I am heading with 2 buddies to fish the Karluk River on Kodiak Island in 2 weeks. The primary focus of the trip is fly fishing, but I am starting to get the itch to do some deer hunting. I have read through the past threads, but only found 1 that discussed the Karluk. I would probably only hunt the last 3 days of the trip (8 days), because I don't want to transport the meat to multiple camps along the river. We will be floating the entire river and camping along the way, but focusing primarily between the portage and the lagoon.
Has anyone hunted the Karluk River valley or Kodiak in mid-October?
1) Is it worth it to try for blacktails or should I focus on fishing?
2) What elevation did you find the deer that time of year? I would expect them to be high still, but just curious.
3) What do you suggest doing with the meat if I am successful? I would think it is pretty difficult to keep the meat from the bears near the river, but I am not sure. Anyone have any experience with this?
4) Any other suggestions? I have never hunted blacktails, but have experience on bear, moose, and caribou hunts.
Thanks for the help and I will post some pictures when we get back.