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Trail Kreitzer's Sitka blacktail deer gear list


Flying to Kodiak Alaska
Flying to Kodiak Alaska. Photo credits: Trail Kreitzer

What follows is my gear list for a boat style hunt for Sitka blacktail deer on Kodiak Alaska. This is a different sort of gear list than the norm due to the boat aspect, but this should give you a great starting point for everything you need to pack for this style of hunt in November. Word of caution, this hunt is very addicting and is the second time I've gone to Alaska for Sitka blacktail.

Item-by-item gear list video


Detailed gear List

Random photos from the trip

Sleeping conditions on boat while blacktail hunting
Sleeping accommodations.
Kodiak alaska essentials
Safety gear essentials for Alaska.

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Hanging blacktail deer meat on boat
Hanging blacktail meat on the boat.
Utilizing a boat in Kodiak Alaska for hunting
Inflatable boat for accessing hunting terrain.
Duck hunting bonus while hunting in Alaska
Bonus duck hunt while in Alaska.

Fishing while on a blacktail hunt

Trail Kreitzer with a Yelloweye in Alaska

Yelloweye in Alaska.
Hunting with a great group of friends
Hunting with a great group of friends.
Cooking Sitka blacktail deer backstraps on boat
Cooking fresh Sitka blacktail backstraps on the boat.
Trail Kreitzer 2017 Kodiak Alaska Sitka blacktail deer
My 2017 Sitka blacktail.

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Trail K. - posted 1 day ago on 12-15-2017 11:18:05 am
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@ Clayton H

I took a pair of Leica Ultravid 10s and a set of Swaro SLC 15s for a couple reasons. 1.) Kodiak is thick and blacktail aren't always the easiest to spot. They are not a large deer, blend in extremely well, and bed in thick vegetation where you may only see a flicker of an antler or ear. The 15s mounted on a tripod allow you to locate deer that the 10s may not. 2.) We were day hunting from the boat and I was not as concerned about packing the weight of the 15s as you might be if you were on a multi-day backpack hunt. The 15s aren't lightweight but I think they were worth the trade off some days, depending on the area we were hunting. I carried the 10s around my neck to use when we were working in on a stalk, and the 15s rode in the pack and came out for long glassing sessions.

Hope that answers the question, let me know if you have any follow-ups!

Clayton H. - posted 1 day ago on 12-14-2017 08:27:09 pm

Why two pairs of binoculars