Just wrapped up a great, tough DG 471 hunt on Kodiak; tough weather and tough country, but a really great time. This is a walk-in unit with no alpine lakes to drop into. The hike starts on the salt many miles from the shaggy white guys. Once up high through the thick alders and pucker brush, things get easier.
I did this hunt with my son from Fairbanks, my wife and a close friend who has wanted to see AK. He was kind to photo the hunt and haul with the best of them.
We ended up hiking about 22 miles overall and saw about ten bears but had no problems with the big guys. The humpy run down low was thick as were the salmon berries in the sub alpine zone.
The unit's billy goats are plentiful, but low ceiling and their staying in extremely rugged country made it a real challenge to get into a couple of likely ten inch billies I had spotted.
Crampons/climbing gear would have helped, but weather was the biggest obstacle. Huntable time amounted to about 18 hours out of five days.
In the end, I managed to take a nice billy, a bit under nine inches with good mass and a nice hide for August.
Roland from Seahawk was a total pro as usual...
Many thanks to some forum members who helped make this dream a reality...
TBinKodiak, BRWNBR (Jake), Whitepalm, also John Crye, head bio from Kodiak F&G--a total class act. AK is lucky to have such a knowledgeable and helpful biologist.
One more thing... I made one HUGE mistake on this hunt. I forgot my old-school compass.
Overall, we had three GPS units and two with us on the day the billy was killed. After field dressing and starting the hike back to our camp a wicked rain/pea soup fog set in and we literally hiked in circles for hours as the GPS units consistently lied to us switching back and forth to which way our camp was. The packs were heavy; we were soaked and exhausted and miles from warm tents and food.
Ultimately we finally managed to see a drainage/landmark and get our bearings and back to our camp just as darkness was setting in. It was really a reminder how easy things can go wrong.
Don't forget the old-fashioned compass, especially on Kodiak!