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    Default Kodiak/Afognak Deer

    Will be heading down that way soon - anyone have recent information on how the season is progressing? Sounds like it is a low snow year, are the deer still up high or have they started moving down?

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    Was on lower Malina lake October 25-November 9 bear hunting. We started seeing deer the last week we were there from the valley floor all the way to the ridge-tops. I think we saw 13 deer in all (I know, not a lot), only 2 of which were does. Of the remaing deer seen, only 2 were confirmed spikes, all the others were 2+ points, with a couple really nice ones spotted. The day before we left, the camp at the other end of the lake took a deer we could see in the spotting scope. I know some friends that hunted Zachar bay recently, and they had some good success. Hope that helps.

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    I just drove back from Kodiak..
    with 12 deer in the back of my truck

    when I left, still no pushing snow on the hills (mountains)
    I climbed from 2500 to 3200 ft to get my deer.

    did see a number of deer, and took two bucks
    1 "nice' and 1 "oh my Goddd..."

    So, it depends on where you are and if there is "enough" snow

    otherwise climb sweat and hunt

    calling is very effective right now both on does and bucks
    doesn't seem to work on younger deer though
    we had several we watched and called to just ignore us and one even beded downed in front of us


    good luck and let us know how you did


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    Great report! Thanks

    Got any photos to share with us guys wishing we could go?

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    20133 Kodiak 023.jpg


    this work for ya as a start?

    had to make a running 150 yard shot...

    that red mark on nose is the exit,,, entrance just behind right ear

    easy tracking

    Chris

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    the buck in the photo - I called in and watched him come for 45 minutes...

    1st time heard a deer wheeze/snort...(sounds like "ehhhhhhhhh -hiccup)
    he did this about every third step...

    just when he got where I could get clear shot, he took off running... then it was over
    (some old habits come in handy- learning to shoot running rabbit with a 22 rifle/handgun as a kid an
    d the behind the ear shot from another time another place)

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    tried duplicating the wheeze/snort two days later and almost got overran by a small buck..
    he came in that fast...

    best call seemed to be a higher pitched doe bleat, with two to three calls and a short break, then repeat till deer come in..

    warning- does come a stomping, bucks normally came in strolling/looking for love

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    Default Nice buck

    Congrat,s on a nice buck.Did you see any bear,s while you were there.

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    yes!!!

    some were still fishing- yes, into November!!!!!
    one stream still had silvers coming in... they looked a little beat, but still swimming

    and with no snow, bears out doing what bears do

    from shore all the way to about 3000 feet
    did not see any up high - 'pre-den stage' like have in the past

    most lower level seemed to be small boars and sows w/cubs

    All berry bushs were cleaned really well also.

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    Beautiful buck and great shot!

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    Nice buck you got there Chris!
    I don't think all bears on Kodiak Island go into hibernation, and some will go and walk around during the winter. I've seen bear tracks in waist deep snow over there before.
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    We were from Uganik to Shuyak the last week of October thru November 5th. My boy shot two bucks and a doe, I whacked a doe and a fawn. Had room for another but never found it. All in all we did better than any other party on the boat. Lots of deer, but very windy and tough hunting.
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    Dave,

    I waved at you as you all exited the ferry..(I am pretty sure anyway)

    Was standing by that big Yella truck

    Glad you all got some deer.

    By me going down to Deadmans Bay..
    we excaped part of the crowd and seen what I call on average a better class of deer

    Chris

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    Dave,

    which boat you all go out with?

    I haven't done a real boat based hunt yet.
    won't discuss fiasco three year ago with Bear out of Valdez

    Chris

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    I was on the Venturess out of Homer. Boat was in Kodiak so we hunted then brought her back.
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    then I appolgize- it wasn't you I waved oo.

    No wonder they looked at me strangly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by akgun&ammo View Post
    Dave,

    I waved at you as you all exited the ferry..(I am pretty sure anyway)

    Was standing by that big Yella truck

    Glad you all got some deer.

    By me going down to Deadmans Bay..
    we excaped part of the crowd and seen what I call on average a better class of deer

    Chris
    Hi Chris, did you stay at the refuge cabin? Did you have a boat? Robert

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    I go with tom Kirstien there in Deadman's Bay..

    he's got all the equipment to make the deer hunt very enjoyable.

    and I don't have to fly in extra trips for gear, or boat and motor, ect

    I personally believe my way is cheaper on the wallet, then a DIY style hunt.

    Pay for one flight in, and one flight out

    PM me iffen you want more info.

    Chris

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