Ok, I'm back from my first trip deer hunting up here in Alaska. Here is how it went. It left Whitter around 10 am. water wasn't bad about a foot all the way to Decision point. Once we hit there we were greeted by several dolphins. They followed us out about a 1/4 mile then left. Why? Well that is when we hit 5-6 foot seas. The were rolling waves which wasn't the bad part. The bad part was they were short and coming from three different ways. I could see about a mile ahead the seas calmed down. We made it through it and continued between culross pt and Perry Island. Once I came around Perry and made it to Lone island the seas picked up to 4 ft. not bad. Finally we made it to Naked island. it took us about 3.5 hours to get there. Once there we noticed right away there was no snow on Naked island or any island around us. We knew it was going to be hard now with no snow. Once we got the boat squared away went out for a evening hunt. We 3 split up in hopes one of us would get a crack on a deer. Right away I notices it was warm. I compared it to a mid may day spring black bear hunting. There were bushes that had green buds on them and some plant sprouting from the ground.
My game plan was to go straight to the top and see what I could from there and slowly make my way back down. I did not see no sign of deer until half way up. Once up I could see some very nice fields that I decided to work my way to. on the way down I went into the woods and quickly realized it was way to thick to stalk up on a deer inside the woods. Also with all the small bushes in there it was very hard to go through there without making any noise. As sun set we all met up back at the beach and none of us saw a single deer.
DAY 2.. We started hunting around 9am and planed on to hunt until noon. Once again we split up. Right from the start we saw allot of tracks. there was frost on the ground so it was very easy to tell what was fresh. I start up the mountain decided would only go half way since I had to be back by noon. On the way up I saw a very nice size tracks and decided to follow them in hopes I could sneak up to it. I followed the tracks for about 1/4 then the went into the woods and it was over for that. So I continued to walk around and found a field with allot of tracks so I got set up and start to call. I did this for about a half an hour and nothing. Around 10:30 I heard a shot. then another. This got my blood going. I had my fingers crossed. Man I could not wait to get back to the beach to see if one of the other guy got a deer. Well noon came and I did not see anything. My and my friend were on the beach waiting for my our friend to show up so we could leave. then a few minutes later here he is dragging a nice buck. Well to make it short the ride home only took us 1.5 to get back. Seas were pretty much flat. So all in all it was a learning experience. Next year I just hope there will be snow on the islands.