Late in the hunting year, mostly missed it actually, I was Thankful for the chance to do some hunting on Kodiak in January. Really needing some freezer stock for family of four, two growing boys. I found the Caribou/Reindeer hunt open til Jan31 so, having asked around mostly on this forum for tips and advice I was confident enough to throw off the lines and go for it. I fueled up the Halibut boat, grabbed my new .270WSM and waited for weather, in January it requires patience.... eight days before I could leave for the other end of the island, but I did get some nice traveling weather for the ride down
Gorgeous Traveling on past Old Harbor, though the forecast was for heavy Northwest weather, I had hopes to get anchored in Bumble Bay before the wind started to sweep down the south end, hunt for a few days glassing for Caribou, and figure out when to get home later...
It was an eighteen hour run from town, down the southeast side, around Cape Trinity, and back up to Bumble Bay where I felt the best chances to find Caribou in winter so I drove well into the night, actually all night.
Wanted to show this pic also of electronics for those interested in the quality of charting available to your laptop. My computer has a fairly basic Nobeltec system ($500 or so) linked to a basic GPS unit (Furuno GP32) and is very detailed, for hunters it includes Topo maps and even Aerial Photos at the click of a mouse. Available to anyone packing a laptop on board and as you can if you look really close, you'll see my vessel and tracking line I am traveling through the Geese Channel south of the Aliulik Peninsula as the evening recedes to "Flying by Wire."
I slide into Bumble Bay just as the weather is jumping the gun about twelve hours ahead of the forecast and starts to blow and snow. I am protected though so not too worried, except for the possibility of NW wind sticking around which will pin me to that bay for as long as it blows and maybe even curl around into the bay some (as it is doing a bit on the beach here) making my stay a tough one.
While checking on all the regs for the Caribou hunt at ADFG in Kodiak one of the ladies there mentioned that there was also a Subsistence hunt for Blacktail Deer available to Kodiak folks on the Wildlife Refuge until Jan 31 so that was a cool surprise to me and a good backup plan to a notoriously "Wandering Caribou Herd." As it turned out the rapidly building weather had visibility near zero with blowing snow and my chances of "glassing something up" were absolutely remote.
I took the Zodiac to the beach anyway and within a short time found a nice Blacktail hiding from the wind on the lee side of the mountain.