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I am headed to kodiak to hunt deer. need info

My buddy and are are planning a trip to kodiak for a blacktail hunt this fall. If anybody has any info that would be usefull to us or wants to lend a hand it would be appreciated. If somebody did want to lend a hand during our hunt, I could offer you a hunt here in WA for mule deer, whitetail or goose. I am a guide and would make it worht your while. thanks guys!

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bring enough gun!

Sounds like a great hunt, but remember that a gun shot is like a dinner bell to some of those kodiak bears.  Stay legal but (God forbid) that you need to defend yourself from a bear when you are elbow deep gutting a deer - make sure that you have brought enough gun.  

Good hunting and let us know how you make out! 

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Kodiak

That's a big island any idea what part your looking to hunt, or what time of year. Season starts Aug 1 for bucks.

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thinking about early december

thinking about early december when the snow pushes the deer down to sea level. Also hoping the bears will be in their dens. Looking right now at boat rates to stay on. Good or bad idea?

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Just hunted there in September.

It is hands down the best "unsuccessful" hunt I ever went on.  If you are looking for a slam dunk buck, you need to hunt the end of November/December when all of the vegetation is somewhat dead.  If you're looking to do August/September (not recommended) you better be in sheep shape and prepared to work your butt off.  You'll be walking through plush bush over your head in most cases walking the same trails as Big Kodiak Brown Bears.  This also goes for draggin your buck out as well.

Once you can get on top of a Mountain you'll be able to spot and stalk like normal and you'll see some great Sitka Blacktail Bucks.  The problem I ran into was having to shoot them in absolutely terrible cliffs for packing them out at dark.  Most mountains in the summer will take 2.5 to 3 hours to get on top.  You may get lucky and shoot something down low, but I can only write about my experience and the big bucks were way up high.

The winter/rut hunts should get you a decent buck on the Ocean Beach or within a 1/4 mile of the ocean.  You can pull of a do it yourself hunt here.  I liked having a local outfit that knew the area and terrain.  I used Larsen Bay Lodge.  Jim Zumbo and has filmed 3 or 4 show with them and is a regular there.

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Good luck with your hunt,

Good luck with your hunt, sounds like it will be fun. I think your on the right track going with a late hunt. I wouldnt wanna share the island with the bears. I saw a show a few weeks ago on someone hunting blacktail up there, it looked like fun but they had bears wondering around and the young lady hunting was a little scared. again good luck, and keep us posed on your progress.

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I have always wanted to go to

I have always wanted to go to Kodiak Island, hunting or just visiting.  

I know someone who did some blacktail hunting up there this last fall, but can't remember if it was the Island or the mainland.  I will see if I can dig up where he went.

Sounds fun.  Good luck with the preparations.

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Alpine is right, early season is up high,if your looking for something decent.Nov  Dec should be what your looking for. We'e been there  the week before Christmas and little snow, so depends on the year.They will move up when the snow melts. And don't depend on the bears sleeping, maybe, maybe not, A boat hunt should be a good time, they allow moving around.Good meals, and getting dry at night.

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However you decide to hunt

However you decide to hunt them or whatever information you dig up be sure to let us know. I am very interested in this hunt also but not for another year or so. I am interested in your experiences on taking this hunt and how you do when you go.

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These hunts are frequently Auctioned.

You can usually grab the Kodiak Sitka Blacktail Hunts fairly inexpensively at the Dallas Safari Club and SCI Auctions.  The one I bought from SCI went for 50 cents on the dollar.  I bought it as an unguided hunt, which is totally possible to do, but because I hunted in September, I preferred to have a guide backing me up in the thick brush with Brown Bears around.

These hunts usually go cheaper than the main land hunt because of the extra flights involved with getting around Kodiak.  The smaller plane flights and weight limitations are something that could unexpectedly tap your wallet.  I am going back to Larsen Bay Lodge fishing with my entire family this summer, my business partner is hunting Brown Bear in the Spring and I can't wait to book another Kodiak Sitka Blacktail Hunt.  Watching Purple Heart Recipeints hunt with my guide Rome and Jim Zumbo the other night on Outdoor Channel go me pretty fired up.

Don't underestmate the toughness of these Deer.  I saw a show with Larry Csonka where there had a hard time knocking them down with a .22-250.  The way that terrain is, I use a minimum of .243 to harvest the animal and get the heck out of Kodiak Brown Bear country.

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Thanks for all the advice

Thanks for all the advice form everybody! I'm sure it will be very helpfull. My partner was able to find us a boat to stay on at a very reasonable rate since he films hunting shows and offered the captain some advertizing for a cut rate (thanks to them both). We are going the first week of december, so I'll pray for snow.I am a little conflicted on what gun to take. I have a .243, .270 and an 8mm rem. mag. I'm leaning twards my .270 as thats what I'm most comfortable shooting. However with the potential of BIG bears around (even in winter I hear) I wonder if I should take my 8mm? Granted it's over-kill for deer but is a little blown up meat worth having a gun that can (God forbid) take down a Kodiak bear? what do you guys think? and what is the best cartridge to shoot for sitka blacktail in general? just curious

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