North Country Charters provides transportation services for unguided hunters wishing to take Sitka Blacktail Deer during the fall hunting season, in GMU 8, the Kodiak Island group. Aboard the M/V Irish our hunters will experience that same high standard of customer service and expertise that our fishing clientele have come to know and trust for the past 34 years.
Fall deer hunting in the Kodiak area can be a tremendously rewarding and memorable experience. Kodiak and its neighboring islands are a dramatic and challenging terrain, home to abundant populations of Sitka Blacktail Deer, a healthy Mountain Goat population, large herds of Roosevelt Elk, and the massively famous Kodiak Brown Bears. Any of these big game animals can be taken with the proper licenses and tags. As transporters we can deliver you to your desired hunting locale. Sitka Blacktail Deer are native to the rainforests of south east Alaska. But since have expanded throughout Alaska and the Kodiak Islands thru transplants. These unique deer provide a challenging hunt, and make wonderful table fair. As winter progresses the snow pushes deer in greater numbers down out of the mountains towards the more easily accessible beaches and forest. Deer can be taken thru December.
The Irish will serve as your comfortable floating lodge for up to 7 days, where you will be provided with hearty meals and a comfortable, dry, safe sleeping area. Complete with all the amenities the 53ft Irish is the perfect mobile base camp for any self guided hunt, whether you plan on glassing the shoreline, hiking the foothills and mountains of Kodiak.
Your hunt begins in the Kodiak City Harbor early morning as soon as your gear is loaded and we've checked all appropriate licensing. We then head out towards our hunt area. Our initial run to our hunting grounds can vary from 4-6 hours, once anchored in our desired locale there will be plenty of time to hit the beach for a few hours of remaining hunting light. Each day you will be skiffed ashore after a hearty breakfast, you will be given a lunch and a two way handheld radio. You're free to hunt at your desired pace for the whole day. Radio us at anytime for pickup and we will return you and your harvested game to the Irish, where you can skin and process your game.
Some great advantages of choosing a vessel based hunt are: Comfort, Access, and Reliability. Kodiak weather can be very extreme during the fall from high winds, to rain showers, and plummeting temperatures, with snow. Inclement weather can be the most deciding factor in the success and over all enjoyment of the hunt. Our comfortable, heated cabin, and covered deck will help mediate the weather's impact on your hunting experience. Our large fiberglass vessel can also navigate difficult marine weather situations, giving you as a hunter shoreline access almost anywhere. Our large, rigid hulled, inflatable skiffs ensure your safe delivery to and from shore each day.
Another great aspect of hunting from a boat is knowing that you have a comfortable warm dry and safe bunk to sleep in every night, the promise of a hearty breakfast every morning and a hot dinner after your return from a hard day's hunt. Our large covered aft deck provides ample room to spread out your gear without worry of it getting rained on. It is also a great space to care for your harvested game meat, safe from weather and Brown Bears. On board we have cleaning tables and freezer space. Also a dryer for drying out those wet hunting clothes.
Fall Sitka Blacktail Deer rates
Alaska Fish and Game regulations:
Hunting and Fishing License
You can purchase your licenses online at ADF&G click here
List of items to bring:
Remember this is an unguided hunt so bring any items you deem necessary to facilitate a do-it-yourself hunt.
This list consists of items you should bring on your Kodiak deer hunt. You are welcome to bring other items you feel you need or want to have in the field. All of the equipment needed to go hunting, to remove game from the field and to process the game (caping, skinning, quartering, butchering) must be supplied by you.
As this is a do-it-yourself hunt we would like to remind our clients that your crews are not big game hunting guides, we are considered a big game transporter; which means we cannot accompany you ashore during your hunt, we may only provide you with food and lodging and transportation to and from the field.
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