S. Kernosky's Kodiak Island mountain goat.
By Leigh Ann Bodenchuk, Editorial AssistantEditor's note: S. Kernosky filed a report on what sounds like an outstanding Alaska mountain goat and Sitka blacktail hunt on Kodiak Island with Kodiak Backcountry Adventures (907-654-4649; www.kodiakbackcountry.com). Here are the details.
Mountain goat hunts with Kodiak Backcountry Adventures are strictly backpack and on foot. According to their website, hunt areas are accessed by vehicle, air taxi, or boat depending on the tag drawn. In Report 10992
S. Kernosky tells us he drew a mountain goat tag in GMU 8 after applying for four years, which he says was "absolutely worth the wait!" According to Kernosky, "you don't need a charter flight to reach the hunt area. If you can get to Kodiak, weather will not likely keep you from going hunting.
"The plan is to hunt along one of several predetermined routes. The first day, we hiked approximately three hours to reach alpine terrain and another two hours to the first campsite. We saw and glassed goats going in and used those sightings to plan the first hunting day. After that, the plan was to pick up camp and continue hunting, hiking and glassing. The distance we traveled was dictated by the goats we were seeing....