Alaska Deer Hunting | Sitka Blacktails
“Can’t say enough about Captain Johnny and Brandon, they were great and on top of everything at all times. The meals were fantastic… The deer were very plentiful in all the areas we got dropped off… The accommodations aboard the boat were very comfortable, and the large covered deck on the back of the boat was great for hanging , processing, and packaging the game. I will definitely be back to spend another week with these two guys and enjoy another great hunt.” – Akakbigfish568
Reviewed November 2021
Kodiak Hunting Availability | Alaska Deer Hunting
2023 Dates Available
**SOLD OUT FOR 2023**
2024 Dates Available
Contact for availability
The Logistics | Alaska Deer Hunting
Hunt Length: Saturday- Friday | 7 days, 6 nights
Hunting Opportunities: Blacktail Deer, Mountain Goats (residents), Caribou, Brown Bear (residents), Waterfowl, Long Range Fishing, Crabbing and Fox
Boat- based hunt: We have 2 larger boats for your hunt. Our 50 FT Delta- The Sundy sleeps 6 hunters comfortably. Our 65 FT Hoquaim – The Rainisong – sleeps 6 hunters comfortably, with lots of enclosed deck space.
Private Restrooms: Both of our boats have a private restroom for your comfort.
Spacious- Covered Deck: Our boats are designed with an expanded deck for extra space. Particularly, they are fully covered with custom designed canvases, making hunts comfortable in all weather conditions.
Freezer Space: Multiple freezers are on board for your convenience to use during your week hunt with us. Thus making storing meat and hides easy and accessible.
Meals Provided: Included are all meals during your week long hunt. Before making your reservation, please call with any allergies for us to ensure we can accommodate needs.
Unguided Hunting: Furthermore, this is a DIY- hunt allowing you to set the pace for your hunting week. We hunt areas that thrive in population, allowing more success opportunities for our hunters. To summarize, please review our Transporter page to learn more about our role in your hunt.
Additional Hunting Included
Long-Range Fishing: Coupled with hunting, our boat- based Alaska Deer hunts provide the best opportunity at fishing in remote areas for Alaska Halibut, Alaska Salmon, Lingcod, Grey Cod, and Rockfish.
Waterfowl: Additionally, our vessel hunts provide the best opportunity at waterfowl hunting in remote areas for ducks and sea ducks. Such as, harlequins, oldsquaw, eiders, goldeneyes are available October 8th thru December.
Crabbing: Even more, we also provide crab pots on board for crabbing opportunities during season!
Fox Hunting: Lastly, we also provide opportunity at fox hunting. Included with your hunting license, you’re allowed a total of 2 for per hunter.
Addition Large Game: Most noteworthy, we do not charge extra for those who wish to hunt Alaska Mountain Goats (residency required) or Brown Bear (resident and draw tag required).
Blacktail Deer Statistics
The Alaska department of fish and game estimates the number of deer on Kodiak island to be about 80,000 animals. Accordingly, both resident and non-resident hunters are allowed to take 3 deer of either sex per year. Most hunters choose to slowly still- hunt with a good pair of binoculars in hand. While other hunters choose to hunt from a stationary position over looking drainages, funnels, and open meadows. Generally, deer can be found down at beach level all the way up into the mountain high grounds with weather effecting migration. For instance, snow tends to push many deer down off the mountains into the lower ground. Compared to lower 48, blacktail bucks come into rut and begin chasing doe’s around early November, with peak rut being mid-late November. A mature blacktail buck will weigh 150-200 pounds when field dressed and can sport a set of impressive antlers.
Lawful Hunting: Above all, Ninilchik Charters promotes fair chase and lawful hunting at all times. As a result, we have a close working relationships with the Alaskan State Troopers, the Alaskan Department of Fish and Game, and the Coast Guard. In brief, we strive for a safe, lawful hunting experience. Likewise, all hunters are expected to follow Alaska hunting and fishing regulations, as we encourage local law enforcement agencies to visit us during the hunt. Ninilchik Charters has a good reputation with Alaska State Troopers and we conduct our hunts in a manner to maintain it.
Proxy Hunts:. Consequently, Proxy hunting is NOT allowed on our vessels. This means that you may not take an animal for another, even if that family member is present or under age. Hence, if they cannot take the animal themselves, then we recommend looking for a guided hunt or contacting another outfit.
Game Care + Shipping
In particular, we receive many questions about game care in the field, and shipping your wild game home. Here, this section will answer our most common questions.
Once a deer has been taken, it needs to be immediately kill-tagged and field dressed. Afterwards, there are two ways to get your deer to the beach: you can drag it out (the most common way) or you can skin and quarter it in the field and frame-pack it out. Usually, we recommend that hunters wishing to hike long distances inland to hunt, bring a packframe to get their deer out.
Next, once you are on the beach, you and your deer will be picked up, and skiffed back to the boat. Large covered deck has plenty of room and works well to hang and skin deer. Besides, temperatures at this time of year are usually perfect for aging hanging deer.
Freezer space will be provided for hunters wishing to have their deer capes or ducks frozen for taxidermy.
Generally by Thursday evening, all of your wild game needs to be quartered, and packed into shipping boxes, ready for your departing morning flight!! Waxed shipping boxes are available on board and are included with your hunt.
Finally, be sure to check with Island Air, and your other airline carriers about extra bag charges so there are no surprises getting multiple shipping boxes home.
– Please contact us via email to receive our detailed information packet –
On behalf of the Ninilchik Charters Team, we look forward to your hunt with us!
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