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    These are the "good 'ol days" for bears up here!

    ya got that right !! lots of bears.

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    For the Sitka BTs, does the report say 50% lower this year than the #'s reported at the same time last year, or are these last year's #s finally making it to a formal document/report?

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    The numbers were estimated from the entire over-winter die off. I don't know how much snow Kodiak got last winter but Anchorage had over 134" and much of it came late; Feb-Mar-Apr, so I guess Kodiak was similar. Fish and Game has never done an accurate survey for the total numbers of deer there so it's an educated guess on the reduction. Most of the guides that I've talked to agree with the numbers and some estimate the die-off at closer to 80%. Kodiak itself is tough to do an accurate survey on and because the Sitka deer are an introduced species, not indigenous, Fish and Game probably won't spend the money to try.

    Hunting Kodiak is my favorite hunt up here. They are the best tasting deer I have ever eaten and a blast to hunt. I hope they recover quick. This has been an easy winter so far (but I just shoveled about a foot of snow out of my driveway!).

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    Yea, I've been keeping close tabs on snowfall, etc. for Kodiak this winter and it has really been mild compared to historical averages. Hoping some late blizzard doesn't do some damage and the deer can get a kickstart. I'm thinking I'll give them 2013 to hopefully recover a tad more, and then go hunt in 2014.

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    I think it's time to resurrect this thread and hear what anyone has to say. I kept up with Kodiak's weather on a daily basis this winter and I'm no expert on Alaskan weather, but it looked to be a very mild season compared to some of the prior years. Confirm, deny? Another mild 2013-2014 winter and Kodiak fall 2014 will be on my calendar.

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    Dihard,

    I talked yesterday with a hunting guide/ friend that lives and guides on Kodiak. He said that in his area he believes they have lost almost all the fawns and the older large bucks from last years winter. They are missing those two age classes but are seeing plenty of forked horn and young 3 points bucks.

    Other areas of the island are worse, especially the east and south-east sections, where some guys are reporting almost no deer at all.

    Kodiak had a mild enough winter and a good spring so far. He isn't excited about his prospects of finding big bucks this fall but has high hopes for next year or the year after, with good weather.

    I won't be hunting there this year, unless I feel the need to try for a goat. We up-ed the limit to 2 for them.

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    'AKaviator' - great update. I knew the big boys and young'uns had taken a pounding from the 2011-2012 winter and am hoping for a couple more mild winters to string together before I tackle Kodiak for the 1st time. We have been looking hard at the southwestern interior portion of the island. That is unbelievable (and awesome) that there is a place on earth where the limit for mountain goats is 2! I would absolutely love to do that hunt but at this stage in life, it's just a tad too rich for me. Unfortunately, the escalation of hunting costs/prices are rising slightly (tongue in cheek) higher than the rate of inflation. In other words, probably never going to hunt goats, but I'll have fun thinking about it.

 

 

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