Myself and hunting partner John went down on the 28th of Oct. a day later than originally scheduled because of wind. We were scheduled for 6 days but stayed 8 due to more wind. We took my ak series raft and outboard however we did not get much opportunity to use it more wind. Did I mention the wind blew. The wind blew but we only donned raingear for parts of two days so I call that a great Kodiak trip when talking about weather. We were down where the chryptorchids are unusually common and half of the (7 bucks harvested Proxy in hand)were without danglers. None showed the real strange antler formations I have seen on other trips, and two were sniffing around a doe then harvested to reveal no lower units. I took the largest Buck I have taken of probably 40 or more over the years. I am still waiting for that perfect 5x5, but he is very wide, heavy, and palmated as well as huge bodied.
John had not taken blacktails before and took a real nice 4x4 buck.
We saw a lot more young deer than older mature bucks in fact only one older buck we saw eluded us. I was shooting my ruger compact in .308 with 165 Gr. trophy tips which are a new bullet for me. Recovered one from a buck after it had went through his neck and full length of his body and was very impressed with the bullet performance.
I also took my new ruger model 96 in 22 mag for foxes and we were each able to take a fox with it using 50 gr. hollow points. Mine was a really cool colored big male cross, and Johns was a red female. The 22 mag proved to be great for this size critter as I have always shot them before with .308 FMJ's.
I shot a buck on the same patch of fern that I shot one some 12 to 15 yrs. ago the last time I hunted this location which was kind of a cool flashback as I knelt down under the same alder for a rest.
We cooked and camped in my 8 man guide model with big vestibule and slept in the Trango 4, might have been a little overkill for 2 guys but it made for a comfy camp. I picked this drop off because of the excellent sheltered camp spot so the wind was never an issue for the tents.
Rolan and family at Seahawk as always performed their job flawlessly.