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    I've seen plenty of bucks here in southeast, have never been to Kodiak (yet) but have seen the beautiful deer the island produces. Come to think of it though, I have never seen any pictures of bucks taken from Montague Island, or Prince William Sound. Was wondering if anyone has any pictures they'de like to share of bucks taken from PWS? Curious about the genetics in that area, and if they produce large bucks similar to southeast or Kodiak.

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    The bucks I have seen and taken in the sound have been small. Big ones seem to be few and far between
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    I got this one on Montague this November

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    PWS tends to produce heavy forked bucks, but rarely will you see bucks with 4-5 points per side like you might find on Kodiak or Southeast. They've got good sized bodies on the mature bucks, but heavy forks or more spindly 3x3s is the norm for larger deer in the Sound.

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    PWS bucks tend to be stout and fatty but rarely grow more than two points on each side. I saw a big 4x4 come from Monty 3 years ago, and a smaller one that could have been a beast if it was fully mature this year. Some have eyeguards and some don't. Often their antlers will be so small relative to their body size that they will look a bit odd.


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    Here's a few for you.

    First two are Hawkins Is bucks
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    Two more from Hawkins Is.
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    And a couple from Hinchinbrook.
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    few bucks from PWS, the one with nubs was a old buck, Biggest bodied I had seen, grey face, teeth wore to the gums.. all broke off.. He was a scrapper..

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    Thanks for posting all the pictures guys! Those are definitely some heavy symmetrical forkys; nice looking deer. They all seem to be consistently wide as well. Do many people hunt alpine up there? Or is the hunting pressure mainly during the fall?

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    The locals out of Cordova do a lot of alpine hunting. Even the first buck I posted, while not quite in the alpine was taken about a mile and a half from the beach in late Nov. in the snow as you can see. That second buck was alpine and was a beast. Two of us had a hard time dragging him out. That first buck, I also got a spike and doe that day and my buddy got a doe. We each drug two deer out, but it was fairly consistently downhill and on the snow they slide a lot easier.
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    Here's a few PWS blacktails from a couple of years ago. Pretty typical, I think.



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    Is that Danny Lewis in the pic?

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    I was thinking the same thing. What is he up to these days?

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    Last I heard he fell off of a roof in Kodiak and is on WC? Looks like he is deer hunting. He also moved out to the valley but that was a awhile ago. How do you know him does he owe you money a buffalo hunt? A roof? just get in line Lol

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    Rod, that second picture of the buck with the loose antlers reminds me of a hunt about 7 years ago. I went out after Christmas with two buddies on one of their seine boats to try to fill our last tags. We'd anchored in a little cove for the night and got up early to eat before heading in the woods. We were finishing up our coffee as it got light when down the beach out steps a buck. The friend who's boat we were on reached over and grabbed his rifle and threw in the clip and stepped out on the forward deck to shoot it. When he pulled the trigger, the buck dropped like a rock, while his antlers flew in opposite directions like they were spring loaded. Took a while to find both of them.

    Another late hunt a buddy shot a real nice 3x3 with eye guards, his first really big buck. He was so proud, that when we got back to another buddy's cabin, he grabbed his buck by the antlers to hold it up and show some friends who were waiting on the beach. As he got the head up high enough for everybody to see it, the antlers snapped off and my friend who was balanced on the edge of the skiff flew over the side into the water still holding the antlers. Took us all a while to stop laughing. The worst thing was he'd lost a pretty nice trophy for the Sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moose30 View Post
    Is that Danny Lewis in the pic?
    Which picture...?
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    twodux - Those are a couple of pretty good stories.

    That deer in my pic with the separated headgear dropped one side when it hit the beach, and the other when I tried to use it as a handle to roll him over. I did lose my balance for a second, but it wasn't nearly as dramatic as falling out of the boat!

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    One of my favorite stalks of all time. Kodiak Buck Not the biggest but was a great hunt.


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    Regarding the genetics, apparently the PWS deer were introduced there around the 1930s and were taken from South East Alaska.

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