I figured I would post up a quick report of my deer hunt on opening day for those planning on coming to Kodiak to chase deer this year. I got to the top of the mountain I was hunting in the fog and after a quick snack the sun started breaking through so I found a good spot to glass and immediately started seeing small bucks and does. After about two hours of glassing I decided to chase after a younger buck that was with two other forked horns below me about 800ft. I set up on a rock outcropping 135 yards out and was waiting for the bigger one to get up out of his bed when he threw up his head and started looking below. Within a minute an average size brown bear lumbered out and slowly fed on berries while he made his way closer and closer to the deer. I was surprised to see that the deer didnt get up and move as they watched the bear from their bed for 45 minutes as the bear made his way closer and closer to them. During this time I decided that I wasnt going to come all this way and have the bear mess up my stalk so I made a plan. When the bear got to about 60 yards below the deer they began to get nervous and got up to run. I put the cross hairs on the one I wanted and fired a shot. As I lifted my head from the scope I saw the deer drop and the bear with all 4 paws a foot in the air startled. I immediately fired another round into the dirt and started yelling, he tucked tail and took off down the mountain with no issues.
I spent that night in my new Shangri-La 3 tent and am completely sold on the floorless tents. I wish I would have been using one earlier as I've spent alot of uncomfortable nights in ultralight ultra small mountaineering tents that weigh just as much as the Shangri-La system im using now. I left the nest at home and just used the fly and a custom small nest from Bearpaw designs that seemed to work really well together. I found this system through AlaskaLanche's old posts and have to say that it's a great setup.
As far as the deer numbers on the island go, I hunt the same area every August and the numbers I saw are on par with what i've seen in the past. I did notice, however, that there were not very many does with fawns out like I usually see so I'd imagine the fawns might have taken a beating this last winter. I spoke with Andrew Airways to set up a trip with them this November and they spoke about seeing good numbers of deer throughout the island on their flights. It seems like those of you planning trips out here this year for deer
should be good to go and hopefully have good hunts. Good luck!