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With a population of about 60,000 deer, Kodiak Island is without question the deer capital of Alaska. Here the severity of the winter determines deer survival. Last winter was one of the mildest on record. Look to the southern portion of Kodiak for high densities and good bucks, particularly after snow forces deer to the lower elevations. While Kodiak is king, don’t overlook Prince William Sound for early-season hunts. Contact: Alaska Department of Fish and Game (907-465-4190; www.state.ak.us/adfg).

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