2020 Kodiak Island Blacktail...Winterkill?

AZBridger

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I booked my first Alaskan hunt about a year ago for November 2020 Sitka Blacktail on Kodiak Island and saying we're excited is an understatement. I spoke with a gentleman recently that keeps his thumb to the pulse and has been to Kodiak Island several times. He told us that the winter there has been atrocious and to expect a huge winterkill on the deer, and don't waste our time or money by going on the hunt. The hunt is also booked with a reputable charter i might add. I'm hoping that someone here might have a little more insight or first-hand knowledge of the situation there this year? was the guy i talked to right?
 

Bambistew

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The north end of the island has been hammered. I've seen a few pictures of snow as deep as deer are tall. We also had nearly a month of subzero weather. Depending on beach availability, the deer may do ok, but I would expect the winterkill to be above average. The south end of the island tends to fare a lot better during bad winters. Seems to be pretty typical cycle for Kodiak, every 5-7 years a bad winter and lots of winterkill.

I was just down in SE AK, the snow is getting deep in some areas there as well. I was at about 6-800' and the snow was up to my waist of compacted wet snow. Probably about a foot or so at the beach level. Not sure how it is down Ketchikan way, though.
 

AlaskaHunter

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I hunt blacktails in Prince William Sound.
For the entire state of Alaska you can view a daily snow depth map:
Alaska snow depth map(link)
Check on circle markers to see measurement stations.

For Kodiak, 2 measurement stations:
---Kodiak Treatment Plant 12 inches
---Kitoi Bay 30 inches
 

UncleRick

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a buddy of mine that lives in Port Lions, was talking about the die off. he said its about normal for most winters just as long as Kodiak doesn't get a bad March. I'd wait to make any changes to your plans until mid April, when the whole winters number are figured out. you can always contact Fish and Game to get a better idea of whats going on.
 

Gary

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There is a FB group "Alaska Blacktail Forum" that may be helpful in your research.
 
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