A majestic hunt in the islands of Southeast Alaska hosting the highest density of Sitka Black Tail Deer in the world!
These, as with most all of our hunts, are a yacht based hunt. You will stay nights aboard our luxurious 70 foot yacht, and during the day we will use multiple methods to hunt. The deers habits are highly dependent upon time of year, snow fall, rut activity and area. We have found that the best time of year to hunt these trophies is from November 15 through December 15th. The rut typically kicks in around mid November, but if there is not much snow fall yet then the deer can be widely distributed and we may have to hike into the hills to find them.
The earlier hunts are typically for those in good physical condition who are ready to spend some time working for their trophy. By early December we typically have enough snow on the hills to push the deer down close to the coast line, this can make for some of the best hunting, especially when coupled with the post rut activity. During this time, if the snow levels cooperate, it is not uncommon to see up to 100 deer in a day along the beaches. We typically recommend these hunts for clients of any physical ability.
Access is an important factor when hunting deer anywhere in Alaska. We have worked hard to make sure our clients have the best possible access to deer. Alaska winters can be very unpredictable, and many hunters who chose to hunt deer in areas such as Kodiak Island, have had their entire hunt ruined by bad weather. While weather is a consideration where we hunt, it is very rare that we have a hunt delayed or cancelled due to weather. This is for two reasons, first, Juneau, our jumping off point, has many flights a day from Seattle, it is uncommon that it is hard to get to Juneau.
Second, we have a very large vessel that can handle most conditions, and we do not need to hunt that far from town to be successful. We do also use float planes to access the areas, and again, it is uncommon that we are not able to make the short flight to the hunting grounds. I have heard many stories over the years of hunters trying to be successful on Kodiak, and most are. But if the weather sets in there you are running a high chance of your hunt being lost. In the last five years we have not had a single hunt completely delayed or cancelled due to weather, and still enjoy a 100% success rate in the last 4 years.