Sitka Blacktail Deer
We hunt from a boat, the 42' Ashley Louise and this allows us to access country that no one else touches while remaining warm and dry every night. The season kicks off In August where you will find yourself 3000 feet above sea level in the alpine, glassing and putting the stalk on bachelor herds of good bucks. Our other peak season is November which marks the peak of the rut, and lends itself well to calling and sitting stands, much like the eastern whitetail. This time of year they will be down low cruising for does, running ridges and checking rub lines. They are also frequenting the tidelands where they are feeding on kelp and licking salt from the rocks at low tide. Like all other deer they are dependent on edge habitat, with natural breaks in terrain and vegetation, providing the necessary food, shelter, and escape cover they need to survive. During the early season it’s timberline, while down low in November its muskegs and the beach. We all know that success is all about access, and being 50 miles south of the nearest town, we are one of a limited few that have it in this area. In addition to our outstanding genetics, mild winters, and excellent minerals, this makes Prince of Wales Island THE destination for your world class, Sitka Blacktail Deer hunt.
When most people think of western deer hunting they think of monster mule deer. My hope is to introduce to you his little cousin the Sitka Blacktail! The same relationship goes for Sitka Blacktail and Mule Deer as Eastern Whitetail and the Coues Deer of Arizona and Mexico. We can start by looking at the all-time world record non-typical Sitka Blacktail buck, 134 inches. So there you have it, they are not a Mule Deer, however very similar, but what they are is a unique little subspecies. Now let me tell you that I have taken my fair share of Sitka Blacktail that pushed the 200 pound mark fairly easily. The typical buck that we like to see taken is a 3x3 or a 4x4, hopefully with some nice eye guards, and width out to the ears if we’re lucky making your trophy a 90-100 inch deer. We hunt on Prince of Wales Island, amidst a group of islands in Southeast Alaska’s coastal wilderness known as the Prince of Wales archipelago. Remember that world record buck I mentioned? Yep, you guessed it, a Prince of Wales buck! It was taken just a 15 minute drive from the town of Craig, our jumping off point as we head for the wilds that these bucks call home.