Enclosed is a posting from Blacktail Bob on the hunting forum Bowsite. He is not painting a great picture of future hunts on Kodiak. I was on the Island hunting November of 2011 and did very well. I was planning on returning for the 2014 season but would like to know of those who hunted this year if the rebound will take longer from what the hunters had experienced out in the Bush from this year?
"Thanks to all. I wish I had Dan's skills at finding Sitka's on POW Island. Iím just back from there with no luck after a week of hunting in the rain. Others are killing good bucks on POW though.
I killed No. 50 while on an unsuccessful bear hunt on the Spirdon River, Kodiak Island. I was in the field 13 days and saw only the one mature buck. I saw 5 other small 2 year old bucks. When deer numbers are good, I'll see 40 bucks a day. The winter kill last year was very, very bad. I'm estimating mortality on bucks at around 90%.
Frank Noska, a close bow hunting buddy here in Wasilla, hunted a full week and did not see a deer for the entire week. Dr. Jack Frost did his annual hunt and flew the island for several days in his Super Cub. He put mortality at 80 to 90% overall. These guys are not greenhorns. They represent the elite of Alaskan Bowhunters and if they canít find deer, the deer are just not there.
ADF&G has said they think mortality was about 35%. Thatís from calling lodges and talking to flight services. I guess talking with folks with skin in the game of selling hunts and flights makes more sense to them than getting out in the field or talking with hunters. I heard of one guide who cancelled all his 2012 deer hunts and refunded deposits to clients. I guess ADF&G didn't talk with that guy.
Anyway. Thanks again. I was very lucky to kill a nice 4x3 that will score about 93 1/2. I was sitting a salmon stream waiting for a bear to walk by. I thought the chances of killing a bear were way higher than killing a good buck.