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 heâ€™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 Â¼ 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
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:
- 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.
- An extra pair of eyes to spot deer.
- An experienced eye to judge a trophy deer.
- Someone to field dress and if necessary, quarter and pack out
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 â€“
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
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.