Nowhere else offers so many opportunities, and such prolific and diverse wildlife, in a breathtaking setting! Sitka Blacktail Deer hunting is one of many exciting activities at Larsen Bay Lodge.
There are many reasons to consider coming to Alaska to hunt Sitka Blacktail Deer. For some avid deer hunters it is an opportunity to take a different species of deer. For others it is the opportunity to just hunt in Alaska! For outdoor writer, Jim Zumbo, it is the flavor of the Sitka Blacktail that keeps him coming back to Kodiak! He came on a Larsen Bay Lodge Cast & Blast trip in 2005 and this is what he has to say about our deer;

"A couple years ago, at a Boone and Crockett convention, I was discussing venison with Chuck Adams, arguably the most famous bowhunter in the world. Chuck has taken every big game species in North America, and has hunted the world many times over. Like me, he eats what he shoots, and we talked about our wild game preferences.

When Chuck told me his all-time favorite is Sitka Blacktail deer, I almost fell off my chair. That's my favorite as well. To think that he’d name that species out of the blue was scary."

Whatever your motivation, deer hunting in Alaska is a tremendous value! Compared with the cost of hunting other Alaskan big game, deer hunting is less expensive than a caribou hunt, half the cost of most moose or goat hunts, 1/3 the price of most Dall Sheep hunts, and ¼ the price of an average brown bear hunt! There is even more value when you consider the current limit on Kodiak Island is 3 deer per hunter! So for about the same cost as a guided hunt elsewhere for whitetail or mule deer, you can instead come to Larsen Bay Lodge and experience the adventure and beauty of Alaska, take three Sitka Blacktail Deer, see a myriad of land and marine life, catch snow crabs, duck hunt, and even throw in some fishing! Where else can you do all that?! ...Much less at such a reasonable price?

Though the Sitka Blacktail Deer has a smaller rack than most deer species, they are arguably the most handsome of the deer species. These stocky little deer have a dark, almost black forehead with a double white throat patch and rich chestnut colored antlers. To make the Boone & Crockett Record Book the minimum score is 108. Many deer taken at Larsen Bay Lodge have exceeded that minimum.

The deer season opens August 1st and closes on December 31st. During August, Kodiak Island is lush green, living up to it's nickname - The Emerald Island. At this time of year the deer are still in velvet and most of them are in the higher elevations. But the thick lush vegetation makes it difficult to hike after them and they are equally difficult to see. September frosts begin to reveal more deer and it is easier to get around. The Blacktail frequent the gravel beaches on the coast to eat the kelp that washes ashore as winter approaches. October snows begin bring even more deer from the interior of the island to the coast as food becomes more scarce. In November and December greater snow accumulations force more deer down from higher elevations to the milder sea level where browse and kelp is readily available. As a result, herds of deer are often found right along the beaches!

With the liberal deer limit, you can shoot the first good buck you see and then try to improve on it with your next tag. To make things even more convenient, you can buy your deer tags and any other licenses you might need right at Larsen Bay Lodge.

Don't be intimidated by the prospect of cold weather. Kodiak is much milder than Anchorage and other parts of Alaska because it lies in the warm Japanese Ocean Current. Even in December, Kodiak is milder than many parts of the lower 48 states. Click Here to visit the weather chart to view average temperatures.
Guided Deer Hunting
While the Guided Deer Hunts are conducted in a similar way to the Unguided Hunts described above, at Larsen Bay Lodge our Guided Deer Hunts offer some advantages that you may want to consider. Here are a few of the reasons why a Guided Deer Hunt might be right for you:
  1. You will be accompanied by someone who knows the terrain.
    • Which approaches are easiest.
    • Where the best vantage points are for glassing for deer.
    • Where the areas are that the deer frequent most.
  2. An extra pair of eyes to spot deer.
  3. An experienced eye to judge a trophy deer.
  4. Someone to field dress and if necessary, quarter and pack out your deer!
If you have a serious trophy hunter, have a short amount of time to hunt, or simply want to take advantage of the skills and services of an experienced guide, then a Guided Deer Hunt is a great choice! It may surprise you to know that there is not much difference in price either. Just remember, there are a limited number of guides available on a first come first serve basis – so book early!

One thing Larsen Bay offers is a lot of choices! It is your hunt and we will do everything possible to accommodate your desires. Don't miss the adventure. Book your next hunt at Larsen Bay Lodge. It will be unforgettable!
Unguided Deer Hunting
Our unguided deer hunts are a far cry from a drop camp! You stay in a warm luxury lodge, with outstanding food. There is electricity and satellite TV. So after your hunt each day, you can come in and take a hot shower, play a game of pool before dinner and catch Sports Center afterward on ESPN!

Our guides take deer hunters by boat each morning to one of the many deer hot spots where they are dropped off to hunt on their own or with their hunting partner. Often deer are spotted in transit and hunters are dropped off to stalk a specific buck.
When you shoot your buck, drag it downhill to the beach, or if you have hiked up over the coastal ridges to take your deer, you can quarter your deer and pack it out.  It is not difficult because the deer are plentiful. You can make the hunt as easy or difficult as you like. You can sit near the beach at a good vantage point and wait for a good buck or you can hike up the mountainside in search of the one you want. In late season it is not unusual to see over one hundred deer in a day.

One of the nice things about this hunt is that you gain the added satisfaction of having done it on your own. Thus your trophy buck and the memories will be even more meaningful.
Larsen Bay Lodge
1713 Mission Rd.
Kodiak, AK 99615
800-748-2238 or 907-486-1740
larsenbaylodge@aol.com