OK- I didnít get anything on my Thanksgiving deer hunt in PWS, but it was my first time hunting from a boat and looking back on it I know I could have done a few things differently. I ended up going solo and I only really got out for a day, so although I was a little disappointed in my first attempt, Iím not discouraged. And the boat is still all geared up, so Iím gonna give it one more try. My final attempt this year will be the last weekend in December, and Iím hoping to get out with a partner for a few days.
Iíve got a solid 50-mile range from Whittier, maybe more if I fill a couple more gas cans, but I doubt I can get as far south as Montague. So Iím planning to cruise the beaches, probably in the north Knight Island area, and I have some questions for all the PWS deer proís, semi-pro's and amateurs out there.
- Hunt from the boat or hike in a ways? (assuming boat this time of year)
- How far offshore should I be traveling to effectively spot deer?
- How close is too close?
- Will the sound of an idling 2-stroke outboard scare them away?
- Shoot from the boat or spot and stalk?
- What kind of terrain should I be focusing on?
- How much does tide make a difference, if any?
- Is it better to hunt at sun-up, sundown, or mid-day?
- Is there anything I should know about a late December deer hunt in PWS thatís different than a November hunt?
I know itís a lot of questions, but hopefully my partner and I will be able to fill some of the empty space in our freezers this year.