Deer Hunting

The finest Blacktail Deer hunt in all of Alaska just keeps getting better! 

We are constantly trying to improve our hunts by using our own experience and suggestions from our clientele. These improvements include Saturday departures, direct flights to the boat, a diesel furnace, more gear storage, and many others. We thank you for your suggestions and help in making this hunt even better. While we can not control the weather or the deer population, exceptionally mild winters have helped the herd increase rapidly and helped to keep our hunters success rate near 100%. If you have been thinking about hunting Sitka Blacktail on Kodiak, now is the time for great hunting, a large deer population, and great success rate.


Deer Hunting Details: This will be our 32nd season hosting deer hunts on Kodiak! These hunts are 8 days and 7 nights long. Hunts begin on Saturday mornings with chartered flights directly to the boat. The boat is usually located at the south end of Kodiak Island in the Olga Bay area.  Through our years of experience, we have found that leaving the boat on-site and flying in is the best method to maximize your hunting opportunity. From there the adventure begins!

Once onboard you will be briefed about the boat and either get in an afternoon hunt or kick back and relax. From beach hunting to mountain hunting, to stand hunting, the area offers a wide variety of options and environments. Kodiak Island supports a population of over 70,000 deer. Due to several mild winters in a row, these populations have skyrocketed. Days start with a hearty breakfast and then take a skiff transport to that day's chosen location. Hunters are usually dropped off in pairs with a handheld radio for safety and/or early pick-up. A bagged lunch will be sent with you each day. As you return to the boat later on in the evening, a hot dinner possibly consisting of New York strip steaks, BBQ ribs, baked ham, buffalo bites, and of course, your venison if you so choose, will be ready! There are many hunting adventures available to you throughout the week. See below for more details. After a long week of hitting it hard, Friday afternoon provides time for boxing your meat and capes in airline boxes in preparation for a Saturday afternoon flight back to Kodiak.

Disclaimer: These hunts are Self-guided, and we do not allow proxy hunting per Alaska Fish and Game Laws. The weather on Kodiak is very unpredictable. If this becomes an issue, we will work with you! For more information, give us a call.

The Boat: The M/V Valiant Maid, our 85 foot steel hull vessel, is as rugged as the state she works in.  Its equipped with 4 private cabins, individual bathrooms,  relax/entertainment room, showers, 110v power, TV/DVD, stereo, state of the art electronics, freezer, and many other features (sorry helicopter not included).  After a long day of hunting, there is nothing nicer than coming back to a warm boat and a hot meal! The full-size kitchen allows our staff to produce some fantastic food. Check out our YouTube series Field to Fork for a peek at these meals. This vessel is manned by two Coast Guard licensed masters and a deckhand with years of experience in the Kachemak Bay and Kodiak area. We pride ourselves on creating extraordinary adventures for our customers. After a long day of hunting or fishing, there is truly nothing like watching the sunset over the water!

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Other Adventures!

There are many seasonal activities available in Alaska. June, July, and August offer a wide variety of salmon fishing. Duck hunting begins in October (Kodiak island is known for its populations of Old Squaws, Harlequin, and more!). Several color phases of fox are abundant on the island during deer season. Also, Crabbing opens toward the beginning of the fall.  Whatever your bucket list is, we are dedicated to providing you with an adventure tailored to accomplishing it. Our staff's combined expertise and years of experience help to ensure you have an Alaskan experience not to be forgotten!

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Last-minute openings for 2024!

Open - October 26, November 9, November 23 (Subject to change)

*A minimum number of 6 hunters is required to start a hunt on any open week.  Please call the office for details. 

Max capacity is 9 hunters (private group)

 Please purchase your license, tag, and harvest record in advance from the State of Alaska Department of Fish & Game website. A non-resident hunting license is $160, tags are $300. Other costs are airfare to Kodiak, your lodging in Kodiak, tax, and $8 for each wax box. Duck hunters should bring state and federal duck stamps and steel shot.






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