Hey there, new to the forum, I've been really impressed by the wealth of information on here...
I am looking for some opinions on timing for a deer trip to the south side of Kodiak this fall. Due to scheduling issues with the people in my group, we can either head down the last week of October, or the last week of November. I hunted the pillar lake area on afognak last fall in the first week of October with a buddy who had an elk tag, and it seemed a little early for deer, mostly due to no snow and a lot of really challenging terrain for spot and stalking. We worked our butts off for one buck, saw a handful of does. When we left, I told myself that next year I would wait until November when there was some snow to drive them down and close up some of the terrain. My questions for people who have experience on the island are:
1) Will the deer still be rutting in the last week of November?
2) If it was your hunt which timeframe would you pick?
3) We are planning around the Akhiok area, last year we rented a zodiac to get from one end of pillar lake to the next, would you put a 13' zodiac in the salt for beach cruising?
Any info you guys could share would be greatly appreciated, cheers 🍺