This is a bit late but better than not at all I suppose.
I was invited to go along on a trip to Kodiak to hunt for blacktails earlier this fall and was excited to go, as I've never been there before. We had plans and things were all set up but the air service cancelled our trip due to the owner of the cabin suddenly saying no one could use the cabin that week due to his family coming. We had several go arounds with the air service before moving on to another and finally finding a place to go kind of last minute.
After some weather delays, we were finally able to get over to Larson Bay. We were staying with Kodiak Charters and with only a couple hours to hunt left in the day, they were willing to take us down the road and drop us for a quick hunt. So we grabbed gear quickly and off we went, climbing upward through the thick brush.
We finally came to some openings and spotted some deer here and there. As we were looking and glassing, a forked horn steps out and Jerome, or Kotton, as many know him here, puts him down. We were pretty happy to get a deer down with only 2 hours of hunting left in the day. We got the deer down off the mountain and headed in for dinner, which was great.
I've never gone on a hunt like this before where so much is taken care of for you. It was nice not having to worry about food at all, just concentrate on hunting!
The next day was stormy as all get out, we got dropped off on the other side of the bay and it was starting to blow hard as we reached timberline. We had to hold up for a while cause the snow was just blinding. We finally decided to push on and move with the wind at our backs so we could at least see and then try and tuck into a side valley. The wind died down after a bit and we stopped and ate some lunch. The deer started moving as the weather subsided and we soon spotted a buck below us chasing a doe. I moved on him and was setup for a shot but I couldn't see his head and even if he was in fact the buck. No shot... So I gave chase and never could find them so I went back up to Jerome and started looking and out they came into an opening. I setup again and the shot was 240 yards downhill. I settled on him and missed with the first shot and nailed him hard with the second shot.
Here's both of our first bucks below.