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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.

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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.
Trail K. - posted 1 year ago on 10-08-2018 11:42:39 am
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@ Jacob B

I'd suggest that you have good rain gear, insulation layers, gators, and a couple pair of boots to cycle. Enjoy the trip and take a ton of photos!

jacob b. - posted 1 year ago on 10-05-2018 06:38:18 pm

@Trail K. I appreciate the response we are going to be going this year but much later. We leave the day after Thanksgiving so I imagine conditions will be a little worse but the deer will be lower and hopefully not as many bears. Any thoughts on additional gear for this time of year? Thanks again

Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 1 year ago on 10-03-2018 02:28:40 pm
goHUNT Team

@ Jacob B

I've been a couple times, the first was about the 2nd week of Oct and the second was the first week and a bit of Nov. Weather wise it was very similar, some rain and cold but not frigid. We thought the deer would be lower and the rut would be better in Nov which we have been told they typically are. That year we found that they were still in the upper 1/3 in elevation and the rut hadn't really taken off. In terms of where we ended up hunting it was almost the same as when we had gone in Oct. Hope that helps some, let me know if you have any follow up questions.

jacob b. - posted 1 year ago on 10-03-2018 02:17:21 pm

what week did you go?

Josh B. - posted 2 years ago on 02-16-2018 10:34:16 am
San Antonio, TX

Thanks boss. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll be here. Great product, great team, great reviews. Can’t get enough. Keep it up.

Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 2 years ago on 02-16-2018 10:22:41 am
goHUNT Team

@ Josh B

I have used Ninilchik Charters, I've included a link to their website below. If you decide to go that route, I would encourage you to book as early as possible. Their trips can fill up quickly. I have nothing but good to say about their outfit, the food was great and they worked very hard to try to put us into the areas we wanted to hunt. I'm already planning another hunt for caribou for 2019 or I would take you up on it, perhaps other INSIDERS may be interested. Hope that helps, all the best!

Josh B. - posted 2 years ago on 02-15-2018 06:07:52 pm
San Antonio, TX

Are you free to share which outfitter y'all chose. A buddy and I are planning for 2019. Love the idea of Kodiak and a boat, the ability to fish etc, we also like the idea of Raspberry and a lodge. Any thoughts would be very welcomed. We are a party of 2 if you're interested in coming again....

Trail K.
Trail K. - posted 2 years ago on 12-15-2017 11:18:05 am
goHUNT Team

@ 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 2 years ago on 12-14-2017 08:27:09 pm

Why two pairs of binoculars