Right after I booked a hunt (well rented a cabin) for November in Sitka for my first ever deer hunt, Eric (my father-in-law) called and asked if I wanted to join them on a deer hunt in Prince William Sound on Naked Island. A quick discussion with the 'one who wears the trousers', and I was good to go!
We were delayed a day due to 8-10 foot seas, but I left the house at 5 AM on Monday to hit the tunnel time to get to Whittier. Being a pitiful Alaskan, I'd never been through the tunnel and just driving through that was a marvel in itself.
We got to Whittier before first light and were welcomed to buckets and buckets of rain. We met up with Matt from Whittier Water Taxi, and loaded up. Upon daybreak, we motored out of harbor and were on our way.
Calm seas, awesome scenery, and a pod dall porpoises were all part of the enjoyable trip to the island.
We decided on the head of Bass Harbor to set up camp and quickly got the gear to the campsite, the tent erected, and a tarp setup to get out of the rain that we knew was coming.
A few deer skulls were nailed to the trees around camp, which we thought was a good sign.