Just returned home from Kodiak Island, and my first hunt there. All I can say is "Incredible". We hunted out of Old Harbor with Jeff Peterson of Kodiak Combos. What a hunt. Jeff is a terrific transporter and he put us in a great hunting spot. We were into deer almost immediately on day one and throughout the week. We took three mature blacktail bucks, each one called in with a doe bleat. The deer were in full-on rut. We saw bucks chasing does, deer paired up, bucks fighting, bucks ripping up the alder brush, groups of bucks chasing a doe - what a show! The bucks responded to our calling like I've never seen before. Sitka blacktails are without a doubt the most handsome deer I've ever hunted.
My hunting partner and I also caught our first-ever halibut and my buddy landed his first-ever king salmon (I didn't get a chance at a king, but being on the boat while my buddy's first one came in was the next best thing). Simply amazing. The people of Old Harbor are super friendly, and everyone waved at us and shook our hand everytime we were out and about.
We got lucky and had no bear issues or encounters, and only saw three bears the entire week, and each time it was from the boat. I can't say enough about Jeff's boating skills. He really knows the waters around Old Harbor and showed his boatinig prowess whenever the seas got rough, which was often during our weeklong visit.
As a lower 48-er, this was another dream come true - to step onto Kodiak Island after dreaming about it since I was a kid. Alaska is such an amazing place, I hope I can keep coming back again and again.
My freezer is now full of meat and fish, and I can't wait to slap some blacktail backstraps on the grill and some salmon in the smoker!
Happy Thanksgiving all!