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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2023, 11:18:14 AM »
Our blacktail s have been stable and strong for as long as I know of. But Iím not talking about benchlegs or whatever east side deer people like to call blacktails.

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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2023, 04:06:49 PM »
This has been a hunt I have been thinking about doing. Definitely not worth it for 1 buck. Seems more and more hunting is trending towards local only. At least we have strong blacktail numbers I guess.

Curious why you think it's not worth it? Most years the average hunter takes 1 to 1.5 deer per season. And most of the guys who limit out are locals with boats who can hunt for 5 to 6 months.  Not many non res come there to limit out because of the cost of tags and shipping meat.  Doesn't make the price of the meat cost effective.  Most not res who hunt Kodiak do it in conjunction with a goat hunt or a bear hunt or maybe an elk hunt. They want to take a nice Sitka trophy as part of their bucket list.  But if taking more than one deer is your thing, Southeast is a better deal all the way around.  I have never seen a 1 deer limit stop anyone from hunting non res in Idaho or Montana or Colorado or numerous other states.
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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2023, 04:26:03 PM »
We killed 6 deer in 5 days quite easily. Personally I wish I had purchased my 3rd tag. Their antlers are little but their flesh is the trophy. I don't think the cost of an 50qt cooler to fly home is stopping anyone from shooting multiple deer considering they are already forking out thousands in the first place for the trip alone.

I'd also wager that most NR hunting deer on kodiak are doing so for the deer alone and not in conjunction with goats or bear. I personally know tons of dudes that have hunted deer on the rock but don't personally know anyone that has killed a goat on the island and definitely don't know anyone that's killed the big bear.

As I said before, no way I go back for a single tiny racked buck. It's an incredible place but the juice isn't worth the squeeze for a single deer  :twocents:
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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2023, 07:07:38 PM »
Let's face it.  The juice isn't worth the squeeze even for 2 or 3 deer if you're spending thousands on the trip. The real reason we pay that kind of money is to have the experience.  It's how I justify the money I spend to hunt in Idaho.  I don't justify it by how much meat I get for what I spend. I justify it as being my vacation. Getting away from it all. Enjoying it with good friends. Some people like to go to Hawaii, others like casinos, still others like cruises.  I like camping in my wall tent and spending time in the wilderness.  Whatever I shoot is just a bonus.
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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2023, 08:22:47 PM »
Let's face it.  The juice isn't worth the squeeze even for 2 or 3 deer if you're spending thousands on the trip. The real reason we pay that kind of money is to have the experience.  It's how I justify the money I spend to hunt in Idaho.  I don't justify it by how much meat I get for what I spend. I justify it as being my vacation. Getting away from it all. Enjoying it with good friends. Some people like to go to Hawaii, others like casinos, still others like cruises.  I like camping in my wall tent and spending time in the wilderness.  Whatever I shoot is just a bonus.


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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2023, 12:46:23 AM »
HHHmm Thats a bummer. We are going in 2024 and had planned to buy 2 tags a piece. Lukily the place we are going takes ya out fishing for free.  Maybe it will change back in 2024 but i doubt it.   It looks like it was already one buck anyway on one big chunk of management area. So it kinda makes sense i suppose.
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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2023, 07:14:24 AM »
If you want to save money a DIY deer hunt on POW/Petersburg/Wrangell/Etolin can be done for better pricing. Milk run tickets are cheaper, more reliable with weather, better availability for USFS cabin rentals, and less winter kill then Kodiak.

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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2023, 08:23:24 AM »
This has been a hunt I have been thinking about doing. Definitely not worth it for 1 buck. Seems more and more hunting is trending towards local only. At least we have strong blacktail numbers I guess.

Curious why you think it's not worth it? Most years the average hunter takes 1 to 1.5 deer per season. And most of the guys who limit out are locals with boats who can hunt for 5 to 6 months.  Not many non res come there to limit out because of the cost of tags and shipping meat.  Doesn't make the price of the meat cost effective.  Most not res who hunt Kodiak do it in conjunction with a goat hunt or a bear hunt or maybe an elk hunt. They want to take a nice Sitka trophy as part of their bucket list.  But if taking more than one deer is your thing, Southeast is a better deal all the way around.  I have never seen a 1 deer limit stop anyone from hunting non res in Idaho or Montana or Colorado or numerous other states.

Exactly ďaverageĒ some of those people didnít hunt. Iím not going up there to not hunt. If Iím going up there Iím killing my tag limit. And those deer up there are tiny. I wouldnít go to Idaho or out of state to kill a 2 point. I would go to Alaska to kill 3.

One guy hunts, wants 3 kills 3. The next guy gets busy with work or really sucks at hunting and doesnít hunt kills zero. Average is 1.5

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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2023, 08:27:21 AM »
Let's face it.  The juice isn't worth the squeeze even for 2 or 3 deer if you're spending thousands on the trip. The real reason we pay that kind of money is to have the experience.  It's how I justify the money I spend to hunt in Idaho.  I don't justify it by how much meat I get for what I spend. I justify it as being my vacation. Getting away from it all. Enjoying it with good friends. Some people like to go to Hawaii, others like casinos, still others like cruises.  I like camping in my wall tent and spending time in the wilderness.  Whatever I shoot is just a bonus.

I mostly agree but the cool thing about Sitka deer is you can go ahead and shoot whatever then keep hunting and be more selective. Killing a small deer day 1 and sitting on a boat for a week doesnít sound like fun.

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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #24 on: March 28, 2023, 02:44:50 PM »
Let's face it.  The juice isn't worth the squeeze even for 2 or 3 deer if you're spending thousands on the trip. The real reason we pay that kind of money is to have the experience.  It's how I justify the money I spend to hunt in Idaho.  I don't justify it by how much meat I get for what I spend. I justify it as being my vacation. Getting away from it all. Enjoying it with good friends. Some people like to go to Hawaii, others like casinos, still others like cruises.  I like camping in my wall tent and spending time in the wilderness.  Whatever I shoot is just a bonus.

I mostly agree but the cool thing about Sitka deer is you can go ahead and shoot whatever then keep hunting and be more selective. Killing a small deer day 1 and sitting on a boat for a week doesnít sound like fun.

Trigger control..... You don't shoot the first small buck you see if you don't want to sit in the boat for a week.  Or you help your buddy find one. Then at least you are still involved.

Here's a couple of those tiny deer.  I'm 250 lbs. so you tell me. The second one was all two of us could drag and that was mostly downhill. He was the largest bodied Sitka I ever shot in PWS

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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2023, 05:25:00 PM »
That bottom one is a bruiser!! Snow and no snow!

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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #26 on: March 28, 2023, 09:02:01 PM »
Let's face it.  The juice isn't worth the squeeze even for 2 or 3 deer if you're spending thousands on the trip. The real reason we pay that kind of money is to have the experience.  It's how I justify the money I spend to hunt in Idaho.  I don't justify it by how much meat I get for what I spend. I justify it as being my vacation. Getting away from it all. Enjoying it with good friends. Some people like to go to Hawaii, others like casinos, still others like cruises.  I like camping in my wall tent and spending time in the wilderness.  Whatever I shoot is just a bonus.

I mostly agree but the cool thing about Sitka deer is you can go ahead and shoot whatever then keep hunting and be more selective. Killing a small deer day 1 and sitting on a boat for a week doesnít sound like fun.

Trigger control..... You don't shoot the first small buck you see if you don't want to sit in the boat for a week.  Or you help your buddy find one. Then at least you are still involved.

Here's a couple of those tiny deer.  I'm 250 lbs. so you tell me. The second one was all two of us could drag and that was mostly downhill. He was the largest bodied Sitka I ever shot in PWS

Decent Sitka blacktail but still small deer. Killing 2 or 3 would be a lot more fun then killing one of either of those.

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Re: Kodiak goes to 1 deer limit for Non Residents
« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2023, 03:51:55 AM »
If you want to save money a DIY deer hunt on POW/Petersburg/Wrangell/Etolin can be done for better pricing. Milk run tickets are cheaper, more reliable with weather, better availability for USFS cabin rentals, and less winter kill then Kodiak.


Nothing to see here. Kodiak is the only place to kill Sitka blacktails


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