The Afognak Native Corporation controls three quarters of the land on Afognak and Raspberry islands, as well as some properties on neighboring Kodiak Island. These areas offer some good hunting opportunities for brown bear and Roosevelt elk, as well as Sitka deer. To hunt here, non-natives, or non-shareholders in the corporation, must obtain a land use permit from the ANC. The general permit costs $125 and is good for one year. This is the permit you need to hunt Sitka deer in this area. A Roosevelt elk permit costs $75 in addition to the annual permit. And if you want to hunt a brown bear, it will cost $1,200, plus the annual permit. Of course you must still acquire all of the appropriate licenses and permits from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, about which I will have more to say in a moment.
Suffice it to say, there are some big bucks on Afognak Island. I found a heavy 3 x 4 that grossed just a touch under 100 points. I also saw ample evidence that trophy quality in that part of Alaska is rebounding to the level present before the recent die-off. With another mild winter, deer hunting could be terrific. Although, I didn't see bear or elk, there was plenty of sign. In fact, the fresh fish parts I saw on the trail were constant reminders to remain alert for bears.
Your arrival point, if you want to give this hunt a try, is Kodiak, where you will need to charter a flight service out to the hunting area. A good contact is........(continued)