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Some additional info about Kodiak Island deer hunting

I though those that lent their advice to the posting about deer hunting on Kodiak Island would like to read this account of a not-so-lucky Kodiak deer hunter. The bear was driven off after two hits from a .300WM, but never found. Interestingly enough, another hunter was mauled and killed in the same spot, one year later. It's an excellent read, very informative, including many of the after-posts.

 

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=601117

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In all the stories that I use

In all the stories that I use to read in the outdoor magazines I always wondered why would somebody want to go hunt deer on a island named for a bear or was is a bear named for a island?  Also from what I have read the bears now are associating the sound of a rifle going off with free food, either the gut pile or the deer itself after they scare the hunter away from it.  I personally know of a number of hunters that have gone on deer hunts there and have never seen a bear except for ones along the coast while they were in a boat.

I remember watching a TV show last summer that was titled "I Shouldn't Be Alive" about a bear attack that happened on a deer hunt.  The hunter wasn't lucky enough to have a friend close buy but after surviving the night he was found the next day and was air lifted out. 

Now if you are really after a adventure that may be the place to go.   

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Well, I think I'd sure want a larger-than-normal cartridge for my deer hunt, for sure. I believe I'd start at a stout .35 Whelen or .350 RM and work from there. Of course, I'll also admit that the term "overkill" is pretty foriegn to me too....lol.  Whistling

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What's overkill???????   I've

What's overkill???????

 

I've hunted rabbits, and antelope with a .340 Weatherby and 225 grain bullets :thumbsup1:  You learn how to do head shots on the rabbits real quick.

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That's a great and

That's a great and informative thread. I ahve made mention many times of my desire to go up there deer hunting, but accounts like this one definately make you think about it a little more. I think my caliber choice and preperation for the hunt would need to be a little different than normal.

Until now I thought I was really over doing things by shooting a few rabbits with my 7mag but it appears that I'm going to have to use a lot bigger gun if I'm going to catch up to what Critter has used.lol

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hunter25 wrote:

Until now I thought I was really over doing things by shooting a few rabbits with my 7mag but it appears that I'm going to have to use a lot bigger gun if I'm going to catch up to what Critter has used.lol

One this about using your hunting rifle to hunt rabbits is that you get use to using it fast and you have to be accurate which helps in hunting in dark timber or brush.  But as I said you have to remember head shots only if you want to have anything to eat. 

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