So, this story starts out at the rifle range south of town in Kodiak, I’m out spotting target hits for a friend whom I’m recently getting hooked on the Reloading Craze.
Waiting for the barrel to cool, Steve takes a look up into the mtns above the range and sees a Mt. Goat up there. As I take a look through his spotting scope, I can literally “Feel the Hook” getting set.
Mt. Goat, “Right There” and I can now hardly care less about the accuracy of these rounds, I see an animal on the hill and the season for them is wide open……. “I’m gonna make a Goat Hunter outta you yet,” he says, and I can’t stop thinking about it all the way home. Now he’s done the baiting and, “I’m In.” So much to do at home though, so much responsibility………?
Then, of all things, Our Wives get together and between the two of them, decide,” these guys NEED to go Mt. Goat hunting, in the boat, down on the other end of the Island.” Didn’t need to hear it twice, I always have plenty of work to do but when my wife actually “Suggests” I go hunting, well….. kinda makes procrastination easier.
We load up his gear, shoot some Fuel in the tanks of my Fishing Boat, some Ice in the Fishhold and we toss the lines. We’re headed for Western Kodiak Island,
We wait a bit for weather and get a small break,
Wind Switching from SW25 to Easterly that night and back up to 35 or something. It’s the switching weather that we jump on as a “Weather Window,” So, we run at night, for nearly 12 hours, sleep for a few, and at first light, we are up cruising and glassing the mtns that next day.
Immediately spotting some Goats but, pretty tough area to access them, and even tougher to recover them. We keep looking.
The weather is now going NW40, but we are tightly anchored in a famously Solid Anchorage down there, and heading ashore the morning of our second day in the area.
Ahhhh Ashore, and Welcome to Western Kodiak, “Let’s go up this way”
Actually it looks tough but is all about scouting your route from offshore a ways. You can always find a good track with minimal suffering through the Alder and Salmonberry thickets on Kodiak. But you do need to scout it and plan wisely or you will get thoroughly whipped by this stuff in short order.
Just as we are breaking out of the thickest stuff, we run into this Very Cool Discovery
This may stretch the story some but I couldn’t stop adding these pics, Steve trying to see the back of this Kodiak Bear Den.