Our early November hunts are timed around the peak of the rut when the bucks are moving around and are receptive to a deer call. Depending on snow levels this hunt will likely require moderate hiking through the timber and muskeg stopping periodically to blow the call for 15-20 minutes at a time. If we have heavy snow on the beach we will do some of our hunting from the skiff. Once you have taken a buck I can issue you another tag and we can continue deer hunting or we can concentrate on shooting Sea Ducks, crabbing and shrimping. All of our late season hunts are boat based, so after a long day of hiking through the woods we can go back to the mother ship where you can warm up, dry off, and enjoy a good meal.
We offer late season boat based hunts in late November and early December, by this time the snow usually has the deer pushed out onto the beach where we can spot them from the water which generally makes this a very low impact hunt. After we spot a good buck we take the skiff to the shore and make a short stalk. This is also a great time for Sea Ducks, with good numbers of Scoters, Harlequin, Old Squaw, and Barrow's Goldeneye to mention just a few. Our trapping Season opens December 1st which presents a unique opportunity to trap or shoot mink, pine-martin, and river otter with the purchase of a trapping license. Crabbing, shrimping, and fishing are also included as time allows. When we talk to people about hunting in December in Alaska they always ask how cold it is, and if we have enough daylight to get the job done. On these hunts the temperatures commonly range from 25 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. We are far enough south that even in mid December we have about 8 hours of shooting light which allows us plenty of time to hunt while leaving us enough time to enjoy good food and good company in comfort on the mother ship.
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