year. They are a transporter, but we fished and had the option to duck hunt. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.Exploring all options. Just want to have a great experience. Love the DIY….. but if a guided deal opens the door to fishing or duck hunting that would be great. Love doing the work, don’t need our hand held. Don’t have aspirations of shooting the biggest black tail that exist just want a kodiak experience. Never been to Alaska. Hunted a lot out west and have been in grizzly country.
I've been twice with ninilchik last year was a little poor due to the winter kill the year prior. Ninilchik runs a great outfit. Highly recommend.We went with Ninilchik in November of this year. They are a transporter, but we fished and had the option to duck hunt. Feel free to message me if you have any questions.
I completely agree that’s it’s addictive. It’s an adventure that’s completely doable every year.I was there last year can't wait to go back. that said I'm not going back until the deer come back. last year was a wreck on the north end of the island and got a little better the farther south you went.
My sources say this year was a little better but the winter has already set in and they're worried it could be another deer killer. wait until late spring to make plans .
I plan on burning some points the next couple Novembers then I'm going back to Kodiak every year until I'm too old. it's addictive .
They had some early snow that freaked them all out. It’s way too early to tell how the winter will shape up down there.kinda strange......huh tog?
An exceptional slew of records has tumbled in the wake of extreme warmth, with highs up to 45 degrees above average. Kodiak soared to 67 degrees on Sunday, while other towns are experiencing anomalous rain.www.seattletimes.com
What a lame replyI guess californians don't understand weather can change .
It has warmed up but the warmer air has piled up a lot of snow in places so it's way to early to tell as I said.
No matter what the weather does the only place I'd go for the next year or two would be the southern end of the island. the guys who went there got better bucks than we were seeing around Old Harbor and the north and west side guys got squat. I plan on waiting until the deer rebound then hitting it every year. and the deer will rebound because the weather is the only thing they have to survive .
Holy cow. I went in 2018 and had seen 2 grizz before I ever saw a deer. my hunting partner and I quit counting the number of grizz we saw on Wednesday - mid way thru trip - at 22.Hunted on Kodiak 4x. All in November and had great hunts each time. Not a single bear seen in over 20 days afield. The tricky part can be getting in or out if weather comes in. You can check out Clay Robert’s of Big Wild outfitters on Kodiak. Their camp is on Kaiugnak bay. The former outfitter was who we hunted with out of that very same camp. Good luck!!
There are no grizz on kodiak.Holy cow. I went in 2018 and had seen 2 grizz before I ever saw a deer. my hunting partner and I quit counting the number of grizz we saw on Wednesday - mid way thru trip - at 22.
We also saw a bunch of deer but the grizz population was plenty healthy. The big one (at least it looked big at that moment) that stood up out of the alders at 30y and stared at me nearly caused a pair of my underwear to be left on the island.
No science needed. Find yourself close to both and you’ll see the difference haha.You have to follow the latest science, Homer. After the Endangered Species Act, scientists came under pressure to find sub species that needed protection. For example, you'd think a Sockeye Salmon would be a Sockeye Salmon, but no. You can't mix salmon from one river with salmon from another river. That would be too easy. California just recognized that summer run steelhead are different than winter run steelhead in the same river and you can't mix them.
I think it's fluid and often depends on the whim of the biologists and what their agenda is. When it came time to reintroduce wolves in the lower 48 there was no such thing as a Canadian wolf. A wolf is a wolf.The Kodiak is a grizzly subspecies according to the Alaska game dept. so.....
Great info here for you guys looking to go…I've used that Larson Bay lodge- they are alright. Not fully guided, they will drop you off and pick you up...or you can hunt right out of the lodge. Cheap- $2400 or so.
Mostly I just hire a pilot to drop us off....I've done 4 of those and prefer it. The only bad hunt I've had on Kodiak was trying to split elk and whitetail seasons going in mid October- bad time frame. The bucks are laying low- no rut like in Nov....and no chowing down in the high country like in Aug-September.
I'm headed to another island with 6 buddies in August to bow hunt and fish. Its a friend of a friend with a new lodge there, if its good I will report back.
I'm curious what is driving your prediction that this year will be tougher?Deer took it pretty hard according to the guides I know. last year was tough this one will be tougher.
I'm going to give it a couple years and go back regardless. I'm getting old enough I only have so many DIY hunts in that country left.
-52F wind chills???I'm late in on this thread and maybe you've already decided what you're going to do but we went with Homer Ocean Charters and had a great hunt. Had no issues getting all of our deer. Was there for Thanksgiving 2011. Had horrible weather and -52 windchill Temps but was way fun when you could get out.
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