Southeast Alaska deer hunting with Muskeg Excursions
Jeff with his nice '04 August buck
Alaska's deer season opens in August when most Sitka black-tailed deer are in the velvet and have their red summer coats. The deer are still in bachelor groups in the upper alpine areas on Prince of Wales Island.
Jason took this late August buck in '04
We hunt from remote backpack spike camps. This is a physically demanding hunt but the payoff is often good weather, lots of deer and a good chance for a record book buck. It's not uncommon to spot groups of 10 to 15 animals, mostly bucks. August days are long in Alaska. This time of the year can be buggy though.
During early September through early October I conduct combination Sitka black-tail / black bear or single species hunts. Their hair can be in the transition stage between summer and winter during these hunts. The deer have shed their velvet and have started their pre-rut tendencies. We continue to hunt them out of alpine spike camps. The days have begun to shorten up and rain, fog and wind is on the increase. A P&Y or B&C scoring buck is always possible in my hunting areas. The genetics and minerals are there.
Sonny James with a
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