Sitka Blacktail Deer Hunts in Alaska
Sitka Blacktail Deer Hunting in Alaska
The Sitka black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus sitkensis) is native to the wet coastal rainforests of Southeast Alaska and north-coastal British Columbia. Its range has expanded via transplants, and established populations now exist near Yakutat, in Prince William Sound, and on Kodiak and Afognak islands.
The best places to hunt Sitka blacktails.
This is a fun hunt.
An average mature buck will score in the low to mid 80’s, and are typically unsymmetrical with broken tines…bucks over 100 inches are VERY RARE. Keep that perspective in mind and you’ll have a ton of fun.
OUR SITKA BLACKTAIL HUNTS:
Sitka Blacktail Deer Hunting on Kodiak Island is one of the best areas to hunt trophy bucks.
In 1924 Kodiak Island received its first transplant of deer, 1930 saw two more taken from Prince of Wales Island and the final shot was in 1934 when nine deer near Petersburg were added to the mix. They took well and now there is an abundant population.
This Alaska Master Guide has been hunting famed Kodiak Island for 40 years!
With a small window between mountain goat and brown bear hunts he has decided to offer a unique opportunity for Sitka blacktails from his remote private cabin. That’s right, hunt trophy Sitka blacktail deer on extreme Kodiak Island with a roof over your head, hot showers, and a comfortable cot each night!
- This is a very affordable hunt. 1:1, 2:1, and 3:1 guiding is available, and priced accordingly.
- A few unguided hunts are available each year, but they go quickly.
- 6-7 hunting days.
- Hunters can take a 2nd buck with no trophy fee.
Kodiak can have severe winters, so be sure to talk to us before you book to make sure there hasn’t been a recent winter kill.
Prince of Wales Island
Sitka blacktail deer hunting on Prince of Wales Island is arguably the best place to hunt them.
Larger than the state of Delaware, Prince of Wales Island has 2,500 miles of road, and with that many roads the competition with other hunters grows every year.
The most common way to hunt blacktailsis from a boat and cruising the shorelines looking for a buck.
- The combination of mild weather, significant winter cover, and good nutrition supports 30 deer per square mile!
- The non-typical world record, a 5×6 scoring 134 inches was taken just 20 minutes outside of Craig, Alaska.
- The opportunity definitely exists to harvest a mature 3 or 4 point buck between 80 and 100 inches. We’re always searching for the magical 100-inch buck and this area has the genetics to produce!
Some of our hunters take advantage of the other option, conducting the hunts from a boat.
With all the comforts of home, we access the southernmost reaches of Prince of Wales Island. The portion of the island that our outfitter hunts is completely roadless, so the hunting pressure is practically non-existent – classic Sitka Blacktail country.
Hunting the beaches and old growth timber, calling a rutted-up buck out of the mist, or chasing bachelor herds above timberline during the early season, this is a true Sitka Blacktail Deer hunt. This is his home turf, making the reward of taking that big buck like none other.
SAFE, VETTED OUTFITTERS
Let's start planning your hunt!
When you’re ready to start planning your hunt, just contact us or fill out the form on this page. Be sure to let us know exactly what you have in mind, and we’ll do our best to help you find the perfect outfitter and get it booked.
Our hunters enjoy great success.
The outfitter is an expert hunter and fisherman. He was very key for the blacktail deer hunt in California. His knowledge of their behavior and precisely where to be and when was critical. I was impressed and the hunt was a success.