We four left for Homer in the dark of the night on Oct. 24. We arrived at the ferry terminal 3 hours early. The ferry was 2 1/2 hours late leaving UGGGH it was a long morning. We arrived that night at the Coast guard guest house Great facility.
We were to fly on Oct. 26 but west winds prevented this it was tough seeing planes fly out of the sea plane base all day in the flat calm but we could not fly. The 26th was not one of my better days after packing our gear up the gang way twice . I was a little tense.
The 27th the winds on the west side died down and we were off.
I climbed Mt. Doom right after I swept out the cabin. I got a good lay of the land. The mountain behind the cabin became know as Mt. Doom after the first ascent. Its only 1600 ft high but you start at 57 ft and its an 1100 yard straight line to the top by range finder. Between the steepness and spider web like alders it earned its name.
Day two we put the boat together so I could hunt the salmon streams on the east side of the island. One problem we could only get half throttle from the motor in forward. Full throttle in reverse but not forward we tried everything we could think of with limited tools and no parts. We could only use the boat close to the cabin seriously putting a hurt on my bear hunting. My partner shot a doe on the beach across from the cabin in the afternoon and another at dusk.
Day three we saw a Sow and cubs heading into the spider webs on Mt Doom.
Seeing very little bear sign down low we decided to climb Mt. Doom for a look. We left at first light on day 4,after a long climb we finally summited. Two stayed on the first knob to watch. My partner and I went to the next knob. We scared up a huge forked horn which the first 2 harvested. We kept going we walked another 400 yards and I spotted a 10 point double fork. I harvested him. I went down to the buck and scared up 5 does which my partner took one. In 45 minutes we had 2 trophy bucks and a doe down. We had our work cut out for us packing everything down the mountain. We hit the beach at dark that night.
On day 5 we saw a 9 ft. ish bear coming out of the spider webs into the tidal flats we were watching. He was 324 yards out and heading right to us we had the wind in our favor I though my bear was in the bag. Without warning he turned and walked back into the spider webs never to be seen again. We never saw another fresh bear track or a bear the rest of the trip.
We flew out with lots of deer meat and good memories. I will post as many pics as the site will allow.
first pics of Mt. Doom and view from Mt. Doom