With only one day left on my December hunt in Afognak, the weather finally turned in our favor and that night the snow began to fall. When it snows on Afognak, the deer hunting is incredible. Because their food in the forest gets iced over, many of the deer make their way down to the beaches to feed on kelp. Even though it only snowed a couple inches, we went out the next morning with high hopes knowing there would be a lot of bucks about.
Once the deer settle on the beach, some sort of strange mental disconnect occurs. The bigger bucks are still fairly spooky, but as you can see in the video, many deer flat out ignore hunters. Does and fawns will let you walk right up to them on the beach, but in timber they spook with the snap of a branch.
After ending his December Afognak blacktail deer hunt on a beautiful day, my new hunting buddy Frank was lucky to get out of camp just before the storm hit. Trading spots with him was Wayne Farnsworth, and even though the weather was turning fast, we took it in stride. The north end of Afognak is covered in big timber, looking much like coastal Washington or Oregon. When the weather gets bad, the deer head for the thick forest, and hunting can still be good if you get in there after them.
Wayne came to finish his Super Slam (taking every big-game animal in North America), and wanted to do it with a bow. So that afternoon we started pushing peninsulas and choke points, hoping to nudge a buck within bow range for Wayne.
In my last post I wrote about what sort of calibers are sufficient for brown bear hunting. In this post I'll give you some tips on how to avoid getting mauled while hunting among these critters. Here's the story behind my latest bear run-in, which came about last month while I was deer hunting Afognak Island.
I’ve heard a lot of opinions on what it takes to kill a brown bear, and most of the cartridges I hear guys talking about would dislocate my shoulder.
During my week at Afognak Wilderness Lodge, I had plenty of time to talk about all kinds of stuff like that with guide Luke Randall. And if anyone knows what kind of firepower is necessary to kill a brown bear, it's Luke.
Upon stepping onto the dock at Afognak Wilderness Lodge last month, I was presented with quite a problem. “Do you wanna go fishing and maybe shoot a deer, or do you want to go shoot some ducks, or do you want to set some traps?”
This was a problem I could live with. My first attempt to go to Afognak earlier this year was shut down by a huge snowstorm, so I was chomping at the bit by the time I got there.