In Canada, Sitka blacktail means hunting the Queen Charlotte Islands. And hunting the Queen Charlottes means hunting with Kevin Olmstead of Prophet Muskwa at Queen Charlotte Islands, the exclusive hunting outfitter on the 2,700-square miles of islands. The Queen Charlottes hold an unusual position when it comes to Sitka blacktail: Though sparsely represented in the B & C records book, the islands are the home of the worlds record head, so the potential is certainly there. Olmstead uses boats and 4wd vehicles and also conducts some hunts on foot. He allows his hunters to take three deer. He says bucks in his area are very susceptible to calling during the rut, beginning at the end of October. Accommodations available run the gamut from luxurious lodging at the Tlell River House, a full-service resort and spa... to wall tents... to a variety of large travel trailers that Olmstead has set up in various hunting areas around the islands. Hunts are six days, 1 x 1, for $3,500. There are also some of the biggest black bear in the world here, plus tremendous fishing for salmon, steelhead, cutthroat, lingcod and halibut. Enjoy!
(Postscript: McIntyre tells us he has a new hunting book coming out later this year. It is called, Seasons & Days: 25 Years of Hunting Stories, and is being published by The Lyons Press.)