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    Default Deer in PWS. East or South?

    Generally speaking, is it more productive to go south from Whittier or east towards Valdez and Cordova? Can you find deer if you hug the western coastline or do you have to go out to the islands?

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    The islands are generally more productive. All of the islands have deer, but in general terms, the closer to Hinchinbrook or Montegue, the better.

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    Knight, Montegue, and Hinchebrook are your best bet. There are a few others that have deer. But they dont have the altitude that Hinchenbrook and Montegue have so the deer are in the thick stuff and it makes the hunt more challenging. If you hunt the above islands you can get above tree line and glass and stalk. Not much of that happening on Naked Island. Its more of a suprise when you kick them out of their bedding areas or if your lucky you catch them on the beach.

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    What about Perry Island? Is that one hunted to death?

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    Perry gets its fair share of pressure due to being the closest major island to Whittier. There are deer there and folks report successful hunts there every year, but I think the success rates are lower.

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    You've gotten good advice above. Montague and Hinchinbrook are always good bets. A sleeper is Green Island. Haven't been there in years myself, but back in the 70's and 80's, it supposedly had more deer per square mile than any other island. Not the best anchorages tho.

    The mainland has deer and in pockets quite a few. It's a lot different hunting tho. Lot's more predators so that scatters the deer more and makes them more wary, but I've seen some really nice bucks friends have taken off the mainland.

    From October on, wherever you hunt, look for sunny south facing hillsides. And a little secret about Sitka blacktails....... They love an outlook for bedding. They like nobs and cliffs and steep hillsides where they can see a long way. They use their noses the most, so hunt into or cross wind if you can help it, but when you stop and glass, check out all the vantage points above you. Many times all you'll see is ears or antlers sticking up. Take your time.
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    Do you have to go to the islands to find deer? Or can you find them on the mainland around whittier? Sorry if its a dumb question. Just got stationed in anchorage and need a direction to run in.

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    Has some as well.
    When you go, go all the way to the top, where ever you decide to hunt.
    They are like goats, very high up usually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pa_pride View Post
    Do you have to go to the islands to find deer? Or can you find them on the mainland around whittier? Sorry if its a dumb question. Just got stationed in anchorage and need a direction to run in.
    There are deer on the mainland, but generally not in huntable numbers. There are some pockets on the mainland farther out in the Sound, but they are very rare in the area right around Whittier. I've never heard of a hunter taking one on foot from Whittier itself.

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    alright thanks

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    Ester island also has deer, and bears too



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